Professor Julia Smith

  • Professor - Edwards Chair in Medieval History (History)

telephone: 0141-3305139
email: Julia.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

My early publications focused on Carolingian political and social history. More recently, I have published heavily on women and gender, and on saints’ cults and hagiography, and I welcome research students in all these aspects of Late Antique and Early Medieval History. My research is grounded in the premise that gender and sanctity were complementary, but fundamentally different ways of organising, expressing and debating power relations. At the moment, I hold a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for a book-length project which prioritises a material culture approach. Christianity in Fragments locates saints’ relics at the intersection of material culture and the cultural history of medieval Christianity and thereby substitutes objects for texts as the main field of enquiry. I am also gathering material towards a book which will combine gender and material culture, provisionally entitled Roman Martyrs in the Medieval Imagination. I am a founding member of the Glasgow University Centre for Gender History, and a regular participant in international conferences.

Among the topics my research students past and present have selected are:

  • 'Gender and Violence in the Early Middle Ages’
  • ‘Queen Brunhild and Representations of Merovingian Queenship’
  • 'Hagiography and Saint's Cults in the Diocese of Liège, 9th-10th centuries'
  • ‘Blood and martyrdom in Late Antiquity’
  • ‘Anglo-Saxon cultural perceptions of the Britons’
  • ‘Texts and objects in the medieval cult of St Edmund of East Anglia’

Key publications:

Smith, Julia M.H. (2012) Portable Christianity: relics in the Medieval west (c.700-c.1200). Proceedings of the British Academy, 181 . pp. 143-167. ISSN 0068-1202 (doi:10.5871/bacad/9780197265277.003.0006)

Smith, Julia M.H. (2005) Europe after Rome: a New Cultural History 500-1000. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780192892638

Smith, Julia M.H. (2010) Rulers and relics, c.750-c.950: 'treasure on earth, treasure in heaven'. In: Walsham, A. (ed.) Relics and Remains. Series: Past and present supplements (5). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 73-96. ISBN 9780199600588

Noble, T.F.X. and Smith, J.M.H., (Eds.) (2008) Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Series: Cambridge history of Christianity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521817752

Smith, Julia M.H. (2003) Einhard: the sinner and the saint. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Sixth series), 13 . pp. 55-77. (doi:10.1017/S0080440103000033)

Grants

  • 2013-2016   Leverhulme Trust: Major Research Fellowship (£132,165)
  • 2013   Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton: Fellowship ($68,000)
  • 2008-9   Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: Cotterill Membership ($41,655)
  • 2008   British Academy: Conference Grant (£1,250); Royal Historical Society: Conference Grant (£300), both for Women’s History Network conference ‘Gender and Generations: Life-cycles and Change in Women’s History’
  • 2004   British Academy: Overseas Conference Grant (£665)
  • 2003-4   Arts and Humanities Research Board: Research Leave (£13,153)
  • 2001   Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton: Fellowship ($28,000)
  • 1999-2000   Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study: Fellowship (€25,000)

 

 

Supervision

  • Charles Hammel, Narrating Early Medieval Iberia: History, Text and Identity, c409-586. 
  • Colette Bowie, The Daughters of Eleanor of Aquitaine: a study in comparative queenship. 
  • Emma Thomas, Queen Brunhild and representations of Merovingian Queenship.
  • Andrew Gourlay, Things Left Behind: Relics, Cult and Identity in 13thC East Anglia.

 

Teaching

Honours courses:

  • Heroic History in Anglo-Saxon England: Beowulf in Context
  • Making Saints in the early Middle Ages
  • Saints and Society in early England

Graduate courses:

  • Writing the Middle Ages
  • From Antiquity to the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Palaeography

Additional information

Other external activities include:
  • AHRC Peer Review College member
  • Academic Editor, Longmans Medieval World series
  • Panel of Judges, Wolfson History Prize.

 

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001
Number of items: 20.

