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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Michael Huxtable, Research postgraduate

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Mike Huxtable studied Philosophy and English at the University of York and has obtained Masters degrees in both subjects. He completed a doctorate in 2008 in Durham on the phenomenology of colour and its perception in medieval literature. Mike's research interests include medieval philosophy, theology and the history of ideas; the semiology of medieval art and culture (in particular heraldry), and the influence of visuality on literary creativity.

Recent publications:

Huxtable, Michael J. ‘The Relationship of Light and Colour in Medieval Thought and Imagination’, in On Light, ed. K. P. Clarke and Sarah Baccianti, Medium Ævum Monographs (Oxford: S.S.M.L.L., 2014) 25-44.

The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De colore: Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis, ed. and essays by Greti Dinkova-Braun, Giles E. M. Gasper, Michael J. Huxtable, Tom C. B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti, and Hannah Smithson, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies-Durham Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Texts (Toronto: PIMS, 2013).

Huxtable, Michael J., ‘Aspects of Armorial Colour and its Perception in Medieval Writing’, New Directions in Colour Studies, ed. Carole Biggam, Carole Hough, and Christine Kay (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011), 191-202.

Huxtable, Michael J., 'The Medieval Gaze at Grips with a Medieval World,' Progress in Colour Studies Vol.I., ed. C. P. Biggam and C. Kay (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006) 193-214.


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