Deborah Thorpe – About me

Deborah Thorpe

Deborah Thorpe

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of York, researching at the Centre for Diseases and Disorder (C2D2) on a project entitled: ‘Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Handwriting of Medieval Scribes: Using the Past to Inform the Future’. Last year, I was a Discipline-Hopping Intern in the same centre, learning the skills necessary to analyse handwriting digitally, and forming interdisciplinary networks. My work is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust.

In 2012-13, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the British Library, employed by the University of York on the Digital Index of Middle English Verse. I was transcribing manuscripts and mining them for the textual and historical information that they contain. This has fostered a growing interest in the digital humanities, which I would like to develop further. I’m also interested in medieval gentry networks, the socio-political history of the fifteenth century, and literary studies of the texts and writers of the late-medieval period.

I have developed a keen interest in public engagement, and in policy surrounding healthcare and ageing. Therefore, my blog reflects this diversity in my interests.

Debs Thorpe

http://york.academia.edu/DebsThorpe

https://twitter.com/DebsEThorpe

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4 comments

  1. Dear Debs,
    I’d like to introduce myself. Ulrike Wuttke suggested that I contact you about the conference on Early Modern Prophecies coming up in London. I and another colleague (both of us work on prophecy) are proposing a panel on prophecies in the transitional period between manuscript and print. Ulrike thought that you might have some interest. If so, I could tell you more about what we’re proposing and see if you’d like to join us. Let me know. All the best.

    Frances Courtney Kneupper : courtneykneupper@earthlink.net

  2. Charlotte Whatley · · Reply

    Hi there!
    I actually heard about your new project from my friend Abby Gautreau. I am a medievalist currently working on legal writs from the King’s Bench and Common Pleas in the reign of Edward III. When she mentioned your project, I was immediately intrigued because I have run across a number of documents that are in a very interesting hand (I have categorized them as looking as if they were written from the back of a horse at full gallop). Not sure if these would be of interest, but I thought I would contact you to see. Hope to hear from you.

    1. Hi Charlotte! I would be very interested. One of the great things about my new project is the potential for collaboration and inspiration like this! I will send you a proper email when I am at my desk. Thanks for getting in touch.

    2. Hi Charlotte. Could you send me your email address, to deborah.thorpe@york.ac.uk?

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