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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Slater Fellowship

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The Slater Fellowship is provided by University College and offers the post holder full board and accommodation for one University term, membership of University College’s Senior Common Room, and £200 towards travel expenses.

During tenure, fellows are expected to engage in academic work within their subject, to participate fully in the life of the College and the Institute, and to deliver a public lecture or seminar hosted within College and organised jointly with IMEMS. Both the College and IMEMS must be acknowledged in any resulting output form the Fellowship.

Fellows will be entitled to full use of Durham University's Library collections, including the archives and special collections held at Palace Green Library. They will also be able to access the Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library collections as well as others in the area (subject to availability). Limited workspace may be available at IMEMS on request.

To be eligible for the post, applicants must hold a senior position at another University and have research interests that fall within the scope of IMEMS.

Robert G. Ingram

Current Fellow(s)

Robert G. Ingram

(27 April - 26 June 2020)

Robert G. Ingram is Professor of History at Ohio University, where he also directs the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions. His most recent book is Reformation without end: Religion, politics and the past in post-revolutionary England (2018), and he has co-edited God in the Enlightenment (2016) and Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era (2015). He is also editing Freedom of Speech, 1500–1850 with Jason Peacey and Alex Barber.

During his time at Durham he will be working on a new book project entitled Hobbes’s Century: England, Ireland and Religious Establishment, 1689–1742 and on a scholarly edition of the correspondence of John Lord Hervey and Conyers Middleton.

Previous Fellows

+Anne Thayer

Slater Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (6 October 2018 - 16 December 2018)

Anne T. Thayer received her PhD in Religion from Harvard University and is currently the Paul and Minnie Diefenderfer Professor of Mercersburg and Ecumenical Theology and Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is particularly

Interested in late medieval and early modern Christianity, the history of preaching and pastoral care, and the popular communication of religious ideas. Penitence, Preaching and the Coming of the Reformation (2002) examined the penitential teachings of frequently printed model sermon collections as a contributing factor to the diversity of responses to the early Reformation. 

Her translation of Guido of Monte Rochen’s Handbook for Curates (2011) makes available in English the most popular manual for pastors in the late medieval period, offering guidance on the understanding and conduct of the sacraments, with special attention given to penance, and basic catechetical instruction. Thayer’s current research is on the marginalia of Thomas Swalwell, OSB, one of the last generation of monks of the Durham Priory in England. His notes indicate his reading and appropriation of material found in sermon collections, pastoral literature, works of theology, history, and biblical commentaries. She has given several papers on this material and published two essays, “Ministry in the Margins: Thomas Swalwell OSB and His Marginal Notes for Preaching on the Clergy” (The Sixteenth Century Journal 47 (2016)) and “Selections in a World of Multiple Options: The Witness of Thomas Swallwell, OSB” (Religious Orders and Religious Identity Formation, ca. 1420-1620: Discourses and Strategies of Observance and Pastoral Engagement (2016)).

During her time in Durham, Dr. Thayer continue her study of Swalwell’s books, many of which are housed in the Palace Green, Ushaw College, and Cathedral Libraries, drafting a book, tentatively entitled, Thomas Swalwell: A Monastic Life in Books. Part I will introduce Swalwell and his times and then illustrate aspects of his life (scholar, administrator, preacher, teacher, devout monk) through his annotations in specific books that would have supported these roles. Part II takes up themes that cut across Swalwell’s annotations, including reform of the clergy, interest in Jews and Muslims, prayer, and Reformation topics, such as Luther, indulgences, justification, and the eucharist. These give a sense of the overarching interests and perhaps even the personality of the man behind the tasks. 

Read Professor Anne Thayer's end-of-fellowship report

+Krista Kesselring

Slater Senior Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (15 January - 16 March 2018)

Professor Krista Kesselring is a professor of early modern British history at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). She has previously held visiting fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library, and will also hold a COFUND Senior Visiting Fellowship at Durham during Epiphany Term.

She has previously published books on Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State (2003) and The Northern Rebellion of 1569 (2007), and has edited or co-edited works on married women and the law and the trial of Charles I. During her time in Durham she will be working on projects on homicide and the Court of Star Chamber.

+Keith Busby

Slater Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (6th May - 16th June 2016)

Keith Busby, IMEMS Slater Fellow, is Douglas Kelly Professor Emeritus of Medieval French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has previously taught at the Universities of Utrecht, Leiden, and Oklahoma, and has been Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, Paris, and Museum Fellow at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Among his principal publications are Gauvain in Old French Literature (1980), a translation of the Lais of Marie de France (with Glyn S. Burgess, 1986), a critical edition of Chretien de Troyes's Perceval (1993), and the two-volume Codex and Context (2002). His current scholarly interests include Arthurian romance, medieval multilingualism, and medieval French language and literature outside of France.

Read Keith Busby's end-of-fellowship report.

+Faith Wallis

Slater Senior Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (18 April - 19 June 2015)

Professor Faith Wallis is a historian of medieval Europe, specializing in the history of science and medicine. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University and is an affiliate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. 

Professor Wallis is a member of the IMEMS International Advisory Board. During her time as IMEMS Slater Fellow at University College she will work on creating a comprehensive commentary of one of the many jewels in Durham Cathedral's Priory Library collection, MS Hunter 100. 

Read Professor Faith Wallis' end-of-fellowship report