On 30 October, I took part in a dynamic symposium on Magna Carta as part of the Senate and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia’s final event for the 800th anniversary year. It was an honour to be invited to be part of this occasion and such a great line up of legal and historical thinkers from former Chief Justices like the Hon James Spigelman AC QC, to the leader of the UK’s Magna Carta Project, Prof Nicholas Vincent. Papers took in the direct and indirect influence of Magna Carta on modern legal thought in the Anglophone world; contemporary medieval legal developments of which it formed part; the translation and dissemination of the Charter in printed English editions; the history of the 1297 inspeximus currently on display in Canberra; and popular culture representations of the Charter and King John from the seventeenth century to now. I spoke on the question of who knew about Magna Carta in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and how, and what did they do with it when they did.
The program for the day is available online here, and you can view a recording of the afternoon’s proceedings here. Full versions of the papers will appear soon in a special edition of Papers on Parliament.
Visiting Oxford in 2016
In November and December 2016 I am honoured to be a Visiting Fellow of The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH).
Teaching Innovation Recognised
My teaching approach has been recognised with a 2016 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian Awards for University Teaching
Encountering Magna Carta in the Middle Ages: Out now
How did medieval English people encounter Magna Carta? What did they think it meant? How did they use it?
Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Teaching
I’m honoured to have been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in the Early Career category for 2015
Medieval Lego: Out Now!
I’m proud to have been involved in a wonderful publication on medieval history for children vibrantly … Continue reading Medieval Lego: Out Now!
Gender and Authority in 13th Century Letters
How was authority gendered in 13th century administrative letters? See my recent chapter in “Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England” to find out.
Expo Assessment Takes Off
This year in Medieval Europe, one of the first year history units I coordinate, my tutors and I trialled a new assessment strategy, which seems to have paid huge dividends in student (and staff!) engagement.
Magna Carta Mayhem
2015 marks 800 years since Magna Carta was agreed between King John and his barons, and I’m getting involved in commemorations.
#MedFemList goes viral
#MedFemList is a hashtag which aims to bring the work of excellent female medieval studies scholars to global attention. It’s working.
Visiting Fellowship in Lincoln, UK
I’ve recently been appointed as International Visiting Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Lincoln, UK. I’ll be visiting between 17 June and 19 July.
New Project on Anonymity
I’ve just secured some seed funding for an interesting new project on meanings of medieval anonymity. The project will begin in June with a trip to UK libraries and archives.
Words as Weapons Now Online
Update! You can now access my most recent paper, Words as Weapons in the Correspondence … Continue reading Words as Weapons Now Online