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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society


Prof Elizabeth Archibald

Professor (p/t) in the Department of English Studies

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Elizabeth Archibald has been Professor of English Studies at Durham since 2012. Before that she held posts at King's College, Cambridge; the University of Victoria (Canada); and Bristol University. She specializes in medieval romance and the classical tradition in the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the Arthurian legend. She is co-editor of the journal Arthurian Literature, and a past President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society. Her current research project is an interdisciplinary study of bathing in medieval literature and society.

She has published monographs on Apollonius of Tyre: Medieval and Renaissance Variations (1991), and Incest and the Medieval Imagination (2001), and has co-edited A Companion to Malory with A.S.G. Edwards (1996), and The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend co-edited with Ad Putter (2009). Her many essays and chapters range over classical and medieval themes and texts, including Chaucer, Malory, Scottish literature, and bathing.

She teaches a range of medieval literature in both Middle English and French, and currently supervises a number of PhD students working on later medieval literary topics, particularly romance writing. She welcomes enquiries from postgraduate applicants in these areas.

Research Interests

  • Classical tradition
  • Medieval romance


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Dr Jon Warren

Vice Principal (Mon, Wed, Fri) of St Cuthbert's Society

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Jon Warren is a Social Scientist. His research interests are focussed on de-industrialisation and how its effects have manifested themselves in the lives and experiences of those living in areas like the North East of England. He has published work in the fields of disability studies, social policy and the sociology of work.

Jon first came to Durham as a part time postgraduate student in 1996 and completed his Master’s degree in the Sociology department, his dissertation supervisor was Professor Roy Boyne who would later become Principal of Cuth’s. He returned to Durham to study for his doctorate in 2005. Jon’s research on the call centre industry centred on the North East but also took him to India for two months fieldwork. After completing his PhD Jon worked in the School of Applied Social Sciences before moving to the Geography department where he worked until 2017. Jon worked briefly at Newcastle University in 2017/2018 before returning to Durham to take up his current position at Cuth’s in 2018.

As Vice-Principal Jon has a wide remit. This involves enhancing intellectual curiosity within the student body, ensuring students have opportunities for personal development, liaison with academic departments and outreach to the local community.

Jon is married to Susan and has one son James. He is a trustee of his local community library and a Boy’s Brigade leader. His other interests include, motorcycling, (riding and rebuilding), cricket (watching and playing), music, flying, photography and cinema.

Research Interests

  • Disability Studies
  • Sociology of the North East of England
  • Sociology of Work

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