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Kelly Kilpatrick

Research Fellow and Teaching Affiliate, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I did my first degree at the University of Montevallo (BA History, Hons) in the US state of Alabama, before relocating to the U.K. where I completed my Mst and DPhil at Wadham College, Oxford. Throughout the course of my doctorate I studied medieval languages and culture, and conducted research into place-names, landscapes and the role of place-names in medieval literature.

Expertise Summary

English and Celtic place-names; medieval history, language, literature and art; Celtic Studies

I am currently a research fellow with the Institute for Name-Studies working on the following project:

  • The place-names of Suffolk: a one year project funded by the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History to complete a dictionary of Suffolk place-names. This will be published in the English Place-Name Society popular series.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Modules Taught

Beginnings of English (Level 1)

Ice and Fire: Myths and Heroes of the North (Level 2)

Old English Reflection and Lament (Level 2)

English Place-Names (Level 3)

Postgraduate Modules Taught

Old Norse Texts on the English Studies by Web-based Distance Learning MA

Research Summary

I am a research fellow with the Place-names of Suffolk Project, based in the Institute for Name-Studies. This twelve-month project is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Keith Briggs, and funded by… read more

Recent Publications

  • KILPATRICK, K. A., 2015. ‘The Place-Names in Felix’s Vita Sancti Guthlaci’ Nottingham Medieval studies. 58, 1-37 (In Press.)
  • 2014. Saxons in the Meon Valley: A Place-Name Survey . 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • KILPATRICK, K. A., 2013. ‘Hebridean Place-Names and Monastic Identity in the Vita Sancti Columbae’ Newsletter of the Scottish Place-Name Society, Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. 35, 2-4
  • KILPATRICK, K. A., 2012. ‘Place-Names in a Hagiographical Tradition of St Brigit of Kildare: Analysis of Vita Prima and Bethu Brigte’, Ainm: Journal of Irish Place-Name Studies. 11, 1-46.

During the 2012-2013 academic year I contributed blog posts of place-name research for the AHRC-funded programme Hidden Collections:

https://nemitonottingham.wordpress.com/tag/celtic-culture/

https://nemitonottingham.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/nemeton-in-the-medieval-world/

Since 2013 I have also conducted interviews as part of the Saxons in the Meon Valley project:

http://www.saxonsinthemeonvalley.org.uk/

Current Research

I am a research fellow with the Place-names of Suffolk Project, based in the Institute for Name-Studies. This twelve-month project is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Keith Briggs, and funded by the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. The outcome of this research will be a dictionary of Suffolk place-names, to be published in the English Place-Name Society popular series.

Since December 2014 I have also worked as part of the Saxons in the Meon Valley project, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. My role in this project was to produce a place-name survey of the Meon Valley in Hampshire; this has helped to support historical and archaeological research into the history of the Meon Valley in the Anglo-Saxon period.

Within my personal research, I use interdisciplinary techniques and contextual reading of historical sources to investigate the function and perceptions of places and landscapes in early medieval literatures and societies. My current projects within this sphere of interest are:

  • The place-names in the Life of Saint Guthlac. This research has been presented at the conference Guthlac of Crowland: Celebrating 1300 Years in April 2014, and will also be published in Nottingham Medieval Studies in 2015.
  • 'Place-Names, Landscapes and Early Christian Identity in the Hebrides: The Maritime Geography of the Vita Sancti Columbae'.

I also specialise in medieval Insular languages, literature and artwork (specifically sculpturework, metalwork and manuscript illumination).

  • Currently I am part of an interdisciplinary team conducting research on the Hackness Cross in North Yorkshire. Project members include Professor Dominic Powlesland, Graham Lee (Senior Archaeologist, North York Moors National Park), Dr. Sarah Duffy (University of York), and Dr. Richard Marshall (St. Benet's Hall, Oxford). This research will analyse 3D scans (SFM and RTI) of the fragmentary Anglo-Saxon cross at Hackness to reveal significant information about this monument and its environs.

Past Research

Between 2012 and 2013 I was a research fellow with the Digital Exposure of English Place-Names project based in the Institute for Name-Studies. Funded by JISC, this project produced The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names.

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