Saturday, July 20, 2013

About the Society

Be sure to visit the Haskins Society's new website:!

The Charles Homer Haskins Society’s name commemorates and honors one of the United States’ most eminent medieval historians, Charles Homer Haskins (1870–1937).  A major influence in American graduate education, he taught many fine students, some of whom taught senior members of this  society.  His work on the Normans, the twelfth-century renaissance, medieval science, and the rise of the university was seminal, and he effectively pioneered the study of medieval culture as an autonomous field. The Haskins Society is dedicated to the promotion of his many and varied interests, including, but not limited to Anglo-Saxon, viking, Anglo-Norman and early Angevin history, and the history of neighboring areas and peoples.

Although primarily a society of historians, the Haskins Society welcomes historically minded archaeologists, art historians and literature specialists, and encourages them to submit papers to our conference and journal, The Haskins Society Journal.  

The Society holds its annual conferences in November at Boston College; additionally, it organizes and sponsors scholarly sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in early May of each year and at the Leeds International Medieval Congress each summer.

s an Affiliated Society of the American Historical Association, the Haskins Society organizes joint Haskins-AHA sessions at AHA annual meetings. The Haskins Society also cooperates closely with the Battle Conferences on Anglo-Norman Studies. The Society numbers more than 200 scholars, drawn from the United States and Canada, many from Britain, and others from France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere.

Our journal is issued annually.

Officers of the Haskins Society
   Chris Lewis, President
   Graham Loud, Vice President for Britain & Europe
   Robert Berkhofer, Vice President for North America
   Sally Shockro, Conference Director
 Robin Fleming, Associate Conference Director
   W. Scott Jessee, Executive Secretary
   Mary Frances Giandrea, Treasurer
   Claire Dutton, Associate Treasurer (UK & Europe)
   Kenji Yoshitake, Associate Treasurer (Japan)
   William L. North, Editor of the Haskins Society Journal
   Steven Isaac, Webmaster

Councilors of the Haskins Society
  Bruce O’Brien (Immediate Past President)
  Emily Albu
Richard Barton
Brendan Smith
Hirokazu Tsurushima
Laura Gathagan
Nicholas Paul

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 Conference Schedule and Suggestions for Panelists

The 32nd Meeting of the Haskins Society

Boston College

October 25–27, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013


Welcome and the C. Warren Hollister Memorial Lecture

Presiding: William North, Carleton College

'Mores tuos fabricae loquuntur'. Building activity and the rhetoric of power in Ostrogothic Italy
Maria Cristina La Rocca, Università degli Studi di Padova

1:15-1:30 break


Session 1: England’s Troubles in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Chair: Tracey-Anne Cooper, St. John’s University

The Bishop’s Authority: The Legal Rhetoric of Wulfstan’s So-Called Peace of Edward and Guthrum
Jay Paul Gates, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

A Franco-Danish Marriage and the Plot against England
T. Heebøll-Holm, The Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

2:30-3:00 coffee

Session 2: Texts and Identity in the Early Middle Ages
Chair: Austin Mason, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Sanctity and Authority in Bede’s Saints’ Lives
Sally Shockro, Merrimack College

A Hypothetical Slave in Constantinople: Amalarius’s Liber Officialis and the Mediterranean Slave Trade
Shane Bobrycki, Harvard University

The Matrix of Bede’s Old Testament Exegesis: The Commentary on First Samuel
Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn

4:30-4:45 break

Session 3: Rethinking Authority, Politics and Conquest
Chair: Richard P. Abels, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

Regionality and conquest: revisiting the Norman Conquest of the North
Aleksandra McClain, University of York

Politics, Sex and Violence in the Borders of the Bayeux Tapestry
Howard Clarke, University College, Dublin (Emeritus)

Bertrada of Montfort in Chronicles and Charters: A Mirror for Historians of Politics and Society in 11th- 12-Century France
Kimberly A. LoPrete, National University of Ireland, Galway

Contested Authority in England and the Afterlife of Thomas Becket
Joseph P. Creamer, Fordham University

6:45 reception at the McMullen Museum of Art

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Session 4: New Perspectives on Violence in Medieval France and England
Chair: Belle S. Tuten, Juniata College

