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Thijs Porck

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. M.H. Porck
Telephone
+31 71 527 1611
E-mail
m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl

I recently finished his Ph.D. thesis on old age in Anglo-Saxon England, entitled 'Growing Old among the Anglo-Saxons: The Cultural Conceptualisation of Old Age in Early Medieval England' (2011-2016, supervisors: prof. dr. R. H. Bremmer Jr & prof. dr. W. van Anrooij). The project comprised a study of old age in Anglo-Saxon culture, based on both a lexicological analysis of words for old age in Old English and an analysis of texts of diverse nature (homilies, saints’ lives, epic poetry). I am currently involved in a project entitled ‘“My former Germanicist me”: G. J. P. J. Bolland (1854-1922) as an Amateur Old Germanicist’, sponsored by Leiden University Fund (LUF) / Bolland Fonds. I also teach Old English, Middle English and Medieval Studies at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Dutch Anglo-Saxonist

Research

I recently finished his Ph.D. thesis on old age in Anglo-Saxon England, entitled 'Growing Old among the Anglo-Saxons: The Cultural Conceptualisation of Old Age in Early Medieval England' (2011-2016, supervisors: prof. dr. R. H. Bremmer Jr & prof. dr. W. van Anrooij). The project comprised a study of old age in Anglo-Saxon culture, based on both a lexicological analysis of words for old age in Old English and an analysis of texts of diverse nature (homilies, saints’ lives, epic poetry). I am currently involved in a project entitled ‘“My former Germanicist me”: G. J. P. J. Bolland (1854-1922) as an Amateur Old Germanicist’, sponsored by Leiden University Fund (LUF) / Bolland Fonds.

I have published articles on Old English language and culture, Beowulf, Cnut the Great and J.R.R. Tolkien. 

I am the current Managing Editor of Neophilologus: An International Journal of Modern and Mediaeval Language and Literature, the Reviews Editor for The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe, and a member of the editorial board of the Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik

You can find out more about me and my research on my blog: www.dutchanglosaxonist.com.

 

CV

Education

2002-2005: B.A. Geschiedenis (cum laude) 
2004-2007: B.A. English Language and Culture (cum laude) 
2007-2008: M.A. English Language and Culture (cum laude) 
2006-2010: M.Phil. History: Societies and Institutions (cum laude)
2011-2016: Ph.D. ‘Growing Old among the Anglo-Saxons: The Cultural Conceptualisation of Old Age in Early Medieval England’ (cum laude)

Professional experience

2008-2010: Various temporary teaching positions in Linguistics and Philology at the department of English Language and Culture, Leiden University 
2010: Temporary teaching position at the department of English, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen 
2010: Temporary employment as an English Teacher at Mendelcollege, Haarlem 
2010-2016: PhD student and lecturer (docentpromovendus) at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
2016-: Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society

Teaching

I teach Old English, Middle English and History of the English language, as well as courses on Medieval Studies. You can find out more about the courses I have been involved in and the theses I have supervised here:  http://dutchanglosaxonist.com/teaching/

Conferences

Conferences are a vital element of academic life. An overview of the conferences I have organised (or am currently organising) and a list of conference papers I have presented can be found here: http://dutchanglosaxonist.com/conferences/

Press and popularisation

I like to share my knowledge of the history, culture and language of the Middle Ages with people in- and outside academia. I have given over 40 public lectures on various topics, such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit, movie adaptations of Beowulf, King Arthur, The Norman Conquest, Dr Who in Anglo-Saxon England and Anglo-Saxon anecdotes. My Tolkien lectures are part of  Kennis op Straat, an online platform developed by De Jonge Akademie (KNAW / Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). For an overview of my efforts so far, see: http://dutchanglosaxonist.com/press-and-popularization/

For a full version of my CV, click here.

Grants & awards

Vlaams-Nederlandse Prijs voor Teksteditie 2010
Onderwijsprijs Geesteswetenschappen 2014 
Research grant Leiden University Fund (LUF) / Bolland Fonds 2016

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.01a

Contact

Publications

  • Springer Managing editor by Neophilologus