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Somewhat Coherent Research About Medieval Studies

Somewhat Coherent Research About Medieval Studies (SCRAMS) is our weekly postgraduate seminar, at which both PhD and MA students are encouraged to contribute papers, provide feedback to peers, and generally relax at the end of the week. 

SCRAMS takes place most Fridays during term time, and is occasionally used to provide training sessions in writing conference abstracts, delivering papers, and preparing for aspects of the MA (such as poster presentations, dissertation proposals, etc.). In 2018-19 we also held Roundtable Discussions on PhD applications, Postgraduate Teaching Best Practice, and Giving Effective Presentations.

Some highlights of SCRAMS 2018-19

Jordan Cook (HoA PhD)
Setting the Scene in the Bouts Workshop "Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin"

Lauren Stokeld (CMS PhD)
Historical Semantics in the Digital Age

Dinah Wouters, (visiting PhD Fellow)
A prophet’s take on Allegory: Hildegard of Bingen’s visionary allegory and exegesis as a literary and cultural form

Giacomo Valeri (English PhD)
Ghosts and Purgatory in the Middle English Gast of Gy

Catherine-Rose Hailstone (History PhD)
Place, Space and Emotion in the buildings and architecture of Gregory, Bishop of Tours

Dr Harriet Evans Tang (CMS PhD alumna)
“Sheep on a (warm?) turf roof” Why place matters in Old Norse-Icelandic texts

Becca Searby (CMS PhD)
Reading Jewish Court Activity in the ‘Room Where It Happened’

Alicia Maddalena (English PhD)
A Word for the Wise: Examining Horskr in the Old Norse Corpus

Eric Wolever (CMS PhD)
Temporal Progression in the Twelfth Century, A Westward Translatio?

Tim Wingard (CMS PhD)
Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth: Nature, sex, and heteronormativity in Middle English Flood narratives

Rob Grout (CMS PhD)
The medieval child in modern social theory: Is childhood a ‘social construct’?

Jinming Yi (History PhD)
Royal power and the legitimation of civic authority: defining a civic register in the fourteenth-century York

Becca Drake (English PhD)
The wind and the willow: heroic affinity with coastal maritime environments in medieval romance and saga literature

Ross McIntire (CMS PhD)
Marking Cuthbert's Footsteps: Memorialization and Material Investment in Post-Conquest Northumbria

Kirstin Barnard (History PhD)
Nuisance Neighbours and the Urban Landscape in Late Medieval London

Dr John Lee (CMS Research Associate)
Careers in Local Government

Catherine-Rose Hailstone (History PhD)
Translation and Language: a help and hindrance in historical thinking

Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow (CMS PhD)
“Following in the Footprints of the Ancient Fathers”: Thinking about the Past in Cistercian Exempla Collections

Dr Anya Burgon and Dr Divna Manolova (CML Post-Docs)
Navigating Post-Docs: Applications and Expectations

Jordan Cook (HoA PhD)
The Spiritual Significance of Tangibility in Dieric Bouts's Triptych of the Life of the Virgin


Some highlights of SCRAMS 2017-18

Eric Wolever (CMS PhD)
Three Continents or Four Corners: Twelfth Century Geography between Tradition and Innovation

Dr James Harland (History PhD)
Rethinking Ethnicity in Britain During the "Migration Period'

Catherine-Rose Hailstone (History PhD)
A Discussion on the Methodological Approaches to Historical Emotions: Past, Present and Future

Dr Katherine Weikert (Winchester; York Med Arch alumnus)
Men on the Watch: The Taisson Family and Motte d'Olivet, 1040s-1050s

Joshua Ravenhill (History PhD)
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones’: Ethnic slander towards immigrants in late medieval England

Jordan Cook (History of Art PhD)
Performative Pages, Wretched Readers: Reading Christ’s Body in British Library MS. Egerton 1821

Becca Drake (CMS MA, now English PhD)
Consuming Fish: Nature, the Human, and the Supernatural in the Saga of Ketil Salmon

Luke Giraudet (CMS PhD)
Between Rumour and Reality: Writing Truth in Fifteenth-Century Parisian Journals

Tim Wingard (CMS PhD)
“Giants, Rape, and Abduction in Middle English Romance”

Giacomo Valeri (English PhD)
Performing Grief in Pearl: Experimenting with Language of Christian Mourning

Dr Harriet Jean Evans (CMS PhD)
The Animal Effect: translating the emotions of animals in Old Norse literature

Basil Price (CMS MA)
Navigating the Ins and Outs of an Outlaw: Grettis Saga and the Boundaries of Heroism

Kirstin Barnard (CMS MA, now History PhD)
Disputing Monks: Social Exclusion and the Memorialisation of Conflict at Bardney Abbey

Abi Bleach (CMS MA)
Telling It Slant: Rethinking Early Medieval Cultural Geography

Dr Tine Scheijnen (visiting postdoctoral researcher, University of Ghent)
Le Bone Romance? A medieval quest with classical roots