Dr Sarah Kuenzler
- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (Celtic & Gaelic)
My interests lie in medieval Irish and Scandinavian literature - primarily sagas - and in the role of the texts within medieval and early modern cultures of remembering. I currently focus on the importance of landscapes and in particular monuments in literary texts, and how their depictions tie in:
- with our knowledge of the cultural memory in North-Western Europe, and
- with general ideas about space, place and belonging.
My current project focuses solely on medieval Irish texts, and will result in a monograph outlining a novel approach to the sources from the perspective of memory studies, a strand of research which is particularly concerned with how the past is imagined, engaged with and made meaningful from the perspective of the present. Although my work centres on literary analyses, I am keen to stress the interdisciplinary nature of my approach, and to draw heavily on current theories in memory studies, landscape archaeology and cultural geography.
- British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2018-2020)
- 2016–2017 Losing the Brain of Forgetfulness: Memory in Medieval Ireland
- Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Post-Doc Mobility (declined)
- Swiss National Science Foundation Early Post-Doc Mobility Grant (01. 03. 2016 – 31. 08. 2017)
- Resident Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD (2016 – 2017)
The project presented the first systematic analysis of early Irish (medieval Irish) texts from a memory studies perspective. The research presented the foundation for my current engagement with these sources and focussed in particular on the interrelationship between landscape, memory, literature.
- Swiss National Science Foundation Early Post-Doc Mobility (2016-2017)
- Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme (31. 03. & 01. 04. 2017)
- Oskar Bandle Stiftung, 6 month research mobility (Sept 2012 – Feb 2013)
- Government of Ireland Exchange Scholarship (2009/2010)
- Undergraduate Courses: Celtic Civilization 1B
- Early Gaelic Literature in Translation