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Name: Georgina Fitzgibbon 

PhD: Medieval History 

Thesis Title: Comparisons, Connections and Contexts: Cistercian Monasticism and the Cult of Saints’ Relics, c.1100-c.1250

Department: History, University of Birmingham 

 

Thesis Description:

Medieval monasteries forged social and spiritual identities through the acquisition, veneration and circulation of relics. My research asks whether twelfth-century Cistercians can be said to have a uniform culture of relic devotion, by exploring the legacy of St Bernard of Clairvaux's rejection of Christian materiality, through different lines of Cistercian institutional filiation after 1153.

 

Supervisors and Institution(s): Dr Simon Yarrow (University of Birmingham); Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham). 

 

Papers

Abstract Accepted 

  • July 2019 The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds

  • March 2019 Medieval Studies Institute (MEST) of Indiana University at Bloomington


Presented
  • 2-5 July 2018, The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 'Stricter Customs?: Remembering the Impact of Incorporation on Saints' Cults in the 12th Century'. 

  • 10-13 May 2018, International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, ‘Cistercian Deterrents to Lay Pilgrimage in the Twelfth Century’.

  • 3-6 July 2017, The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 'Cistercians and Their Relics: Engagement with the Cult of Saints in the Twelfth Century'.

  • 19-21 June 2017, The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University (Missouri), 'Cistercians and Sacred Matter: Engagement with the Cult of Saints in the Twelfth Century'.

  • 16 June 2017, University of Birmingham, Department of History Research Day.

  • 25 May 2017, Midlands3Cities Research Festival, Research Relay.

  • 18-19 May 2017, EMREM, University of Birmingham, ‘Powerful Objects’, organised conference. Presented 'Relics as powerful objects: Bernard of Clairvaux and the body of St Malachy'.

  • 14-16 April, 2017, Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Borderlines XXI, University College Cork, presented ‘Beyond the Flesh? Bernard of Clairvaux as a religious authority for twelfth-century Cistercians’. 

  • 21 -23 September 2016, Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth; the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c. 1050- c. 1250, Durham University. ‘The Cistercian Order and Secular Burials; Diverse Approaches to Engaging with the Lay World’. 

  • 13 April 2016: Medieval Midlands, University of Nottingham, 'The Power of Ideas: Bernard of Clairvaux and Cistercian Devotional Practice'. 

  • 8 June 2015: MA Medieval Studies Work in Progress Day, University of Birmingham. 'The reception and adaptation of the legends of St Nicholas, as seen through material culture'.

  • 22-23 May 2014: EMREM, University of Birmingham, 'Seen and Unseen: (De)constructing Medieval and Early Modern Perceptions'.'An Unseen and Under-Appreciated Influence? The Impact of Anthropology on the Study of Relics'.

 

Invited Speaker

  • 15 November 2017, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, ‘Posthumous Miracles in Twelfth-Century Cistercian Cults’.


Posters

 

Written pieces

Book Reviews:

  • Review of T. Licence (ed) Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 2014), The Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History (2016), pp. 477-478.
  • Review of E. Jamroziak, The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe 1090-1500 (London, 2013), Nottingham Medieval Studies, 60, (2016), pp. 262- 265

 Blog Posts:


Public Engagement Activities

 

Conference Involvement 

  • 2015- 2016: I was involved in the Medieval Midlands group, which organised a conference on 13th April 2016 on the theme 'Power and Society in the Medieval World'. 
  • 2013- ongoing: I have been involved with the running of the EMREM (Early Medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Early Modern) Forum since my arrival at the University of Birmingham for my MA in Medieval Studies. This postgraduate forum at the University of Birmingham facilitates discussion (within and across institutions), via skills workshops, roundtables, research presentation sessions and an annual symposium, in addition to maintaining a social media presence on WordPress, Facebook and Twitter. I helped to organise and run our 2015 Symposium on the theme of 'Body and Soul', in addition to chairing the panel on 'Saintly Souls in Human Bodies'. I organised the 2016 Symposium, 'Chaos and Catastrophe; Restoration and Renewal' which took place on 5-6 May 2016. The 2017 conference, 'Powerful Objects', will take place on 18-19 May.

Journals


Committees 

  • 2015- ongoing: The Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), facilitates research from c.300 to c.1500 AD, across traditional discipline boundaries at the University of Birmingham, running a fortnightly seminar in addition to other projects. I attend the CeSMA management meetings. 
  • 2015- ongoing: I am a postgraduate Mentor at the University of Birmingham, communicating with prospective and new students. 
  • 2013-2016: Postgraduate student representative, and attend Staff-Student Committee meetings and CAL Education Board meetings.

Other Research Interests:

  • Anthropological theory 

 

University email address: gef383@student.bham.ac.uk

College of Arts and Law Doctoral Researcher Profile: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/departments/history/research/postgraduateresearch/profiles/fitzgibbon-georgina.aspx

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Mentor: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/georgina-fitzgibbon/


LinkedIn

Twitter: @GeorgieFitzg

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