Curriculum Vitae

 

Shami Ghosh

 

Centre for Medieval Studies                                                                           email: shami.ghosh@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto                                                           web: http://utoronto.academia.edu/ShamiGhosh

125 Queen’s Park, 3rd Floor                                              http://individual.utoronto.ca/shamighosh/home.htm

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5S 2C7

 

Degrees

 

PhD                 Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2009.
(Thesis: ‘The barbarian past in early medieval historical narrative’; successfully defended with no corrections on August 7 2009.)

 

MA                  Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2005.

 

BA                   German (First Class Hons), King’s College London, 2003.

 

Employment and academic positions

 
Centre for Medieval Studies and Department of History, University of Toronto. Assistant Professor, 2016–.
 
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014–15. Research Fellow, 2015–.
 
Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Fellow by Examination (Junior Research Fellow), 2010–13.
 
School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester. Honorary Visiting Fellow (Postdoctoral fellow), 2009–10.

 

Scholarships

 

·       Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Toronto, 2008–9.
[One of four doctoral candidates chosen from all humanities departments within the university.]

·       Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada 2006–9.

·       Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2005–6.

·       Presidential Scholarship, Harvard University, 2003–8.
[Resigned in 2004 to take up graduate studies at the University of Toronto.]

·       Robert Priebsch Prize, University of London, 2003.
[Awarded to the best graduating student in medieval German studies.]

 

Honours and professional awards

 

·       Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2014–15.
[4 fellowships were awarded out of a field of c.60 applicants.]

·       Fellowship by Examination (Junior Research Fellowship), Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 2010–13.
[3 fellowships were awarded out of a field of c.300 applicants.]

·       Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada, 2009–11.
[153 fellowships were awarded out of a field of 766 applications.]

 

Research areas

 

·       Social and economic history: processes of commercialisation and transitions to capitalism; rural/agrarian history; global economic history and the ‘Great Divergence’.

·       Historiography: Latin historical writing c.500–c.1300; vernacular historical narratives (Old Norse; Middle High German).

·       Literature: Middle High German, Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German.

 

Languages

 

·       Modern languages: English and German: native or near-native proficiency; Danish, Dutch, French, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish: reading knowledge; Hindi: elementary.

·       Medieval languages: Medieval Latin, Middle High German, Old Norse: excellent reading knowledge; Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old Dutch, Old English, Old High German, Old Saxon: reading knowledge; Gothic: elementary.

 

Research Awards

 

·       Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada, 2015–17.

·       Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2014–15.

·       Fellowship by Examination, Magdalen College, Oxford, 2010–13.

·       Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada, 2009–11.

 

Scholarly and professional work

 

1. Refereed publications

 

A. Books

 

Writing the barbarian past: studies in early medieval historical narrative, Brill’s series on the early middle ages, 24 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) (published November 2015). [Excerpt.]

 

Kings’ sagas and Norwegian history: problems and perspectives, The northern world, 54 (Leiden: Brill, 2011). [Excerpt.]
[Reviews: Patricia Pires Boulhosa in The Medieval Review (June 2012); Ármann Jakobsson in (Norsk) Historisk tidsskrift (2012), 3: 465–9; Sirpa Aalto in Saga-Book, 36 (2012), 140–2; Jane-Anne Denison in Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 8 (2012), 105–6; Sverre Bagge in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 112 (2013), 98–100.]

 

B. Articles

 

‘Rural economies and transitions to capitalism: Germany and England compared (c.1200–c.1800)’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 16, 2 (2016), 255–90.

 

‘A rejoinder to Tirthankar Roy’, Modern Asian Studies, 49, 5 (2015), 1667–74.

 

‘How should we approach the economy of “early modern India”? A review article’, Modern Asian Studies, 49, 5 (2015), 1606–56.          
[Published as the first part of a debate with Tirthankar Roy, including his response and my rejoinder to it.]

 

‘The “great divergence”, politics, and capitalism’, Journal of Early Modern History, 19, 1 (2015), 1–43.

