The Haskins Society is an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history of the early and central Middle Ages, with special emphases on Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and early Angevin history as well as the many other fields encompassed by the scholarly interests of the American medievalist, Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937). These traditional fields of interest have expanded over the years via the scholarship of our members, and the Society welcomes new contributions in all related fields. The Society holds its own conference annually in the late Fall at institutions throughout the US, such as the University of Houston, Cornell University, Georgetown University, and currently Boston College.
As an Affiliated Society of the American Historical Association, the Haskins Society organizes joint Haskins-AHA sessions at AHA annual meetings. The Haskins Society also cooperates closely with the Battle Conferences on Anglo-Norman Studies (Battle, Sussex), the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Medieval Academy of America. Since 2010, the Society's own annual conference has been held at Boston College, where we have welcomed colleagues from around the world. Additionally, it organizes and sponsors scholarly sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in early May of each year and at the Leeds International Medieval Congress each summer.
The Society publishes an annual journal, The Haskins Society Journal, with Boydell & Brewer, Ltd. and sponsors the Bethell Prize, an annual essay prize for the best submission during the calendar year by a junior scholar. The prize was created in memory of Denis Bethell, an accomplished scholar whose untimely death deprived the world of a great scholar and colleague.
The Society is particularly committed to supporting young scholars and, to this end, welcomes graduate student contributors to its conferences and journal and also supports their attendance through subventions of the Keefe Fund, which was created in honor and memory of Thomas Keefe, a great scholar of the Anglo-Norman world who died much too young.