Did Orderic Vitalis Have a Concept of Violence?
Richard E. Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The Invention of “Evil Customs” and “Banal Lordship” in Post-Medieval France
Tracey L. Billado, University of Staten Island

Royal Violence in England, c. 1066 to c. 1272
Stephen D. White, Duke University 

10:00-10:30 coffee

Session 5: The Twelfth-Century Church and its Troubles
Chair: Emily Winkler, Jesus College, University of Oxford

“A Flame in the North:” Bishop Ranulf of Durham and the Progress of Clerical Reform in the Early Twelfth-Century English Church
William M. Aird, Edinburgh University

Follow the Money: Ecclesiastical Politics and Financial Fraud in Late Twelfth-Century Paris

Mia Münster-Swendsen, Roskild University  

The Religious Patronage of St Martin-le-Grand during the Anarchy, 1135-1154
Joanna Lamb, The Catholic University of America

12:00-1:00 lunch (History Department)

Public Discussion on the State of the Haskins Society

Presiding: Chris Lewis, King’s College, London

As the society prepares to move to our fifth venue, we will hold a general discussion on the ways in which we would like to shape the conference and the society in the future, and discuss a variety of topics, including 1) the chronological and geographical bounds of the society 2) the role of interdisciplinarity, 3) areas that we do not now cover that we should, 4) the balance between papers and time for discussion.

2:15-2:30 break


Session 6: Legislating the Other: Jews, Muslims, and Foreigners in Medieval European Legal Sources 
Chair: Christine Senecal, Shippensburg University

A Hermeneutical Feast: Interreligious Dining in Early Medieval Counciliar Legislation
Gregory Halfond, Framingham State University

The Economic Regulation of Muslims in Medieval Sicily

Timothy Smit, Eastern Kentucky University

The Útlendisma∂r in Iceland––Merchants and Monsters
Jeffrey Hartman, University of Minnesota

4:00-4:30 coffee

Session 7: Curial Imaginings: Representation and Critique of the Papacy and Curia in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Chair: Jason Glenn, University of Southern California

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine...": Legitimacy, Representation, and the Politics of Information during the 'Pravilegium' Crisis 1111-1116
William North, Carleton College

Ad limina apostolorum: perceptions of the papacy in German chronicles of the early twelfth century
Thomas McCarthy, New College of Florida

7:30 Party at Robin Fleming’s house

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Session 8: Chronicles, Nationalities and Marches: Cistercian Historical Writing in Scotland and Wales
Chair: Constance Berman, University of Iowa

The View from Melrose: a Cistercian Chronicle’s Perceptions of England and the English from the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands
John Reuben Davies, University of Glasgow

English Annalistic Sources in Welsh Tradition
Georgia Henley, Harvard University

Rethinking the Chronicle of the Princes
Owain Wyn Jones, University of Bangor

10:00-10:30 coffee


Session 9: Learning and Authority in the Long Twelfth Century
Chair: Charlotte Cartwright, State University of New York, Oswego

Fighting to be the Tallest Dwarf: Invidia in the Self-Conception of Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Masters
Corinna Matlis, Cornell University

The Originality of William of Newburgh
Michael Staunton, University College, Dublin

Charters and Hospitality in England during the Long Twelfth Century
Paul Hyams, Cornell University

12:00-12:15 break


Session 10: Conflicts and Depredation
Chair: Emily Albu, University of California, Davis

The Diplomatics of Depredation
Thomas Roche, Archives départementales of Nièvre

The Magna Carta conflict (1215-17) and the French
Daniel Power, Swansea University

1:15-2:15 lunch (History Department)

A gentle reminder for those giving papers:
The point of giving a talk is as much about the questions and the conversation that arise during the Q&A period, as it is about the paper itself. Because of this, you are asked to stick closely to your allotted paper-giving time of 20 minutes. A 20-minute paper is generally a 10-page, 12-point-font typescript. Please be courteous to your fellow panelists and come prepared to give a paper of this length. Panel Chairs will be instructed (with, of course, a couple of minutes grace) to keep their panelists to time. We would all like to hear your conclusions, but will be robbed of the pleasure, if you have been dragged off the podium by your Chair.

For those needing AV equipment other than a microphone:
Please send your request, before October 15, to If you will be using PowerPoint, make sure, when you download your presentation onto a flash drive.  We support both PowerPoint and Keynote.

