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Jay Diehl

Director, Graduate Programs, HistoryAssistant Professor of History

B.A., Illinois Wesleyan UniversityM.A., University of ChicagoPh.D., New York University

Description

Jay Diehl received his Ph.D in medieval European history from New York University and joined the faculty at Long Island University in 2011. His teaching at LIU covers a wide range of topics in medieval and early modern culture, including the history of emotions, education, and religion. He was a Visiting Foreign Researcher at Ghent University in the summer of 2013 and a Mellon Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Medieval Institute of Notre Dame University in 2014-15.

Specialties

Prof. Diehl’s research focuses on monastic intellectual culture, manuscript studies, and church reform in northern Europe during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, particularly in the diocese of Liège. He is especially interested in the role of the written word in monastic culture and its links to liturgical practice, ethical norms, personal presence, and corporate identity.

His current book project is the first complete study of the manuscripts of St.-Laurent, an important monastery in Liège. It examines the ways in which the intersection of writing and community shaped the transformation of monastic learning in the twelfth century.

Publications

Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe: Monastic Society and Culture, 1000-1300, eds.     Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Snijders, and Jay Diehl. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming, 2016 – In press.

“The Saint, the Voice, and the Author: Imagining Textual Authority and Personal Presence at Durham Cathedral Priory,” Viator (forthcoming Fall 2016) – In press.

“Cluniac Customs Beyond Cluny: Patterns of Use in the Southern Low Countries,” with Steven Vanderputten (co-author), Journal of Religious History (forthcoming 2016) – In press.

“Masters and Schools at St.-Laurent: Rupert of Deutz and the Scholastic Culture of a Liègeois Monastery,” in Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe: Monastic Society and Culture, 1000-1300, eds. Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Snijders, and Jay Diehl. Turnhout, Brepols, forthcoming, 2016 – In press.

“The Grace of Learning: Visions, Education, and Rupert of Deutz’s View of Twelfth-Century Intellectual Culture,” Journal of Medieval History 39 (2013): 20-47.

“Harmony Between Word and World: Anselm of Canterbury, Aelred of Rievaulx, and Approaches to Language in Twelfth-Century Monasticism,” in Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy, eds. Giles Gasper and Ian Logan, 95-113. Toronto and Durham: Pontifical Institute, 2012.

Honors/Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (2014-15)

Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds/Special Research Fund – Verblijf Buitenlandse Onderzoecker/Visiting Foreign Research Award, Ghent University (June 2013)

Research Fellow, The Humanities Initiative, New York University (2009-2010)

Heckman Fellowship, Hill Museum and Monastic Library (August 2006)