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MemberKirsty Day

I am a historian of medieval religion, with particular interests in women’s and gender history, and the history of Central Europe. I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Aalborg University, and also hold an honorary research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, I was a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2019) and a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Leeds (2015-2016).

MemberAutumn Reinhardt-Simpson

I am a PhD student in religious studies at the University of Alberta focusing on medieval and early modern England, particularly women and religious ritual. My current work is centered around ritual material culture. This year I have been writing and presenting on medieval English women and the use of childbirth rituals while tying this in to ideas of earthly communality as well as the spiritual economy. My upcoming presentation, “My Wife’s Best Wedding Girdle”: Communality and Commerce in English Medieval Childbirth Ritual Goods will be presented at the University of Alberta Consuming Religion conference, April 16-17, 2019.

MemberAlexander D'Alisera

Welcome to my profile! I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in medieval history at Boston College, where I began my studies in 2019. From 2015 to 2017, I attended Yale University as a Marquand Scholar, where I received my M.A. in religion from the Divinity School. I also hold my B.A. in history and classics from Bard College, where I attended from 2011 to 2015 as an Excellence and Equal Cost Scholar. My current research interests include: medieval interactions with caves and the underground; translation and vernacularity in the early medieval period; lived religion in early medieval Britain and Ireland; the medieval reception of Christian apocryphal texts; and Old English poetry, especially “The Dream of the Rood.” Other interests include: media theory; the history of the museum; medieval reception studies; and the study of medievalism in contemporary speculative fiction and new media. I previously worked in the academic publishing industry, during which time I held editorial positions at Wiley-Blackwell, Yale Law School, and Harvard Medical School. At Yale Divinity School, I re-founded the previously defunct scholarly journal of religion Glossolalia, and served as its editor in chief from 2016 to 2018.

MemberNicholas Perez

Currently an independent research focusing on religion, philosophy, and history who is hoping to attend the University of Louisville for the PhD in Humanities program.  Planned research is over Teresa of Avila’s epistemology of the body. Research interests include Virgin Mary, primarily theological conceptions conerning her and cultural reception of her; theology and history of Christianity (primary periods ancient, medieval, and postmodern), particular focus on concepts of salvation, the Eucharist, gender, and the body; female Christian mystics, primarily Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila; Biblical exegesis, translation, and literary analysis; connections between literature and religion; philosophy of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Nietzsche, Freud, Heideggar, Bataille, Beauvoir, Kirsteva, and Irigaray (primary philosophic interest is existential phenomenology).

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.

MemberTimothy Lubin

Historian of religion and law in South and Southeast Asia, using Sanskrit texts and inscriptions in Prakrit, Sanskrit, Old Javanese, and Classical Tamil. I study the formation and spread of Brahmanical ideals and institutions in the ancient and early medieval periods. National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, 2020–21 American Council for Learned Societies fellow, 2020–21