Medieval Worlds

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Medieval Worlds  
DisciplineMedieval Studies
Peer-revieweddouble-blind peer-reviewed
Edited byWalter Pohl, Andre Gingrich
Publication details
Publication history
founded 2015
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press on behalf of the Institute of Medieval Research at the Academy of Sciences
Open access
Standard abbreviations
Mediev. Worlds
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Medieval Worlds. Comparative & Interdisciplinary Studies is a double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of Medieval Studies. It is published semi-annually online and open-access by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press on behalf of the Institute of Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.[1]

The journal’s main scope are interdisciplinary, transcultural and comparative studies of the time period from roughly 400 to 1500 CE, with a focus on Europe, Asia and North Africa.[2] The founders and current editors are Walter Pohl and Andre Gingrich.

History and significance[edit]

Medieval Worlds was established in 2015 with initial funding of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in an initiative to promote innovative open access journals.[3][4]

The journal is indexed in Crossref,[5] DOAJ,[6] ERIH PLUS[7] and EZB.[8]

Scholarly commentators have found the journal noteworthy for its programmatic efforts to change the parameters of Medieval Studies, making the field less Eurocentric and attempting to integrate it into comparative history, world history, and interdisciplinary history-writing.[9] They noted that it was promoting a new trend for 'wide-ranging comparison on a Eurasian scale'[10] and numbered it among 'new and lively initiatives which speak either directly or indirectly to the notion of a global history for the millennium before 1500'.[11] The journal's push for a new interdisciplinarity was particularly noted in a review of its fourth issue, on the historiographical consequences of archaeogenetic research.[12]


Medieval Worlds publishes open issues and themed issues. Among the themes are:

  • Comparison in Medieval Studies[13]
  • Empires: Elements of Cohesion and Signs of Decay[14]
  • The Genetic Challenge to Medieval History and Archaeology[15]
  • Religious Exemption in Pre-Modern Eurasia, c. 300–1300 CE[16]
  • Medieval Religious Polemic across Genres and Research Cultures[17]
  • Transcultural Contacts and Literary Exchanges[18][19]

External links[edit]


  1. Institute for Medieval Research: E-Journal; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  2. FWF Medieval Worlds project abstract; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  3. FWF report: Initial funding for high quality open access; accessed on 20 September 2018; FWF – research in practice; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  4. News about the Middle Ages: New Journal – Medieval Worlds; accessed on 4 December 2018.
  5. Medieval Worlds at Crossref; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  6. Medieval Worlds at DOAJ; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  7. Medieval Worlds at ERIH PLUS; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  8. Medieval Worlds at EZB; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  9. Stuart Airlie, Maud Anne Bracke and Rosemary Elliot, 'Editorial', Gender & History, 28 (2016), 275-82 (p. 281, fn. 19) doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12205.
  10. Walter Pohl, 'Introduction: Meanings of Community in Medieval Eurasia', in Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia: Comparative Approaches, ed. by Eirik Hovden, Christina Lutter and Walter Pohl (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 1-23 (pp. 1-2);
  11. Catherine Holmes and Naomi Standen, 'Introduction: Towards a Global Middle Ages', Past & Present, 238, Issue suppl. 13 (1 November 2018), 1–44, doi:10.1093/pastj/gty030.
  12. Alfons Labisch, 'Molecular Historiography–neue Gegenstände und neue Methoden einer neuen Geschichtsschreibung?', NTM: Zeitschrift Für Geschichte Der Wissenschaften, Technik Und Medizin, 26(3), 351–366; doi:10.1007/s00048-018-0198-7.
  13. Volume 1. 2015 and Volume 5. 2017; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  14. Volume 2. 2015; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  15. Volume 4. 2016; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  16. Volume 6. 2017; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  17. Volume 7. 2018; accessed on 20 September 2018.
  18. Volume 8. 2018; accessed on 4 December 2018.
  19. James Palmer: Open Access: The Global Eminent Life; accessed on 4 December 2018.

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