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  • May 07, 2024 5:19 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Haskins Society is excited to announce the dates of the 43rd Annual International Conference (13-15 November 2024) and the Call for Papers.  Come join us in Richmond, VA, for our third year in the Old Dominion.

  • December 15, 2023 10:43 AM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    It is perfectly appropriate that there should be a "campaign" in memory of Bernard Bachrach, whom we lost earlier in 2023.  The University of Minnesota has announced the establishment of an Award in Medieval Studies and Military History to honor Prof. Bachrach's long career as a scholar, teacher, and mentor.

    As one of the Society's founding members, as well as a presenter, officer, and ready participant in the Q&A following any paper, Bernie's legacy in the society remains alive and well.  Current members of the Haskins Society, ever-mindful of how leading scholars like Bernie provided a welcome to young researchers, look forward to new contributions by future awardees.

    Donations may be directed to:

    Questions may be directed to Prof. Juliette Cherbuliez, Director, Center for Pre-Modern Studies (

  • December 01, 2023 5:49 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

  • September 01, 2023 4:12 PM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Maison Française d'Oxford is hosting a Symposium, 22-23 September, on "The First Generations of the Conquest: Norman Worlds, 9th-12th Centuries. 

    For full details and the schedule of papers being presented, visit the MFO's website.

    According to the MFO, "This conference will address the notion of “first generations” in relation to the medieval Norman conquests in England, Wales, Ireland, southern Italy, Sicily, and the Crusader states. Focusing on the conquerors’ departure from their places of origin, the papers will explore the rhythms, modalities, reasons and objectives for leaving."

  • August 04, 2023 9:22 AM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The Haskins Society has the pleasure and privilege to announce a new award for mentorship, in honor of our late and deeply missed colleague Paul Hyams. Details for the award, endowed by the Hyams family, can be found under the news tab above or by following this direct link.  Anyone wishing to give directly to the Fund both for its maintenance and to grow it for future awardees, can contribute directly to it via our support pages.

    The purpose of the award is to honor and to continue the legacy of mentoring graduate students and early career researchers that Paul himself modeled and which he made a integral part of the Society's mission during his years of leadership.

  • April 01, 2023 10:53 AM | Steven Isaac (Administrator)

    The dates for the 2023 International Conference of the Haskins Society have been finalized: 3-5 November. We will gather again in Richmond, VA for another program packed full of scholarship, collegiality, and professional development. The Call for Papers will soon be distributed far and wide, so feel free to get your ideas and proposals ready!

  • 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).

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