Monash Arts welcomes Professor Guy Geltner as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History

Monash University's longstanding reputation as a leading international centre for Medieval and Renaissance studies has been further enhanced by the recent appointment of Professor Guy Geltner, one of the world's preeminent figures in the field, as Professor of History commencing in 2020.

'Professor Geltner is working at the cutting edge of global scholarship in Medieval history,’ said Professor Christina Twomey, Head of Monash University’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. ‘We are delighted to welcome him to the Monash Arts history program and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.'

Currently Chair of Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam, Professor Geltner has a distinguished track record in social, religious, political and cultural history between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. His early work focused on incarceration practices in Italian city-states, while later work has transcended the boundaries of medieval Europe and produced more comparative and global histories of corporal punishment and public health.

Professor Geltner is the author of Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Later Medieval Italy (2019), Flogging Others: Corporal Punishment and Cultural Identity from Antiquity to the Present (2014), The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism: Polemic, Violence, Deviance and Remembrance (2012), and The Medieval Prison: A Social History (2008). He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from the European Research Council, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the European Commission, and many other bodies.

‘I was attracted by the broad scope for transdisciplinary collaboration at Monash University, and the commitment to excellent teaching and scholarship,’ said Professor Geltner. ‘I am particularly excited to bring my research on premodern public health into dialogue with that of scholars working in the historical and paleo sciences across the Pacific Rim.’

‘The opportunity to discover and interrogate an accepted pre/modern divide from a variety of cultural and environmental perspectives would greatly benefit from a transregional and comparative approach, and Monash University is uniquely situated for accomplishing just that.’

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