Power, society, and (dis)connectivity in medieval Sardinia


We are an international team of historians and archaeologists whose interests came together to explain Sardinia’s political and social development in the past as well as the ways that the island has been understood in the present. We aim to shed new light on the history of Sardinia, its unique insularity, the development of its peoples, and their history within a wider Euro-Mediterranean context. We are generously supported by a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Standard Grant: Power, society and (dis)connectivity in medieval Sardinia (AH/S006273/1).


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Project Reference: AH/S006273/1

Our Aims

Four interlinked objectives:
  • We will offer a fundamental re-evaluation of old and new evidence for the earliest ‘Islamisation of Europe’ after the Arab Conquests and the formation of lasting Muslim-Christian frontiers in the western Mediterranean.

  • We will produce a new landmark critique that integrates Mediterranean and Sardinian historiography redefining their relationships in terms of their mutual in- and inter-dependence.

  • We will offer an integrated, new, multidisciplinary study of networked and negotiated modalities of power and social interaction between the rulers, the rural elites, small landholders and the wider population in Sardinia.

  • We will assemble a new display to explain medieval Sardinian and Mediterranean history through the most important and representative artefacts.

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