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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 time of Tetrarchy and that of the Carolingians. 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 (NWO). My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period, 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. 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. I have published the first handbook of Western annotation symbols in 2019. 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 on 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.

MemberSihong Lin

I am a historian of cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. My doctoral research revisited the history of the seventh-century papacy through the perspective of its networks. Although this period is frequently seen as when the unity of Christendom fractured, by considering together admirers of Rome from both the post-Roman West and the Eastern Roman Empire, I argue that we can trace how echoes of Greek disputes were passed westwards by these transnational pro-papal networks. My current and forthcoming publications therefore focus on the influence of eastern ideas on Latin authors, particularly Gregory of Tours and the Venerable Bede, and argue for a more interconnected Christendom at the end of late antiquity. My postdoctoral project, beginning in October 2019 and funded by the Irish Research Council, examines mobility in the Merovingian kingdoms and places the well-known monastic and ecclesiastical movements of this period within a larger history of late-antique ascetic migrations. I will also continue to explore other aspects of mobility in the sixth and seventh centuries in a number of planned publications, including studies on exchanges across the Roman-Persian frontier and the post-Roman reception of eastern ‘heresies’.

MemberAnna Dorofeeva

I’m Zeno Karl Schindler Barker Junior Research Fellow at Durham University. My research interests span the cultural and intellectual history of the early and high Middle Ages, with a particular focus on book history. My most recent research output has focused on the Physiologus and on the codicology of miscellany manuscripts. I’m currently working on secret writing and cryptography in Durham Priory Library manuscripts from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, examining community identity, the social experience of secrecy, and the boundary between graphic symbol and written word. If you want to get in touch, drop me an email to anna [dot] dorofeeva [at] durham [dt] ac [dot] uk.