Postdoctoral Fellow (St Andrews)
BA (Hons), MA (Auckland), Ph.D (St Andrews)
After completing my MA on the role and function of double monasteries in sixth- to eighth-century Francia at the University of Auckland, I began my PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews in September 2013. My research was funded by a Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellowship as part of the Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom Innovative Training Network. My doctoral research focused on the development of royal female monasteries in Saxony from c. 852 to 1024, examining how memory was used at these sites to alter the relationships between these institutions and the rulers of their region.
My postdoctoral research project builds on my study of the political function of memorial centres, and looks at royal mausolea as sites of historical consciousness in tenth-century Western Europe. As part of the After Empire strand linked with St Andrews, ‘Narrated Pasts in the Tenth-Century Present’, I want to think about burial sites of former dynasties as focal points for narrations of the past in the post-Carolingian world. Were memories of earlier royals emphasised or downplayed at these sites in the tenth century? If the new tenth-century rulers and their families were using their own memorial sites and mausolea to construct family identity and consolidate their political power, how did they interact with the memorial sites and mausolea of other dynasties? I will be exploring these questions over the course of my postdoctoral fellowship, as well as managing the website for the project.