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Professor Catherine Clarke 


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Professor Catherine Clarke is a Professor of English at the University of Southampton.

I was appointed to a personal chair in English at Southampton in 2012, having previously taught at Swansea University and Oxford University. My own undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at Oxford University, the University of Reading and King's College, London.

I have published widely on the literature and culture of the Middle Ages, as well as experiences and uses of medieval culture today. My work is often inter-disciplinary and collaborative, involving new media and digital methods, and I am interested in the ways that Knowledge Exchange, creative idioms and collaboration beyond the academy can help to drive and transform scholarship.





Research interests


I am a specialist in medieval literature and culture. Much of my research explores intersections between place, power and identity in the medieval period, as well as uses of the medieval past in later centuries. In particular, I am interested in medieval places and how we engage with historic environments today. My work emphasises inter-disciplinary approaches, the use of new media or digital tools, and the value of collaborative and partnership activities which extend beyond academia.

I would welcome proposals for doctoral research in any of these areas.

I discuss and develop my work regularly through conference presentations and research networks. I have given invited papers internationally, including at the University of Toronto, the University of Silesia, Poland, and the University of Edinburgh (Denys Hay Lecture, 2016). Conference plenaries include Digital Heritage, 2014 (University of York) and Lost and Transformed Cities, 2016 (University of Lisbon). I have held a Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library, University of Indiana, Bloomington. My research takes me to fascinating places at home and abroad, including, recently, Hong Kong, Estonia and Ethiopia. I am a member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI) and the CARMEN medieval network.


Research Projects

I have directed several major AHRC-funded projects on medieval places, including ‘Mapping Medieval Chester: place and identity in an English borderland city c.1200-1500' ( ), ‘Discover Medieval Chester' ( ), and ‘City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea' ( ). These projects have brought together digital mapping and visualisation with textual editing and analysis, to advance new insights into how urban environments were experienced and understood in the Middle Ages. These projects have also all involved partnerships with agencies outside academia, producing a wide range of heritage interpretation materials, from interactive digital maps and computer games to museum exhibitions and public art. An Impact Case Study based on the Chester projects was awarded a 4* grade in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and work in Chester and Swansea has received a number of Public Engagement awards.

My major publications reflect my broad interests in place and identity in the medieval period. My most recent monograph, Writing Power in Anglo-Saxon England: Texts, Hierarchies, Economies, examines systems of power in late Anglo-Saxon England, arguing that ‘vertical', hierarchical structures operate simultaneously with patterns of reciprocity and economy. I edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval History (2015) on ‘Power, Identity and Miracles on a Medieval Frontier’, focusing on medieval Swansea and its cultural and political contexts.

Other projects in progress include a short book with the working title ‘Medieval Cityscapes Today’, for the Past Imperfect series from ARC Medieval Press (an imprint of Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University Press) and continuing explorations of places, borderlands and multi-layered landscapes in medieval Britain and beyond.


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I convene a number of modules including Multi-media Old English (ENGL1085), Visions of Beowulf (ENGL2073) and Making Medieval Place (ENGL3068). I also contribute to a range of other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

Professor Catherine Clarke
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number:65/1003

Telephone:(023) 8059 4196

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