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Elements in the Global Middle Ages is a series of concise studies that introduce researchers and instructors to an uncentered, interconnected world, c. 500-1500 CE.   Individual Elements focus on the globe’s geographic zones, its natural and built environments, its cultures, societies, arts, technologies, peoples, ecosystems, and lifeworlds.

Born digital, with print-on-demand, and updatable annually by authors, this multidisciplinary Cambridge series of studies takes advantage of the latest digital technology, and is able to embed audio, video, and visual materials.

Series Coeditors:

Geraldine Heng is Perceval Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (2018) and England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West (2018), both published by Cambridge, as well as Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy (2003, Columbia). She is the editor of Teaching the Global Middle Ages (2022, MLA), coedits the University of Pennsylvania Press series, RaceB4Race: Critical Studies of the Premodern, and is working on a new book, Early Globalisms: The Interconnected World, 500-I500 CE. Originally from Singapore, Heng is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a member of the Medievalists of Color, and Founder and Co-director, with Susan Noakes, of the Global Middle Ages Project:

Susan Noakes is Professor and Chair of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. From 2002 to 2008 she was Director of the Center for Medieval Studies; she has also served as Director of Italian Studies, Director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts.  Her publications include The Comparative Perspective on Literature: Essays in Theory and Practice (co-edited with Clayton Koelb, Cornell, 1988) and Timely Reading: Between Exegesis and Interpretation (Cornell, 1988), along with many articles and critical editions in several areas of French, Italian, and neo-Latin Studies.  She is the Founder and Co-director, with Geraldine Heng, of the Global Middle Ages Project: