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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.

Research summary: My research focuses on the pre-Old English runic corpus, which is a corpus defined as runic inscriptions with find-spots in Britain that are dated before c.650AD. My main research question is, 'what are the functions of the pre-Old English runic inscriptions?'. My methodology will use approaches from runology, historical pragmatics (especially pragmaphilology), and archaeology and material culture studies. 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
  • historical pragmatics
  • orthography and writing systems
  • onomastics and place-name studies
  • Arthuriana studies
  • the use of runes and rune-like symbols in folk horror media

Research supervisors:

Professor Judith Jesch

Dr Martin Findell

Dr Philip Shaw (Durham University)

Primary funding source:

Midlands 4 Cities (full-time award)


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

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.

Public engagement and work:

November 2021- ongoing. | Activities leader, Vikings For Schools Outreach Programme, University of Nottingham.

November 2021-October 2022 | Research Affiliate, Institute for Name-Studies.

September 2018- January 2020 | English as a Foreign Language teacher.

April 2019 | Conference Assistant for the 28th SNSBI Spring Conference, University of Nottingham.

January 2019- June 2019 | Admin Assistant for the 'Staffordshire Place-Names Project'.

September 2018- February 2019 | Curator for 'Vikings in the East Midlands: Forming Relationships, Forging Identities, University of Nottingham.

September 2017 - ongoing | Digital cataloguer in the library and archives of the National Justice Museum, Nottingham.

November 2017- March 2018 | Object handler and public outreach volunteer for 'Vikings: Rediscover the Legend', Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham.


Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland

Conference papers and presentations:

'Adapting pragmaphilology for runic data', Medieval Postgraduate Seminars, ​University of Nottingham, 25th Novemeber 2021.

'Functions of the pre-Old English Runic Inscriptions​', Medieval Research Centre Seminars, University of Leicester, 16th February 2021.​

'The Function of Early Runic Inscriptions', New Voices in Medieval Studies: the Annual York CMS Postgraduate Conference, 27th June 2019. ​


2021 (ongoing) Yiddish course, Oxford School of Rare Jewish Languages.

2021 German language course (up to B1) at The Language Hub, Nottingham.

2021 Royal Literary Fund workshop, 'Writing for First Years'

2021 Online courses 'Historical Linguistics' and 'Writing Systems', University of Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics.

2020 German language course (up to A2), at The Language Hub, Nottingham.

2018 TQUK Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RQF), The TEFL Academy

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