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The Slater Fellowship is provided by University College and offers the post holder full board and accommodation for one University term, membership of University College’s Senior Common Room, and £200 towards travel expenses.
During tenure, fellows are expected to engage in academic work within their subject, to participate fully in the life of the College and the Institute, and to deliver a public lecture or seminar hosted within College and organised jointly with IMEMS. Both the College and IMEMS must be acknowledged in any resulting output form the Fellowship.
Fellows will be entitled to full use of Durham University's Library collections, including the archives and special collections held at Palace Green Library. They will also be able to access the Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library collections as well as others in the area (subject to availability). Limited workspace may be available at IMEMS on request.
To be eligible for the post, applicants must hold a senior position at another University and have research interests that fall within the scope of IMEMS.
Dr John Munns (10 January - 18 March 2022)
Dr John Munns teaches in the Faculty of History and the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, where he has been a Fellow and Tutor of Magdalene College since 2014. He was previously a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and before that taught in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the religious, cultural and art history of the long twelfth century, particularly in and around the British Isles. His recent publications include Cross and Culture in Anglo-Norman England (2016) and a co-edited volume, Henry of Blois: New Interpretations (2021). In 2015, he stepped out of his comfort zone to contribute a chapter on twentieth-century art to Durham Cathedral: History, Fabric and Culture (ed. David Brown).
He is currently working on a number of projects, including a one-volume history of the art of Norman England (the primary focus of his Slater Fellowship) and a study of twelfth-century episcopal patronage. Durham will play an important part in both. Other ongoing research interests include the relationships between visions and art in the high middle ages, and aspects of eighteenth-century antiquarianism especially as it relates to the collection and preservation of medieval art.