full colour image from an old book, large drop cap letter S with an image of women (with a crown, a horse, and a book).
BL, MS Burney 275, f. 120. Courtesy of the British Library

Steering Committee

The GMS steering committee exists to help ensure the continuation of the conference from year to year. For specific queries about this year’s conference, please contact the relevant organizers of the Annual Conference.


Dr Cordelia Beattie, History, University of Edinburgh

Cordelia Beattie’s research interests broadly lie in the history of women and gender in pre-modern England and Europe, especially in relation to the law, marriage, and work. She is currently  pursuing her interest in women’s legal status and activities through an analysis of married women’s ability to own property and make testaments in pre-modern England, Ireland and Scotland.


Dr Anke Bernau, English Literature, University of Manchester

Anke Bernau’s research and teaching interests cover a wide range of medieval (and early modern) genres and themes, including medieval and early modern poetics, with a specific interest in vernacular poetic discussions of memory, imagination and curiosity. She is also interested in medievalisms (such as cinematic representations of the Middle Ages). Other interests include: hagiography, mysticism and medieval religious cultures; virginity (medieval to modern).


Dr Daisy Black, English Literature, Swansea University

Dr. Daisy Black is an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University, and until recently held a post as Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Hull.  She is currently writing a book on time and gender in late medieval religious drama.  Daisy’s other research interests include the performance of food on the medieval stage; medieval depictions of Jews; spectatorship; medieval lay theology and medievalism in modern board game cultures.

As a theatre practitioner, storyteller and playwright, Daisy has produced creative work for bodies as diverse as the Royal College of Physicians, Manchester Cathedral and Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum.  She was academic advisor to the 2016 York Mystery Plays, and her dramatic adaptation of the Bayeux Tapestry premiered at Kalamazoo’s International Congress.


Dr Emma Campbell, French Studies, University of Warwick

Emma Campbell’s research to date has focused on the significant but largely neglected corpus of Old French saints’ lives. It aims to demonstrate the critical interest of texts traditionally overlooked by literary scholars and brings critical theory to bear on this material in ways that challenge previous scholarship. She is currently working on a project on translation, which engages with new research on language and cross-cultural contact from within and outside medieval studies, and drawing on the concepts and methodologies of postcolonial scholarship and translation studies.


Dr Isabel Davis, English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, London

Isabel Davis’s research interest lie in the field of medieval gender studies, the household, subjectivity, intimate relationships and social identity. Her new project connects academic literary history and visual art practice to discover and research a history of pre- and early pregnancy, childlessness and trying to conceive. She is currently the Treasurer of the GMS group.


Dr Katherine J. Lewis, History, University of Huddersfield

Katherine Lewis’s research is concerned with the religious, social and cultural history of the later Middle Ages. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of saints’ cults and intersections between holiness and gender in the period, in relation both to female and male saints. She also works on representations of gender and other aspects of identity in narrative sources (especially hagiography and chronicles).


Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy, English Literature, Swansea University

Liz Herbert McAvoy is a specialist in medieval women’s literature and is particularly interested in how representations of gender are played out within medieval texts by, for or about women. She also works on medieval conceptions of space, particularly enclosed spaces within gendered contexts.


Dr Sam  Riches, History, University of Lancaster

Sam Riches is the Academic Co-ordinator of the Regional Heritage Centre, having worked as the Co-ordinator of its predecessor organisation, CNWRS, since 2009. She has responsibility for arranging study days and other public events, managing the Centre’s oral history archive and overseeing heritage consultancy and other activities. Her research interests focus on the cult of St George and the interplay between gender identity and and saintliness in the late medieval period.

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Dr Sarah Salih, English Literature, King’s College, London

Sarah Salih Sarah Salih has research interests  in medieval English literary culture, particularly concerning questions of sexuality, gender and subjectivity; intersections of literature, practice and the visual arts; East Anglian culture; and medievalisms. She has published widely in all these areas and is currently working on a project examining paganity in fifteenth-century texts.


Professor Diane Watt, English Literature, University of Surrey

Diane Watt is Professor of Medieval Literature in the School of English and Modern Languages and has research interests focusing on Old and Middle English Literature; Early Modern Literature; Women’s Writing; Feminist Theory; Lesbian Studies; and Queer Theory. She has published widely in all of these areas and is currently running a project on Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon.