Hello! My name is Abigail Robertson (@agrobertson) and I am a Ph.D student in Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. My research has covered a variety of medieval and non-medieval topics from trauma and mourning in post-9/11 literature to collective memory in Holocaust survivor narratives to violence and comic book films. However, my most recent research projects have been interested in the role of gender and bodies in Anglo-Saxon Christian canon as well as the narrative structure and affect of riddles involving weapons in Codex Exoniensis, commonly known as the Exeter Book.
In addition to my studies, I am a graduate instructor of first year composition at my university and am interested in the way that multimodality in teaching and composition garners a more social and enriched learning environment. This interest in multimodality also extends outside of the classroom as I manage a blog (positivelymedievallife.wordpress.com) that details my experience with graduate school—when I remember to update it—and have completed a vlog project for jobs.ac.uk (http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/resources/vlogs) as well as begun my own medieval vlog. I am also a blog administrator here at We the Humanities; in short, I am interested in all that the digital humanities have to offer me, my students, and my field.
When I’m not reading, thinking about reading, or writing, I enjoy the cinema, theatre, and the occasional Netflix binge or doing something outside; as I live in Albuquerque, there are many opportunities for hiking. I also have a shiba inu/labrador retriever mutt called Lupin and spend a lot of time starting but not finishing knitting projects.
During my curation I would like to have conversations around the methods other scholar use in translating (as much of my work involves translating from Old English to modern English) as well as paleography and any/all topics related to medieval religion. In addition, I am interested in the way that scholars of non-modern historical periods (antiquity, medieval, early modern, etc.) utilize multimodal practices in their own work in teaching.
Finally, I am interested in all things critical theory; I enjoy psychoanalytic and trauma theories as well as Marxist-feminist critiques of body politics. I am also interested in some non-academic digressions as very few people I know watch Broadchurch, The Fall, or The Killing and I could talk about those shows (and many more) for ages.