MemberChristian Cooijmans

Chris studied medieval history at Utrecht University, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Edinburgh, and was a recent Postdoctoral Fellow at Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). His current research at the University of Liverpool explores the reach and repercussions of viking activity across the Frankish realm, as well as its subsequent, premodern historiography.

MemberSally Blackburn

…Undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from the University of Manchester

Postgraduate Masters degree from the University of Liverpool…

Currently in the fourth year of my PhD at the University of Liverpool. My research focuses on the work of late nineteenth, early twentieth-century writer Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935). I am particularly interested in theories of memory, space and time during this period, and the way in which these concepts intersect.  

MemberHuw Twiston Davies

2013 – 2017 PhD Egyptology, University of Liverpool
Thesis Title: “”It is filled with an assortment”: The Transmission of the Instruction of Ani and the Instruction of Amenemope”

2011-2012 MA Egyptology, Unviersity of Liverpool
Thesis title: “Deus, Deus Meus: Contexts of ntr in Middle Kingdom Literature”

2007-2010 BA (Hons) Oriental Studies (Egyptology), University of Liverpool…

Huw Twiston Davies is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leiden University, working on the NWO-VIDI funded project, “The Walking Dead: The Making of a Cultural Geography at Saqqara” (Feb 2018 – Apr 2021). The main focus of his research is the composition, copying, transmission, and development of ancient Egyptian literary and religious texts from the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1077 BC). He completed his PhD on the transmission of the Instruction of Ani and the Instruction of Amenemope at the University of Liverpool in 2018, under the supervision of Professor Christopher Eyre and Dr Roland Enmarch. In 2020-2021, he was a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, mainly responsible for teaching on the Undergraduate Certificate in Egyptology, MA Egyptology, and 6-week short courses in Middle Egyptian. From January 2016 until February 2017 , he was a Curatorial Assistant at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, where in addition to other duties, he was project curator for the exhibitions Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire  (May-Sep 2016), and The Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld (May 2017 – Sep 2018).

MemberRobin Whelan

I am 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 the Christian identities and entanglements of imperial and royal officials 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).

MemberHelga Müllneritsch

…University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

PhD in German Sept. 2012 – Jun. 2019

Part-time, degree awarded 3 June 2019

Dissertation: Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century

Supervisors: Prof Eve Rosenhaft and Dr Godfried Croenen


University of Graz, Austria

PhD in German Literature and Language Apr. 2010 – Oct. 2012

Transferred to the University of Liverpool in 2012

Dissertation: „Zum Gebrauche aller Kochlustigen …“ Das ‚Frauenkochbuch‘ Ms. 1963

Supervisors: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Beatrix Müller-Kampel and Univ.-Doz. Dr. tit.Univ.-Prof. Günther Jontes


University of Graz, Austria

MA in German Literature and Language Mar. 2008 – Apr. 2010

Thesis: Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth. Zur Symbolik von Michael Ende (Mirror in the Mirror. On Mi…

I am a postdoc in German at the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University with a research interest in female agency, manuscript cookery books, and book history in the long eighteenth century. My research project ‘Women in the Shadow: Female Agency in the Eighteenth Century’ aims to map out the social and economic positions women and men held in eighteenth-century German-speaking countries, based on material remnants that have been passed down to us such as letters, diaries, and manuscript recipe books. Grounded in the field of material studies and as part of the material turn in the humanities, I aim to provide a solid basis for a re-examination of how women and men worked and socialized, one not based on the works of famous theorists and philosophers but on the mundane, everyday-life notes and artefacts of people who often remain in the shadows due to their minimal or non-existent connection to famous figures. I have worked as Lecturer in German Studies at Bangor University from 2019-20, held several short-term positions at the University of Liverpool from 2013-2019 and taught as German Language Tutor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (2017-18). My thesis, ‘Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century’, focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century manuscript cookery book as object, its function, and female authorship and ownership. I was awarded my doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2019. My publications in the history of food and cookery include ‘The Chameleon in the Kitchen: The Plural Identities of the Manuscript “Cookery Book”’, in Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (eds.), The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print (Uppsala 2019), ‘The ‘Who’ of Manuscript Recipe Books: Tracing Professional Scribes’, in Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2017) and ‘The Roast Charade: Travelling Recipes and their Alteration in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Tim Berndtsson et al (eds.), Traces of Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century (Uppsala 2015).

MemberSimon Mollan

I am Associate Professor of International Business and Strategic Management at the Management School at the University of York. Between 2017 and 2020 I was the Director of the Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity Pathway at the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Prior to that I was Head of the International Business, Strategy, and Management Group at the Management School, University of York (2013-2017). Before joining the University of York I held academic posts at the University of Liverpool, Durham University, and York St John University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Duke University, North Carolina (Spring and Summer 2019). I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Durham University and the University of Glasgow. I did my PhD in economic history at Durham University.   I have previously served as the Chair of the Management History Research Group (UK) (2015-2019), and President of the Economic and Business History Society (2019-2020). I am the current Director of the EBHS Doctoral Workshop, and an Associate Editor of the open access journal, Essays in Economic and Business History

MemberTori Holmes

I am Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. My main research interests are in digital culture and the texts and practices of urban representation in Brazil. A central thematic and methodological concern in my work is the idea of circulation. My doctoral research, completed at the University of Liverpool in 2011, examined the use of blogs and other internet platforms by Brazilian favela residents. Since then, I have worked on Brazilian webdocumentaries relating to urban change in Rio de Janeiro, in the context of the city’s recent hosting of global sporting mega-events, and am currently researching data activism relating to armed violence and public security in Brazil. A further area of interest is Brazilian documentary and audiovisual production. I take an interdisciplinary approach in my work, combining approaches from literary and cultural studies and the social sciences, and have broader interests in digital ethnography, and ethical and methodological issues in interdisciplinary research.   cover image by jpmatth on flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

MemberSarah Arens

I’m a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and future Lecturer in French (from December 2022) based at the University of Liverpool working on a project entitled ‘Constructing a Geopolitics of Nationhood: Belgium’s Scientific and Cultural Colonial Project (1830-1958)’, which investigates the role of (natural/’life’) sciences and museums for the Belgian colonial project in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also finalising my first monograph Imagining Brussels: Memory and Diaspora in Francophone Fiction, which analyses the Belgian capital’s multifaceted postcolonial condition via its representations in novels by writers with roots in Morocco, the Congo-DRC, and Haiti and is under contract with Liverpool University Press (2021). I am the Editor of the Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (the bi-annual journal of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies) and a Volunteer Translator at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London (since 2015). I’m also a member of the Belgian Network for Medical History. With support from the EDI Fund of the School of Modern Languages at St Andrews, where I was previously based, I worked with Sarah King, PhD researcher in Russian, to create a website with resources for alternative assessment methods. Any questions, please feel free to get in touch via s.arens(at)