Wojtek Jezierski


Department of Historical Studies
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Wojtek Jezierski

About me

I am Associate Professor in history at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg.

I defended my PhD thesis (Total St Gall: Medieval Monastery as a Disciplinary Institution) at Stockholm University in 2010. In 2016 I became Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg. My latest monograph is entitled Risk, Emotions, and Hospitality in the Christianization of the Baltic Rim, 1000-1300 and was published with Brepols in 2022.

My research focuses on power and discipline in medieval monasteries, history of emotions, hospitality and hostility in cultural encounters, conceptualizations of risk among medieval missionaries and crusaders, legitimization of elites, and cults of saints on European peripheries, particularly on the Baltic Rim. I have keen interest in theory, method, and interdisciplinary approaches in medieval studies and beyond.

Current projects and appointments:

I lead the international project Ambiguities of Hospitality: Intercultural Integration and Conflict in Host-Guest Relations on the European Borderlands, c. 1000-1350 funded by the Swedish Research Council (2022-2024).

Previous appointments:

I have previously worked at the Stockholm University, University of Oslo, Södertörn University, and Örebro University. I have had longer research visits at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, at Deutsches Historisches Institut (Warsaw), and at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung (IMAFO) der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Vienna).

Until recently I worked in a Polish-Norwegian project Symbolic Resources and Political Structures on the Periphery: Legitimization of the ELITES in Poland and Norway, c. 1000-1300 funded by the National Science Centre, Poland (2021-2023).


  • Conflict, power, and discipline in medieval monasteries
  • Cultural encounters in the Middle Ages
  • Missioning and crusading in the Baltic Sea region
  • History of hospitality and emotions
  • Legitimization of political elites
  • Discipline, power, and social control in medieval monasteries