About the co-organisers

Meet the co-organisers for MEMS Festival 2022.

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Lou Docherty

An MA MEMS student from the UK. Special interests: the role of women, material culture, specifically their embroidery & clothes making. Currently doing a term in Paris, love getting to explore & study here.

Jessica Falkner

Jessica is an MA student currently based in Paris. Her research interests include legal issues in England in the 16th century, particularly those around the issues of consent. Ancillary interests include material culture and the role of women in politics.

Nat Gilbert

Coming soon!

Emma Groves

Coming soon!

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Emma Rose Kraus

Emma Rose is a first year PhD student at the University of Kent supervised by Dr Sarah Dustagheer. Her research, conducted in conjunction with The Oxford Marlowe, focuses on the staging of madness in modern performances of early modern English plays, specifically examining the reduction of mental health stigma. Her areas of interest include performance, practice research, early modern medicine, and mad studies.

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Jonathan Pinkerton

Jonathan is a 2021 laureate for a co-supervised doctorate between the Initiatives for Science, Innovation Territories and Economy – Université de Lille Nord-Europe (I-SITE ULNE)’s Groupe d’Études et de la Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Information et Communication (GERiiCO) and the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), for work on his thesis project, “Marlowe’s Playbooks,” in association with The Oxford Marlowe, under the supervision of Dr Rory Loughnane and Professor Catherine Richardson at UKent / MEMS, and Professor Widad Mustafa El Hadi and Dr Joana Casenave at ULille / GERiiCO. Some of Jonathan’s fields of interest include: authorship, editing, and textual studies, early modern drama, digital humanities, knowledge organization, ecocriticism, cultural studies, post-colonial literature, composition and pedagogy, and epidemiological criticism. He is American, living in France, and his other interests include short walks, long video games, and getting enough sleep.

Jacqueline Spencer

Jacqueline is interested in visual arts and material culture including at the moment cartography and the imagination, scribal drawing, vernacular building decoration, property ownership and occupation, houses, domestic life and the second-hand clothing trade in the late medieval and early modern periods, particularly in Kent.

She is a Chartered Librarian having worked in the areas of Special Collections, catalogue management and institutional repositories for the creative and performing arts. Her PhD (2008) was about art ephemera and artist-led spaces.