Welcome to my personal website. Here you’ll find up to date information about my research and various projects. If you want to know more or would like to collaborate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I am always interested in hearing from fellow researchers!
About my research
My research straddles the fields of medieval history, literary analysis, philology, manuscript studies, and religious studies, with a focus on the insular world primarily. In recent years, the concepts of personal eschatology, time, and transmission have played a leading role in my research.
I have a strong interest in individual eschatology, the transmission of religious ideas, and apocrypha. I have previously written on the rhetoric of catastrophe and salvific measures in relation to apocalyptic rhetoric in an article on the twelfth-century text the Second Vision of Adomnán (edited in The End and Beyond, ed. J. Carey, et al. 2014), and on the context of the earliest adaptation of the Visio Pauli. I am currently preparing a monograph Journeys to the Afterlife: Moral Eschatology in Early Medieval Ireland for publication, based on my doctoral work on visions of the afterlife, and undertaking a new research project which builds on this, entitled ‘From Revelation to Ritual: Comparative Perspectives on Agency and Authority in Journeys to the Afterlife, 650-900’, with the generous support of the Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung in Erlangen. In most of these studies I also touch upon elements of literary theory, especially didactic writing and genre studies.
My current long-term research project concerns the Martyrology of Óengus (Félire Óengusso), an early ninth-century metrical martyrology in Old Irish, as well as the devotional and literary aspects of insular martyrologies and calendars in general. For this latter purpose, I have recently curated the exhibition HOLY TIME and launched the MARTRAE network, through which I hope to channel further collaborative research. Read more about the Félire here. The Celebrating the Saints conference, which was held in Trinity College in 2016, was also part of this project. An edited volume based on selected contributions from this conference is currently nearing completion. (Watch the News section for updates!)
Both these projects also combine my passion for manuscript studies, which is an active area of interests at the moment. More about this under the manuscripts tab and in the blogroll on Félire Óengusso Online.
General Research Interests
My work, broadly speaking, falls under the history of Christianity, with a primary focus on the language, literature, history and manuscript culture of early Medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England. My areas of expertise include:
– the history of Christianity in the insular world, incl. hagiography and devotional literature, Church history, monasticism and asceticism, eschatology, penitentials, and the transmission of biblical and apocryphal literature
– Old and Middle Irish and the history of the language
– editing, textual transmission, and manuscript studies, including codicology and the materiality of the book
– cultural and intellectual exchange in the Insular world
– literary history, genre studies and didactic modes of writing