We are delighted to announce Jane Scott as our next speaker at MEMSA. Jane is a postgraduate researcher in the department of History here at Durham with a particular interest in medieval Welsh saints. She’s particularly great in her support of MEMSA via social media and we love her avid tweeting. Her talk at MEMSA is long overdue!
1. So Jane, tell us about yourself. Where are you from? :
I am originally from Huddersfield in West Yorks, but have lived in the North East for nearly 12 years. Those that know me know that I am a few years above and beyond the average age for a university student.
2. How did you come to Durham? :
Well, I only live around 20-25 minutes by car north of Durham. So it is actually my local university. I did my undergraduate at Teesside, which I loved. I spent three years doing an eighty-mile round trip a few times a week, then came to Durham for my MA in Medieval History and decided to stay here to do a PhD.
3. What’s your favourite thing about Durham?:
It is probably very twee, but I love the fact that the university is so entwined in and around the city. I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world but there is something special about Durham that is not replicated anywhere else.
4. You’re in the History department, pursuing a PhD. What exactly are you working on?
My research is on three late eleventh century Welsh saints: St. David, St. Padarn and St. Cadoc. I am doing a contextual analysis of each text. The information that I pull out of each text I am then going to use to suggest that the conquest in Wales, by the Norman’s, had no greater an impact than it did in England. I am suggesting that Wales should not be treated as a special case.
5. What led you to pursue this area?:
I read a book set in medieval Wales a good few years ago and I was hooked. The difference between the principalities, the difference in laws to England and the cultural aspects fascinate me.
6. Where do you see yourself next year? In ten years’ time? :
I would like to hope in employment, with a string of best-selling books sat on a shelf. The reality I suspect will be very different. I would settle for being in a job or position where I am still able to do research on my area of interest, and if I can get paid to do it, all the better!
7. If you weren’t in academia, what would you be doing? :
If I was not in academia, apart from having some free time or time when I do not have my head in a book, I would have like to be a travel writer and be paid to sample the best hotels, food and locations.
Come by tonight at 6 pm to the World Heritage Site Centre for tea and biscuits and to hear Jane!