Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Amel Bensalim

MA Candidate
Medieval History and Languages,
History of the peoples and societies of the medieval Mediterranean



Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in History and English with a Minor in Chinese Studies, Dalhousie University, 2018


My academic interests revolve around the Mediterranean in the medieval period, especially in regards to viewing the sea as a connector between peoples and regions. I am interested in political, legal, and social developments throughout the region and in utilizing sources in various languages to understand the Mediterranean in a wider context. My undergraduate honours thesis studied the legal and social restructuring of towns in post-conquest medieval Wales and Iberia to better understand the role of ethnicity, laws, and power in those tumultuous situations. I plan on working with Dr. Adnan Husain at Queen’s to delve further into the relationships between diverse legal traditions, royal power, and local authority in the region. Outside of academics, I love to draw and admire the sky.