I am a researcher, writer and teacher who is fascinated by how online netowrks and modern media reframe and represent the past. I’m a global expert in particular in medievalism, and how the medieval past is used in support of present identities. Mixing cultural theory and historiography with media and network studies, I spend my days grazing on a diet of pop culture and penguin classics, trying to find links between medieval monk-detectives and Adrian Monk the detective, or between Peter Lombard and Peter Andre. Most recently I’ve been writing my new book about Bad History: you can get an overview of the central theory here.
The current projects section gives summaries of what I am working on right now. If you are interested in getting involved, please do drop me a line; I’m always happy to hear from researchers in the same fields. I am also one of the series editors for I.B. Tauris’s New Directions in Medieval Studies book series: if you’d like to talk about a proposal for that series, do head over to their web page for more info.
I have posted links to several conference papers I have given over the years which explore these ideas in more detail. Many of these are works in progress and/or the basis for later publications. Please don’t steal them… or at least please credit me if you do.
Hope you enjoy it, and I hope some of this might be of use.