Welcome to new postdocs!

Posted on February 6, 2020 by

Manchet is delighted to welcome three new postdocs, who have just joined the research team on the AHRC-funded ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers’ project.

Tino Oudesluijs is a historical sociolinguist who first graduated in Celtic Studies (BA) and Medieval Studies (RMA) at the University of Utrecht. In 2014, he moved to Lausanne (Switzerland), where he worked as an Assistant Diplômé at the university, and where he completed his PhD thesis in 2019. His thesis is on Language Variation and Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern Coventry.

Tino’s big passion is working with historical documents: going to archives and transcribing texts. That’s probably just as well, given the amount of transcribing that’s left to do for the Mary Hamilton project. When he’s not poring over historical documents, he enjoys hiking (what is it about linguists and hikes???), running (he’s doing his first marathon this April) and salsa dancing. Perhaps we can convince him to do the Manchester BUPA run dressed as a bee. There is a vacancy.

Cassie Ulph is a specialist in eighteenth-century women’s literature with a particular interest in sociable networks and life-writing. Along with fellow postdocs Tino and Christine, she is involved in the transcription and mark-up of the Mary Hamilton letters in the John Rylands Special Collections. As a coding newbie, this is a little out of her comfort zone! Later in the project she’ll be conducting literary-historical research into the reading practices and sociable networks currently being uncovered in the letters.

Cassie completed a PhD at the University of Leeds, on the novelist Frances Burney, has worked as a post-doc at York on the Networks of Improvement project, and taught at the universities of Leeds, York and Manchester. Prior to joining Team Hamilton, she was a lecturer in English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Cassie can usually be found digging around in literary archives, googling ‘TEI for dummies’, on the Transpennine Express, or in the pub with her faithful hound (Do we have a new department doggo? Yes, yes, we do!). Sometimes she plays the piano (Cassie, not Dogface).

Chrstine Wallis is more of an enigma, but here’s what Manchet has established through online stalking: She is a historical sociolinguist whose research involves topics such as language standardisation, linguistic norms and literacy, and she is interested in their relation to language variation and change. In addition to working on eighteenth-century texts, Christine also works on Old and Middle English manuscripts and their scribes. Before joining the Mary Hamilton Project as a Research Associate in December 2019, Christine held lecturing and teaching posts at the Universities of Newcastle and Sheffield.

The new postdocs are in A103 if you want to say hello. And do check out the new revamped website for the Mary Hamilton project. They’re also on Twitter (@Hamilton_Papers), just generally taking the internet by storm.


Featured image shows Christine, Cassie and Tino in the fir natural habitat, the John Rylands library.