New Voices 2022

We are delighted to announce that the first winner of Arc’s Future Perfect New Voices Awards Program is:

Tomislav Matić, Bishop John Vitez and Early Renaissance Central Europe: The Humanist Kingmaker

This is a study of tumultuous Central European politics, religion and culture, viewed from the perspective of the life and career of John Vitez, an influential figure of the Early Renaissance.

This monograph by Tomislav Matić, from the Croatian Institute of History, has been published in June 2022 in hybrid Open Access format (that is, free online on several digital platforms including OAPEN, Project MUSE and JSTOR, and also in hardback for libraries that wish to have a printed copy).

Its OA funding derives from donations (i) from fellow medievalists (sometimes in lieu of fees due to them): Ellie Woodacre (Winchester), Cristina Pimenta (Porto), Axel Mueller (Leeds), Andrew Elliott (Lincoln), and Nicholas Morrow Williams (Arizona State); (ii) from university libraries: Tilburg (NL), and Cardiff, Sheffield, and York (UK); and (iii) from partial match-funding from Arc Humanities Press. We are extremely grateful to all these contributors.


Provisional List of Arc’s Future Perfect New Voices Awards Program, 2022/2023


  • Eustace, Carolling in Late Medieval England

Shows the importance of carolling in the everyday festivities of the common people of Britain from the eleventh century onwards.

Frances Eustace holds a doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Bristol, UK. She is a professional musician and a qualified Dance Movement Therapist. She has been part of the HIP (Historically Informed Performance) movement in Britain since the 1980s.


  • Leighton, Ideology and Holy Landscape in the Baltic Crusades

Drawing on an extensive body of written, visual, and archival evidence, this book examines how the military orders and the ideology of crusading gave rise to a new sacred landscape in the medieval Baltic region, the final frontier of Christian Europe.

Gregory Leighton earned his PhD in History (2018) from Cardiff University, Wales, where he studied the Teutonic Order and crusading in Prussia and Livonia, and then worked as a project assistant at Malbork Castle Museum in Malbork, Poland. From September 2021, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.


  • Shifrin, The Museum as Experience

This interdisciplinary collection of essays brings into focus for the first time the uniquely human and humanizing experiences of museum spaces, exhibitions, and collections. In the aftermath of the worldwide tumult of 2020, its emphasis on museums’ roles in creating experiences that promote equitable communities and cultural and racial equity is particularly timely.

Susan Shifrin is the founding director of ARTZ Philadelphia. She is an art historian and arts accessibility advocate, and has served on the curatorial and education staffs of a number of large and small museums up and down the eastern coast of the United States.

This book already has $3,000-worth of funding towards OA from an anonymous donor.


  • Vishnuvajjala, Feminist Medievalisms

This book engages the reader in a project of re-examining the Middle Ages with fresh eyes – a Middle Ages by and for women.

Usha Vishnuvajjala is a lecturer in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff in Wales. She holds a PhD in English and Medieval Studies from Indiana University. She won the 2021 International Arthurian Society-North American Branch’s James Randall Leader Prize for her article on women’s friendship published in Arthurian Literature 35. Her recent IHR (London) medievalism seminar “sold out” – it had so many registrants that they had to move the platform, and its organizer confirmed it was the highest-attended one yet, by far.


  • Williard, Friendship in the Merovingian Kingdoms: Venantius Fortunatus and his Contemporaries

Among the post-imperial kingdoms of the early medieval west, the Merovingians provide a unique body of evidence for relationships of friendship and patronage. Letters, poetry, and hagiography of the period show how late antique ideals of friendship and patronage continued to be significant in the post-imperial world.

Hope Williard earned a PhD in medieval history from the University of Leeds. She has held visiting fellowships at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and currently works as an academic subject librarian and associate lecturer at the University of Lincoln, UK.