Conant named Ryskamp Fellow

Jonathan Conant, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a 2014 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. The Ryskamp Fellowship is a “targeted intervention in the careers of exceptionally talented scholars” in the humanistic disciplines, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the ACLS. It supports assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research. Conant is examining medieval perceptions of the nature, aims, and responsibilities of empire — perceptions that were informed by contacts with Islamic, pagan, and the wider Christian worlds. “In the early Middle Ages, empire was no longer simply a matter of territorial control,” Conant said. “It was a question of ideological authority, even across political boundaries, above all within the scattered communities of the Christian faithful.”