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  • Professor John Thompson

    Director

    Institute for Research in the Collaborative Humanities

    John is a Professor of English Studies and Director of the new Institute for Research in the Collaborative Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast. Previously he was Head of English at Queen’s for five years, and has also been acting Head of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Quite how this happened is still unclear to him, although his academic colleagues clearly see him as – well – a natural-born Head of School. John thinks that this is a pretty thankless task and makes one few friends. In his‘normal’ academic life he is a medievalist who has recently directed two large collaborative research projects, one on how English history and myths of origin were imagined by Medieval and Renaissance English readers, and the other on how vernacular lives of Christ circulated among English readers in the period before, during and after the English Reformation. His next big thing is collaborative work with colleagues in Glasgow, St Andrews and Dublin on Textual Afterlives from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Qualifying Round: Northern Ireland North 2015/16

DEBATE: The BBC

Qualifying Round: Northern Ireland North 2014/15

DEBATE: Libraries

Qualifying Round: Northern Ireland North 2014/15

DEBATE: Role models

Qualifying Round: Northern Ireland East 2012/13

DEBATE: Party Funding

Qualifying Round: Derry 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Qualifying Round: Derry 2011/12

DEBATE: Nuclear Power

Qualifying Round: Derry 2010/11

DEBATE: Organ and Tissue Donation

Qualifying Round: Derry 2010/11

DEBATE: Extremism on Campus

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North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre



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