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Volume 8/9 Editorial Committee

Gwendolyne Knight: Editor, Volume 8

Gwendolyne Knight is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Medieval Studies (History Dept.) at Stockholm University, where her project examines changes in witchcraft legislation and adjudication in medieval Scandinavia. For her doctoral thesis she looked at shapeshifting narratives in early medieval English and Irish text using an approach derived from cultural anthropology. Her research interests coalesce around the intersections between magic/esotericism, science, and religion, particularly during the earlier Middle Ages. She is also a board member of the research association MEARCSTAPA.

Matthew Cleary: Deputy Editor, volume 8

Matthew Cleary is currently a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Matthew’s research focuses on fifteenth and sixteenth century English inheritance law, more specifically on the administration of wills under canon and common law. Matthew is attached to the Centre for Legal History within the Edinburgh Law School. Previously, Matthew studied in Canada where he received a BA Spec. Hons. and MA degrees in History.

Matt Firth: editor, volume 9
@_MattFirth_ |
 Researcher profile

Matt is a PhD Candidate in Flinders University, Adelaide, researching cultural memory, historical narrative, and Anglo-Scandinavian acculturation in the tenth-thirteenth centuries. His research interests focus on medieval history writing and depictions of the English past in later medieval texts. Matt is also assistant editor for the Brepols series East Central Europe, 476–1795, is the review editor for the Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, and is presently working on his first monograph, a biographical study of English queens-consort in the years 850-1000, scheduled for publication in the Routledge Lives of Royal Women series.

Jenny Davis Barnett: Deputy Editor, volume 9
@Jenny_D_Barnett |
 Academia profile

Jenny is currently a postgraduate student in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Her current research in Intellectual and Literary History focuses on the Satanic Witch of the Sabbath in medieval France.

zoë enstone: Deputy Editor, volume 9
@zensto | Academia profile

Zoë Enstone is a Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts at York St John University (UK). Her research focuses on transitions and changes within and beyond the medieval period. Building on her PhD thesis which explored the development of Morgan le Fay in Arthurian Romance, she is currently working on a monograph on Malory and magic as well as an article on the reimagining of witchcraft in Early Modern drama. She also leads an interdisciplinary research project on the representation of York.

Patrick Huang: Reviews Editor, volume 8/9
Academia profile

Patrick graduated from SOAS University of London (UK) with a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. He then moved to Canada for his prospective PhD research at Western University, London (Ontario). His research focuses on the transmission of Ancient Greek music knowledge between Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period. Patrick is actively engaged in joint research projects with various scholars, notably a comparative study between Ancient Chinese and Graeco-Latin musical system, as both cultures associate music with mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and political order (a.k.a. ‘musica universalis‘).

Amanda Burrows: Deputy Reviews Editor, volume 9

Amanda Burrows is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan in the English department. Her research focuses on the representation of women and magic in Middle English romances approaching the representation of magic from both a literary and historical perspective.

Maria Gloria Tumminelli: Deputy Reviews Editor, volume 9

Maria Gloria’s research focuses on the history and marginalised experiences of the Roma in the early modern period as well as the contemporary implications of present-day minority Italian experiences. She was awarded a Masters degree from the University of Milan (2015) with the thesis, ‘Gypsies in the Duchy of Milan and the Metamorphosis of the Economical Assistance, XV- XVII’, and a PhD from the University of Pavia (2019), with the thesis, ‘Gypsies in the Spanish Empire System, Soldiers, Bandits and Vagabonds between Milan, Naples and Castile, centuries XVI-XVII’. In 2020 she was awarded the Guglielmo Savoldelli scholarship award promoted by Archivio Bergamasco. Maria Gloria also collaborates with several European research groups, such as the Max Weber Programme for Multidisciplinary Research for the Mobilities in Early Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean and the Prague Forum for Romani History.

Volume 8/9 Executive Committee

David White: Secretary, volume 8/9

David is a higher degree research student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. For his Masters of Research degree, David undertook an examination of the construction and perception of Theoderic the Amal’s rule of Italy in the late fifth and early sixth century. David’s current PhD research focuses on who/what constituted the court of Theoderic and how it influenced the post-Roman administration of Italy and its peripheries. Additional to his studies of Theoderic, David is interested in the continuity, adaption or rejection of classical literature, architecture and ideology in the Early Medieval period.

Erica Steiner: Web Editor, volume 8/9, Treasurer Volume 9
@NinoxStrenua82 | Academia profile

Erica Steiner is a final-year MPhil candidate at the University of Sydney in the Celtic Studies department, and her thesis explores the history and historiography of Insular tattooing from antiquity to the early medieval period, as well as how this informs the broader study of ethnicity and identity in this period. As well having as a BA (Hons) in Medieval Studies, with a thesis entitled ‘The Dating and Datability of Beowulf in an Historical and Eschatological Context’, Erica also holds a BSc in Marine Geophysics. Her other research projects include studies in landscape archaeology and geomythology, as well as representations of the past in modern media.

