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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Honorary Research Fellowships

Honorary Research Fellowship are awarded to individuals, external to the University, who have made a substantial contribution to research and research-led teaching at Durham under the aegis of the IMEMS. Close connection to the strategic research priorities of the IMEMS be expected.

Honorary Research Fellows are appointed on a five-year term, renewable as appropriate. Nominations are made via the IMEMS Executive Committee and sent to the International Advisory Board for ratification. Fellows will be expected to continue their academic connections with Durham and will be asked to deliver a public lecture to inaugurate their status.

Honorary Research Fellows

Joanna Barker BA D Litt MBE

Joanna is an alumna of Durham University, graduating with first class honours in French in 1981. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Durham University in 2012. She has maintained her links with Durham and is well known to the University as a benefactor and through her engagement with the Library Development Board, which she chairs, and which raising funds for the Durham Priory Library Recreated project. She also sponsors three IMEMS research strands, including ‘French Books and their Readers’, and a forthcoming IMEMS Library Fellowship.

Joanna's research concentrates on early modern France, notably women's writing and the work of the French essayist, Michel de Montaigne. She is also the treasurer of the Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies.

Joanna has had a 35-year career in international private equity. She has 25 years’ experience of serving on boards of international portfolio companies and extensive experience as a charity trustee. She is founder and Chair of Target Ovarian Cancer, Vice-Chair of European Venture Capital Association and Patron of Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted. Joanna was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to people with cancer.