You will need to bring copies of your handout with you to the conference. Eighty copies should suffice.

You can download a copy of the conference schedule here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Our 2013 Featured Speaker

We are pleased to announce our 2013 featured speaker will be:

Maria Cristina La Rocca, Università degli Studi di Padova

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Conference Hotel Information

We strongly suggest that you book your hotel room early. October is leaf-peeping season in New England. It is also prime “Parent Weekend” time for many of Boston’s hundred colleges and universities. If you leave it to the last minute, you will not be able to find a hotel room.

The 2013 conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Boston/Brookline. It is from this hotel that the bus will pick up conference attendees going to Boston College each morning and returning from Boston College in the late afternoon. It is also within a hundred yards of a T stop, and, therefore, has easy access to public transportation from Boston’s Logan Airport and the Amtrak station. The Haskins Society Conference rate is $139 per night.  When you book on-line or over the phone say that you are with Boston College Haskins Society or type in the conference code HSK

Getting to Boston College:
For those of you staying at the Holiday Inn, there is a daily bus to and from the conference. 

You can download the bus schedule here.

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA  02446
(617) 277-1200

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Denis Bethell Prize Competition 2013

The Bethell Prize honors the memory of Denis Bethell, late of University College, Dublin, whose tragically early death deprived us of a good friend and a fine scholar. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the presentation of high quality papers at conferences sponsored by the Haskins Society and in Haskins sponsored sessions at other conferences, and the submission of such papers to the Haskins Society Journal.

The prize is US $400 (or the sterling equivalent) and publication of a revised version of the winning paper in the Haskins Society Journal for the year when the paper was presented. (Following standard academic practice, the journal editor may request that the author make further revisions prior to publication.)

Eligibility: All conference papers presented by junior 
scholars (graduate students or non-tenured faculty) 
who are Haskins Society members at any session 
sponsored by the Society during the 12 months of the membership calendar year are eligible.  Besides the 
Haskins Society Conference itself, Haskins-sponsored sessions at the American Historical Association 
conference, the annual conference of the Medieval 
Academy of America, the annual International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and the annual International Medieval Conference at Leeds are also eligible venues.  
The author of the paper must present the paper in 
person at the relevant conference and must be a 
member of the Haskins Society.  (Prospective 
presenters may contact the Society's treasurer, Mary Frances Giandrea about membership at  
-->:  note that the Society has a special 
student rate.)

You can download a membership form here.  

The judge for all papers submitted during a 12-month 
cycle will be a scholar appointed by the Haskins Society Council.  

Submission:  Entrants for the prize have until the end of the calendar year in which their paper was presented at a conference to revise it into article format, and then send it to the Bethell Prize Coordinator. The author of the article must send one electronic copy of the article to the Coordinator as email attachment or on diskette, along with postal and e-mail addresses valid for the following year. At the end of the calendar year the Prize Coordinator will send the submitted papers to the Judge.

Judging criteria. The Bethell Prize Judge will evaluate the submitted papers according to their contribution to medieval scholarship and worthiness for publication. The Judge may offer suggestions for revision to authors and may pass such suggestions to the editor of the Haskins Society Journal.

Award. The winner of the Bethell Prize will be announced in the Haskins Society newsletter and on the Society’s website.  If the winner is able to attend the next Fall's annual Haskins Society Conference, he/she will be congratulated then. The financial award and further details will be mailed to the winner.

Other papers entered for the prize besides the winner may be submitted to the editor of the Haskins Society Journal for consideration in the usual way.

Bethell Prize Coordinator:
Professor Emily Albu
Classics Program, University of California
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA  95616  USA

About the Haskins Society at Boston College Website

This site has information about the International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society and things to help you plan your trip to Boston. On this site you will find the conference schedule and registration material, and you will be able to sign up for conference activities and pay for registration and meals. The site also contains information about the conference hotel and has web-links to help you make your reservation. There is a place on the site, if you are interested in sharing a hotel room, to find a roommate. You will also find descriptions of local restaurants, drugstores, etc.

To read more, click on one of the "quick links" listed in the right-hand column of the site. After you click a link on a particular topic, information on that topic will appear in the left-hand column. In the right-hand column you will also find web-links to maps, driving directions and hotel sites, as well as suggestions, if you have a little extra time, for things to do in Boston.

