Current Ceræ Committee

Stephanie HathawayStephanie Hathaway – Editor

Stephanie Hathaway completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in Old French and Middle High German epic.  She has published on transmission of the Old French chansons de geste material in other medieval languages, and has taught at the universities of Sydney, Bristol and Oxford.  Currently in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford, she researches cross-pollination of themes and intertextuality in medieval literature, and interpretations of monastic rules.

Mark NeuendorfMark Neuendorf – Deputy Editor

Mark Neuendorf is an early career researcher at the University of Adelaide. He graduated from the University of Adelaide, and his PhD thesis examined the history of madness in early modern Britain, with a particular focus on the role of collective emotions in shaping advocacy movements. His broader scholarly interests include the history of emotions, science and medicine, the British Enlightenment and the history of masculinities.

Emma-KnowlesEmma Knowles – Associate Editor

Emma Knowles is a Gates Cambridge scholar completing a PhD in the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic department at the University of Cambridge. Her research uses an ecocritical framework to consider representations of the non-human environment in Old English biblical poetry. Other research interests include Middle English biblical translation, gender in Old and Middle English literature, and Arthurian literature.

Stephanie ThomsonStephanie Thomson – Reviews Editor

Stephanie Thomson is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Adelaide. Her doctoral research looks at laywomen’s religious patronage and patronage networks during the early English Reformation (c. 1530-1558). Her broader scholarly interests include the history of the book, women and gender, religious culture, and the European Reformations.

Annie BlachlyAnnie Blachly – Deputy Reviews Editor

Annie Blachly is currently a PhD Candidate at Monash University. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Diploma of Education (History and English) from Monash University. Her thesis brings together a social and cultural history of Oxfordshire, using fourteenth century Coroners’ Rolls and digital mapping as a vehicle to access violence generating emotions. Her wider research interests include digital humanities, medieval and Early Modern English history, and medievalism. Prior to returning to studies, Annie was a High School English teacher.

Jessica Donovan – Secretary

Jessica Donovan is a graduate of the Masters of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at University of Western Australia. Jessica also has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and a Masters of Information Management from Curtin University. Her medieval history research focuses on the medieval queenship and regencies of Blanche of Castile and Margaret of Anjou. Her information management research focuses on perceptions, iconography and symbolism of compliance. Jessica presented at the 2017 ‘Natural and Supernatural in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’ on Shifting Feminine Gender Roles in Vampiric Mythology and Gothic Literature.

James YoudJames Youd  – Treasurer

James Youd graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and English, having completed his Honours thesis on religious parody in Chaucer. His research interests include English morality plays, 16th century drama and Middle English literature.




Kirsty BoltonKirsty Bolton – Social Media Editor

Kirsty Bolton is a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton, UK. Her thesis focuses on Motherhood, Space, and Building in French and Middle English Romances. She is interested in the performance of motherhood in medieval literature and how female characters used space and building to enact the identity of mother. Kirsty gained her undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick and her MA from the University of York. She worked in publishing for five years before returning to academia. She teaches undergraduate modules on Old English literature and language, as well as interdisciplinary Viking Studies.

Melanie CooperMelanie Cooper – Promotions Officer

Melanie is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where she graduated with a PhD in Art History in 2017. Her thesis explores representations of mythological masculinities in eighteenth-century French art and visual culture as a means through which to build upon understandings of perceptions and expectations of gender during this period. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality, Enlightenment studies, mythology and folklore, early evolutionism, naturalism and theories of sensationism and epicurean stoicism.

Shelby Conrad – Fundraising Officer

University of Rochester.

Erica SteinerErica Steiner – Web Editor

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, Erica also has a BSc in Marine Geophysics, which she combines in her other research projects that include studies in landscape archaeology and geomythology. One current side project is on tsunami and sea-monsters in myth and history in Europe from the early medieval to the early modern periods.

Vanessa WrightVanessa Wright – General Committee Member

Vanessa Wright is a third year PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her interdisciplinary research project examines cross-dressing in French and English literature from 1200 to 1500 and uses literary, text/image, codicological analysis to explore medieval representations of cross-dressing. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, canon law, and medieval book culture. She was Editor of volume 4 of Ceræ and is currently the Editorial Assistant for the journal, Northern History.

michaelMichael Ovens – Founding Member

Dr. Michael Ovens is early career researcher working in the literature, history, and performance of interpersonal violence in the medieval and early modern period. Alongside his traditional scholarly outputs, Michael is an active developer of virtual reality experiences for education and research. He is a founding member of Ceræ and also a practitioner and researcher of historical European martial arts.