LE JAN Régine

Giulia Rossi Vairo.j
LE JAN Régine
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Medieval Period
Born in France.
Régine Le Jan gained a PhD. in History in1967. Then, she returned to teaching and research while
preparing her habilitation (Docteur ès Lettres) that she obtained in 1992. In her thesis, she examines
how the kinship system supported the rise of the aristocracy VII and VIIIth century.
In 1993, she became professor of medieval history at the University of Valenciennes and then two
years later at the University of Lille. She then participated in the international program ‘Transformation
of the World Woman’ of the European Science Foundation.
Between 1994 and 2001, her research was devoted to the study of social ties in a Frankish kingdom
(between the 6 and the 10 centuries), which does not preclude comparisons with Lorraine and
Germany. Régine Le Jan analyses the relationships created by kinship, friendship, alliance, marriage,
fidelity, dependence, and their developments related to structures of power and kinship
In 1996, she received the 1st prize Gobert for her book Famille et pouvoir dans le monde franc (VIIeXe siècles) - Essai d’anthropologie sociale, published after her State Thesis. In 2002, she joined Paris
1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and for the research activity, the Laboratory of Western medieval studies in
Paris (LAMOP) - CNRS.
She co-organizes the international research program ‘Texts and Identities in early Middle Ages’ with
Prof. Rosamond McKitteric, Mayke de Jong, Ian Wood and Walter Pohl. This group was expanded in
2003 to Régine Le Jan from the University Paris 1 and, in 2009, to François Bougard from University
Paris Ouest5.
She also participates in the program im Staat früh Mittelalter with Hans Werner Goetz, Jörg Jarnut
Walter Pohl, Ian Wood)
She is also Director of the Master Histoire et Anthropologie des mondes médiévaux et modernes,
University of Paris 1, and was Vice-President from 1993 to 2001 then President from 2001 to 2010 of
the Société des Historiens Médiévistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur Public (SHMESP).
She wrote several books including:
Famille et pouvoir dans le monde franc (VIIe-Xe siècle). Essai d'anthropologie sociale.
Paris Publications de la Sorbonne 1995 1er prix Gobert de l'Académie des Inscriptions et
Belles Lettres 1995,
Femmes, pouvoir et société, Paris, Picard, 200l,
La société du haut Moyen Âge, Paris, Armand Colin, 2003 (collection U),
Histoire de la France. Origines et premier essor (481-1180), Paris, 3 éd. 2012 (Carré
histoire Hachette).
She is the Editor in chief of the Haut Moyen Âge Collection (Brepols publishers).