Vice-President (Australia)

Dr Stephanie Downes
The University of Melbourne

Dr Stephanie Downes has been a research fellow at the University of Melbourne since 2012. A graduate of the University of Sydney, prior to taking up her position in Melbourne Stephanie researched and taught at the Université de Paris VII and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2014 she was the Harvard University Bloomfield fellow and in 2010-11 she was a British Academy Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary and a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino. She joined the ANZAMEMS committee in 2013 and was elected Australian Vice President in 2017. Stephanie is a Diversity Officer for ANZAMEMS and is proud to chair the Diversity and Equity Sub-Committee: she welcomes communication from all members and prospective members of ANZAMEMS.

Stephanie has published on aspects of Anglo-French literary culture and the reception of Chaucer’s works in France. She has a special interest in the Francophone culture of late medieval England, and her forthcoming monograph is titled Reading Christine de Pizan in England, 1399-1929 (Boydell & Brewer). Since 2012, as a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, she has explored the intersections of medieval literature and history with the history of emotions. With Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin she is the editor of Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (Palgrave 2015) and with Sarah Randles and Sally Holloway, Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (OUP, Jan 2018). Her current research, Textual Expressions: Reading the Face in Late Medieval Literary Culture, is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

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