Author: Natalie Calder

Inhabiting a Mythic Landscape: Alan Garner and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Phd Student Craig Wallace traces the influence of the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the landscape and language of Alan Garner’s Boneland. Alan Garner’s most recent novel, Boneland (2012), features the siblings Colin and Susan Whisterfield, characters previously introduced as children over fifty years ago in his first two novels […]

Literacy and Print in Early Modern Germany and England

MA student Scott Eaton discusses the relationship between literacy and print in the Early Modern period…   Over the past two centuries world literacy rates have increased dramatically thanks to widespread education (for useful interactive graphs click here). For example, from 1450 to 1550, literacy rates in Germany and Britain climbed from 7% to around […]

PhD studentship at the University of Glasgow: “Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice”

Currently an MA student in the School of History, Rebecca Mason fills us in on her upcoming funded PhD project with the University of Glasgow… I will soon begin reading for a PhD in History at the University of Glasgow on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled “Women Negotiating the Boundaries […]

What are the challenges of recovering the late medieval / early modern understanding of witchcraft?

Scott Eaton, MA student in the School of History, reports on the challenges he faces while researching his MA Dissertation topic… In today’s world we often think of a witch as an ugly old woman who keeps a black cat as a pet, wears a large crooked hat and cloak, and often flies across the […]

Borderlines XIX – Call for Papers

Translating the Past: Appropriating the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Borderlines XIX – Translating the Past: Appropriating the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds – which will be held in Queen’s University Belfast from 10th-12th April 2015.  Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from […]

International Society for Heresy Studies Inaugural Conference

From the 30th to the 31st of May this year, the International Society for Heresy Studies held its inaugural conference in New York University, bringing together researchers of heresy from all disciplines and periods.  Identifying a ‘return to religion’ in the work of cultural critics and philosophers, the Call for Papers sought to attract presentations […]

Adding up 1255 and 1381

Derek Crosby, a PhD student in Medieval History at Queen’s, reflects on politicians’ and journalists’  recent uses and abuses of the medieval past During the Conservatives’ recent bluster about ‘Britishness’ and ‘British Values’ in education, the Magna Carta was evoked as an example of the latter, which leads this labouring doctoral student to believe that […]

British Library Doctoral Open Day – 3 February 2014

The British Library’s recent invitation to their Doctoral Open Day for first year PhD candidates saw three students from the School of English standing bleary-eyed at 05.45 in Belfast City Airport on a cold Monday morning, clutching any form of caffeine available and the reams of documentation (over-zealously) collected in order to begin their initiation […]

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