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MemberTamar Rotman

I am a historian of late antique and early medieval history, interested in the role of hagiography and the cults of saints in the cultural and social history of their time. In my PhD dissertation, I have examined the hagiographical corpus of Gregory of Tours and showed that three of his hagiographical works (the Glory of the Martyrs, the Glory of the Confessors, and the Vita Paturm) were actually meant to be read together as an ecclesiastical history. This history, I argue, helped Gregory to construct a Gallo-Christian identity for the people living in sixth-century Merovingian Gaul. My current research examines Gregory of Tours’ autobiographical anecdotes in his historiographical and hagiographical works and aims at showing how Gregory tried to write his own hagiography and construct his future cult as a saint.

MemberDaphna Oren-Magidor

I am a historian of Early Modern Britain and Europe, specializing in the gender history, the history of medicine and the history of the family. Starting in June 2020, I will be a Gerda Henkel Scholar, working on a project entitled “Sisterhood in Early Modern England”. The project will culminate in a book exploring the relationships between adult married sisters in the seventeenth century and the roles they played in creating and maintaining kinship networks. In 2017, I published Infertility in Early Modern England (Palgrave-MacMillan). The book explores infertility and fertility problems not only as medical conditions but as social and cultural problems. In doing so, it highlights the specific ways in which medicine, religion, and the gendered social order interacted around problems of fertility and reproduction. I earned my PhD in History from Brown University in 2012, after which I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, first in the department of History and then in the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

MemberLiz Deegan

Liz Deegan is a PhD student in the Department of English, Michigan State University. She has completed her Masters in English at Oklahoma State University in 2018. Liz’s research focuses primarily on the intersections of queer and feminist theories, cultural studies, and film and visual media. Her interests oscillate between cult and/or camp popular culture and underground, queer, avant-garde cinema, but focuses on work that disrupts long held patterns and practices within the visual world. This attention paid to disruption is borne out of her fascination with acts of formal, affective, or aesthetic rebellion, and how these alterations queer their medium-based landscape.