I am a historian of Late Antique and Early Medieval West with a particular interest in the use of Roman legacy as a governance resource.
In the past I have worked on travel and trade in Early Medieval Northern Sea basin, as well as literary reception of classical archetypes in British literature.
Now my main project investigates the use of Roman assets (especially infrastructural ones) as governance resources in Late Antique and early Anglo-Saxon Britain; the social impact as well as the role that the Roman infrastructure played in the Early Medieval economy and politics of the island make it a important but also rarely problematized topic.
I also work extensively in the area of Digital Humanities, exploring spatial presentation of written sources.
You will find my academic CV here
Mateusz Fafinski, “The moving centre: trade and travel in York from Roman to Anglo-Saxon Times”, in: G.R. Owen-Crocker, B. W. Schneider (eds.) The Anglo-Saxons: The World through their Eyes, BAR British Series 595, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2014, 71-77. read online
Mateusz Fafinski, “The Overseas Contacts of Anglo-Saxon England. A reassessment”, in: Echa Przeszłości XIV (2013), 7-29. read online
Mateusz Fafinski, “Przez ciemności ku światłu – katabaza antyczna w legendarium Tolkiena”, in: Aiglos 17 (2012), 37-52.
Mateusz Fafinski, “Od kościoła do targu. Wschodniopruska mała ojczyzna w ‘Dzieciach Jerominów’ Ernsta Wiecherta”, in: Podteksty 4/ 18 (2010). read online
Conferences and workshops
International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference, Honolulu, August 2017
The Cities of Others. Early British Relationship with Roman Urban Space
Public Medievalism - session organiser together with Sihong Lin and Kate Mees
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2017
The City and the City: Urban Space Infrastructure in the Context of Early Medieval Britain
Challenging Grand Narratives, Dublin, June 2017
Continuous Problems. The Spectre of Continuity in Early Medieval History Writing
7th Workshop of the Graduate Exchange in Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval History, Mainz, May 2017
Looking for a City. A Reassessment of the Search for Early Medieval Urbanism in Britain
8 Darmstädter Diskussionen, September 2016
The Image of Roman Infrastructure
in Anglo-Saxon Cultural Space
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016
Roman Infrastructure in Early Medieval Britain as a Governance Resource
Nutzung und Umnutzung von Grundbesitz, Gebäuden und Infrastrukturen im römischen Imperium und danach: Historische, rechtshistorische und archäologische Perspektive, Berlin, June 2016
Roman Roads in Anglo-Saxon Charters ‒ Demarcation and Usage
The Ethnic and the Social: the Forms of Interplay and Conflicts, Sankt Petersburg, February 2016
Group conflict in the Early Medieval urban space - identification and approach
MANCASS Easter Conference, Manchester, April 2010
The moving centre: trade and travel in York from Roman to Anglo-Saxon times
XVIII Polish Historians Conference, Olsztyn, September 2009
V International Conference in Antique and Byzantine Studies, May 2009
XVII Polish History Students Conference, Olsztyn, April 2009
Regions in Culture, Poznań, March 2009
Ad Fontes IX: Terra cognita, Środa Śląska 2008