New: Journal of Jesuit Studies, 2014- is now available online

I’m delighted to announce that Oxford readers now have online access to the relatively new Journal of Jesuit Studies, 1, 2014- (ISSN: 2214-1324) via Brill Online Journals.

Journal of Jesuit Studies - cover“The Journal of Jesuit Studies (JJS) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal dedicated to the study of Jesuit history from the 16th to the 21st century. It welcomes articles on all aspects of the Jesuit past and present including, but not limited to, the Jesuit role in the arts and sciences, theology, philosophy, mission, literature, and inter-religious/inter-cultural encounters.

In its themed issues (published twice a year) the JJS highlights studies with a given topical, chronological or geographical focus. In addition there is one open-topic issue per year and an issue featuring the most recent bibliography of Jesuit studies. The journal publishes book reviews as well.

One of the key tasks of the JJS is to relate episodes in Jesuit history, particularly those which have suffered from scholarly neglect, to broader trends in global history over the past five centuries. The journal also aims to bring the highest quality non-Anglophone scholarship to an English-speaking audience by means of translated original articles.

JJS’s Book Reviews Office operates thanks to the generous support of the Centre for Catholic Studies and the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.”


To keep up to date with new publications, events and historic dates about the Jesuits, follow the Journal of Jesuit Studies Facebook page.

WISER: courses for Historians, US Historians and Medievalists, Week 3

During Week 3 Bodleian Libraries will be a hosting a series of WISER events designed to help Oxford historians get the most out of the resources available to them. Sessions will provide useful tips and demonstrations, offering students and researchers opportunities to explore sources including ebooks, bibliographical databases, key online collections and web portals.

On Monday 12th May, ‘Online Resources for Historians‘ will offer a general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources available for all periods of British and Western European history. Aside from an exploration of bibliographical/reference research aids and databases, presenters will provide an insight to ebooks, ejournals, web portals and collections of online primary source materials. Students, researchers and anyone interested in the growing availability of online resources will benefit from this session. Book your place.

Also on Monday 12th May, ‘Sources for US History‘ will deliver an introduction to key information sources and finding tools for the study of colonial America and US History until 1990. For further details on this session, please see earlier blog post, or book your place.

On Friday 16th May, ‘Sources for Medievalists‘ will provide an overview of a range of e-resources relevant to British and Western European medieval studies. The session will include information on bibliographical databases, web portals and collections of online primary source materials including Greek/Latin texts, Anglo-Saxon sources, chronicles, charters and literary works. The material presented will be of use not only to students, but also researchers and academics with an interest in this area. Book your place.

If you would like to attend any of these WISER sessions, please book your place using the links provided. For further details, see the posters below.

WISER Online Resources poster

WISER US history posterWISER Medievalist Poster



New ejournal: Translating the Americas, 1 (2013)-

The University of Michigan’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has launched Translating the Americas (ISSN 2331-687X), a online open-access journal.Translating the Americas ejournal - cover

Translating the Americas supports collaborations between University of Michigan faculty and overseas colleagues. This journal makes UM faculty research about Latin America and the Caribbean available in Spanish, Portuguese or Kreyol and it provides English translations of important works originally written in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. ”

The journal can be accessed here. It is also listed in SOLO and OU eJournals.

Table of Content v 1 (Fall 2013):

  • Las migraciones de Arturo Schomburg: Ser Antillano, Negro y Puertorriqueño en Nueva York. 1891-1917 / Hoffnung-Garskof, Jesse
  • Slavery in Brazil: Brazilian Scholars in the Key Interpretive Debates / Hébrard, Jean M.
  • Affirmative Action: An Opinion Submitted to the Brazilian Supreme Court in the Case ADPF/186 / Felipe de Alencastro, Luiz
  • O Trabalho Escravo Contemporâneo e os Usos da História / Scott, Rebecca J.
  • Labor Analogous to Slavery: The Construction of a Problem  / de Castro Gomes, Angela
  • Re-enslavement, Rights and Justice in Nineteenth-Century Brazil / Grinberg, Keila

New ejournal: Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, 1 (2012) –

I’m delighted to report that Oxford users now have access to the online Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies [ISSN 2034-3515], vol. 1 (2012) to current.

journal of medieval monastic studies - coverThis journal focuses work on monasticism throughout medieval Europe. This peer-reviewed journal is published annually, is international and interdisciplinary in scope. The journal will include scholarly contributions on monastic history, archaeology and architectural history, art history, literature, etc, as well as relevant book reviews and shorter notices.

The 20 members of the editorial board include experts in history, archaeology, art history and theology, covering all of medieval Europe. The language of publication will be English, but abstracts in the original language of individual contributions may be included.

Access is via SOLO or OU eJournals.

