Dr Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly

Lecturer in English


Stephen read for a PhD at Queen’s (1998). He subsequently held a lectureship at the University of Kent at Canterbury, before taking up a post-doctoral research fellowship on the AHRC-funded Imagining History project at Queen’s. He commenced his present position in March 2006. 

Research Statement

Stephen’s interests span late medieval religious cultural practices, including literary, theological and philosophical writings, visual and material culture, historiography and performance. He has also written variously on contemporary political philosophy and philosophical hermeneutics, translation studies, digital humanities, and contemporary art (excerpts from work on the artist Susan Hiller appear in Susan Hiller, ed. Ann Gallagher, London: Tate, 2011, the catalogue to a major retrospective at Tate Britain on Hiller’s work).

Current projects include Imagining History in Medieval Britain (Bloomsbury, 2015), an account of the ideological interests and literary strategies of English historiography from Bede to the English Reformation and  with David Griffith (Birmingham), Stephen is co-editing the second edition of Chaucer to Spenser (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He is also preparing ‘Meke Reverence and Devocyon’: A Reader in Late Medieval English Religious Writing (Exeter Medieval Texts: Liverpool UP), co-edited by Ryan Perry (Kent), which will be the first representative anthology of Middle English devotional texts — many of which are edited for the first time — since Horstmann’s Yorkshire Writers (1895-6). 

With Professor John Thompson and Dr Ian Johnson (St. Andrews), he co-directed the AHRC-funded Geographies of Orthodoxy: mapping Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, 1350-1550 project (2007-2010). In addition to two essay collections – The pseudo-Bonaventuran lives of Christ: exploring the Middle English tradition (eds. Ian Johnson and Alan Westphall, 2013) and ‘Diuerse Imaginaciouns of Cristes Life: Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England and Beyond (which Stephen co-edited with Ryan Perry [Kent], 2014) – the project culminated in a collaboratively-written monograph Mapping Late Medieval Lives of Christ: the English pseudo-Bonaventuran tradition, authored by the project team, which is forthcoming.

At Queen’s he is co-director of the Queen’s Research Forum on Translation and Cultural Encounter and of the Medieval Forum and directs the ICRH research group Cosmopolitanisms: Pre- to Postmodern.

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