Enquiries from all prospective reseach students are encouraged in any of the areas listed below.

Please contact: memo-riah@swansea.ac.uk

Gender, Health, and the Human Body

Medieval tapestry

 

Disability and disfigurement; gender and sexuality; medicine, health, and the body; queer theory

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • gender and spirituality in medieval literature (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)
  • gender and the wellbeing of body and soul in medieval literature (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Robterta Magnani / Alison Williams)
  • medicine in France in the sixteenth and/or seventeenth centuries (supervisors: Adam Mosley / Alison Williams)
  • pain and suffering in medieval literature, medicine, and culture (supervisors: Laura Kalas Williams / Alison Williams)

Place and Space

A historical document

 

Landscape; maps and cartography; sacred spaces and enclosure; towns and urban culture

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • early modern cosmography (supervisors: Adam Mosley / Stefan Halikowski-Smith)
  • medieval anchoritism and other forms of reclusion (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams)
  • the literature of place in the middle ages (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)

Nature and Nurture

The Lover and Dame Idleness outside the walled garden (BL MS Harley 4425, f.12v). By kind permission of the British Library.

 

The environment; gardens and wild places; natural history; the mathematical sciences and natural philosophy

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • gender and medieval gardens in their literary contexts (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)
  • gender, sexuality, and the natural world in medieval literature (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani / Alison Williams)
  • queering maternity and spirituality in the middle ages (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)
  • representations of natural philosophy in literary sources (supervisors: Alison Williams / Adam Mosley)
  • science and/or medicine in France in the sixteenth and/or seventeenth centuries (supervisors: Adam Mosley / Alison Williams)
  • the senses and emotions in the medieval imaginary (supervisors: Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)

Image: The Lover and Dame Idleness outside the walled garden (BL MS Harley 4425, f.12v). By kind permission of the British Library.


Power, Conflict, and Empire

Mandeville Coker Seal

 

Diplomacy; Europeans overseas; litigation; the Crusades; warfare and military technology

Prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • the monarchies and aristocracies of the Anglo-Norman, Angevin, and Capetian realms, 11th-13th centuries (supervisors: Daniel Power / Simon John)
  • the frontiers of Latin Christendom: concepts and aristocratic power (supervisors: Simon John / Daniel Power)
  • medieval charters and cartularies, and documentary culture (supervisors: Daniel Power / Simon John)
  • historical writing in the central Middle Ages; political thought and culture (supervisors: Daniel Power / Simon John)
  • soldiering and fear in eighteenth-century Europe and America (supervisors: Leighton James / Richard Hall)

Texts and their Contexts

An image of a library

 

Drama and the theatre; language and literature; manuscript studies and book history; performative speech

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • narratives and counter-narratives of the formation and operation of canons  (supervisors: Roberta Magnani / Liz Herbert McAvoy / Eoin Price)
  • queering and/or feminising of the canon (supervisors: Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani)
  • sixteenth- and/or seventeenth-century print culture (supervisors: Eoin Price / Adam Mosley)

The Enduring Past

A woman viewing art in a museum

 

Archaeology; heritage and public history; material culture; medievalisms; pre-modern historical practice; the classical tradition

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • early modern afterlives of the medieval (supervisors: Laura Kalas Williams / Roberta Magnani / Liz Herbert McAvoy / Adam Mosley / Eoin Price)
  • historical writing in the central Middle Ages; political thought and culture (supervisors: Daniel Power / Simon John)
  • saints, medieval and postmodern (supervisor: Roberta Magnani / Liz Herbert McAvoy / Laura Kalas Williams)

Wales, England, and the Marches

Image of a castle

 

Including: castle and community; landscape and history; law and ethnicity; society and economy; towns, poets, and trade; war and conquest

Enquiries from prospective research students are encouraged in any of the areas listed above.