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Dr Emily Winkler


Dr Emily A Winkler is UCL History's Teaching Fellow in Early Medieval History. At the University of Oxford, she is also the John Cowdrey Junior Research Fellow in History at St Edmund Hall.

Emily's research and teaching centres on Europe before 1200. She works primarily on historical writing, political thought, and the reception of the classics in the early and central Middle Ages, with particular reference to the British Isles, the North Sea zone, and the Anglo-Norman world. Her work seeks to apply cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches to the past for a better understanding of medieval people and ideas.

Her first book, Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Historical Writing (Oxford University Press, 2017), examines ideas of moral and causal responsibility, historical contingency, and royal rulership in eleventh- and twelfth-century historical writing. In June 2017 she directed a major international conference on the Norman presence in the medieval Mediterranean. 

At present, Emily is working on an article on the changing attitudes towards kingship and queenship in tenth-century Britain, and a study comparing invasion narratives of the early medieval British Isles. Her current collaborative projects include a volume of essays entitled Rewriting History in the Central Middle Ages, c.950-1250, and a new collection about the Normans in southern Italy and Sicily. Future projects include a monograph about the nature of historical writing in the medieval British Isles, and a shorter study on the Norman impact on visions of the past in the Mediterranean.

Major publications

For a full list of publications, see Emily's Iris profile.

Grants/projects

In the summer of 2017 Emily held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany, where she worked on a research project about relationships in the remote past in Britain's high medieval historical writing.

Media appearances/public engagement

As Vice-President for the UK and Europe of the Haskins Society, a scholarly organization devoted to the study of the early and central Middle Ages, Emily plans and supports conference sessions on a variety of themes to support the Society's international community of medievalists. Her outreach activities have included organizing a major millennial anniversary event commemorating the Danish Conquest of England, speaking for local historical associations in Malmesbury, London, Aylesbury and Knutsford, and working closes with the alumni associations of Jesus College and St Edmund Hall to promote lifelong learning of history. She delivered a "Teddy Talk" at St Edmund Hall's Research Expo 2017, entitled 'Was there history in the Middle Ages?', available as an Oxford University podcast and YouTube video.

Teaching

Emily also teaches at Oxford, where she designed and team-taught a new course entitled 'Writing and Thinking in History,' which encouraged students to consider history and writing at a deeper level. Both there and at UCL she has supervised undergraduate and MA theses on medieval topics.