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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 […]

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 […]

Inquisition in Palermo’s Prison

Final year PhD student Aisling Reid reports on her recent research trip to Palermo, Italy. Inquisition in Palermo’s Prison Palermo’s Piazza Marina is filled with Moreton Bay fig trees, some standing at heights of sixty metres (fig. 1). The seeds of these trees germinate in the canopy of a host tree, which is slowly strangled […]

Borderlines XIX at QUB

 Borderlines XIX Translating the Past: Appropriating the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds 10th-12th April 2015 The 19th annual iteration of the Borderlines Medieval and Early Modern conference for post-graduate students welcomed more than 50 participants from across Ireland, the UK, and Europe to Queen’s University Belfast’s McClay Library over the Easter break. The theme for […]

Opportunity in Iceland – Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-term Environmental Change

Hi everyone! If you look back a few posts you will see the ones I put up about my wonderful experiences on the Svartarkot course in Iceland. Well now you too have the opportunity to be involved with this wonderful project, as this year’s (Summer 2015) course application deadline is approaching! The information and links […]

Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland, August 2014 – Part 2 (The bit with all the photos)

To give you a bit more of an idea what it was like in Iceland, I’m doing a second post! (Hold your cheers) We began with a truly epic bus journey (like, 12 hours worth of epic) through the central highland of Iceland, from Reykjavik to the Bárðardalur valley.  The route is an ancient one, called Kjölur […]

Upcoming ‘Pre-modern Cosmopolitanisms’ seminar

Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Cosmopolitanisms, Pre- to Postmodern research group   Friday March 28th, 4.00-6.00 Old Staff Common Room Pre-modern Cosmopolitanisms seminar   This postgraduate-led seminar will explore the utility or otherwise of cosmopolitanism as an interpretative framework for understanding cultural encounter in the medieval and early modern world.  The colloquium will […]