How to Register for the 2013 Conference

You can now register and pay for the Haskins Society Conference on-line.

We hope that many of you will take advantage of this payment system.  The only people who cannot use the on-line system are graduate students or B.C. faculty who are not planning to buy any meals.  Since neither of these groups will owe any money, the on-line system will not be able to handle their applications.  Nonetheless, graduate students and B.C. faculty need to pre-register.  So, instead of signing up on line, we would like you to fill out a hard copy of the registration form (which you can download), and mail it to us. 

After using the automatic payment system, please be sure to print off a copy of the receipt for your records, since it will serve as your official proof of payment.

The web payment and check-out system can be found at the bottom of this page.  Simply scroll down, and you will find the checkout system below this text box.  Please chose the appropriate registration fee and meals, and add them to your shopping cart.  Be sure to select any of the evening activities you plan to attend (there is no charge for these activities, but we would like to know for planning purposes).

If you prefer to use snail-mail and send a check, please go to the bottom of this entry and download the registration form.  Fill out the form, make your check out to "The Haskins Society at Boston College" for the appropriate amount, and mail the form and check to:

The Charles Homer Haskins Society
c/o Professor Robin Fleming
Stokes Hall
Department of History
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Download a registration form here.

Getting to and around Boston

Getting to and around Boston:
Boston Logan International Airport
Logan is not only the closest airport, but it is conveniently linked, by public transportation, to the conference hotels (see below).

Amtrak South Station
If you are coming from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Amtrak to South Station may be the best way to come to Boston. Again, South Station is linked, by public transportation, to the conference hotels (see below).

Driving in Boston
Tighten your seat-belts, put on your crash-helmets and pray. If you like slow-motion mayhem, an illogical road system, no street signs, lots of honking and shouting, and think of a red light as a suggestion, you will love driving in Boston. If you learned to drive in California, you will have a weekend-long nervous breakdown.

A T "Charlie Card"
Charlie Cards are T-passes. Fares on the T are $1.70 for a single journey, including all the way from the airport or the Amtrak station to you hotel. There are Charlie-Card machines in all the underground T-stations. Since these cards can only be purchased at underground T-stations (and cannot be purchased at above-ground stops), we suggest that you buy one when you arrive at your first underground station (since the conference hotel, Brookline and Boston College are all served by above-ground trains), and put at least enough money on your card to get you from the airport and back again. But if you plan to use the T at all during your stay, to go to restaurants or (if you are staying at the Best Western) to get to BC each day, you should purchase a Charlie Card with $5- or $10-worth of rides. You can also pay the T conductor for a single ticket, but you must have exact change.

Finding a Person with whom to Share a Hotel Room

If you would like to find someone willing to share a hotel room with you, please use the comment box at the end of the posting (if it is unopened, click the word "comment"). Tell us 1) your name, 2) your e-mail address. Since the comment box will only accommodate five comments at a time, we will incorporate your details into the body of this posting within 24 hours (the information will appear in gold letters), and erase them from the comment box.

When looking for a roommate, feel free to email people who have left their details.

When you have found someone with whom to share a room, please email us at, and we will remove your details from the posting.

Postings of People who would like to share rooms:

How to Get to your Hotel from the Airport or the Amtrak Station

How to get to the Holiday Inn

From Logan International Airport:
You can take a taxi. The price will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $40, and if you come during rush hour, your trip will not be any faster than it would have been had you taken the T, Boston’s underground and streetcar system, which costs $1.70.

T instructions for the Holiday Inn Brookline/Boston:
1. Take the Silver Line to South Station.
2. At South Station take the Red Line (towards Alewife) two stops to Park Street.
3. At Park Street, take the C train of the Green Line (towards Cleveland Circle). [Sit back and relax, until your train goes above ground.] At this point, you should ask the conductor to tell you when you have arrived at the Saint Paul stop, which you will now be near.
5. When you get off the train, orient yourself. With your back to downtown Boston (the way you have just come) cross to the right-hand side of the street. Walk 70 feet, and you will be at the entrance of the Holiday Inn.

