Viator offers a space for renewed attention to transcultural studies from late antiquity into early modernity, while continuing its long-standing tradition of publishing articles of distinction in the established fields of medieval and Renaissance studies. In keeping with its title, “traveler,” the journal gives special consideration to articles that cross frontiers, focus on meetings between cultures, pursue an idea through the centuries, or employ methods of different disciplines simultaneously, while remaining accessible to the non-specialist reader. We particularly welcome articles that look beyond Western Eurasia and North Africa and consider the history, literature, art, and thought of the eras of early global interconnection from broader perspectives.

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  • Editor: Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA)
  • Managing Editor: Allison McCann (CMRS, UCLA)
  • Editorial Board: Javier Patiño Loira (Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA); Peter Stacey (History, UCLA); Erica Weaver (English, UCLA); Bronwen Wilson (Art History, UCLA); Luke Yarbrough (Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA).
  • Extended Editorial Board: Thomas Barton (University of San Diego); Michal Biran (Hebrew University of Jerusalem); Jessalynn Bird (Saint Mary’s College); Cécile Fromont (Yale University); Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech); Afrodesia McCannon (New York University); Roberta Morosini (Wake Forest University); Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS University of London); Daniel Power (Swansea University); Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University); Christian Sahner (University of Oxford); Tatiana Seijas (Rutgers University); Leah Shopkow (Indiana University Bloomington); Misha Teramura (University of Toronto); Torfi Tulinius (University of Iceland).

Viator 51.1


  • Global Exchanges in the North Atlantic, ca. 350–1300: Directions, Movements, Questions
    Nahir Otaño Gracia, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, and Erica Weaver
  • Ganetes hleoþor: Posthumanist Moments and Animal Migrations in the Medieval Global Atlantic
    Marian E. Polhill
  • Literary Landscapes and Cultural Exchange in the Early Medieval North Atlantic
    A. Joseph McMullen
  • The North Atlantic in Islamic Cartographic Imaginaries
    Andrew Russo
  • Jewish and Islamic Foundations of Late Medieval Christian Literary Practices
    Antonia Carcelén-Estrada
  • What is Global Medieval Romance?
    Elizabeth Watkins
  • Routes of North African Impact on Book Production in the British Isles before ca. 800
    Alison Hudson
  • Race-ing Plainchant: Theodore of Tarsus, Hadrian of Canterbury, and the Voices of Music History
    Gillian L. Gower
  • How White is Heimdallr?
    Rei Daimon
  • Class and Race in Pelagius’s, Jerome’s, and Augustine’s Thoughts on Demetrias’s Consecration
    Annamaria Laviola-Svensäter
  • Mobile Ancestors and Women’s Genealogies: Agatha of Hungary in Trevet’s Les Cronicles
    Emma O. Bérat
  • Otherworld Treasure and Bardic Disguise: Recovering the Past in Medieval Welsh and Persian Literatures
    Sam Lasman
  • Pax et concordia: The Paul and Antony Panel on the Tower Cross  at Kells
    Meredith Cutrer
  • Reading the Necropolitical in the Early Medieval English Soul and Body
    Gabrielle DaCosta
  • Response
    Afrodesia McCannon

Regular Essays

  • Agobard, Deuteronomic Curses, and an Anti-Jewish Exegetical Discourse in Carolingian Lyon
    Yin Liu
  • Gregory the Great as Intermediary Figure between East and West: The Eleventh-Century Manuscript Context of the Old English Dialogues
    Katie Menendez
  • Gerald of Wales, the Topographia Hiberniae, and the History of the Vikings in Ireland
    Patrick Wadden
  • Deafness and Nonspeaking in Late Medieval Iceland (1200–1550)
    Yoav Tirosh
  • Christian Imperialism and Antisemitic Violence in Titus and Vespasian
    Kara L. McShane
  • Identity and Liminality: Jews, Conversos, Foreigners, and Muslims in Christian Ávila, 1440s–1492
    Teofilo F. Ruiz
  • Syon at 1500: Observant Reform?
    Mary C. Erler
  • Enclosed Gardens, Female Networks, and Spiritual Kinship in Late Medieval Northern Europe
    Rachel M. Delman
  • Generic Transformation in a Manuscript Culture: The Case of a Seventeenth-Century Monody
    Þórunn Sigurðardóttir

A conversation with the editors of “Navigating the North Atlantic, ca. 350-1300,” a Viator cluster of short essays:

NAHIR OTAÑO GARCIA, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of English Language and Literature

NICOLE LOPEZ-JANTZEN, Associate Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice

ERICA WEAVER, Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of English

Moderated by ALLISON MCCANN, UCLA-CMRS Publications Manager and Managing Editor of Viator.