Dain Swenson: Social Media Manager, volume 8
@dainswenson |
 Academia profile

Dain Swenson is currently studying a masters in archaeology theory and methods at Lund University. He completed a MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at the University of Iceland in 2019, conducting a study on Viking Age diet through isotope analysis for a thesis. Prior to that he received a BA at Arizona State University in Anthropology in 2017. Dain has worked professionally both in Europe and the United States as a field archaeologist and in museums. His research interests include geophysical archaeology and changes in old Nordic religion in the Iron Age.

lindsay church: Social Media Manager, volume 9
@lindsaychurchAcademia profile

Lindsay Church is a second year PhD student at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), where she is a Special Provost-Alumni Scholar. Her research focuses on the ways in which contemporary fantasy medievalism draws upon medieval literature’s ideas of the monster/‘monstrous Other’ in order to examine and critique representations of embodied difference and identity. While she mainly focuses on medieval literature, Lindsay also has an interest in early modern literature, particularly women writers of the period. Her SSHRC-funded MA research focused on this interest, tracing female literary spaces in the translation work of the Scottish writer/translator Anna Hume.

James Youd: Treasurer, volume 8

James Youd is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, looking at the evolution of the “Australian fairy tale” from the 19th the 21st centuries. In 2017, James graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and English from UWA, having completed his Honours thesis on religious parody in Chaucer. His research interests include English morality plays, 16th century drama and Middle English literature.

Bob van Strijen: Fundraising Officer, volume 8
Academia profile

Following a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at Leiden University, Bob van Strijen completed a joint MA/MPhil in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies from the University of Iceland and the University of Oslo in 2016 with a thesis that investigated the possible Christian origins of the figure of Wodan/Óðin. He is currently an independent researcher based in Oslo, with plans to pursue a PhD-project on the writings of Dutch philologist Jan de Vries and his scholarly correspondence with contemporaries.

Volume 8/9 General Committee Members

Frederic Aparisi
@fredericaparisiAcademia profile

Frederic Aparisi (PhD Valencia 2016) is currently the ‘Juan de la Cierva’ postdoctoral researcher in the Department of History at Universitat de Lleida. His research focuses on rural society of Medieval Valencia with a particular interest in rural elites and fishing. He is also interested in city-countryside relations and food history. Nowadays he has expanded his research to the study of healthcare in rural areas during the middle ages.

james cogbill
Researcher profile

James Cogbill is a DPhil candidate in medieval History at the University of Oxford. His research explores the mutually-inscribing interconnectivity of the premodern ruling family and ‘political culture’ – the framework of structures, practices and expectations within which a polity’s political actors operate – in the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261-1461). He previously completed a BA in Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Birmingham and an MPhil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford.

Meredith Cutrer
Researcher profile

Meredith Cutrer is currently a DPhil candidate in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation focuses on exile in early medieval Ireland and Britain. Her other academic interests include Latin translation, late antique Egypt, Early Irish law, historical theology, art history, and Latin and Early Irish literature. Meredith participates regularly in archaeological digs including Tintagel, Vindolanda, Glendalough, Kazakly-yatkan (Uzbekistan), and Cap de Cavalleria (Menorca).

Veronica De Duonni
Academia profile

Veronica De Duonni completed her PhD in the History of Medieval Art in 2017 at the Università di Salerno, and her thesis examined the manuscript production in the scriptorium of the abbey of Montevergine. Her research explores illuminated manuscripts and all things concerned with the ancient book, while her current research focus is on the fragments of medieval manuscripts kept in the archives. She also obtained a specialised Diploma of Archival Paleography and Diplomacy at Archivio di Stato Napoli.

Michael Hammett
Academia profile

Michael Hammett is a 6th year doctoral candidate at Columbia University in the Religion program. His dissertation in progress, titled “A Creative Tension: Humans, Animality, and Transformation in Christian Europe, 1400-1700,” focuses on Christian theological and demonological interpretations of narratives of bodily transformation and the boundary between humans and animals in early modern Europe. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in History from Duke University, a Master of Letters in Reformation Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Philosophy in Religion from Columbia University. He is an adjunct lecturer in Religion at Hunter College and currently works in the Academic Resource Center at Purchase College.

Francisco Rivera

Francisco Rivera holds a BA in English from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico, focusing on translation and linguistics. He is a medieval literature enthusiast, who is looking to start an MA in Medieval Studies in the near future. His main points of interests are translation history, and digital humanities, specifically the use of corpus linguistics for text analysis

Cassandra Schilling
Academia profile

Cassandra Schilling completed her Honours (First Class) in Medieval History and Literature at Flinders University in 2018, with a thesis entitled, “Peace-weaving Paradigms: Anglo-Saxon socio-cultural attitudes to peace-weaving queens in Beowulf”. She is currently a PhD candidate at Flinders exploring the Old English poem Judith. Her general research focuses on more broadly on Anglo-Saxon society and early medieval queenship.

filip schneider
Academia Profile

Filip is currently a PhD student in the Department of Ethnology at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia, and he is a graduate of the ‘Eternal Rome’ International MA programme at Radboud University, Nijmegen. His current research focuses on ethnographic aspects in 10th century Byzantine literature, with a focus on the relationship between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. Prior to this, his research centred on the relationship between Byzantium and early medieval Hungary.

