Annual International Haskins Society Conference

November 2022: University of Richmond (Virginia)

After nearly two decades of being hosted (generously and foundationally!) by the University of Houston, the Haskins Society's International Conference has embraced a peripatetic approach in its next two decades. Each shift in location (Cornell, Georgetown, Boston College, Carleton College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and now, Richmond) has given us a fresh opportunity to welcome new colleagues and disciplinary perspectives alongside stalwarts who can still count on just a finger or two the conferences they've missed in 40+ years.

Planning for the November conference has been afoot for two years already, but with the transition now upon us, details will soon be appearing. While we are planning (at this moment) for an in-person conference, no one can say what health and safety concerns we may face later in the year. For two years, our organizers have adapted nimbly to ever-changing conditions. Your new hosts plan to do no less, if need be.

Stay tuned...

Affiliated Conferences

    • July 11, 2022
    • (BST)
    • July 13, 2022
    • (BST)
    • John Rylands Research Library (Manchester, UK)

    Beyond Exceptionalism II, c. 500-c. 1500

    11-13 July, 2022                    

    Call for Papers and Sessions


    Abstract deadline: 1 February 2022.

    Contact email:

    BE II Conf Poster.pdf              BE II Conf Program.docx

    Conference Registration:

    We are delighted to announce the Beyond Exceptionalism II conference will take place on July 11-13, 2022 at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. The conference will adopt a hybrid format that simultaneously offers sessions both in-person and via Zoom.

    In 2015, Beyond Exceptionalism addressed a troubling situation. Over 50 years of intense research and publication on the study of medieval European women had not reversed the entrenched notion of female powerlessness and passivity. Elite woman with the authority and ability to influence their families, communities, and realms were somehow all exceptions to the norm. The conference centered on a rhetorical question: how many ‘exceptional’ women in positions of authority does it take before active females become the rule? The first ‘Beyond Exceptionalism’ conference resulted in new avenues of research, fresh approaches to medieval women’s experiences and an edited volume: Medieval Elite Women and the Exercise of Power, 1100–1400: Moving beyond the Exceptionalist Debate (Palgrave 2018).

    Six years and one global pandemic later, the question still resonates. Studies that assume medieval women were marginal and powerless remain at the center of medieval studies. ‘Beyond Exceptionalism II’ will be an interdisciplinary conference that addresses this misapprehension by fostering new avenues and interpretations of medieval women– both elite and non-elite, secular and religious – and exploring new methodologies. We encourage papers that draw upon material culture, network analysis, gender and space. Presentations that address a non-European perspective are especially welcome.


    Keynote Speakers:

    Valerie Garver, History Department Chair, Northern Illinois University

    Amy Livingstone, Head of School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln

    Talia Zajac, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies


    Possible topics include but are not limited to: lordship, manorialism, monasticism, crusades, literacy, monarchy, guilds, pilgrimage, warfare, towns, castles & manors, networks and alliances, medicine, patronage, lay religious life, law and custom


    Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to and

    Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Included with 250‑word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should be the following information:


    • name of presenter(s)
    • participant category (faculty, graduate student, or independent scholar)
    • college/university affiliation
    • mailing address
    • email address
    • audio/visual requirements and any other special requests

    Abstract deadline: 1 February 2022. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than 1 March 2022.



    • October 28, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • October 30, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
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    The 41st International Conference of the Haskins Society

      28-30 October 2022

    University of Richmond (Virginia)

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    Please note several extra opportunities for participants in the conference:
    • Thursday Afternoon/Evening Mock Interviews (28 Oct)
    • UR Lecture?
    • New Research Forum (29 Oct)
    On Friday morning, the conference hosts a New Research Forum to highlight new research and work in progress. Modeled on “flash sessions,” the presenters explain their projects in five minutes as a prelude to in-depth small group discussions.

    Support for Graduate Students

    In order to encourage and support rising scholars, graduate student members of the Society are eligible to receive support from the Thomas Keefe memorial fund to cover the costs of registration. In addition, thanks to generous support from Society members, a number of bursaries, in the form of three nights’ paid-for accommodation in the conference hotel, are available.

    Bethell Prize

    Papers by graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell Prize. For details, see the "Denis Bethell Prize" link here or under the Journal menu above.

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