Vol 2 (2013) Table of contents

  • Translation, Controversies, and Adaptations at St Sabas Monastery during the Sixth Century – Augustine Casiday
  • The Monk as Mourner: Gendered Eastern Christian Self-Identity in the Seventh Century – Hannah Hunt
  • ‘No One Can Serve Two Masters’: Abbots and Arch-Abbots in the Monastic Networks at the End of the Eleventh Century – Guido Cariboni
  • A Norbert for England: Holy Trinity and the Invention of Robert of Knaresborough – Joshua Easterling
  • English Benedictine Monks at the Papal Court in the Thirteenth Century: The Experience of Thomas of Marlborough in a Wider Context – Jane Sayers
  • The Monastic Ideal of Discipline and the Making of Clerical Rules in Late Medieval Castile – Susana Guijarro
  • Questions and Answers on the Birgittine Rule: A Letter from Vadstena to Syon Abbey 1421 – Elin Andersson
  • Reviews
    • The Knights Hospitaller in the Levant, c. 1070–1309 (by Jonathan Riley-Smith) – Andrew Jotischky
    • Odiosa sanctitas. St Peter Damian, Simony, and Reform (by William D. McCready) – Ralf Lutzelschwab
    • The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancy (ed. by Donald S. Prudlo) – Hans-Joachim Schmidt
    • Survival and Success on Medieval Borders: Cistercian Houses in Medieval Scotland and Pomerania from the Twelfth to the Late Fourteenth Century (by Emilia Jamroziak) – Piotr Gorecki
    • The Benedictines in the Middle Ages (by James G. Clark) – Jorg Sonntag
    • Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory (by Tomas O Carragain) – Anne Muller
    • The Gothic and Catholicism: Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785–1829 (by Maria Purves) – Veronica Ortenberg West-Harling
    • Female ‘vita religiosa’ between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages: Structures, Developments and Spatial Contexts (ed. by Gert Melville and Anne Muller) – Alison I. Beach
    • Custodians of Continuity? The Premonstratensian Abbey at Barlings and the Landscape of Ritual (by Paul Everson and David Stocker) – David Austin
    • Inventing Sempringham: Gilbert of Sempringham and the Origins of the Role of the Master (by Katharine Sykes) – Alison I. Beach

Other recently received medieval resources

New: Medieval Sermon Studies, 50 (1) 2006- is now online

I’m pleased to report that Oxford readers now have online access to Medieval Sermon Studies [ISSN 1366-0691] from 50 (1) 2006 onwards.

Medieval Sermon Studies - coverPublished annually by Maney Publishing on behalf of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, this refereed journal contains articles on the study of medieval sermons, preaching in Latin and the vernacular languages within their social, literary, religious, intellectual, theological, catechetical, political and historical contexts. It also aims to foster the study of various artes praedicandi, and theories of preaching derived from them, as well as material used by sermon writers (e.g. Florilegia, commentaries, etc.).

This will be of interest to medievalists working in the field of religious culture, history, and literature.

Amongst others, it is indexed in ATLA with ATLASerials and MLA International Bibliography.

Access is via SOLO or OU eJournals.

Other recently received medieval resources

New ejournal: International journal of maritime history, 11, 1999-

Historians now have online access to the International journal of maritime history, 11, 1999- (ISSN 0843-8714).

International Journal of maritime historyFully-refereed, this international scholarly journal has been published for the International Maritime Economic History Association since 1989. It publishes quarterly on a broad range of multi-disciplinary topics. They include maritime historical themes, including shipping, shipbuilding, seafaring, ports, resorts and other coastal communities, sea-borne trade, fishing, environment and the culture of the sea.

“These themes have been developed in scholarly articles as well as research notes that inform readers of important new scholarship which has not yet reached the stage of a formal monograph, historiographical essays, and essays on source. A series of “forums” have explored important issues in maritime history. The book reviews are recognized as being the most extensive in the field, and a signature feature in every journal has been a “Roundtables” comprising essays by eight participants who use an important new book as a platform for discussion of a variety of themes, methodologies and perspectives which are suggested by the book; these are accompanied by a response by the author.”

The Editor-in-Chief is David J Starkey, Professor in Maritime History, Hull University and the editorial board draws from an international community of experts.

Access is via SOLO or OU eJournals.

New ejournal: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 2006-

Magic ritual and witchcraft coverOxford users now have access to the electronic Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, v 1(1) 2006- (ISSN: 1556-8547).

Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, this scholarly journal “draws from a broad spectrum of perspectives, methods, and disciplines, offering the widest possible geographical scope and chronological range, from prehistory to the modern era and from the Old World to the New. In addition to original research, the journal features book reviews, editorials, and lists of newly published work.”

