Ceræ Committee

Volume 8 Editorial Committee

Gwendolyne Knight: Editor

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

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.

Patrick Huang: Reviews Editor
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‘).

Volume 8 Executive Committee

David White: Secretary

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
@NinoxStrenua82 | Academia profile

Erica Steiner is a MPhil candidate at the University of Sydney in the Celtic Studies department, and her thesis explores the history of tattooing in the British Isles up to the early medieval period, and 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
@dainswenson |
 Academia profile

Dain Swenson completed a BA at Arizona State University in Anthropology in 2017, and an MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at the University of Iceland in 2019. For his MA thesis he conducted a carbon and nitrogen isotopic study of human and animal remains from the Viking Age in Aarhus, Denmark to create an isotopic baseline for the area and investigate the diets of the Viking Age inhabitants. As an independent researcher, Dain has split his time between museums, laboratory work, and field archaeology. His research interests include isotopic analysis of skeletal material and geophysical archaeology.

James Youd: Treasurer

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
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 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.

Jenny Davis Barnett
@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.

Meredith Cutrer
Academia 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.

Matt Firth
@_MattFirth_ |
 Academia profile

Matt is a PhD candidate at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, and his research focuses on the reception of Anglo-Saxon kingship in the texts of the twelfth- and thirteenth-century Anglo-Scandinavian world (though this is increasingly focused on the Icelandic sagas). Matt holds a BA from the University of Sydney, and an MA in history and classical languages from the University of New England. He also researches other aspects of Anglo-Saxon kingship and culture, and has published a number of articles on the reign of King Æthelstan and its representations.

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.

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.

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.

Minjie Su
@Aethelcat_su |
 Academia profile

Minjie Su is currently a DPhil candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. In her thesis, she looks into werewolves in Old Norse-Icelandic literature, and analyses different aspects of the human-wolf dynamic, including skin, clothing, diet, emotion, and purpose and identity. Her other interests include the reception of Old Norse and medieval literature in popular culture, medieval French romance, and Gothic literature. Minjie is also a staff writer at medievalists.net and the Medieval Magazine.

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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