Jehangir Malegam

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
319 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 668-7842
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In my first book, The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200 (Ithaca, 2013) I used discourses of peacemaking to illuminate clerical self-fashioning and changing lay-clerical relationships in western Europe.  My new research includes a study of state formation in late medieval England and France envisioned through changes in personhood and social networks.  I am also starting work on a global history of the color blue: its social meanings, commercial networks and cultural appropriations between the ancient world and modernity.  


My first book focused on clerical self-fashioning and lay-clerical relationships between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries as seen through the discourse around peace-making and conflict. My new research concerns the history of personhood, con-sociation and alienation during a period of nascent state formation and evangelical outreach in England, France and the Empire (1000-1250). It is informed by the anthropology John and Jean Comaroff, the political philosophy of Giorgio Agamben, and the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 2006

  • M.A., Emory University 1998

  • B.A., Emory University 1998

Malegam, JY. "Pro-Papacy polemic and the purity of the church: The gregorian reform." In Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, 37-65. January 1, 2016. Full Text

Malegam, J. "The Gregorian Reform (In preparation)." In Handbook of Medieval Papalism,edited by K Sisson. Brill, 2016. (Chapter)

Malegam, J. "In Public: Collectivities and Polities (Accepted)." In A Cultural History of the Emotions of the Medieval Age. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. (Essay)

Malegam, JY. "SUSPICIONS OF PEACE IN MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN DISCOURSE." Common Knowledge 21, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 236-252. Full Text

DiBattista, M, Beyer, J, Girke, F, Malegam, JY, Hall, E, Rival, L, and Platt, KMF. "Peace by other means: Symposium on the role of ethnography and the humanities in the understanding, prevention, and resolution of enmity Part 3." Common Knowledge 21, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 190-195. Full Text

Malegam, J. "Evangelic Provocation: Location of Anger in Medieval Conversion Narratives (Accepted)." Edited by A Bale and L Ramey. Literature Compass (2015).

Malegam, J. "Review of Violence in Medieval Europe by Warren Brown." Speculum 88, no. 3 (2013). (Review)

Malegam, J. "No Peace for the Wicked: Conflicting Visions of Peacemaking in an Eleventh-Century Monastic Narrative." Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 39, no. 1 (March 2008): 23-49.