 

‘The imperial abbey of Ellwangen and its peasants: a study of the polyptych of 1337’, Agricultural History Review, 62, 2 (2014), 187–209.

 

‘Conquest, conversion and heathen customs in Henry of Livonia’s Chronicon Livoniae and the Livländische Reimchronik, Crusades, 11 (2012), 87–108.

 

Condwiramurs’, Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 82, 1 (2008), 3–25.

 

‘On the origins of Germanic heroic poetry: a case study of the legend of the Burgundians’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 129, 2 (2007), 220–52.

 

‘Forms of kinship: unresolved tensions in Wolfram’s Willehalm, Euphorion, 97, 3 (2003), 303–25.

 

2. Non-refereed publications

 

A. Encyclopedia entries

 

‘Historiography, Norwegian’, in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Viking World, ed. Judith Jesch and Christina Lee (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) (In press).

 

‘Jarl’, in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Viking World, ed. Judith Jesch and Christina Lee (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) (In press).

 

‘Kings’ sagas’, in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Viking World, ed. Judith Jesch and Christina Lee (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) (In press).

 

B. Review essays (3,000 words or longer)

 

Review of Piotr Górecki, The text and the world: the Henryków Book, its authors, and their region, 1160–1310, published online in Reviews in History (November 2015; c.4,500 words).

 

Review of Ármann Jakobsson, A sense of belonging, published online in The Medieval Review (October 2015; c.3,500 words).

 

Review of John Eldevik, Episcopal power and ecclesiastical reform in the German Empire: tithes, lordship, and community, 950–1150 and Charles West, Reframing the feudal revolution: political and social transformation between Marne and Moselle, c.800–c.1100, published online in Reviews in History (September 2014; c.10,000 words).

 

Review of Jessica Goldberg, Trade and institutions in the medieval Mediterranean: the Geniza merchants and their business world, published online in The Medieval Review (February 2014; c.3,000 words).

 

Review of Michaela Schmitz, Der Schluss des Parzival Wolframs von Eschenbach: Kommentar zum 16. Buch, published online in The Medieval Review (October 2013; c.3,500 words).

 

Review of Len Scales, The shaping of German identity: authority and crisis, 1245–1414, published online in Reviews in History (September 2012; c.4,000 words).

 

Review of Tom Scott, The city-state in Europe, 1000–1600: hinterland, territory, region, published online in Reviews in History (May 2012; c.3,000 words).

 

Review of James Davis, Medieval market morality: life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200–1500, published online in Reviews in History (May 2012; c.4,500 words).

 

‘The world of the Nibelungs revisited’[review of Jan-Dirk Müller (trans. William Whobrey), Rules for the endgame: the world of the ‘Nibelungenlied], published online by H-German (February 2010; c.5,000 words).

 

‘State formation in medieval Norway: strong kings and weak things?’ [review of Hans Jacob Orning, Unpredictability and presence: Norwegian kingship in the high middle ages], published online by H-German (July 2009; c.4,000 words).

 

C. Reviews

 

Review of Elina Gertsman, The Dance of Death in the middle ages: image, text, performance, forthcoming in Medium Ævum, 85, 1 (2016), 158–9.

 

Review of Panagiotis A. Agapitos and Lars Boje Mortensen (eds), Medieval narratives between history and fiction: from the centre to the periphery of Europe, c.1100–1400, forthcoming in Speculum, 91, 4 (2016).

 

Review of Giselle de Nie (ed. and trans.), Gregory of Tours: Lives and Miracles, published online in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (April 2016).

 

Review of Lenka Jiroušková, Der heiliger Wikingerkönig Olav Haraldsson und sein hagiographisches Dossier, forthcoming online in The Medieval Review (March 2016).

 

Review of Bruce Lincoln, Between history and myth: stories of Harald Fairhair and the founding of the state, Speculum, 91, 2 (2016), 523–5.

 

Review of Peter Brown, The ransom of the soul, published online in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (November 2015).