2014

Smith, J. M. H. (2014) Material Christianity in the early medieval household. In: Doran, J., Methuen, C. and Walsham, A. (eds.) Religion and the Household. Series: Studies in Church History (50). Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, pp. 23-46. ISBN 9780954681029

Smith, J. M.H. (2014) Care of relics in early medieval Rome. In: Garver, V. L. and Phelan, O. M. (eds.) Rome and Religion in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Thomas F. X. Noble. Series: Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West . Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 179-205. ISBN 9781472421135

2013

Smith, J. M.H. (2013) Writing in Britain and Ireland, 400-800. In: Lees, C.A. (ed.) Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 19-49. ISBN 9780521190589

2012

Smith, J. M.H. (2012) Portable Christianity: relics in the Medieval west (c.700-c.1200). Proceedings of the British Academy, 181 . pp. 143-167. ISSN 0068-1202 (doi:10.5871/bacad/9780197265277.003.0006)

2010

Smith, J. M.H. (2010) La réécriture chez Hucbald de Saint-Amand. In: Goullet, M., Heinzelmann, M. and Veyrard-Cosme, C. (eds.) L'hagiographie Mérovingienne à Travers ses Réécritures. Thorbecke, Ostfildern, Germany, pp. 271-286. ISBN 9783799574631

Smith, J. M.H. (2010) Rulers and relics, c.750-c.950: 'treasure on earth, treasure in heaven'. In: Walsham, A. (ed.) Relics and Remains. Series: Past and present supplements (5). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 73-96. ISBN 9780199600588

2009

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) “Carrying the cares of state”: gender perspectives on early medieval Staatlichkeit. In: Pohl, W. and Wieser, V. (eds.) Der Frühmittelalterliche Staat: Europäische Perspektiven. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, pp. 227-239. ISBN 9783700166047

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) Pilgrimage and spiritual healing in the ninth century. In: Rubin, M. (ed.) Medieval Christianity in Practice. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA, pp. 222-228. ISBN 9780691090597

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) Radegundis peccatrix: authorizations of virginity in late antique Gaul. In: Rousseau, P. and Papoutsakis, M. (eds.) Transformations of Late Antiquity: Essays for Peter Brown. Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 303-326. ISBN 9780754665533

2008

Noble, T.F.X. and Smith, J.M.H., (Eds.) (2008) Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Series: Cambridge history of Christianity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521817752

Smith, J. M.H. (2008) Saints and their cults. In: Noble, T.F.X. and Smith, J.M.H. (eds.) Cambridge History of Christianity Volume 3: Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 581-605. ISBN 9780521817752

2005

Smith, J. M.H. (2005) Europe after Rome: a New Cultural History 500-1000. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780192892638

2004

Brubaker, L. and Smith, J. M.H., (Eds.) (2004) Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300-900. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521013275

2003

Smith, J. M.H. (2003) Einhard: the sinner and the saint. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Sixth series), 13 . pp. 55-77. (doi:10.1017/S0080440103000033)

Smith, J. M.H. (2003) "Emending evil ways and praising God's omnipotence": Einhard and the uses of Roman martyrs. In: Mills, K. and Grafton, A. (eds.) Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing. Series: Studies in comparative history . University of Rochester Press, Rochester, USA, pp. 189-223. ISBN 9781580461252

2002

Smith, J. M.H. (2002) Confronting identities: the rhetoric and reality of a Carolingian frontier. In: Pohl, W. and Diesenberger, M. (eds.) Integration und Herrschaft: Ethnische Identitäten und Soziale Organisation im Frühmittelalter. Series: Denkschriften (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse) (301). Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria, pp. 169-182. ISBN 9783700130406

Smith, J. M.H. (2002) Women at the tomb: access to relic shrines in the early middle ages. In: Mitchell, K. and Wood, I.N. (eds.) The World of Gregory of Tours. Series: Cultures, beliefs, and traditions (8). Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 163-180. ISBN 9789004110342

2001

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) Aedificatio sancti loci: the making of a ninth-century holy place. In: de Jong, M. and Theuws, F. (eds.) Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The transformation of the Roman world (6). Brill, Leiden, pp. 361-396. ISBN 9004117342

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) Did women have a transformation of the Roman world? In: Stafford, P. and Mulder-Bakker, A.B. (eds.) Gendering the Middle Ages. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 22-41. ISBN 9780631226512

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) L'accès des femmes aux saintes reliques durant le haut moyen âge. Médiévales, 40 . pp. 83-100. ISSN 0751-2708

This list was generated on Tue Sep 16 21:25:51 2014 BST.
Number of items: 20.

