Congratulations to Dr Kimberley Knight, who has been appointed a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. Kimberley will be joining the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), working as part of their ‘Meanings’ research programme.
Kimberley’s completed her 2014 PhD in St Andrews with a dissertation entitled ‘Blessed are those who weep: gratia lacrymarum in thirteenth-century hagiographies’. As part of that research, she published an article in the 2011 volume Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History, recently republished in paperback. Her new project is called ‘Love in a cold climate: the relationship between love, desire, sexuality and marriage in medieval Norway and Iceland (c. 1100-1500)’.
The move to Australia does not end Kimberley’s long association with St Andrews. Next year she will organise a conference with Prof John Hudson and Dr Jamie Page on ‘Emotions in the Courtroom’ – a joint enterprise between CHE and our own Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Law and Literature.
Kimberley’s success has been part of a fantastic summer, in which five graduating SAIMS doctor students have won postdoctoral positions. Jamie Page (late medieval prostitution), Matt McHaffie (lordship in Anjou), and Roberta Cimino (early medieval queens) will be taking up Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at Durham, KCL and Nottingham respectively. Ed Roberts also headed to KCL earlier this summer as part of the ‘Making of Charlemagne’s Europe’ project.