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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Carolingian history - Early medieval intellectual history - Glossing studies


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Personal profile


Sinéad O’Sullivan, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, studied with Henry Mayr-Harting and gained her DPhil in 2000. Subsequently she was awarded a Wingate Scholarship, a Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship and a National University of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship in the Humanities. She joined the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s in 2005. Since then she has been awarded funded research fellowships by the Scaliger Institute, Leiden, the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.



Relevant Websites

Full CV at https://sineadosullivansite.wordpress.com/

Current project: https://craftingknowledge.wordpress.com/

Exhibition: ‘Crafting Knowledge in the Medieval and Modern Worlds: Ciphers, Codes and Notes.’ The McClay Library. https://craftingknowledge.wordpress.com/

Podcast: ‘Charlemagne’  https://tv.historyhit.com/?fbclid=IwAR244owq5LwBnOUweKqbAYbAEDTYx19SUq10hivHJhURN_Gn1xFxwhp7rOc

Blog: http://osullivan-glosses.blogspot.co.uk/


Research Statement

My current project (Crafting Knowledge in the Early Medieval West: Glosses, Learning and Culture, circa 800-1050) investigates glosses for insight into crafting knowledge in the Carolingian age. It examines glosses on Virgil and the Psalms. I am also co-organising a public exhibition at the McClay Library entitled Ciphers, Codes and Notes: Crafting Knowledge in the Medieval and Modern Worlds, which comprises panels containing reproductions of medieval manuscripts with glosses, diagrams, illuminations, ciphers and mystic writing. These sit alongside modern examples of notetaking and debate. The modern examples are drawn from the works of literary figures connected with Belfast (C.S. Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Helen Waddell), figures whose work was deeply indebted to the medieval past.


Dr Sinead O'Sullivan teaches on the following programmes / modules:



The Roman Origins of the East and West 300-700


Kings, Courts and Culture in Carolingian Europe, 800-1000


Expansion of Medieval Europe, 1000-1300

HIS1002Power, Politics and Religion in Medieval Germany, 900-1250

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Research Output

Review of Marjorie Curry Woods, Weeping for Dido: the classics in the medieval classroom (Princeton and Oxford, 2019)

O'Sullivan, S., 13 Jul 2020, In : Speculum. 95, 3, p. 925-926 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

From Troy to Aachen: Ancient Rome and the Carolingian reception of Vergil

O'Sullivan, S., 2019, Inscribing Knowledge in the Medieval Book: The Power of Paratexts. Brown-Grant, R., Carmassi, P., Drossbach, G., Turner, V. & Ventura, I. (eds.). Kalamazoo, Medieval Institute Publications, p. 185-196 12 p. (Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    “Isidore in the Carolingian and Ottonian worlds: Encyclopaedism and etymology, ca. 800-1050,” in A Companion to Isidore of Seville, ed. Andrew Fear and Jamie Wood, Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 87 (Brill: Leiden, 2020)

    O'Sullivan, S., 26 Nov 2019, A Companion to Isidore of Seville. Fear, A. & Wood, J. (eds.). Brill, p. 524-568 45 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Prizes

    AHRC Leadership Fellowship Award

    O'Sullivan, Sinead (Recipient), 01 Jan 2020

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • AHRC Research Fellowship

    O'Sullivan, Sinead (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    British Academy Exchange Scheme

    O'Sullivan, Sinead (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    DAAD Research Award, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich

    O'Sullivan, Sinead (Recipient), 2002

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    DAAD research award, Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg

    O'Sullivan, Sinead (Recipient), 1991

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    The Catholic University of America (External organisation)

    Sinead O'Sullivan (Reviewer)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Year 10, 11 and 12 Parents'/Guardians' Evening, Queen's University, Belfast

    Sinead O'Sullivan (Participant)

    21 Feb 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Work Placement for A Level History Students

    Sinead O'Sullivan (Host)

    22 Jan 201925 Jan 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Greek in the Early Medieval West, TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), Oxford

    Sinead O'Sullivan (Invited speaker)

    10 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    "Entangled Manuscripts: Practices of Knowledge Selection in Early Medieval Manuscripts," University College Dublin.

    Sinead O'Sullivan (Chair)

    24 May 201925 May 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Press / Media

    How and Why History. Interviewed on “How Charlemagne united much of Europe”

    Sinead O'Sullivan


    1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment