I'm interested in collective responses to epidemic phenomena. My PhD research is on the popular religious response to a plague in 1399 in northern and central Italy. The devotion was called the Bianchi, named for the white clothes that people who took part in the processions wore. I work with lots of different types of sources- municipal documents, chronicles, devotional songs, wall paintings and crucifixes.
I'm a postgraduate teaching assistant at UCL's Writing Lab. This is a service for students that's free and confidential, where they can book 30 minutes one-to-one, or attend a 2 hour workshop on various aspects of essay writing. I also taught a course called 'Writing History' in the History Department last term. I'd like to explore this academic focus on writing during my curation, from both a student and a teaching perspective.
More broadly, some of the other things I'll be discussing are medical humanities, historical fiction and skills training for PhD students. I look forward to chatting with you next week. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @AlexRALee, and read my blog.