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MemberKatherine Cross

I am a historian of the Early Middle Ages interested in ethnic identity, religious conversion, and comparative approaches. I have just published my first book, Heirs of the Vikings: History and Identity in Normandy and England, c. 950 – c. 1015 (YMP, 2018), and recently co-curated Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions at the Ashmolean Museum. I am currently Postdoctoral Researcher on the Empires of Faith project at the British Museum, and I teach early medieval history at the University of Oxford.

MemberSam Barber

I study the material and visual cultures of late ancient and early medieval Europe, with a special focus on iconographies and architectures of authority in the post-Roman successor states. My doctoral dissertation is a cultural history of palaces between the third and the tenth centuries CE. Though a constant across this period, palaces underwent dramatic changes architecturally and institutionally. Drawing on theories of landscape and space, I use palaces as a lens for examining shifts in concepts of legitimate authority and the relationship of ruler and subject. In addition to my dissertation, I am also interested in the history of medieval art more generally (including its historiography); urban studies and architectural theory; and concepts of identity, ethnicity, and community in the Early Middle Ages.

MemberRobin Whelan

I am currently Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers how Christian ideology reshaped the representation and practice of governance in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).

MemberEvina Steinova

…2011-2016   PhD in Medieval Studies, NWO VIDI project Marginal Scholarship, Huygens ING, Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Hague

Dissertation: Notam superponere studui: The use of technical signs in the early Middle Ages

2009-2011   Research Master in Medieval Studies, Utrecht University

RMA Thesis: Biblical Material in the Latin Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

2008-2011   Master in Classical and Medieval Latin, Masaryk University, Brno

MA Thesis: Passio Iudeorum Pragensium. Critical Edition of the Passion of the Jews of Prague

2005-2008   Bachelor’s degree in English and Latin, Masaryk University, Brno

BA Thesis: Religion in …

I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research. My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, is called Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period. It deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING, Institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, in The Hague. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles about the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.

MemberIlse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar

I am a medievalist specializing in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse literatures and languages and have taught on topics ranging from medieval and early modern lit to world mythologies, environmental lit, critical theory, and the literature of death and dying. My research focuses on representations of space and the environment in Anglo-Saxon poetry, as well as on death in medieval Icelandic texts. Currently, I am an Acquisitions Editor for Medieval Institute Publications at Kalamazoo, Arc-Humanities Press, and Amsterdam University Press, seeking projects for the following series: Places and Spaces, Medieval to Modern Richard Rawlinson Center Series in Anglo-Saxon Studies Environmental Humanities in Pre-Modern Cultures Medieval Media Cultures Teaching the Middle Ages New Queer Medievalisms