Somerville is home to the largest college-based group of medievalists in Oxford. Genuinely interdisciplinary, the group’s interests range from manuscripts to music theory, from genre to gender studies, and from the British Isles to Russia.

The Somerville Medievalist Research Group was first conceived by a group of Somerville academics more than 10 years ago as a means of discovering shared interests and exploring topics beyond the strict boundaries of its members’ respective disciplines. Today, this eclectic group represents the largest college-based body of medievalists within the university, with its latest volume, Medieval Temporalities (2021), joining the earlier Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture (2010) and Polemic (Language as Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Discourse) (2015), with a fourth volume on ‘Openness’ forthcoming.

The SMRG meets regularly for informal lunchtime discussions, but also organises interdisciplinary work-shops and conferences drawing on its diverse membership. Over the last five years, these have resulted in a series of conferences and workshops as well as the aforementioned publications.


Medieval Temporalities: The Experience of Time in Medieval Europe

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Medieval Temporalities: The Experience of Time in Medieval Europe

Polemic: Language as Violence in Medieval & Early-Modern Discourse

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Polemic: Language as Violence in Medieval & Early-Modern Discourse

Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture

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Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture


Jim Harris

Research Fellow
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Almut Suerbaum

Fellow & Tutor in German; Associate Professor of German
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Annie Sutherland

Rosemary Woolf Fellow & Tutor in Old and Middle English; Professor of Medieval Literature
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Benjamin Thompson

Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History; Associate Professor of Medieval History; Associate Head (Education) of Humanities Division, Oxford University
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Natalia Nowakowska

Fellow & Tutor in History; Professor in Early Modern History
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Francesca Southerden

Fellow & Tutor in Italian; Associate Professor of Italian
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Sean Curran, JRF in Music, Trinity College, Cambridge (bio)

Manuele Gragnolati, Professor of Italian, Sorbonne; Senior Research Fellow, Somerville (bio)

Racha Kirakosian, Professor, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; Affiliate, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard (bio)

Monika Otter, Associate Professor in Medieval English, Dartmouth College (bio)

George Southcombe, Director, Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham (bio)

Dr Brian McMahon, Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes, former Chapel Director, Somerville College, Oxford (bio)

Dr Laura Slater, University Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, University of Cambridge and Fellow, Peterhouse College, Cambridge (bio)

Dr David Bowe, University of Cork (bio)

Dr Jim Harris, Ashmolean Museum (bio)

Dr Oren Margolis, I Tatti, Florence (bio)

Dr Katherine Sykes, University of Birmingham (bio)

Dr Mary MacRobert, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford (bio)

Dr Johannes Wolff (bio)

Alastair Matthews, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Southern Denmark (bio)