Places and Spaces, Medieval to Modern is an exciting series that brings together new research and innovative approaches to explore the material and imagined landscapes, environments and locales through which people engaged with each other and their surroundings in the Middle Ages. In the context of the ongoing “spatial turn” in the arts and humanities globally, the series seeks to shape the field of medieval studies through connecting both academic and practitioner research across disciplines including history, geography, literature, architecture, archaeology, heritage science, and tourism studies, as well as those working in heritage conservation, management, interpretation, and marketing of medieval spaces and places today.
To achieve this, the series invites contributions which share an interest in exploring medieval spaces, places and spatial practices through the widest possible range of spatial and temporal contexts, from urban to rural environments, sacred to secular settings, real and imagined geographies, and in relation to diverse ethnic, social and cultural communities, as well as research which offers new perspectives on medieval spaces in the modern world. We welcome monographs, essay collections and minigraphs (45,000-60,000 words) from scholars, and from practitioners. Interdisciplinary work, multi-disciplinary essay collections, practice-led research, and proposals which seek to challenge other kinds of boundaries or divides in scholarship are particularly welcomed.
ca. 500 – 1500 and later impact
Medieval, urban, rural, space, landscape, place, heritage, geography, conservation, tourism, public Humanities
Catherine Clarke heads up a new research centre that draws on the expertise and interests of the Institute for Historical Research’s staff and its flagship projects within the Centre for Metropolitan History and Victoria County History. Its role is to develop research, training and public engagement activities that demonstrate the scholarly value of the history of people, place and community. The IHR, part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, is a world-renowned resource and meeting place for researchers. Its mission is to provide leadership among the historical community and promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past to academics and the public.
Prof. Clarke previously held a personal chair in English at Southampton in 2012, having previously taught at Swansea University and Oxford University. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at Oxford University, the University of Reading and King’s College, London. She has published widely on the literature and culture of the Middle Ages, as well as experiences and uses of medieval culture today. Her work is often inter-disciplinary and collaborative, involving new media and digital methods, and is interested in the ways that Knowledge Exchange, creative idioms and collaboration beyond the academy can help to drive and transform scholarship.
My expertise lies in interpreting historic landscapes, maps, and built environments, in particular using geospatial technologies (eg. GNSS/GIS/GPS).
For more than a decade I have led cross-disciplinary research projects mapping and evaluating historic fabric and form of towns and cities in Britain and Ireland, collaborating with research organisations, non-academic partners and local communities through public engagement activities and the development of web-based resources (eg seehttp://www.qub.ac.uk/urban_mapping/; http://www.medievalchester.ac.uk/;http://www.medievalswansea.ac.uk/en/;http://discover.medievalchester.ac.uk/). I also have interests in the history of cartography and digital mapping, creating online map-based web-resources to help broaden access to and use of historic maps (eg. seehttp://www.goughmap.org/; http://ria.ie/digitalatlasderry).
I am currently chair of the Historic Towns Trust (HTT), a charitable organisation that oversees the production of the British Historic Towns Atlas series (see http://historictownsatlas.org.uk/) as part of the wider international European historic towns atlases project (seehttp://www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/hta-programme) established in 1955.
My books include:
- Urban Life in the Middle Ages: 1000-1450 (Palgrave, 2002)
- City and Cosmos: The Medieval World in Urban Form (Reaktion, 2009)
- Mapping Medieval Geographies (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
I am currently completing a new book, called Sovereign Spaces: Survey, Statecraft and Ruling the Realm under the Plantagenet Kings, which uses ‘rule’ as both power and measure to explore how medieval monarchs exercised sovereignty and governed their realms.
My current funded research projects include:
- ‘Living Legacies 1914-18: From Past Conflict to Shared Future’ – an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded public engagement centre based at Queen’s University Belfast to foster collaborations between academic and community researchers on heritage of World War 1 – for more information see http://www.livinglegacies1914-18.ac.uk/
- Mapping Lineages: Quantifying the Evolution of Maps of the British Isles’ – a Leverhulme Trust funded project in collaboration with University of Liverpool and National University of Ireland Maynooth, in partnership with the British Library, to result in a new interactive mapping platform allowing users to navigate the changing nature of cartography of Britain and Ireland.
I am also developing new research projects, including:
- ‘Behind the Lines: Navigating Landscapes of the Western Front using Geospatial Technologies’ – a project base upon collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, University of Kent and The National Archive (TNA) of Great Britain, aiming to use GIS to analyse the geodetic accuracy of British mapping and survey work of the 1914-18 war, resulting in a new online mapping platform for wide public engagement.
- ‘Surveying Empires – Archaeologies of Colonial Cartography’ – a project exploring the material cultures of surveying and map-making through the mapping practices of the 19th and 20th centuries embedded in British imperialism – in Ireland during the 1830s and 1840s, for example – evaluating and interpreting the sites, locales and landscape legacies of ‘colonial cartography’ in a post-colonial world.
I’m a first-generation Dubliner, married to Margaret, with two children (Evan, 16, and Anne-Elise, 13) and three cats. I specialise in European and Irish architectural history, especially of the period between the 11th and 17th centuries, but I maintain a range of other interests, many of them across conventional disciplinary boundaries. I’m happy to discuss research ideas with prospective postgraduates.
Outside my discipline my main interest is music, and I always enjoy chatting about this to students who share this interest. I’ve been collecting for years, and I reckon I have listened to more than 6,000 albums. My great passion is jazz, starting chronologically with Monk, Powell, Blakey and those guys, and I’m glad to be able to say that I got to see Miles Davis in concert. I have a special affection for early blues, 1970s funk, European free improvisation, and of course Dylan and Hendrix. The jazz album that has given me the most sustained pleasure is probably John Scofield’s Hand Jive (1994). My favourite album regardless of genre, if I had to pick one, is probably Tim Buckley’s Greetings from LA (1972). I have long harboured the ambition to ghost-write Bob Weir’s autobiography. (Bob, if you’re reading this….)
Bio and Image from: http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/archaeology/professortadhgo’keeffe/
Leonie studied History at University of Cambridge before moving to the University of Nottingham to complete an MA in Archaeology. She returned to Cambridge for her doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Elisabeth van Houts. Prior to joining the department at Christ Church she was a teaching fellow at University of Southampton for several years. Her research interests lie in the social, cultural and religious history of Europe in the central middle ages, especially the Normans, religious life and gender. Her approach is informed by both historical and archaeological methodologies as well as theory relating to the use and importance of space/place. She is also interested in interdisciplinary teaching and you can read more about this aspect of her work in the teaching section.
Leonie has participated in the Social Church Network of early career ecclesiastical historians and the Norman Edge symposia at Lancaster University. She regularly organises and participates in sessions at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, most recently establishing a strand on landscapes and seascapes. Her current projects include a planned monograph on ‘Landscapes of the Normans’ and a joint project with Dr Nicholas Karn (Southampton) on ‘Editing Medieval Texts’.