 

Review of Laurence Fontaine, The moral economy: poverty, credit and trust in early modern Europe, forthcoming in Sixteenth Century Journal, 46, 3 (2015), 720–22.

 

Review of Julie Marfany, Land, proto-industry and population in Catalonia, c.1680–1829: an alternative transition to capitalism?, Sixteenth-Century Journal 45, 1 (2014), 140–1.

 

Review of Helmut Tervooren and Johannes Spicker (eds), Die Begegnung der drei Lebenden und der drei Toten. Eine Edition nach der maasländischen und ripuarischen Textüberlieferung, Bulletin codicologique (2013).

 

Review of Anne Simon, The Cult of Saint Katherine of Alexandria in Late-Medieval Nuremberg, published online in Reviews in History (January 2013).

 

Review of Walter Haug and Manfred Günter Scholz (eds and trans.), Gottfried von Straßburg: Tristan und Isold, Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 48, 4 (2012), 490–2.

 

Review of Susanne Knaeble, Höfisches Erzählen von Gott: Funktion und narrative Entfaltung des Religiösen in Wolframs ‘Parzival, Medium Ævum, 81, 1 (2012), 165–6.

 

Review of Hannes Obermair and Volker Stamm, Zur Ökonomie einer ländlichen Pfarrgemeinde im Spätmittelalter,

published online in The Medieval Review (May 2012).

 

Review of Lynne Tatlock (ed.), Enduring loss in early modern Germany: cross disciplinary perspectives, Sixteenth-Century Journal 43, 1 (2012), 187–8.

 

Review of Susanne Flecken-Büttner, Wiederholung und Variation als poetisches Prinzip: Exemplarität, Identität und Exzeptionalität in Gottfrieds ‘Tristan’, published online in The Medieval Review (April 2012).

 

Review of Dorothea Klein (ed.), Vom Verstehen deutscher Texte des Mittelalters aus der europäischen Kultur: Hommage à Elisabeth Schmid, Modern Language Review, 107, 2 (2012), 639–40.

 

Review of Kathleen J. Meyer (ed. and trans.), Ulrich von Zatzikhoven: Lanzelet, published online in The Medieval Review (January 2012).

 

Review of Gudrun Clemen, SchmalkaldenBiberachRavensburg: Städtische Entwicklungen vom Spätmittelalter zur Frühen Neuzeit, Sixteenth-Century Journal, 42, 3 (2011), 919–20.

 

Review of Karl Gunnar Persson, An economic history of Europe, Canadian Journal of History, 46, 1 (2011), 141–3.

 

Review of Carola Redzich, Apocalypsis Joannis tot habet sacramenta quot verba: Studien zu Sprache, Überlieferung und Rezeption hochdeutscher Apokalypseübersetzungen des späten Mittelalters, Medium Ævum, 80, 2 (2011), 356–7.

 

Review of Marios Costambeys, Matthew Innes, and Simon Maclean, The Carolingian world, published online in Reviews in History (September 2011).

 

Review of D. H. Green, Women and marriage in German medieval romance, Modern Language Review, 106, 3 (2011), 896–8.

 

Review of Sheilagh C. Ogilvie, Institutions and European trade: merchant guilds, 1000–1800, published online in Reviews in History (July 2011).

 

Review of Cyril Edwards, trans., The Nibelungenlied, Modern Language Review, 106, 2 (2011), 571–2.

 

Review of Johannes Frey, Die Gegner der Helden in germanischer HeldendichtungNibelungenlied’ und ‘Edda’, Modern Language Review, 106, 1 (2011), 274–5.

 

Review of Stephen Mossman, Marquard von Lindau and the challenges of religious life in late medieval Germany, published online in The Medieval Review (January 2011).

 

‘Medieval diplomacy: a family affair’ [review of Björn K. U. Weiler, Henry III and the Staufen Empire, 1216–1272], published online by H-German (January 2009).

