Monthly Archives: May 2016


The Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature has enjoyed five very successful years at St Andrews, with reading groups, conferences, workshops, and lectures. Under the joint leadership of Lorna Hutson (English) and John Hudson (History) it has been a place for very fertile inter-disciplinary discussion and development. We look forward to continuing this inter-disciplinary discussion once Lorna has taken up the Merton Chair of English Literature at Oxford in the summer of 2016.

From the end of the academic year 2015-16, the St Andrews Centre will become a collaborative forum between St Andrews, Oxford, and Cambridge, with Law and Literature events continuing at St Andrews under the auspices of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research.

Visiting Scholar

A Visiting Scholar position is available for a nine-month appointment commencing 1 October 2016 at Georgetown University Law Center. The Visiting Scholar will join a project in progress, drafting the volume in The Oxford History of the Laws of England covering the reign of George III. It is led by Professor James Oldham, St. Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History, in collaboration with Dr Victoria Barnes. This project examines in depth the developing law in the common law courts and in the court of chancery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Applicants should have a strong academic background with a PhD (or near completion) in history, a law degree, or an advanced degree in a related discipline. Familiarity with sources of English law in the George III period and experience with archival research are desirable. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent research and organizational skills, as well as an ability to work independently and as part of a team. The salary will be $53,500, per annum (prorated for the nine months) plus benefits.

To apply for this post, candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter to Dr Victoria Barnes:, with a copy to Professor James Oldham,


Hans Jacob Orning Seminar

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd May in the Old Class Library, Department of Medieval History, Hans Jacob Orning (Oslo University), Royal Society of Edinburgh CRF European Visiting Research Fellowship, will give a paper entitled:

‘The Reality of the Fantastic: The Magical, Geopolitical and Social Universe of Late Medieval Saga Manuscripts’