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Dr Benjamin PohlBA(BAMBE), MA(BAMBE), PhD(BAMBE)

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Benjamin Pohl

Dr Benjamin PohlBA(BAMBE), MA(BAMBE), PhD(BAMBE)

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

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External positions

Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Research interests

Dr Benjamin Pohl joined the University of Bristol in 2015 as a Lecturer in Medieval History c.1000-1400. Since 2018, he has been Senior Lecturer in Medieval History.

Benjamin received his PhD from the University of Bamberg. Prior to his appointment at Bristol, he held research fellowships at the Universities of Bamberg, Cambridge and Ghent. He is also a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as a former research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His main research interests are in Norman and Anglo-Norman history and historiography, with a special focus on manuscript studies, book history, historical writing and cultural memory. Benjamin has published widely on the history of medieval Normandy, England and other parts of Europe (incl. Germany). His list of publications includes numerous (30+) peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, the monograph Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (Boydell/York Medieval Press, 2015) and the edited volumes A Companion to the Abbey of Le Bec in the Central Middle Ages (11th–13th Centuries) (Brill, 2017) and Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Bamberg University Press, 2012). He is currently writing his new monograph Medieval Abbots and the Writing of History, c.1000-1300 (Oxford University Press) and editing The Cambridge Companion to the Age of William the Conqueror for the Cambridge Companions series (Cambridge University Press).

Academic awards, fellowships and scholarships

  • Mid-career Fellowship, British Academy (2019–20)
  • Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship, University of Fulda (Bibliotheca Fuldensis) (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Fordham University, NYC (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago (2019)
  • Lendrum Priory Residential Research Library Fellowship, Durham University (2019)
  • Arts Faculty Visiting Fellowship (Host for Prof N. Paul, Fordham) (2019)
  • CREATE Excellence Award in Research and Teaching, University of Bristol (2018)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2018)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2017)
  • Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship (Host for Prof S. Vanderputten, Ghent) (2017)
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, John Rylands Library and Research Institute (2016)
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, National Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (2015)
  • Research Associate Fellowship, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2013–2016)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2013–2015)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2014)
  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize, University of Bamberg (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2013)
  • Research Grant, Commission for Research and Young Academics (FNK) (2013)
  • Research Scholarship, German Historical Institute, London (2011)
  • Muriel Brown Bursary, Allen Brown Memorial Trust (2011)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, ERASMUS (2006–2007)


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