 

‘Divergent understandings of medieval landscapes’ [review of Karl-Heinz Spieß (ed.), Landschaften im Mittelalter], published online by H-German (July 2008).

 

3. Manuscripts in preparation.

 

Parzival’s growth, God’s grace, and the meaning of the Grail kingship’ (article co-authored with Martin H. Jones).

‘Money, markets, and mints east of the Rhine, c.800–c.1050’ (article).

 

Fagrskinna, skaldic verse, and the construction of early medieval Norwegian-ness in the thirteenth century’ (article).

‘Social and economic change in south and southeast Asia, c.500–c.1200: the view from western Europe’ (article).

Wolfram’s “Parzival”: A new introduction (monograph, co-authored with Martin H. Jones).

 

‘Processes of commercialisation in comparative perspective: Eurasian core regions, c.500–c.1500’ (article).

The commercialisation of rural society in Bavaria, c.1200–c.1440: a study in comparative economic history (monograph).

 

4. Invited lectures and seminar papers

 

‘From self-sufficiency to market dependence? Rural commercialisation in late-medieval southern Germany’, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 20 January 2016.

 

‘Rye, eggs, pigs—and cash: Scheyern Abbey and its tenants in the fourteenth century’, Interdisciplinary research seminar, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 18 March 2015.

 

‘Why you should care about medieval peasants’, Interdisciplinary research seminar, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 29 October 2014.

 

‘Dealing with death in early modern Germany’, Early modern German culture seminar, University of Oxford, 28 February 2013.

‘Rural economies and transitions to capitalisms: Germany and England compared’, Medieval social and economic history seminar, University of Oxford, 13 June 2012.

 

‘Sin and grace in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival’, University of British Columbia, 12 January 2012.

 

‘Conquest, conversion and the heathen ‘other’ in Henry of Livonia’s Chronicon Livoniae and the Livländische Reimchronik’, Medieval German seminar, University of Oxford, 1 December 2010.

 

Teaching

 

Teaching

 

1. Teaching interests

 

·       History: medieval and early modern Germany, Scandinavia, and the Baltic; economic and social history; comparative global history; medieval historiography.

·       Literature: Middle High German, Old Norse, Old High German, Old Saxon, and Medieval Latin literature.

·       Languages and skills: Medieval Latin, Middle High German, Old Norse, Old High German, Old Saxon; diplomatics.

 

2. Teaching experience

 

A. University of Toronto, 2016–.

 

i. Centre for Medieval Studies [graduate].

 

MST1000Y       Medieval Latin I (2016–17).

MST3241S        Everyday life in medieval Europe (2016–17).

 

ii. Department of History [undergraduate].

 

HIS220Y           The shape of medieval society (2016–17).

 

B. Magdalen College, Oxford 2010–13.

 

Final Honour School general history paper V: 1122–1273.

[A survey course for upper-level undergraduates covering various topics concerning this period.]

Final Honour School Further Subject III: The Carolingian renaissance.

[A specialised course for which students are expected to familiarise themselves with a wide range of primary sources in translation (c.600pp.), as well as the relevant scholarship; co-taught with John Nightingale.]
Preliminary Examination (for first-years), paper IV(a): approaches to history (economics and history).
[This is one optional component of an introductory course on various approaches to history taken by all first-year undergraduates.]

Final Honour School paper IX: medieval set texts.
[A specialised course on medieval German literature for upper-level undergraduates; compulsory for all students reading ‘German sole’ and not a joint major.]

Introduction to Old Norse (language and literature).
[A bespoke set of tutorials offered to one second-year student as preparation for a more advanced work in her final year.]

Medieval Latin reading group for graduates.
[Co-convened with Brian FitzGerald and Gustav Zamore, an informal setting for graduate students across the University of Oxford to read and translate Medieval Latin texts of varying levels.]

 

C. Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Sub-Faculty of German, University of Oxford 2010–13.

 

Final Honour School paper IX: medieval set texts.
[A specialised course on medieval German literature for upper-level undergraduates; compulsory for all students reading ‘German sole’ and not a joint major.]

