Coming Soon Online and in Print: Elements in the Global Middle Ages

HASTAC leader and contributor Geraldine Heng and her collaborator Susan Noakes are launching the first four titles of the Cambridge University Press Elements in the Global Middle Ages next month. The first group of texts to be published are: Swahili Worlds in GlobalismEurasian Musical Journeys: Five TalesSoutheast Asia: Geography, Networks, Trade; and Global Medievalisms: An Introduction

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, this project grew out of G-MAP: The Global Middle Ages Project

To view a digital map and archived materials concerning this publication, please visit G-MAP—an ambitious effort by an international collaboration of scholars to see the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE, to deliver the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationships and change across deep time.


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:

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