Victoria Shirley
@vickyshirleyAcademia profile

Victoria Shirley is a part-time Teaching Associate in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy at Cardiff University, where she teaches undergraduate modules on medieval and early modern literature. She received her PhD in 2018, and her thesis examined the transmission, translation, and critical reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae in England, Scotland, and Wales from 1138 to 1530. Her research interests include medieval historical writing in Latin and vernacular languages, national identity, and literary geography.

Volume 7 Committee

Editor: Gwendolyne Knight (Stockholm University)

Deputy Editor: Matthew Cleary (University of Edinburgh)

Deputy Editor: Victoria Shirley (Cardiff University)

Reviews Editor: Minjie Su (University of Oxford)

Deputy Reviews Editor: Patrick Huang (Western University, London, Ontario)

Secretary: David White (Macquarie University)

Web Editor: Erica Steiner (University of Sydney)

Social Media Manager: Dain Swenson (Independant Scholar)

Treasurer: James Youd (University of Western Australia)

Fundraising Officer: Bob van Strijen (Independant Scholar)

General Committee Members: Frederic Aparisi (Universitat de Lleida), Jenny Davis Barnett (University of Queensland), Meredith Cutrer (Oxford University), Veronica De Duonni (Università di Salerno), Matthew Firth (Flinders University), Michael Hammett (Columbia University), Cassandra Schilling (Flinders University).

Volume 6 Committee

Editor: Christina Cleary (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Reviews Editor: Minjie Su (University of Oxford)

Deputy Reviews Editor: Kirsty Bolton (University of Southampton)

Secretary: Tess Watterson (Macquarie University)

Web Editor: Erica Steiner (University of Sydney)

Social Media Manager: Matthew Firth (Flinders University)

Treasurer: James Youd (University of Western Australia)

Fundraising Officer: Cheryl Major (University of Western Australia)

General Committee Members: Melanie Cooper (University of Adelaide), Veronica De Duonni (Università di Salerno), Julia Pelosi-Thorpe (University of Melbourne), Cassandra Schilling (Flinders University).

Volume 5 Committee

Editor: Stephanie Hathaway (University of Oxford)

Deputy Editor: Mark Neuendorf (University of Adelaide)

Associate Editor: Emma Knowles (University Of Cambridge)

Reviews Editor: Stephanie Thomson (University of Adelaide)

Secretary: Tess Watterson (Macquarie University) and Jessica Donovan (University of Western Australia)

Web Editor: Erica Steiner (University of Sydney)

Social Media Manager: Kirsty Bolton (University of Southampton)

Treasurer: James Youd (University of Western Australia)

Fundraising Officer: Cheryl Major (University of Western Australia)

General Committee Members: Vanessa Wright (University of Leeds), Melanie Cooper (University of Adelaide).

Volume 4 Committee

Editor: Vanessa Wright (University of Leeds)

Deputy Editor: Tara Auty (University of Western Australia)

Reviews Editor: Stephanie Hathaway (University of Oxford)

Deputy Reviews Editor: Stephanie Thomson (University of Adelaide)

Secretary: Tara Auty (University of Western Australia)

Social Media Manager: Skye Walker (University of York)

Treasurer: Tara Auty (University of Western Australia)

Promotions Officer: Melanie Cooper (University of Adelaide)

Fundraising Officer: Imogen Forbes-Macphail (University of California, Berkeley)

Volume 3 Committee

Editor: Marcus Harmes (University of Southern Queensland)

Deputy Editor: Vanessa Wright (University of Leeds)

Reviews Editor: Stephanie Hathaway (University of Oxford)

Secretary: Tara Auty (University of Western Australia)

Social Media Manager: Michael Ovens (University of Western Australia)

Treasurer: Tara Auty (University of Western Australia)

Volume 2 Committee

Editor: Michael Ovens 

Co-Editor: Imogen Forbes-Macphail

Deputy Editor: Sarah Russell

Reviews Editor: Amy Barnes

Co-Secretaries: Brid Phillips, Kelly Midgley

Social Media & Web Editor: Darren Smith

Co-Treasurers: Jane Héloïse-Nancarrow, Makoto Takao Harris, Kelly Midgley

Volume 1 Founding Committee

Editor: Imogen Forbes-Macphail

Deputy Editor: Makoto Harris Takao

Reviews Editor: Michael Ovens

Secretary: Bríd Phillips

Web Editor: Alana Bennett

Web Co-Editor: Darren Smith

Co-Treasurers: Jane-Héloïse Nancarrow, Amy Hilhorst

General Committee Member: Sarah Russell

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