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Beyond comprehension: handwriting and identity

I’ve just pushed a couple of article projects as far as I can. They are either now with collaborators, who will proceed to work their own magic, or under consideration by journals. As a result, I have been feeling slightly directionless—simultaneously under pressure to complete my current projects, but without definite things to do. There […]

Cheesesteaks and Brownstones: Manuscript Viewings in Philadelphia and NYC

Having just returned from a research trip to the States, I thought that I would give my blog a kick, as it has gone into hibernation of late. Jet-lag and a cold prevent me from tackling my impending deadlines, so I thought that I’d take time to be more creative. I hope that peripatetic manuscript […]

Clever sluggards? How fast did medieval scribes work?

‘HOW MANY folios per day??’ – BL Additional 18720 f. 2 As those who read my blog regularly will know, my research focuses on the effects of ageing and neurological disorders on medieval handwriting. In a recent publication, Jane Alty and I examine the shaky handwriting of the thirteenth-century scribe known as ‘The Tremulous Hand […]

Scrutinizing the script of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ | OUPblog

Source: Scrutinizing the script of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ | OUPblog

What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ have?

Announcement: A new study, by Deborah Thorpe and Jane Alty, on the tremor of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ can now be accessed online: Deborah E. Thorpe, Jane E. Alty, “What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ have?” Brain (2015), DOI:

Scientific Publishing for Humanities Scholars

First of all, apologies that this post has been a long time coming. This gap has been caused by the busy schedule that now forms the material for this latest blog post. I’ve recently had an article published in Brain journal on the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’, written with Jane Alty. See here. As […]

Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘humanities scholar’

Speaking with other scholars of the medieval period, I’ve often felt twinges of guilt as an interloper. I have slunk around the corridors of the Centre for Medieval Studies as a meddler. Other medievalists strike me as inspired creatures: as individuals to whom, at age five, a higher being delivered some lightning-bolt command– ‘THOU MUST […]

Pint of Science, York : An ‘Out of Office Experience’, with added beer

“Sorry, Deborah Thorpe is out of office today. I will respond to your emails upon my return to my desk” I’ve spent considerable time out of office since I begun my work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Chronic Diseases at York. It’s been a nice change, as medievalists usually spend a lot […]

In Your Own Time: Productivity Tips For the Postdoctoral Scholar

I’ve now been in post in my new postdoctoral fellowship for over a month. Since beginning, it’s been like being caught in a tornado – work has been picked up and whirled around, along with moving house, attending neglected appointments, and taking deliveries of furniture. As I’ve walked around campus, I’ve spoken to lecturers and […]

Attending the York Neuroscience Symposium: A medievalist treading new ground

My project, ‘Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Handwriting of Medieval Scribes: Using the Past to Inform the Future’ is now entering it’s fourth week. I’m officially back at my desk and have now become a member of York’s Centre for Digital Heritage, which offers exciting prospects for sharing ideas and methodologies. Over the past month or […]