New Voices 2022

Provisional List of Arc’s Future Perfect New Voices Awards Program, 2022


  1. Eustace, Carolling in Late Medieval England

Shows the importance of carolling in the everyday festivities of the common people of Britain from the eleventh century onwards.

Frances Eustace holds a doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Bristol, UK. She is a professional musician and a qualified Dance Movement Therapist. She has been part of the HIP (Historically Informed Performance) movement in Britain since the 1980s.


  1. Graham-Goering, Gendered Expectations, Reputation, and Shared Power: The Breton Civil War (1341–1384)

This study provides a new way of understanding gender expectations by examining how reputations and shared power are related in contemporary chronicles.

Erika Graham-Goering received her PhD from the University of York in 2017. Following a European Research Council postdoctorate, she is now a senior postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University, working on a project entitled “Lordship as Corporative Government across Late Medieval France.” 


  1. Leighton, Ideology and Holy Landscape in the Baltic Crusades

Drawing on an extensive body of written, visual, and archival evidence, this book examines how the military orders and the ideology of crusading gave rise to a new sacred landscape in the medieval Baltic region, the final frontier of Christian Europe.

Gregory Leighton earned his PhD in History (2018) from Cardiff University, Wales, where he studied the Teutonic Order and crusading in Prussia and Livonia, and then worked as a project assistant at Malbork Castle Museum in Malbork, Poland. From September 2021, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.


  1. Matić, Bishop John Vitez and Early Renaissance Central Europe: The Humanist Kingmaker

Study of tumultuous Central European politics, religion and culture, viewed from the perspective of the life and career of John Vitez, an influential figure of the Early Renaissance.

Tomislav Matić is a teaching fellow at the Catholic University of Croatia. He has participated in research projects funded by the University of Oxford, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Croatian Science Foundation, and is the author of several books and articles on Croatian history. This is his first book in English.


  1. O’Leary, Elite Women as Diplomatic Agents in Italy and Hungary 1470-1510: Kinship and the Aragonese Dynastic Network

This book explores the diplomatic role of women in early modern European dynastic networks through the study of Aragonese marriage alliances in late fifteenth-century Italy and Hungary. It challenges the frequent erasure of dynastic wives from diplomatic and political narratives to show how elite women were diplomatically active agents for two dynasties.

Jessica O’Leary is a research fellow at the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University.


  1. Shifrin, The Museum as Experience

This interdisciplinary collection of essays brings into focus for the first time the uniquely human and humanizing experiences of museum spaces, exhibitions, and collections. In the aftermath of the worldwide tumult of 2020, its emphasis on museums’ roles in creating experiences that promote equitable communities and cultural and racial equity is particularly timely.

Susan Shifrin is the founding director of ARTZ Philadelphia. She is an art historian and arts accessibility advocate, and has served on the curatorial and education staffs of a number of large and small museums up and down the eastern coast of the United States.

This book already has $3,000-worth of funding towards OA from an anonymous donor.


  1. Vishnuvajjala, Feminist Medievalisms

This book engages the reader in a project of re-examining the Middle Ages with fresh eyes – a Middle Ages by and for women.

Usha Vishnuvajjala is a lecturer in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff in Wales. She holds a PhD in English and Medieval Studies from Indiana University. She won the 2021 International Arthurian Society-North American Branch’s James Randall Leader Prize for her article on women’s friendship published in Arthurian Literature 35. Her recent IHR (London) medievalism seminar “sold out” – it had so many registrants that they had to move the platform, and its organizer confirmed it was the highest-attended one yet, by far.


  1. Williard, Friendship in the Merovingian Kingdoms: Venantius Fortunatus and his Contemporaries

Among the post-imperial kingdoms of the early medieval west, the Merovingians provide a unique body of evidence for relationships of friendship and patronage. Letters, poetry, and hagiography of the period show how late antique ideals of friendship and patronage continued to be significant in the post-imperial world.

Hope Williard earned a PhD in medieval history from the University of Leeds. She has held visiting fellowships at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and currently works as an academic subject librarian and associate lecturer at the University of Lincoln, UK.