S. Rossignol

Position

Assistant Professor
Co-editor of Florilegium, journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists/Société canadienne des médiévistes

Academics

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dalhousie University (2011-2013)
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, York University (2008-2010)
  • Binational Doctorate: Université de Lille 3 and Universität Göttingen (2008)
  • M.A. Universität Göttingen (2004)
  • B.A. Université de Montréal (2000)

Contact

Department of History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Email: srossignol@mun.ca
Room: A-4003
Phone: (709) 864-2602

Research Interests

Dr. Sébastien Rossignol is a historian of the European Middle Ages. His interests focus primarily on two fields of study: the history of the pragmatic and symbolic uses of writing; and the cultural and social history of urbanization.

Using published and unpublished sources, Rossignol has done research on the use of medieval charters as symbolic and cultural objects. More than legal documents, charters were used to display messages about power relationships, as well as social and cultural concepts. His research aims at reconstructing the context of the use of these documents and the variety of meanings attached to them.

The built environment affects directly how human beings understand their world and how they interact with one another. Rossignol studies how urban living was understood in medieval Europe and how urbanization changed the relationship of human communities with their natural environment. He is convinced that interdisciplinary research leads to a better understanding of these phenomena.

The area of predilection for Sébastien Rossignol’s investigations is Central Europe as a region of intercultural contact between Franks – later Germans – and Slavs. In addition to the above, he is also interested in several other aspects of medieval Central European societies – ethnic categories, geographic conceptions, language and communication – and in broader processes of cultural and social adaptation in a historical region of Europe characterized by its cultural diversity. He is fascinated by processes of influences between cultures and how they are connected to social change.

Student Supervision

Dr. Rossignol is available to supervise honours essays and graduate research projects on a variety of subjects related to European history, from the early to the late Middle Ages. In recent years he has supervised projects on gender history, aristocratic culture, chronicles and history-writing, reactions to catastrophes, and various aspects of cultural and social history. He would be interested in supervising research related to environmental history, pragmatic literacy, or intercultural contacts, and is open to discuss other subjects.

Selected Publications

Book

  • Aux origines de l’identité urbaine en Europe centrale et nordique. Traditions culturelles, formes d’habitat et différenciation sociale (VIIIe – XIIe siècles), Haut Moyen Âge 19 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 402 pp.

Edited Volumes

  • Sébastien Rossignol and Anna Adamska (ed.), Urkundenformeln im Kontext. Formen der Schriftkultur im Ostmitteleuropa des Mittelalters (13.-14. Jahrhundert), Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 65 (Vienna: Böhlau, 2016), 207 pp.
  • Sunhild Kleingärtner, Timothy P. Newfield, Sébastien Rossignol and Donat Wehner (ed.), Landscapes and Societies in Medieval Europe East of the lbe: Interactions between Environmental Settings and Social Transformations, Papers in Mediaeval Studies 23 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013), xiv + 406 pp.
  • Alban Gautier and Sébastien Rossignol (ed.), De la mer du Nord à la mer Baltique. Identités, contacts et communications au Moyen Âge. Actes de l’atelier de jeunes chercheurs, Boulogne-sur-Mer, les 15-17 octobre 2009 (Lille: Centre de Gestion de l’Édition Scientifique, 2012), 259 pp.
  • Aleksander Paron, Sébastien Rossignol, Bartlomiej Sz. Szmoniewski and Grischa Vercamer (ed.), Potestas et communitas: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zu Wesen und Darstellung von Herrschaftsverhältnissen im Mittelalter östlich der Elbe. Interdisciplinary Studies of the Constitution and Demonstration of Power Relations in the Middle Ages East of the Elbe (Wroclaw and Warsaw: Polish Academy of Sciences and German Historical Institute in Warsaw, 2010), 373 pp.
  • Jean-François Cottier, Martin Gravel and Sébastien Rossignol (ed.), Ad libros! Mélanges d’études médiévales offerts à Denise Angers et Joseph-Claude Poulin (Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2010), 418 pp.
  • Anne Klammt and Sébastien Rossignol (ed.), Mittelalterliche Eliten und Kulturtransfer östlich der Elbe. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zu Archäologie und Geschichte im mittelalterlichen Ostmitteleuropa (Göttingen: Göttinger Universitätsverlag, 2009), 238 pp.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • “Doit-on encore parler de colonisation allemande au Moyen Âge? Réflexions sur l’historiographie récente concernant l’Europe du Centre-Est aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles,” Revue historique (accepted for publication).
  • “Civitas, heremus et fondation de monastères en Saxe et chez les Slaves occidentaux au haut Moyen Âge (VIIIe – XIe siècles),” Revue Mabillon n.s. 26 (2015): 5-28.
  • “Bilingualism in Medieval Europe: Germans and Slavs in Helmold of Bosau’s Chronicle,” Central European History 47, 3 (2014), (2014): 523-543.
  • “La Localisation des premiers sièges épiscopaux en Europe centrale et nordique. Tradition et adaptation (VIIIe – XIe siècles),” Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 109, 1 (2014): 64-90.
  • “The Authority and Charter Usage of Female Rulers in Medieval Silesia, c. 1200-c. 1330,” Journal of Medieval History 40, 1 (2014): 63-84.
  • “Les Récits de fondation des urbes et civitates en Europe centrale et centre-orientale (IXe – XIIe siècle),” Cahiers de civilisation médiévale 56, 4, fasc. 224 (2013): 381-405.
  • “Civitas in Early Medieval East Central Europe – Stronghold or District?,” Medieval History Journal 14, 1 (2011): 71-99.
  • “The Central European Early Town as an Issue of Interdisciplinary Studies,” Przeglad Archeologiczny 57 (2009): 133-141.