Final Honour School paper VI: medieval period (to 1450).
[An optional  specialised course on medieval German literature for upper-level undergraduates.]

 

D. University of Toronto 2005–7.

 

MST1000: Introductory Medieval Latin.
[Teaching assistant for A. G. Rigg, with responsibility for tutorials, and for setting and marking assignments.]

HIS101: Introduction to historical studies, University of Toronto at Missisauga.
[Teaching assistant for Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi and Jens Hanssen, with responsibility for tutorials, and for setting and marking assignments.]

 

Administration and service

 

A. Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2016–.

 

1. Committees

 

·       Medieval Latin committee, 2016–.

·       Modern Languages committee, 2016–.

·       Placement committee, 2016–.

 

B. Department of History, University of Toronto, 2016–.

 

·       Placement committee, 2016–.

 

C. University of Oxford (2010–13).

 

1. Committees and panels

 

·       Member, working group on graduate recruitment, Sub-Faculty of German, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2011–13.

·       Panel member, career development workshops for MSt and DPhil students, Division of Humanities, and Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Sub-Faculty of German, University of Oxford.

·       Member, steering group, ‘Approaches to the pre-modern world’ research network, University of Oxford, 2012–13.

 

2. Conference sessions chaired

 

·       Session chair, ‘Comparison (2)’, ‘Approaches to the pre-modern world’ workshop, University of Oxford, 9 February 2013.

·       Session chair, ‘Medieval German chronicles’, 3rd Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium, University of Oxford, 5–7 July 2012.

 

3. Examining

 

·       Second marker, Final Honour School Further Subject IV: The viking age: war and peace c.750–1100, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2013.

·       Assessor for Transfer of Status for Mary Boyle (DPhil student), Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2013.

·       Assessor for Transfer of Status for Friederike Wolpert (DPhil student), Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2013.
[Transfer of Status is a viva voce examination of written work undertaken at the end of the first year of doctoral study to admit students to proceed to their second of three years in total; extended written comments must be provided by the two assessors (neither of whom can be the student’s supervisor) in addition to the oral examination.]

·       Second marker, Final Honour School in Modern Languages (German), paper XII: Special Subject: Gottfried’s Tristan and medieval German court society, 2012.
[Special subject papers are equivalent to independent study courses open only to final-year students, and are assessed by means of two final essays totalling c.8,000 words.]

·       Second marker, undergraduate Extended Essay, Final Honour School in Modern Languages (German): ‘Supernatural elements in Gottfried’s Tristan and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’, 2012.
[The Extended Essay, a work of original research of c.8,000–10,000 words, is equivalent to final-year honours thesis.]

·       Second marker, Final Honour School general history paper III: 700–900, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2011–12.

 

D. Magdalen College, Oxford (2010–13).

 

·       Member, Governing Body, Magdalen College, Oxford, 2010–13.

·       Member of the interviewing panel for undergraduate admissions in history, Magdalen College, Oxford, 2011–12.

·       Moderator, History Admissions Test, Magdalen College, Oxford, 2011–12.
[For applicants for admission to read for undergraduate degrees in history at the University of Oxford; c.30–c.60 scripts are marked by each moderator.]

 

E. University of Toronto (2004–9).

 

·       Member, Latin committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto., 2008–9.

·       Member, modern languages committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2007–8.

·       Member, planning committee, and session chair, ‘Cultural translations of Alexander II’, at a conference on ‘Alexander the Great in medieval and early modern culture’, University of Toronto, 8–10 March 2007.

 

F. Peer review

 

·       Peer reviewer for Speculum, 2016.

·       Peer reviewer for Medium Ævum, 2015.

·       Peer reviewer for Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 2014.

·       Peer reviewer for Scandinavian Studies, 2014.

·       Peer reviewer for German Quarterly, 2014.

·       Peer reviewer for Cornell University Press, Islandica monograph series, 2013.