PIMIC opening workshop in St Andrews

pimic parliament hall

In the last days of October St Andrews hosted the opening workshop of the European funded project Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom. Scholars and postgraduate students from Europe, Israel, and North America met for a training course on Sources in Context, held in the University’s Parliament Hall. The 3.3 million Euro project combines academic research with training in wider dissemination, based on collaboration between universities and private sector companies. It provides funding for 10 PhD researchers at universities in Spain, Britain, Italy, France, and Israel, and two postdoctoral positions, one based at a Dutch publisher and one at a Spanish television and film production company. At the present workshop, sessions were held on Record Sources (led by Tim Greenwood and John Hudson); Narrative Sources (Rob Bartlett and Eduardo Manzano); Archaeology (Hugh Kennedy and Alessandra Molinari); Lawbooks (Magnus Ryan and Bernard Stolte); and Literary Sources (Gadi Algazi and Steve White). The project’s postgraduate students (from New Zealand, Argentina, Russia, Finland, the US, UK, Germany, and Italy) also presented outlines of their PhDs and introduced a discussion of notions of institutionalisation. Collaborative working methods were developed amongst the participants in the project.

A further workshop on radio, podcasting, web-presence, and writing in the press will take place in St Andrews in June 2014, in which St Andrews History staff will participate. The project concludes with a conference on ‘Consequences in the Contemporary World’, planned to be held at the British Academy in June 2016.


The Research Lead of the PIMIC project is Prof. John Hudson.

Two three-year PhD Fellowships Available for 2013-14 entry: PIMIC Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme


Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom

An integrated training network in research and diffusion for comparative history

 Announcing 2 three-year Fellowships to undertake PhDs at St Andrews

 Two three-year Fellowships are available to undertake doctorates in the comparative history of power and institutions in the Middle Ages. Each Fellow will receive an annual living allowance of 38,000 Euros/year (base rate) and a mobility allowance of 700-1000 Euros/month (base rate). One PhD will be in the field of Writing and Memory in Institutions in Western Christendom and Byzantium; the other of Creation and Transmission of Law.

In accordance with the criteria set out by Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme, the researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, study, etc) in the host country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to taking up a fellowship. Also, in accordance with the criteria the researcher at the time of recruitment must not yet have been awarded the doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.  Normally applicants will be completing or have recently completed a taught postgraduate degree in the field.

Each Fellow will be a participant in PIMIC, a project combining academic research on medieval institutions with training in the wider dissemination of research-based knowledge, based on a formal network established between universities and private sector companies and funded by the European Union.

For further details on making an application for the Fellowships and for a document on Frequent Asked Questions, please visit the web page of the project:  http://www.pimic-itn.eu

Note that applications must be made by 24 March 2013.

Fellowship applicants must also apply to St Andrews for admission to a PhD.