Chapters in Edited Collections

  • “Femmes et pouvoir en Silésie polonaise. Veuvage, régence et succession (vers 1200-vers 1330),” in Laurent Jégou, Sylvie Joye, Thomas Lienhard and Jens Schneider (ed.), Splendor Reginae. Passions, genre et famille. Mélanges en l’honneur de Régine Le Jan, Haut Moyen Age 22 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015) 197-203
  • “Die Linonen zwischen Tat und Wort. Die Schriftquellen über die Entwicklung an der unteren Mittelelbe unter Berücksichtigung der interdisziplinären Forschungsergebnisse,” in Karl-Heinz Willroth, Hans-Jürgen Beug, Friedrich Lüth, Franz Schopper, Sebastian Messal and Jens Schneeweiß (ed.), Slawen an der unteren Mittelelbe. Untersuchungen zur ländlichen Besiedlung, zum Burgenbau, zu Besiedlungsstrukturen und zum Landschaftswandel. Beiträge zum Kolloquium vom 7. bis 9. April 2010 in Frankfurt a. M., Frühmittelalterliche Archäologie zwischen Ostsee und Mittelmeer 4 (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2013), 135-150
  • “Modes de communication dans les emporia de la mer Baltique,” in Alban Gautier and Sébastien Rossignol (ed.), De la mer du Nord à la mer Baltique. Identités, contacts et communications au Moyen Âge. Actes de l’atelier de jeunes chercheurs, Boulogne-sur-Mer, les 15-17 octobre 2009 (Lille: Centre de Gestion de l’Édition Scientifique, 2012), 105-118
  • “Wichmann entre Saxons et Slaves: contacts, échanges et problèmes de communication,” in Alban Gautier and Céline Martin (ed.), Échanges, communications et réseaux dans le haut Moyen Âge. Études et textes offerts à Stéphane Lebecq, Haut Moyen Âge 14 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), 181-196
  • “Überlegungen zur Datierung des Traktates des sog. Bayerischen Geographen anhand paläographischer und kodikologischer Beobachtungen,” in Felix Biermann, Thomas Kersting and Anne Klammt (ed.), Der Wandel um 1000. Beiträge der Sektion zur slawischen Frühgeschichte der 18. Tagung des Mittel- und Ostdeutschen Verbandes für Altertumsforschung in Greifswald, 23. bis 27. März 2009, Beiträge zur Ur- und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas 60 (Langenweißbach: Beier & Beran, 2011), 305-316
  • “Les Ports de la Baltique (VIIIe – IXe siècles),” in Stéphane Lebecq, Bruno Béthouart and Laurent Verslype (ed.), Quentovic. Environnement, archéologie, histoire. Actes du colloque international de Montreuil-sur-Mer, Etaples et Le Touquet et de la journée d’études sur les origines de Montreuil-sur-Mer (11-13 mai 2006 et 1er décembre 2006), UL3. Travaux et recherches (Lille: Centre de Gestion de l’Édition Scientifique, 2010), 409-427
  • “À propos du manuscrit du ‘Géographe de Bavière,’” in Jean-François Cottier, Martin Gravel and Sébastien Rossignol (ed.), Ad libros! Mélanges d’études médiévales offerts à Denise Angers et Joseph-Claude Poulin (Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2010), 49-68
  • “Die Burgen der Slawen in den lateinischen Quellen des 9. bis 11. Jahrhunderts,” in Felix Biermann, Thomas Kersting and Anne Klammt (ed.), Siedlungsstrukturen und Burgen im westslawischen Raum. Beiträge der Sektion zur slawischen Frühgeschichte der 17. Jahrestagung des Mittel- und Ostdeutschen Verbandes für Altertumsforschung in Halle an der Saale, 19. bis 21. März 2007, Beiträge zur Ur- und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas 52 (Langenweißbach: Beier & Beran, 2009), 31-38

 

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