Dr. Alicia Spencer-Hall
Image: Alicia Spencer-Hall, during her tenure as a Junior Research Fellow at the UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies.
Contact Alicia: aspencerhall at gmail.com
I am a leading expert on old and new media, with a parallel focus on the medieval period and modern digital media. After completion of my PhD in this area in 2014, I have developed my research agenda to engage with medieval disability studies, in particular the experience of chronic pain in the Middle Ages. I am on the vanguard of research into the historical study of chronic health conditions, with particular interest in what such analyses can bring to our modern formulation of disability and the experience of ill health.
I am a creative and innovative thinker, with the analytical and methodological skills to back it up. With my ground-breaking analytical approach and portfolio of skills, I generate powerful, unique insights. Since 2011, I have published seven pieces in peer-reviewed journals, three chapters in edited books, and spoken at 19 international conferences.
My work covers diverse modern media ecosystems – including photography, film, online environments and social media – with particular focus on their intersection with medieval communication forms
My first book, Medieval Saints and Modern Screens, explores the intersections between divine visions in the lives of medieval holy women and our modern consumption of media. It includes in-depth analyses of: photography, cinema, YouTube, social media, and online virtual environments. My second book, Medieval Twitter, analyses similarities between medieval methods of communication and Twitter.
Analyses of digital media is a key strand of my research, with various publications explicitly discussing Twitter and other social media, YouTube, blogging, and online virtual environments.
- Invited member of the Learning on Screen development group for the British Universities Film & Video Council
- Invited member of the Social Media Working Group for the School and Languages, Linguistics and Film (Queen Mary University of London, 2015-2016)
- Organiser of public workshop on chronic pain in the UK today — featuring political, academic, and medical perspectives (August 2017)
- Organiser of first academic conference on chronic pain in the Middle Ages (September 2017)
- Co-founder and organiser of the Medievalists with Disabilities network, an international initiative to foster connections, provide support, and facilitate mentorship for medievalists living with disabilities and their allies
Alicia is available as a source
Communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent), French (Proficient), German (Proficient)