Associate Professor of History
I study religion and society in the central Middle Ages, with a focus on problems of social order and community formation that accompanied the rise of cities. My first book, The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200 (Ithaca, 2013) traced attitudes to these changes through discussions of what peace meant and who was responsible for it. More recent research examines how emerging social groups exploited the acoustic environment to make claims over space and time in medieval cities. 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.
Malegam, J. “Review: Doležalová, Lucie, Jeff Rider, and Alessandro Zironi, eds. Obscurity in Medieval Texts. Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 30. Krems, Austria: Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der materiallen Kultur des Mittelalters, 2013.” Edited by D. Delyannis. The Medieval Review, May 1, 2015.
Malegam, J. “Review of Violence in Medieval Europe by Warren Brown.” Speculum, 2013.
Malegam, J. Y. “Pro-Papacy polemic and the purity of the church: The gregorian reform.” In A Companion to the Medieval Papacy, edited by Keith Sisson and Atria Larson, 70:37–65. Leiden: Brill, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004315280_004. Full Text
Malegam, J. “Against the Silence: Twelfth-Century Augustinian Reformers Confront Apocalypse.” In Apocalypse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, edited by Matthew Gabriele and James Palmer, n.d.
Malegam, J. Y. “Suspicions of peace in medieval christian discourse.” Common Knowledge 21, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 236–52. https://doi.org/10.1215/0961754X-2872355. Full Text
DiBattista, M., J. Beyer, F. Girke, J. Y. Malegam, E. Hall, L. Rival, and K. M. F. Platt. “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): 190–95. https://doi.org/10.1215/0961754X-2872331. Full Text
Malegam, J. “Evangelic Provocation: Location of Anger in Medieval Conversion Narratives.” Edited by A. Bale and L. Ramey. Literature Compass, 2015.
Malegam, J. “Love between Peace and Violence: not a crisis but a critique of fidelity after 1000.” Quaestiones Medii Aevi Novae 16 (2011): 321–36. Open Access Copy
Malegam, J. Y. “No peace for the wicked: Conflicting visions of peacemaking in an eleventh-century monastic narrative.” Viator Medieval and Renaissance Studies 39, no. 1 (December 1, 2008): 23–49. https://doi.org/10.1484/J.VIATOR.1.100112. Full Text