Parking at Boston College

If you are driving to campus, go to the lower-campus gate on Beacon Street, located across the street from the T's Green Line terminus. At the main gate, tell the attendant you are with the Haskins Society Conference. You will be directed to the Lower Campus Commonwealth Ave. garage. Both this garage and a route to the Gasson Hall, where the conference is being held, are found on the Boston College map, in one of the links on the right-hand column of this site. Allow between 10 and 15 minutes to walk between the two.

Warning: Street Parking around Boston College is limited to cars with resident stickers.

Thursday Night Gathering

On Thursday, October 24 many of us will be gathering for conversation, drinks and food at HOPSnSCOTCH, 1306 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm, a six-minute walk from the conference hotel.

Where to Eat

Brookline is divided into a number of neighborhoods. If you exit the Holiday Inn onto Beacon Street and stand with your back to Boston, it will be easy to orient yourself to these neighborhoods. The area .3 miles (500 meters) from the hotel (away from Boston) along Beacon Street and to the right, along Harvard Street, is known as Coolidge Corner. The main shopping and eating in Coolidge Corner can be found here. When you reach the intersection of Beacon and Harvard, turn right on Harvard St. If, instead, you take a left on Harvard Street, and then walk for 10 or 15 minutes, you will enter Brookline Village. If, on the other hand, you walk along Beacon Street, past the Harvard Street intersection and walk for 15 or 20 minutes, you will hit Washington Square. You can also take the T to Washington Square, catching it at any stop along Beacon Street (be sure to take the outbound train, and ask the conductor to tell you when to get off). You can download a copy of this list, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Coolidge Corner
Zaftigs Delicatessen (for the mother of all breakfasts!), 335 Harvard St., Brookline
• Peet’s Coffee and Tea, 285 Harvard St, Brookline
Starbucks, 1655 Beacon St., Brookline
Washington Square
• Athans Cafe, 1621 Beacon St., Brookline
• Cafe Fixe, 1642 Beacon St., Brookline

Cheap & Cheerful [some entrees under $10; not all with table service]
Coolidge Corner
Anna's Taqueria (Mexican), 1412 Beacon St, Brookline
Dok Bua (Thai), 411 Harvard St, Brookline
Rod Dee Thai Cuisine (Thai), 1430 Beacon St, Brookline
Zenna Noodle Bar (Vietnamese), 1374 Beacon St, Brookline
Super Fusion Cuisine (Japanese/Korean), 690A Washington St., Brookline
• Boca Grande (Mexican), 1294 Beacon St., Brookline
• Rami (Middle Eastern/Kosher), 324 Harvard St., Brookline
• Upper Crust Pizza (Pizza), 286 Harvard St., Brookline
Brookline Village
T-Rex Taqueria (Mexican), 6 Cypress St., Brookline Village
• Family Restaurant (Turkish), 305 Washington St., nr. Brookline Village

Moderately Priced
Coolidge Corner
• Rani (Indian), 1353 Beacon St, nr Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Zaftigs Delicatessen (great deli food), 335 Harvard St., Brookline
Brookline Village
Matt Murphy's (pub with excellent food), 14 Harvard St., Brookline Village, (617) 232-0188
• Tashi Delek (Tibetan), 236 Washington St., Brookline Village
• Orinoco (Venezuelan), 22 Harvard St., nr. Brookline Village
• Pho Lemon Grass (Vietnamese), 239 Harvard St., towards Brookline Village
Washington Square:
Roadhouse BBQ (pub with ribs and other good food), 1700 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-487-4290

Moderately Expensive
Coolidge Corner
The Publick House (unbelievable selection of beer as well as food),1648 Beacon St., Brookline, (617) 277-2880
Brookline Village
Pomodoro (Italian), 24 Harvard St, 617-566-4455 (reservations strongly recommended)
Washington Square
The Fireplace (Italian), 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, (617) 975-1900 (reservations strongly recommended)
American Craft (New American), 714 Washington St, Brookline, (617) 232-8989 (no reservations taken)
• Tamarind Bay (Indian, vegetarian friendly), 1665 Beacon St.

A short walk or T-ride from the Holiday Inn towards Boston
Taberna de Haro (Tapas), 999 Beacon St, Brookline, (617) 277-8272 (no reservations taken, but you can call ahead and put your name on the list for a shorter wait)
Elephant Walk (Cambodian), 900 Beacon Street, (617) 247-1500 (reservations strongly recommended)
• Jae's (Asian fusion), 1223 Beacon St., Brookline