kb-headshotKeagan Brewer

Keagan Brewer successfully completed his PhD with the Centre for the History of the Emotions in 2016. His work centres on the emotion of wonder in the central Middle Ages and how it intersects with scepticism. He has also written on medieval legends such as the legend of Prester John. His scholarly interests include intercultural encounter and the global Middle Ages, medieval understandings of distant lands, the history and philosophy of medieval science, medieval orality and travel narratives. Brewer is currently working at the research office of the University of Notre Dame Australia.


– Keagan Brewer, Wonder and Scepticism in the Middle Ages (Routledge, 2016)
– Keagan Brewer, Prester John: the Legend and its Sources (Ashgate, 2015)


Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper completed her phD in Art History at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2016. Her doctoral thesis explores early to mid-eighteenth century representations of mythological masculinities in French art and visual culture. She is interested in interdisciplinary research and her work engages with mythology, natural history, early evolutionism, philosophy and representations of gender and sexuality in both text and image.

Imogen Forbes-Macphail

Imogen Forbes-Macphail is currently completing a PhD in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current academic work focuses on the relationship between literature and mathematics in nineteenth-century Britain. Recent articles include ‘“I shall in due time be a poet”: Ada Lovelace’s Poetical Science in its Literary Context’; ‘The Enchantress of Numbers and the Magic Noose of Poetry: Literature, Mathematics and Mysticism in the Nineteenth Century’; and ‘“Cinquefoil Token”: Infinitesimal Calculus and The Wreck of the Deutschland’. She is currently a coordinator of the literature and digital humanities working group at UC Berkeley. In 2016, she completed an MPhil at the University of Cambridge on Medieval literature, with a dissertation focusing on fifteenth-century variations on the Chaucerian dream-vision tradition.



10548226_10152990255219008_1221979649136685678_oStephanie Shing-Kelly

Stephanie Shing-Kelly 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.


191016-1829-8Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright is a second 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. As well as being the Editor of Cerae, Vanessa is the Editorial Assistant for the journal, Northern History.