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Research Focus

I earned my Ph.D. in Germanic Philology - Old English from the University of Pavia with a thesis titled The Wonders of the East: an Old English Rewriting, under the guidance of Prof. Maria Grazia Saibene.

My primary research interests revolve around the medieval natural world and landscape, with a specific focus on water and monster studies, primarily exploring Old English and Middle English texts. I also enjoy drawing comparisons with medieval Latin, Old High German, Middle High German, and medieval Italian texts. Additionally, I am keen on exploring Material Philology and Digital Philology approaches.

Teaching

In my role as a Lecturer in Early English Writings, I am tasked with coordinating and leading undergraduate modules including ENG2003 "Mapping the Anglo-Saxon World" and ENG3011 "Marvels, Monsters, and Miracles in Anglo-Saxon England." Additionally, I tutor for the interschool stage three module AEL3001 "Work-based Learning" and teach the postgraduate course ENG7371 "Magic, Science, and Religion in Medieval Writings." My responsibilities extend to supervising PhD theses, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects, and mentoring research students.

Particulars

In the years leading up to my current position as a lecturer, my role as a Teaching Assistant and Research Associate at Queen’s University from 2019 to 2023 provided me with invaluable experience and expertise. As the module convenor for Magic, Science, and Religion in Medieval Writings at the Master's Degree level, I honed my skills in guiding students through their academic journey. Additionally, my responsibilities included co-teaching undergraduate modules, where I assisted assessing, marking, and organising extra-curricular activities for second and third-year students.

During my time as a Tutor in Old English at H. M. Classics Academy in Belfast from 2022 to 2023, I  designed and delivered Old English courses across various levels, showcasing my commitment to academic excellence.

Furthermore, my active role as an Assistant in the Crossing Frontiers: Medieval Visions of Modern Science Network at Queen’s University Belfast allows me to contribute significantly to the identification of new members, digital platform updates, and the organisation of public engagement events.

Through my collaboration with the ETS Amici del Castello Crivelli Association, Lomello, since 2022, I have undertaken the important task of digitising historical documents and transcribing agreements dating back to 1400-1550, underscoring my dedication to preserving valuable historical records.

These multifaceted experiences, coupled with my involvement in diverse research projects and academic positions, have equipped me with a versatile skill set and unwavering dedication to the field of Medieval Studies.

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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
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Keywords

  • PD Germanic languages
  • Old English
  • Old English Literature
  • Middle English

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