#MedFemList: Celebrating Women in Medieval Studies

A long time ago (in Twitter terms – it was the beginning of October) this happened:

This hashtag and the response it elicited made me feel very warm and fuzzy. It’s great celebrate women medievalists and their contributions to the field, since women still face discrimination and barriers in academia (as with all work places).

The response was fantastic, and the number of names that came up really showed how strong of a presence women have had and continue to have in medieval studies – including Australians.

In honour of this here’s a pick of who we think are great Australian women medievalists – sure they aren’t all ‘game-changers,’ but they’re great scholars and people who impacted us as medievalists.

My top two:
Our very own Amy Brown – she taught me as an undergraduate and her passion and great teaching really helped me get interested in Medieval Studies. Her great support and detailed critique on my written work has helped me improve greatly as a scholar. Amy was also the one who really got me interested in blogging.

Prof. Margaret Clunies Ross – How could Prof. Ross NOT be in a list like this? While at the moment I am mostly an Anglo-Saxonist, my true love is Old Norse language. She is the pre-eminent Old Norse scholar of her generation and has definitely been a ‘game-changer’ in the field. Prof. Ross also founded the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, and she continues to be active in the university.

Amy’s pick:
Prof. Stephanie Trigg – who she says not only produces great work, but is also a stauch advocate of work/life balance which is very reassuring to have around. This is especially the case in academia where work/life balance is very blurred (I say as I write this at 11.30 pm on a Sunday night …)

Sam’s choice:
Dr Andrea Williams (@Adhocery) – Sam thinks she is a great medievalist because of her her multi-lingual capabilities, her great story telling capabilities, and her enthusiasm as a teacher. Dr Williams is Australian-born and previously taught at the University of Sydney, she is now associated with the King’s College London.


Kathleen O’Neill expanded her own #MedFemList in a blog post.

Kathryn Maude has also storified the tweets which you can find here.

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