Participant Info

First Name
Samantha
Last Name
Summers
Affiliation
University of Toronto
Website URL
https://utoronto.academia.edu/SamanthaSummers
Keywords
medieval history, medieval gender, crusades, medieval latin kingdom, medieval sovereignty, medieval power
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About Me

I am a medievalist interested in early medieval European social and cultural history, focused primarily on the methods by which early medieval identity was constructed and thought of, with a particular interest in gender. My research is primary focused on the role of women in politics in the Kingdom of Jerusalem between 1186 and 1228, with a particular interest in the gendering of power, but also includes women and power in medieval Ireland.

I received my HBA in Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto in 2011, with a specialization in medieval Irish perspectives on gender and piety. I received my MA in 2018, where I researched female sovereignty in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. I currently serve as the social secretary for the Association of Celtic Studies of Ireland and Britain, and as a co-editor of its journal.

I am currently completing both an MI and an MMSt at the University of Toronto.

Recent Publications
Published Work
Summers, Samantha. “Empty Nessters: The Mothers behind Ireland’s Mythological Men.” Proceedings of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain: Vol. VI. Edited by Christopher Lewin et al. Edinburgh: Association of Celtic Students of Ireland andBritain, 2019. (Forthcoming.)
Summers, Samantha. “The Scorn Identity: Examining the Impact of Satire as a Political ToolWithin the Bardic Order of Medieval Ireland.” Garm Lu 38 (2016): 44-50.
Summers, Samantha. “Two Hearts: Comparing Romantic Relationships in Culhwch ac Olwen, Chevrefeuille, and Lanval.” Garm Lu 37 (2015): 27-32.
Conference Presentations
Summers, Samantha. “The Liminal ‘Leper.’” Presentation at Leprosy and the Leper Reconsidered, Montreal, September 20-22, 2019. (Forthcoming.)
Summers, Samantha. “At the Crossroads of Kingship and Disability: The Case of Baldwin IV ofJerusalem.” Presentation at the International Congress of Medieval Studies 2018, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018.
Summers, Samantha. “The History of Medicine in the Era of #MeToo.” Presentation at the Jacalyn Duffin Health & Humanities Conference, Kingston, April 14, 2018.
Summers, Samantha. “Empty Nessters: The Mothers behind Ireland’s Mythological Men.” Presentation at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, Edinburgh, March 2-4, 2018.
Summers, Samantha. “Revisiting the Second Venus.” Presentation at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies Congress 2017, Toronto, May 27-19, 2017.
Summers, Samantha. “Otherness and Outremer: Transient Identities, New Worldviews, and Cartography in the Crusades.” Presentation at the History Across the Disciplines Conference, Halifax, April 1, 2017.
Summers, Samantha. “‘Her Hands Tied’: Gender -bending in
The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu.” Presentation at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, Glasgow, March 25, 2017.
Summers, Samantha “Redefining Revivalism: A Cornish Case Study.” Presentation at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, Galway, IE, April 10, 2016.
  • This paper was recognized with an award for contributions to Cornish studies from theACSIB

Edited Volumes

Proceedings of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain: Vol. VI. Edited byChristopher Lewin et al. Edinburgh: Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, 2019. (Forthcoming.)
 Proceedings of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain: Vol. III-V. Edited byChristopher Lewin et al. Edinburgh: Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, 2018.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, Ireland, Mediterranean, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Museums, Women