The newest PhD in Medieval Studies …

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Many, many congratulations to Hollie Morgan, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation yesterday in front of her examiners, Dr Nicholas Perkins (St Hugh’s College, Oxford) and Professor Mark Ormrod (University of York).

Hollie’s dissertation is an interdisciplinary study entitled Between the Sheets: Reading Beds and Chambers in Late-Medieval England, supervised by Dr Jeremy Goldberg (History) and Dr Nicola McDonald (English and Related Literatures). It explores the cultural meanings of beds and chambers in late medieval England, and how late medieval people’s understanding of that everyday space affected how they understood larger concepts such as sex, communication, God, gender roles and politics.

Hollie is a teaching associate at the University of Nottingham and a part-time tutor at the University of York. Her teaching currently focuses on late medieval literature and classical texts in translation. She has previously taught courses on historiography and the history of the book. Hollie is also passionate about extending research to a wider, public audience, and is involved with the teaching of young children as well as some projects within the heritage sector.

Hollie is also a Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellow of the University of York.

For more information about her work, see her page.


New students!


On Monday 29 September the CMS was delighted to welcome our largest ever group of new students:

  • thirty-three MA in Medieval Studies students
  • seventeen MA in Medieval History
  • nine MA in Medieval Literatures
  • seventeen MA in Medieval Archaeology
  • four MA in the History of Art specializing in Medieval Art and Medievalisms
  • eight new PhD in Medieval Studies students (as well as new PhDs in the single disciplines)

For this year, there are one hundred and fifty five postgraduate medievalists at York – a record number!

At the end of the Induction Day, we were all invited to a party at the Stained Glass Centre at St Martin-cum-Gregory on Micklegate (our thanks to Sarah Brown and to Judy Frost!):

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