Beyond Medieval Europe publishes monographs and edited volumes that evoke medieval Europe’s geographic, cultural, and religious diversity, while highlighting the interconnectivity of the entire region, understood in the broadest sense – from Dublin to Constantinople, Novgorod to Toledo. The individuals who inhabited this expansive territory built cities, cultures, kingdoms, and religions that impacted their locality and the world around them in manifold ways. The series is keen to include studies on traditionally underrepresented subjects in Anglophone scholarship (such as medieval eastern Europe) and to consider submissions from scholars not natively writing in English in an effort to increase the diversity of Anglophone publishing on the greater medieval European world.
Submissions may be monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 or more words (particularly of interest in this regard are volumes which bring together the work of scholars from various disciplines and modern regions), or shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words.
Europe, including the Latin East during the period of the Crusades
793 – 1453
Interconnectivity, medieval eastern Europe, wider medieval Europe, Byzantium, Baltic world, Centre / Periphery Relations, micro-Christendoms
Dr. Christian Alexander Raffensperger
Professor Raffensperger obtained his B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His first book, released by Harvard University Press, won the Ohio Academy of History Publication Award in 2013 and is titled, “Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World, 988–1146.” It deals with the relationship of Rus’ (the medieval kingdom that will become Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus) to the rest of Europe. It specifically focuses on the dynastic marriages made between the ruling family of Rus’, the Volodimerovichi, and the other ruling families of Europe. These marriages formed a web of connections that tied Rus’ firmly into the fabric of Europe during this period. Those marital connections are the subject of his second book entitled, “Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus‘” (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2016) which also provides a complete genealogy for the Volodimerovichi through the mid–twelfth century (this project has a parallel digital humanities component which can be viewed at genealogy.obdurodon.org). This project has generated recent interest, due to the political situation in modern Ukraine and Ties of Kinship was part of Dr. Raffensperger’s editorial at the Washington Post, as well as the subject of an article by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.
Currently he is at work on a new project focusing on intra–familial conflicts in medieval central and eastern Europe, and how those families manage those conflicts through the creation of “situational kinship networks,” as a way to mitigate the effects of the conflicts.
Professor Raffensperger was on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year as a Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He is currently an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute as well. Professor Raffensperger is also active in multiple scholarly organizations. He currently serves on the governing board of both the Byzantine Studies Association of North America and the Ohio Academy of History. He is also a founding member of the editorial board for the journal, The Medieval Globe. The Medieval Globe‘s goal is to bring scholarly interconnectivity to our modern understanding of the medieval world.
Digital Humanities has become one of Professor Raffensperger’s interests over the course of working on his own project – the Rusian Genealogical Database. This website, which uses a back end XML database was developed in conjunction with David J. Birnbaum of the University of Pittsburgh. In conjunction with this project, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute sponsored the development of a genealogy map, as part of their Mapa project, to highlight the interconnectivity of medieval Europe using this dynastic marriage date (for more information see the Rusian Genealogy Map). These applications are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to digital humanities. Collected here are some of the many Digital Humanities resources and projects that students, and fellow academics both, can use for their own research.
Bio and Image from: http://www.wittenberg.edu/academics/hist/facultystaff/raffensperger.html
Prof. Kurt Villads Jensen
Prof. Balázs Nagy
Prof. Leonora Neville
I am an historian of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, specializing in the society and culture of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) in the ninth through twelfth centuries. I have strong interests in the late antique and classical antecedents of the medieval eastern Mediterranean cultures.
Bio and Image from: https://history.wisc.edu/people/neville-leonora/