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Jasmin Higgs

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current status: PhD (full-time) - currently registered.

Research topic: Determining Functional Variation in the Early Runic Inscriptions.

My research focuses on the pre-Old English runic corpus(c.400-650CE), focusing on determining the functions of the pre-Old English runic inscriptions. My methodology uses approaches from runology, historical pragmatics (especially pragmaphilology), and archaeology and material culture studies to best determine a framework for analysing the runic inscriptions. I hope to explore the methodological problems of applying approaches from historical pragmatics to different types of runic data, especially fragmentary and non-lexical data.

Research Interests.

• historical linguistics

• runology, especially early inscriptions

• Old English language studies

• historical pragmatics

• historical sociolinguistics


Professor Judith Jesch

Dr Martin Findell

Primary Funding Source.


Research Institutes, Centres, and/or Clusters.

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Institute for Name-Studies


Higgs, Jasmin. (2021). 'Review: Anglo-Saxon Micro-texts (2019), eds. Lenker and Kornexl', TOEBI newsletter XXVIII, 40-43.

Higgs, Jasmin (2017). 'Examine the value of place names as evidence for the history, landscape and,especially, language(s) of your chosen area: North Essex​'. ​Innervate: Leading Undergraduate Work in English Studies 10, 79-90.

Conference Papers and Presentations.

Ninth International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Akademie Sankelmark, Germany, 14th-19th June 2022. 'Determining Functional Variation in the Early Runic Inscriptions'.

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Medieval Seminars, 25th November 2021. 'Adapting Pragmaphilology for Runic Data'.

University of Leicester Medieval Research Group Seminars, 16th February 2020. 'The Functions of the pre-Old English Runic Inscriptions'.

York Centre for Medieval Studies Postgraduate Conference: New Voices in Medieval Studies, 27th June 2019. 'The Function of the Early Runic Inscriptions in East Anglia, c.400-800AD'.

Public Engagement and Impact.

  • Teaching Assistant, Distance Learning Summer School session 'Text in Three Dimensions: The Franks Casket', June 2022.
  • Programme co-ordinator, Vikings for Schools/Anglo-Saxons for Schools Outreach Programme, University of Nottingham, September 2022-ongoing.
  • Activities leader, Viking for Schools/Anglo-Saxons for Schools Outreach Programme, University of Nottingham. November 2021- June 2022
  • Curator, School of English, University of Nottingham, September 2018-February 2019. Curator for exhibit 'Vikings in the East Midlands: forming relationships, forging identities'.
  • Object handler and public outreach volunteer, University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology, November 2017- March 2018.

Work and Experience.

  • 'Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in a Doctoral Training Programme' (postgraduate placement), The Researcher Academy, University of Nottingham, February 2022-March 2022.
  • Research Affiliate, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham, November 2021- October 2022.
  • EFL teacher, September 2018- January 2020, English language teacher for the Chinese and Taiwanese company 'TutorABC'.
  • Conference Assistant, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham, April 2019, Assistant for the 28th SNSBI Spring Conference, University of Nottingham, including assisting with the 'welcome stall'.
  • Admin Assistant, January 2019-June 2019, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham.

Further Training and Skills.

• German language skills (B1)

• Norwegian language skills (A1)

• writing workshops, such as Royal Literary Fund's 'Writing for First Years' (2021), and 'Thinking Like an Editor' (2022)

• University of Leiden's Linguistics Summer School courses (2021), 'historical linguistics' and 'writing systems'

• University of Nottingham's 'Teaching Observation Scheme' (2022)

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