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 and early medieval manuscript cultures.

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 medieval 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



Beowulf by All, ed. by Jeannie Abbott, Elaine Treharne and Mateusz Fafinski (Leeds: ARC tba)

Fafinski, Mateusz, Roman lnfrastructure in Early Medieval Britain. Transformations of the Past in Text and Stone (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press tba) under contract



Fafinski, Mateusz, “Glocal Matters: The Gospels of St Augustine as a Codex in Translation”, in: Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age ed. by Elaine Treharne, Benjamin Albritton, and Georgia Henley (London: Routledge 2020)

Fafinski, Mateusz, “Faraway, so close: Liminal thinking and the use of geography in Old English Orosius”, Studies of Warmia 56, 2020. read online


Fafinski, Mateusz, “On the Road Again – Das Nachleben der römischen Infrastruktur”, Antike Welt 6, 2017, 49-57.


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


Panel Discussion, Innsbruck, November 2019 The Fall of Rome? Concepts for a Transforming Mediterranean 300-800

International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2019 Power over Civitas: controlling Early Medieval Urban Spaces in the Rhine Valley

Late antique seminar, University of Warsaw, March 2019 Late antique provincial capital in the Early Middle Ages: observations from the periphery


CESTA Seminar, Stanford CA, October 2018 Catrographies of Text: Unstructured Historical Textual Data and Maps

8th Workshop of the Graduate Exchange in Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval History, Berlin, June 2018 Imperial Undertaking? The Symbolic Landscape of Conversion in Anglo-Saxon England

Manuscript Workshop Cambridge/Tübingen/Berlin, Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart, May 2018

Parker on the Web 2.0, Stanford CA, March 2018 Gospels of St Augustine (MS286) and the Old English Bede (MS41) as texts in perpetual translation

Social Tensions Between Kinship and Community in the Middle Ages, Frankfurt am Main, January 2018 Monks, merchants and scholars. Individuation and relationships in Early Medieval urban space


British Museum Medieval Seminar, London, November 2017 (Re-)using Rome: Roman Infrastructure as Early Medieval Governance Resource in Britain

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference, Honolulu, August 2017 The Cities of Others. Early British Relationship with Roman Urban Space; Public Medievalism - session organizer 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

The 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

The 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


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