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  • December 30, 2022 9:06 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Dr. Paul R. Hyams, a longtime friend and supporter of the Haskins Society. Paul was the President of the Haskins Society from 2006 to 2009. He hosted the Annual Haskins Society Conference at Cornell University from 1998 to 2003.


    Paul studied at Oxford, Worcester College, and graduated (DPhil) in 1968. He spent the next 20 years at Pembroke College as a Fellow and Tutor in History. In 1989, he moved to New York, and spent the balance of his career as professor of history at Cornell University. He was the director of Cornell’s Medieval Studies Program from 2001-2007 and director of the Cornell Program for Law and Society from 1992-1997. He retired to Oxford in 2013.


    Hyams’ scholarly work focused on law and its social effects. His influential works include Kings, Lords, and Peasants in Medieval England (1980) and Rancor and Reconciliation in Medieval England: Wrong and its Redress from the Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries (2003). These, along with numerous articles and book chapters, changed our perception of feuding, justice and law in the Middle Ages.

    Hyams was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and as a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. In 2014, he was honored with a special issue of Reading Medieval Studies, Law’s Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams.


    Perhaps most importantly for those of us in the Haskins Society, Paul was a mentor and friend to many graduate students and early career historians. An Oxbridge-educated Jewish Yorkshireman, Paul understood what it meant to be an ‘outsider’. Perhaps because of this, he was a stalwart supporter of those of us who, through some misadventure, had no mentor or traditional advisor; he was our champion.


    Paul was intellectually incorrigible. No assumption was off-limits, no question too obscure. He delighted in pushing established scholars into unexpected philosophical corners, yet was supportive and careful of younger historians. Because of his approach, he made the Haskins Society welcoming to generations of early career scholars. For this we will always be grateful.


    Paul is survived by his wife Elaine, daughter Deborah and son David. Paul died on Dec 4, 2022. He was 82 years old.

  • July 27, 2020 2:27 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    In line with academic institutions and organizations worldwide, our first priority has been to keep all our colleagues as safe as possible.  To that end, sadly, we made an early decision to cancel our traditional Oct/Nov conference.

    Since then, however, we have participated like so many in numerous courses and a growing number of virtual conferences via Zoom and similar platforms.  Gratefully harnessing the opportunities afforded by the Web, the Haskins Society has continued its mission of furthering research and aiding the careers of young scholars.


    Summer Workshop: Perspectives on Teaching the Middle Ages

    On Thursday, 23 July, the Society hosted a 2-panel webinar on topics that members have expressed interest in:

    • Medieval Contexts/Contemporary Problems: A Panel on Teaching Race, Violence, Disease, and Protest in Medieval Courses
    • Teaching the Crusades Virtually

    These sessions were recorded and will soon be available here on the website.


    2020 (virtual) Conference: 31 October/1 November

    Planning for the 2020 Annual Conference is now underway, and more detailed announcements will soon follow.  In the meantime, the Society has issued its Call for Papers, with a 25 August deadline for those proposals.



  • May 16, 2019 5:09 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Society is soliciting papers for the 38th annual international conference!  Check out the Call for Papers either here on the website, or download the PDF. The deadline for proposals is 10 July.

  • December 04, 2018 3:49 AM | William North (Administrator)

    The Haskins Society Journal  29 (2016) is now available and will be shipping to members of the Society in coming weeks.  


    Anglo-Norman Studies 40 (2017) is also available and Society members who also ordered ANS will receive their volumes in the next weeks.


    Questions about journals? Please contact Laura Gathagan (Editor HSJ) or William North (Associate Editor).

  • October 24, 2018 4:21 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Haskins Society is co-sponsoring a conference with the John Rylands Research Institute, which will be held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK, 28-29 June 2019. The conference theme is "Gender, Memory, and Documentary Culture, 900-1200." The call for papers is now available here on the Haskins Website, and anyone wanting further information can contact the organizers, Laura Gathagan or Charles Insley.

  • April 11, 2018 4:40 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    As ever, the Haskins Society will be on hand at the (53rd) International Congress on Medieval Studies, 10-13 May 2018.  Besides our sponsorship of a panel (#328 New Voices in Medieval History), individual members are presenting across a bevy of other sessions, covering themes in diplomatic and political history, gender, urban history, the digital Middle Ages, sermons, the espiscopate, and yes, charters!

  • August 30, 2017 3:55 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the 36th International Conference of the Haskins Society (3-5 November), plus links are active to Conference Lodgings, the 2017 program, and local info around the UNC campus.  Register before 20 October for the conference discount.

  • August 15, 2017 4:37 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    Popular demand has been asking that more of Morillo's cartoons be put back in circulation. Decrepit old disk drives have been cracked open by IT magic, and lo, we've doubled the number of offenses against good taste that make Morillo gleeful.  Please enjoy these flashbacks to the Anglo-Norman Anonymous.

  • October 24, 2016 3:58 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Haskins Society has learned--with sadness for ourselves and pleasure for him--that Prof. Richard Abels (who needs no introduction in these circles!) plans to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.  The US Naval Academy has begun advertising the post, and Dr. Abels asked that we help the effort by posting the announcement here as well.


    From the ad: "The History Department at the United States Naval Academy is seeking applicants to fill tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Medieval and Early Modern European History beginning August 2017. USNA is a service academy and top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research.

    "Successful candidates will be expected to teach the first half of the Naval Academy’s core comparative civilization sequences, as well as upper level courses in their areas of specialty. The teaching load is 3-3 with small section sizes and two to three preps a year."


    The full advertisement, including minimum requirements and the steps for how to apply are at the USNA's website: https://www.usna.edu/HRO/jobinfo/HistoryAsstProf-17.php.

  • January 05, 2016 3:21 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Medieval Academy of America has announced that Nicholas Paul's first book, To Follow in their Footsteps: The Crusades and Family Memory in the High Middle Ages is one of the 2016 winners of the John Nicholas Brown Prize.  In selecting Paul's work, the MAA described the study as offering "an original investigation into collective memory in the first crusading century.  Paul draws upon widely-ranging sources (texts and material objects) in family history, anthropology, literary theory and sociology to illuminate the historical context and dynastic narratives of the Crusades.  His conclusion about the failure of Henry II of England and Alfonso II of Aragon 'to take the cross' brings the study to a well-defined and compelling conclusion."

    The MAA's website notes that "The John Nicholas Brown Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1978, is awarded annually for a first book or monograph on a medieval subject judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality."

    The Haskins Society salutes Nicholas Paul's achievement! It mirrors his outstanding contributions to the society's council and participation in the annual conference.

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