A great journal for those researching witchcraft or first-year historians who have signed up for next term’s Optional Subject Witch-craft and witch-hunting in early modern Europe.

Here is a sample table of Contents for vol. 8 (1), summer 2013:

Foreword: On Shamans, Witches, and Stories
Claire Fanger

Nocturnal Journeys and Ritual Dances in Bernardino of Siena 4
Michael D Bailey

Burchard’s strigae, the Witches’ Sabbath, and Shamanistic Cannibalism in Early Modern Europe 18
Emma Wilby

Ritualized Violence against Sorcerers in Fifteenth-Century France
Aleksandra Pfau

Stephen Mitchell’s Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages An Assessment and Appreciation
Ronald Hutton

Magic and Witchcraft Historicized, Localized, and Ethnicized: A Response to Stephen Mitchell’s Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Thomas A. Dubois

New: e-access to Nottingham Medieval Studies, 1, 1957-

Oxford users now have full electronic access to Nottingham Medieval Studies (ISSN 0078-2122) from vol 1 (1957) to current issues. Access is via SOLO and OU eJournals.

Nottingham Medieval Studies - coverThis important interdiscplinary journal for medieval studies from the fall of Rome to the Reformation is relevant to those researching medieval history, art history, musicology, archaeology, and languages and literatures.

It is published annually under under the aegis of the Institute for Medieval Research.

Amongst others it is indexed in MLA International Bibliography, The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) and British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (Online).

A brief history of the Journal can be found on page 14 of the University of Nottingham’s magazine Exchange.

New: The Mediaeval Journal, 1 (2011-) now online

I am pleased to announce that Oxford medievalists now have online access to The Mediaeval Journal (ISSN p: 2033-5385; e: 2033-5393), 1, 2011- to current. Access is via SOLO or OU eJournals.

Mediaeval journal coverThe Mediaeval Journal is the first European-based cross-disciplinary and multinational journal of Medieval Studies to be published in the lingua franca of English. It is also the first journal to address the two most exciting and productive trends in current Mediaeval Studies: the turn towards multinational work and towards cross-disciplinarity.

In an increasingly multinational academic world of collaboration and intellectual exchange, scholars all over Europe and beyond are ever more frequently realizing that important research is emerging from outside their national academies. The Mediaeval Journal recognizes the rich opportunities that this movement represents.  Moreover, in fulfilling its cross-disciplinary remit, The Mediaeval Journal publishes articles mixing approaches from traditional subjects with areas and perspectives which are currently under-explored.

Aiming to offer wide disciplinary coverage in each issue, it welcomes submissions from specialists in all areas of Mediaeval Studies, whether they come from traditional disciplines like Art History, History, Archaeology, Theology, Languages/Literatures, and English, or from less-exposed fields such as Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Manuscript Studies, Mediaevalism, Material Culture, History of Medicine and Science, History of Ideas, Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Musicology, and others.” Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews.

The General Editors are Margaret Connolly, Ian Johnson and James Palmer. Oxford’s own Prof. Vincent Gillespie is also on the editorial board (pdf) together with many eminent medievalists.

Table of content of the most recent issue:

Volume 3, Number 2 / 2013

  • A Living Language of the Dead? French Commemorative Inscriptions from Late Medieval England / Author: David Griffith
  • Jerusalem behind Walls: Enclosure, Substitute Pilgrimage, and Imagined Space in the Poor Clares’ Convent at Villingen / Author: Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner
  • The Iconography of ‘Husband-Beating’ on Late Medieval English Misericords / Author: Betsy L. Chunko
  • ‘I am here’: Reading Julian of Norwich in Nineteenth-Century New England / Author: Allan F. Westphall
  • Reviews

New: Journal of Cold War Studies now available online

Oxford users now have full electronic access to Journal of Cold War Studies [ISSN 1520-3972], vol 1 (1), 1999 to current issues. Access is currently via OU eJournals and soon also via SOLO.

Journal of Cold War Studies coverEdited by Mark Kramer, “the Journal of Cold War Studies features peer-reviewed articles based on archival research in the former Communist world and in Western countries. Articles in the journal draw on declassified materials and new memoirs to illuminate and raise questions about numerous historical and theoretical concerns: theories of decision-making, deterrence, bureaucratic politics, institutional formation, bargaining, diplomacy, foreign policy conduct, and international relations.

Using the latest evidence, the authors subject these theories, and others, to rigorous empirical analysis. The journal also includes an extensive section of reviews of new books pertaining to the Cold War and international politics.

The journal is published by the MIT Press for the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies.” MIT Press Journals.

Related links

  • Cold War History [ISSN 1468-2745] is also available electronically.
  • Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation. See previous blog post on this database of sources.