Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham
My thesis explores the far-reaching literary and cultural influences, drawn from European and Arabic sources, which informed the development of the dragon as a cultural symbol in English Arthurian literature produced between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. It traces literary-cultural transmission within and across medieval and early modern Arthurian works and considers wider political and sociocultural settings, in order to interrogate insular understandings of literary motifs.
- 2019: International Arthurian Society, British Branch Conference, Durham University. Paper given: 'Powerful Places and Stellar Skies: Medieval Britain and the astrological material of the Arab world' (revised).
- 2019: EMREM Annual Symposium, University of Birmingham. Paper given: 'Powerful Places and Stellar Skies: Medieval Britain and the astrological material of the Arab world'.
My research interests include: Arthurian literatures, medieval motifs, literary-cultural transmission (specifically twelfth-century Latin translators, twelfth-century astronomical and astrological materials and twelfth-century translations of Arabic astrological works), supernatural monsters, cross-cultural borders, insular/ national identity, crusading and apocalyptic literatures.
-Organising committee member of The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Forum (TIMES), June 2020 Annual Symposium
-Programme Coordinator and Creative Lead of the Islamic Arts and Cultural Heritage Society (IAHS)
-Lead member of the student-led Literary Early Modern and Medieval research group (LEMMæ)
-Member of the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CESMA)
-Member of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS)
-Member of the International Arthurian Society, British Branch (IAS BB)
-Member of the Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages research network
-Member of the Network of Sisters in Academia (NeSA)
-Member of the Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMO)