ABOUT US

MEMSlib is an initiative of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent. This student-led project developed out of our shared desire to support academic peers and colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Awarded winning project, 2020 Physical Lockdown/Digital Freedom Student Competition

THE TEAM

Róisín Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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Dr Daniella Gonzalez

Dr Daniella Gonzalez passed her PhD, titled ‘Common Profit and Civic Governance in Ricardian London, c.1376-c.1391’, in February 2020 at the University of Kent, where she also undertook her BA and MA. She was funded by the Consortium for the Humanities and Arts across the South-East (CHASE) and was supervised by Dr Ryan Perry (University of Kent) and Dr Amy Blakeway (University of St Andrews). Her research focuses on political language and discourse – especially the idea of common profit – within urban records that were produced in late medieval London, as well as how political language could be used to both legitimise and delegitimise authority. Daniella is now involved in archival work with Special Collections & Archives at the University of Kent and The National Archives.

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Anna Hegland

Anna Hegland is a VCRS-funded doctoral candidate and assistant lecturer in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent. Her research centers on violent language in early modern tragedies, and explores the intersections of rhetoric and performance in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama. She is supervised by Dr Sarah Dustagheer and Professor Catherine Richardson. Anna is a member of Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, a research cluster at Kent dedicated to investigating performance events in Europe from c. 500–1700, and organizes the postgraduate-led Coffee House seminars, an interdisciplinary series of workshops and discussions for early modernists at Kent.

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Emma-Louise Hill

Emma-Louise Hill is a second year PhD student at the University of Kent in the Centre for the History of the Sciences. Emma studied History of Art at undergraduate level at the University of York and continued her studies at their Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (CECS), graduating in 2013 with an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies. After a break from academia spent working in the legal sector, Emma secured a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award working in collaboration with the University of Kent and Royal Museums Greenwich researching social and cultural engagement with the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and with the first Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed (1646-1719) from its foundation in 1675 to c.1740.

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Anna-Nadine Pike

Anna-Nadine Pike currently works as a Graduate Trainee in the Library of New College, Oxford. Funded by a departmental studentship, Anna completed the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent in 2019/20, and will graduate with Distinction. Her MA dissertation considered the interrelation of text and textiles in late-medieval Middle English Bridgettine writings associated with Syon Abbey, and was supervised by Dr Ryan Perry. Anna previously graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class BA in English Language and Literature. Her undergraduate dissertation, supervised by Dr Rebecca Beasley, explored the textile metaphors in the work of Virginia Woolf. Anna has further interests in the role of performative language in late-medieval mystical writings, and the value of silence and blank space in manuscripts. 

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Contributors

Professor Pascale Aebsicher  - Lubaaba Al-Azami  -  Dr Charlie Berry  -  Dr Amy Blakeway  -  Professor Barbara Bombi  -  Nat Cutter  -  Dr Paul Dryburgh  -  Dr Beate Fricke  - Dr Robert Gallagher  -  Dr Peter Good  -  Dr Dan Gosling  -  Dr John Wyatt Greenlee  -  Dr Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer  -  Dr Ada Hajdu  - Dr Rebekah Higgitt  -  Dr Diane Heath   -  Dr Suzanna Ivanič  -  Jordan Knowles  -  Professor Henrike Lähnemann  -  Graeme Millen  -  Celia Mills  -  Edward Mills  -  Pietro Mocchi  -  Dr Marta Musso  -  Dr Heather Pagan  -  Dr Ryan Perry  -  Dr Alison Ray  -  Emeric Rigault  -  Dr Edward Roberts  -  Dr David Rundle  -  Dr Daniel Starza Smith  -  Danny Smith  -  Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh   -  Anna Turnham  -  Professor Martine van Elk  -  students and staff of the MA in Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission (King's College London)

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