The Haskins Society

Call for Papers

36th International Conference of the Haskins Society

3-5  November 2017

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Long known as a forum for research into English and northern French history on either side of the Norman Conquest, as well as for a particular interest in the close study of chronicles and charters, the Haskins Society continues to build on its traditional base while actively seeking to include the latest scholarship on all aspects of the European experience between the early medieval period and the thirteenth century. While remaining broadly historical in its substantive and methodological orientations, the Society encourages interdisciplinary synergies and welcomes the contributions of researchers in the many disciplines that contribute to historical understanding.

The featured speakers in 2017 are:

  •  William Purkis (University of Birmingham)
  •  Sarah Hamilton (University of Exeter)
  •  Constance Bouchard (University of Akron)


In addition to these three featured speakers, conference attendees are also welcome to attend the 2017 Dorothy Ford Wiley Lecture, to be held on the evening of Thursday 2 November. The 2017 Wiley Lecture will be presented by Rachel Koopmans (York University)


For paper and panel submissions, please send a 250 word abstract and c.v. to For panels, provide a one-page rationale for the panel in addition to the information for each paper. Papers by graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell Prize. For details, see the "Denis Bethell Prize" link in the right-hand column of this website.  The deadline for proposals is 10 July 2017.


We also invite submissions for two alternative forms of presentation and participation:

  • 1)      New Research Forum

On Friday morning, the conference will host a New Research Forum to highlight and discuss new research or work in progress. Modelled on “flash sessions,” presenters will have five minutes to explain their projects as a prelude to in-depth small group discussions. Presenters will be listed in the program and should send a one paragraph abstract and c.v. to and include the word “Forum” in the address line.

  • 2)      Thursday Afternoon/Evening Mock Interviews

To support graduate student members of the Haskins Society in their career development, the Haskins Conference will again offer the opportunity to have mock job interviews with senior scholars on Thursday afternoon and evening. Please contact Nicholas Paul ( to indicate interest.


Bursaries for Graduate Students

The Society and UNC are making available a number of bursaries to [post]graduate students to facilitate participation in the conference. Two bursaries of $250 each will be available to students registered in a university or equivalent institution in North and Central America. Three bursaries of $500 each will be available to students, similarly registered at a university or equivalent, from all other parts of the world

In order to apply, please so indicate when submitting your proposal to give a paper or to take part in the New Research Forum. Please also include a statement, 300-400 words in length, that situates your proposal within your wider research trajectory and explains how participation in the Haskins Society conference will aid both your academic and career-development goals.


Accommodation information and links will be available in August

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