Article

Smith, J. M.H. (2012) Portable Christianity: relics in the Medieval west (c.700-c.1200). Proceedings of the British Academy, 181 . pp. 143-167. ISSN 0068-1202 (doi:10.5871/bacad/9780197265277.003.0006)

Smith, J. M.H. (2003) Einhard: the sinner and the saint. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Sixth series), 13 . pp. 55-77. (doi:10.1017/S0080440103000033)

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) L'accès des femmes aux saintes reliques durant le haut moyen âge. Médiévales, 40 . pp. 83-100. ISSN 0751-2708

Book

Smith, J. M.H. (2005) Europe after Rome: a New Cultural History 500-1000. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780192892638

Book Section

Smith, J. M. H. (2014) Material Christianity in the early medieval household. In: Doran, J., Methuen, C. and Walsham, A. (eds.) Religion and the Household. Series: Studies in Church History (50). Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, pp. 23-46. ISBN 9780954681029

Smith, J. M.H. (2014) Care of relics in early medieval Rome. In: Garver, V. L. and Phelan, O. M. (eds.) Rome and Religion in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Thomas F. X. Noble. Series: Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West . Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 179-205. ISBN 9781472421135

Smith, J. M.H. (2013) Writing in Britain and Ireland, 400-800. In: Lees, C.A. (ed.) Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 19-49. ISBN 9780521190589

Smith, J. M.H. (2010) La réécriture chez Hucbald de Saint-Amand. In: Goullet, M., Heinzelmann, M. and Veyrard-Cosme, C. (eds.) L'hagiographie Mérovingienne à Travers ses Réécritures. Thorbecke, Ostfildern, Germany, pp. 271-286. ISBN 9783799574631

Smith, J. M.H. (2010) Rulers and relics, c.750-c.950: 'treasure on earth, treasure in heaven'. In: Walsham, A. (ed.) Relics and Remains. Series: Past and present supplements (5). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 73-96. ISBN 9780199600588

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) “Carrying the cares of state”: gender perspectives on early medieval Staatlichkeit. In: Pohl, W. and Wieser, V. (eds.) Der Frühmittelalterliche Staat: Europäische Perspektiven. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, pp. 227-239. ISBN 9783700166047

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) Pilgrimage and spiritual healing in the ninth century. In: Rubin, M. (ed.) Medieval Christianity in Practice. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA, pp. 222-228. ISBN 9780691090597

Smith, J. M.H. (2009) Radegundis peccatrix: authorizations of virginity in late antique Gaul. In: Rousseau, P. and Papoutsakis, M. (eds.) Transformations of Late Antiquity: Essays for Peter Brown. Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 303-326. ISBN 9780754665533

Smith, J. M.H. (2008) Saints and their cults. In: Noble, T.F.X. and Smith, J.M.H. (eds.) Cambridge History of Christianity Volume 3: Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 581-605. ISBN 9780521817752

Smith, J. M.H. (2003) "Emending evil ways and praising God's omnipotence": Einhard and the uses of Roman martyrs. In: Mills, K. and Grafton, A. (eds.) Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing. Series: Studies in comparative history . University of Rochester Press, Rochester, USA, pp. 189-223. ISBN 9781580461252

Smith, J. M.H. (2002) Confronting identities: the rhetoric and reality of a Carolingian frontier. In: Pohl, W. and Diesenberger, M. (eds.) Integration und Herrschaft: Ethnische Identitäten und Soziale Organisation im Frühmittelalter. Series: Denkschriften (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse) (301). Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria, pp. 169-182. ISBN 9783700130406

Smith, J. M.H. (2002) Women at the tomb: access to relic shrines in the early middle ages. In: Mitchell, K. and Wood, I.N. (eds.) The World of Gregory of Tours. Series: Cultures, beliefs, and traditions (8). Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 163-180. ISBN 9789004110342

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) Aedificatio sancti loci: the making of a ninth-century holy place. In: de Jong, M. and Theuws, F. (eds.) Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages. Series: The transformation of the Roman world (6). Brill, Leiden, pp. 361-396. ISBN 9004117342

Smith, J. M.H. (2001) Did women have a transformation of the Roman world? In: Stafford, P. and Mulder-Bakker, A.B. (eds.) Gendering the Middle Ages. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 22-41. ISBN 9780631226512

Edited Book

Noble, T.F.X. and Smith, J.M.H., (Eds.) (2008) Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Series: Cambridge history of Christianity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521817752

Brubaker, L. and Smith, J. M.H., (Eds.) (2004) Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300-900. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521013275

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