Spotlight on James Palmer
December 14, 2012 Leave a comment
Dr James Palmer has taught in the School of History since 2007 as Lecturer in Continental Mediaeval History. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Foot, before taking up his first lectureship at the University of Leicester in 2005 and then holding a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 2006-7.
At heart, James is a cultural historian of the eighth and ninth centuries with interests that straddle the Merovingian, Carolingian and Anglo-Saxon worlds. His early research focused on the politics of memorialisation which surrounded English missionary activities in Germany and Frisia. This work led to the publication of his first monograph, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World, in 2009 – a study once described as ‘sensitive and methodologically exemplary’ for its efforts to place the missions as a textual phenomenon as well as a historical one. He is working on merovingianworld, an online resource for research and teaching on Merovingian Gaul.
James’s current research project, funded by an AHRC Fellowship, concerns the role of apocalyptic thought and rhetoric in social and political change. He is finishing the book Apocalypse and Authority in the Early Middle Ages and has been developing a website to accompany it (http://medapocalypse.wordpress.com/).
James teaches at all levels in the department and his courses include ME3231 Mediaeval Apocalyptic Traditions and ME4813 Kings and Holy Men in the Merovingian World.
He has obtained some notoriety as drummer and occasional fiddler in Dry Island Buffalo Jump, the University’s only Fife-based faux-Americana country band. Profits from their work goes towards a student hardship fund.
For more information on Dr James Palmer see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/staff/jamespalmer.html