Your Exec

MEMSA Chair – Hannah Piercy

The Chair is responsible for overseeing the organisation of MEMSA through delegating to the Exec and liaising with IMEMS. The Chair also organizes the fortnightly Seminar Series, and is available for general chats with all MEMSA members!

About Me

Hi, I’m Hannah! I’m in the first year of a PhD in English Studies, looking at representations of female desire in medieval romance. As a Northerner and Cumbrian at heart, I have a particular interest in Arthurian texts, and tend to get very excited when they mention a familiar place-name! However, I also often find myself writing or wondering about clothing, ecocriticism, and animal studies – I’m always open to new research interests, so whatever you study, I’d love to hear about it! I joined MEMSA during my MA year in Durham, and loved it so much that I decided I wanted to get more involved in my first year of PhD studies.

Favourite thing about MEMSA

It’s honestly so difficult to choose just one thing, but I guess I’d have to say the mix of people and research interests MEMSA brings together in a friendly and relaxed environment. The interdisciplinary mix and chronological range of our members’ research interests is really important to me, and it’s fantastic to be able to discuss research with people approaching a topic or period from a very different angle. But while we’re wide-ranging in our academic outlook, MEMSA also has a strong community feel. There is lots of support and friendship as well as academic stimulation and discussion on offer!

Speak to me about

Absolutely anything! Although more particularly, I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, concerns, or feedback about MEMSA seminars and events. If you’d like to present at one of our seminars, or even if you are just thinking about the possibility of doing so later in the year, come and find me for a chat! I’d love to talk to you more about MEMSA, tea, and biscuits. Or cats. Preferably cats.

Contact

hannah.e.piercy@durham.ac.uk

 

Secretary – Anum Dada

The Secretary is responsible for administration of exec business, minuting meetings, and co-ordinating social events. The Secretary works closely with the Press Secretary to develop programmes and term cards for the fortnightly seminar series.

About Me

I’m Anum and I’m in the last year of my PhD studies (fingers crossed!) in the English Studies department. My research explores the representation of Saracen women and the manner in which their depiction reveals Muslim-Christian interaction and exchange of knowledge in the Middle Ages. I also completed my Masters degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Durham.

Favourite thing about MEMSA

My favourite thing about MEMSA would have to be the interdisciplinary community. As Medieval and Early Modern students we are usually scattered across various departments and MEMSA acts as a bridge between those departments facilitating lively discussion from different perspectives.

Speak to me about

Presenting a paper at our seminars, social events and overall MEMSA administration 

 

Treasurer and Press Officer – Dominic Birch

The Press Officer is responsible for promoting and advertising seminars and socials for MEMSA, as well as maintaining the society’s online presence.

The treasurer is responsible for overseeing the society’s finances, liaising with IMEMS about the budget, obtaining funding, allocating money for the conference, socials and speakers.

About Me

My name is Dom, I am a Northerner and lover of Yorkshire Tea. I completed my BA at Durham last year and I am currently studying for an MA in Economic and Social History. My research centres around the experience of ordinary people, and my main theoretical interest is in the ways in which disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and history can inform each other.

Favourite thing about MEMSA

I love meeting new people with exciting ideas. It’s a great way to broaden your social and intellectual horizons.

Speak to me about

Interviews with speakers, promoting events, media impact, money, anything about MEMSA that might need funding.

Contact

d.s.birch@durham.ac.uk

 

Conference Chairs – Kelly Clarke and Abigail Steed

 The Conference Chair is in charge of organising the annual MEMSA conference. Our next conference, the eleventh, will be in July 2017, on the theme ‘Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’. 

Kelly Clarke: 

About Me

I’m Kelly, a PhD student in the History/Archaeology department. I’m an early-medievalist and all for interdisciplinary approaches! Apart from a love of tea, I especially love anything related to the Anglo-Saxons and the kingdom of Northumbria! Both my BA and MA dissertations examined the political, economic and trading connections between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in this period and, crucially, how they were sustained. For my PhD, I’m examining the ‘(re-)development of the North Sea World’ and the interactions between Merovingian Gaul and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. I’m really excited to be joining MEMSA this year and organising the summer conference with Abigail. The theme this year won’t disappoint – ‘Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’.

Favourite things about MEMSA

It’s nice to hear about topics that you know little/nothing about and create links with students in other departments.

Speak to me about

Anything linked to the early medieval period – Any thoughts about Aldhelm’s life are especially welcome! If you have any queries about next summer’s conference, or if you would like to present, Abigail and I would love to hear from you.


Abigail Steed: 

About Me

Hello! I’m Abi. I’m a PhD student in the History Department, just starting my second year. Bede and Cuthbert are soft spots of mine so Durham is a particularly wonderful place to be. Cuthbert especially slots in pretty well to my work on theological and social ideas about vengeance in late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman society. Last year I edited the MEMSA Journal along with Hannah and Abigail, and I’m very excited to continue working with them and MEMSA this year, and especially with Kelly to organise next summer’s conference, which will be on the theme of ‘Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’.

 Favourite things about MEMSA

 The social element. As fantastic as it is to hear about the huge variety of work that everyone in MEMSA does, the society also creates a wonderful network of friends.

Speak to me about

 Pretty much anything medieval related, the odder the better. If you know any particularly good vengeance miracle stories I’m all ears! More practically, if you want to know anything about next summer’s conference, or if you might be interested in presenting, then Kelly and I would love to hear from you.

 

 

Outreach Officer – Abigail Richards

The Outreach Officer is chiefly responsible for convening the MEMSA ‘Community Course’, which will be held during the spring and summer. My aims are to engage widely with interested people beyond the university, and broaden the outreach of MEMSA to those in the local area.

About Me

I’m Abigail, a third year PhD student working on representations of Circe in early modern literature. Before coming to Durham, I completed a BA in English and Related Literature and an MA in Renaissance Literature at the University of York.

Favourite thing about MEMSA

The annual MEMSA conference and the community course provide great opportunities to showcase the exciting range of research carried out by MEMSA members in Durham, and to foster important relationships with colleagues at other institutions and friends in the wider community.

Speak to me about

Chances to get involved in the MEMSA Community Course, and any other possible outreach opportunities.

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