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The MEM group supports two distinct but interrelated research strands:

Religious Cultures
This research strand promotes the comparative study of religious cultures across medieval and early modern Europe. It supports a lively variety of interdisciplinary research including the changing institutional, material and spatial contexts of religious life, theology and liturgical thinking, textual and artistic representations, confessional relations, parish communities, domestic worship and broader socio-political and cultural perspectives.

Appropriation and Authority
This research strand supports interdisciplinary research into medieval and early modern texts, textiles and other cultural products, examining their appropriations across time and space and reflecting upon their relationship with questions of authority and authorship.

Recent postgraduate students' work includes Louisa Atkinson's study of whores in Early Modern England 1690-1738; Catherine Doherty's investigation of the marginalisation of male witches in Restoration England; Laurie McKee's work on contract and change in Medieval and Early Modern Literature; and Jessica Riches's study of the cultural appropriation of Christopher Marlowe.

Current postgraduate students include Sandra Elliott’s work on English lives of saints, particularly St Oswald



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