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Editorial Board

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Lead Editors


Eleanor Hodgson

Eleanor completed her BA in French and Music at the University of Sheffield in 2010 before going on to study for an MA in French Studies, specialising in Medieval French, also at the University of Sheffield. Her thesis focuses on an anonymous Old French text from the end of the twelfth century, Guillaume de Palerne, looking at the way it interacts with and rewrites other Old French texts, and what this can tell us about Old French medieval composition. Her other research interests include the role and music of French rap artist Abd Al Malik, and the settings of Paul Eluard's resistance poems by composer Francis Poulenc.

David Lloyd

David graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Philosophy and Spanish in 1997, before embarking on a career in the hospitality industry. He returned in 2010 to gain an MA degree in Hispanic Studies, and was subsequently awarded an AHRC studentship to undertake doctoral study in Catalan and Castilian linguistics. David’s varied academic interests include 20th century Spanish history, Catalonia under Franco, and Romance linguistics.

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Michael Bonshor

Michael Bonshor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Psychology, specializing in the management of performance anxiety in adult singers. Michael’s doctoral research focuses on exploring some of the factors relating to differing levels of confidence amongst adult amateur choral singers. His research interests are informed by his previous experience as a professional singer, as well as by his work as a vocal coach, accompanist and choral director. Michael’s other musical interests include writing choral arrangements and playing the drums.

Duncan Burnes

Duncan Burnes is a University of Sheffield graduate currently pursuing a PhD connecting the literary gothic and children's fiction from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Jenny Crangle

Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Archaeology at University College Cork in 2002. In 2004 she completed her first MA at Reading University, before undertaking her second MSc at Bournemouth University in Human and Zoo Osteoarchaeology in 2008. She is currently beginning her second year of her PhD. Her research is on the post-depositional/burial disturbances which occurred throughout the medieval period (c.800-1600) in England. Jenny's research is funded by a University of Sheffield Faculty Studentship.

Stacey Dunlea

Stacey graduated from University College Cork in 2005, where she studied Spanish and Economics. After a number of years working and travelling, she undertook an MA in Latin American Studies in Sheffield. She is now working towards a PhD in the same field.

Elizabeth Goodwin

Having recently completed her MA in Historical Research, Elizabeth Goodwin is continuing in her studies at The University of Sheffield in her first year of PhD study. Her thesis seeks to uncover the experiences of religious and governmental reform in female monastic communities from 1300-1540, examining the internal and external positions of power and politics amidst fundamental upheaval. Her research interests include the concepts of religious gender, the role of spiritual images and iconography in both image and word, and broader ideological Medieval discourse.

Nadia Hamdi

Nadia Hamdi is currently a PGR student at Sheffield University’s Department of English Literature. She is doing research on multiculturalism and the negotiation of identity in the works of contemporary Arab American women writers. In addition to her research, Nadia is working on a collaborative project funded by LEA bringing school students from diverse ethnicities together through story- telling.

Matthew Kerry

Matthew Kerry completed his BA in History and Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield before studying for an MA in Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). After two years in Spain, he is now in Sheffield working towards a PhD. His research centres on--but is not limited to--the processes of radicalisation and identity formation/articulation during the 1930s in northern Spain.

Joanna Kremer

Joanna Kremer is based in the Department of Germanic Studies at the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, which she joined in September 2011. Before starting her PhD in Sheffield, she completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and an MA in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield. Her current PhD research, supervised by Dr Kristine Horner, aims to identify the links between language and notions of identity and citizenship in contemporary Luxembourg. She intends to interview people who have recently applied for citizenship and have completed the Luxembourgish language test. The heart of her study will be participants’ narratives of citizenship and identity.

David Powell

David Powell completed both his BA (Philosophy and Hispanic Studies) and MA (Latin American Studies) at the University of Sheffield, and is now working towards his PhD. His MA dissertation looked at the authoritarian regimes of Alberto Fujimori and Augusto Pinochet, and his current work looks at the political evolution of the Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa.

Sarah Rawlins

I have recently completed my history PhD entitled 'Modernity, Identity and Englishness in the Interwar Suburban Garden'. My research interests focus on the cultural and social history of mid-twentieth century Britain, in particular histories of the domestic sphere and its associated leisure activities.

Eloise Roberts

Following on from a BA in German with Polish and an MA in German at the University of Sheffield, Eloise is in the first year of a PhD jointly supervised between German and History. Her PhD project will look at ways of linking the political poetry of the poet and journalist Heinrich Heine to wider discussions of nation and national identity in 1840s Germany. Eloise’s research interests include nineteenth-century German and Polish history, nineteenth-century German literature, early nineteenth-century nationalism and the construction/ invention of nation and national identity.

Thom Robinson

Thom Robinson is a writer based in Leeds, nearing completion of his PhD thesis at the University of Sheffield on the work of William S. Burroughs.

Michael L. A. Romano

Michael Romano is from Brooklyn, in New York City. Having obtained two BA degrees from Brooklyn College, first in Psychology and then in Anthropology (with a minor in Classics), he attended the University of Sheffield for the MSc course in Archaeological Materials. His dissertation aimed to identify unique Etruscan manufacturing techniques, performed during metallurgical craft production, via chemical and typological analyses. Michael will now be taking some time off to enjoy helping his wife raise their two young sons, 1 ½ year old Lorenzo and 6 month old Alessandro. He is forever thankful and appreciative of the sacrifices, patient understanding, and loving inspiration his wife and sons have shown to his research. Michael will resume his research on a part-time basis, focusing on behavioural archaeology and the social consequences of metallurgical craft production, and the development and management of cultural heritage.

Lykara Ryder

Lykara obtained her BA in English Literature and BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in College Park, where she also graduated from the Honors Humanities Program and the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House. Her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Sheffield was on the topic of artificial languages in classic novels. She remains at the University of Sheffield working towards her PhD on author-created languages and trying to fit more talking animals, aliens, and mystical others into her research.

Adam James Smith

Adam James Smith is currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Sheffield, where he also completed a BA in English Literature and a combined English/History MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies. Adam's PhD focuses on the construction of persona and periodical identity in a series of early Eighteenth-Century newspapers. The project builds on his long-standing interests in the literary value of paratexts and ephemera in print culture. Adam is also working as a researcher on a collaborative project with the National Trust at Nostell Priory near Wakefield, and has recently co-organised a research seminar series about Eighteenth-Century travel writing.

Abigail Taylor

Abigail graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BA Honours in French Studies. She remained in Sheffield in 2010 to complete an MA (Research) in French Studies. Abigail followed the Sociological Pathway in the MA which focused on social exclusion, the informal economy and gender studies. Following a year working in the public sector and after missing the world of French Studies and academia, Abigail returned to Sheffield in autumn 2011 to commence a PhD on child poverty in France and England. Her PhD studies are funded by a University Prize Scholarship.

Isabelle Van der Bom

Christine Wallis

I am currently completing my Ph.D in the School of English. My thesis focusses on scribal practice and manuscript transmission in the Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, and examines what the surviving texts of this work can tell us about manuscript culture, dialect, and education in Anglo-Saxon England. My work in public engagement has included exhibitions and lectures on Anglo-Saxon language and manuscript culture.


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