A session (or sessions) is planned for the Empire thematic strand at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, in 2014 on aspects of the ‘Angevin Empire’ from Matilda the Empress to Edward III. The goal is to trace the involvement of English monarchs on the continent and their relationships with and conceptions of subjects/vassals/lands there over a longer time scale than is normally considered under the rubric of the ‘Angevin Empire’. This is an excellent opportunity to test whether ‘Empire’ is a useful and appropriate category for analyzing such conceptions and/or relationships, and to begin developing a longer history of cross-channel governance that cuts through standard temporal boundaries such as regnal years and pivotal military moments. Comparative approaches are encouraged, and papers that address the question of French attitudes to English-Angevin rule or claims are also welcome.
Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to me (email@example.com) by 15th September.
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
Magna Carta in the Capital
Magna Carta has been celebrated in Canberra throughout the 2015 anniversary. In October, I contributed to the final public symposium at Parliament House.
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.