Associate Professor in Medieval History, University of Oxford

Amanda is a historian of religion, power and intellectual life in medieval Europe. She has been involved in developing the field of global medieval history, and new approaches to historical study that speak to the concerns of the mounting climate and environmental crisis.

Her first monograph, "Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom", was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment. A recent Past & Present article, 'Globalising Cosmologies', written with the Aztec specialist, Caroline Dodds Pennock, explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves 'globally' in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of 'globalisation' as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

Amanda is currently working on a monograph, "Medieval Histories of the Anthropocene", which explores questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality in the building of medieval states across Eurasia. She is interested in how these centralising processes consciously dislocated humans from local ecosystems and specific and sustainable practices, while creating powerful and enduring narratives about civilisation, barbarism, and the use of resources. A related, partly collaborative, series of projects ask about the future of our discipline, and of Humanities and Social Sciences more generally, in the politically, economically and ecologically unstable period that we are now entering.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor in Medieval History, University of Oxford

Education

  • 2003 
    University of Cambridge, PhD History