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Name Dr Ian Wei
Job title Senior Lecturer in Medieval European History
Department Department of History (Historical Studies) University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA(Manc), PhD (Bristol)
Professional details
Keywords intellectual culture
social history
Western Europe
medieval society
theology
ideas
Areas of expertise I work on intellectual culture and the social history of ideas in Western Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. My published work chiefly explores the role of intellectuals in medieval society, especially the authority and status of the masters of theology at the University of Paris in the late thirteenth century. I also write about the different ways of knowing developed by learned men and women in various social contexts, and the political and social views that they put forward, especially with regard to money, sex and politics.

Since 2004 I have also co-coordinated a collaborative project entitled ‘Ideas and Universities’ for the Worldwide Universities Network. The aim is both to enrich understanding and to have an impact on contemporary policy-making by looking comparatively at the ways in which ideas have found institutional expression in universities in different cultures and periods.