Constructions of barbarism in Latin Europe, c. 1050-1300.
My project poses a challenge to the conventional understanding of ‘barbarism’ during this period. I approach 'barbarism' as a set of ideas that were constructed in specific historical contexts and as a mode of ethnoracial accusation within specific textual spaces. I focus on its application to ethnoracial groups in northern Europe, such as the Irish and Pomeranians, and use hagiographic sources in order to move beyond a purely political understanding of 'barbarism' and to investigate the precise interplay of calls for reform, local contexts, and deep textual traditions in its construction.
I would be more than happy to answer questions from prospective applicants about the DPhil course, Jesus college, etc.