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Aya van Renterghem


Dr. A.M.S. van Renterghem
+31 71 527 2065

I am a historical linguist and medieval manuscript scholar, currently working on a two-year postdoctoral research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project focuses on alphabet collections and the transfer of linguistic knowledge in the early Middle Ages. My research more generally has centred itself around three main topics: manuscript runology, medieval intellectual history, and the movement of encyclopaedic and linguistic knowledge.
I have taught various courses on Old and Middle English language and literature, Old Norse, Viking studies and Manuscript studies.

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Fields of interest

My areas of interest are (early) medieval manuscripts, runology, networks of knowledge, medieval alphabet and language studies, and book history.

Grant and awards

This year, I was awarded a two-year Study Abroad Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to do postdoctoral research at the University of Leiden. I have previously received the Funds for Women Graduates Foundation Grant and a number of travel prizes and project grants.


2013-2017: PhD English, University of Nottingham
2012-2013: MPhil English Language, University of Glasgow
2011-2012: MLitt Medieval English, University of St Andrews (Distinction in the Dissertation)
2008-2011: BA Literature and Linguistics: English–Swedish, Gent University (Distinction)

Professional Experience
2019: Postdoctoral guest-researcher at LUCAS;
Teaching Fellow at Utrecht University;
2018: Teaching Fellow at Ghent University;
Freelance Cataloguer and archival assistant with the Belgian State Archive in Ghent;
2017: Teaching Support Assistant for the Centre of Archives and Information Studies, University of Dundee; Freelance Cataloguer for the Glamis Castle Archives;
2013-2017: Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, University of Nottingham;

Key publications

Van Renterghem, A. M. S., ‘New Manuscript Runes from the North of England: The Byland Bede’, Fuþark 8 (forthcoming)
Book review of Symons, V., Runes and Roman Letters in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts – Fuþark 8 (forthcoming)
Book review of Cleaver, L., H. Conrad O’Briain, Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin: Four courts Press, 2015) – Nottingham Medieval Studies
Stoner, H., A. Van Renterghem, ‘Viking-Age Stones and Crosses’, Viking Myths and Rituals on the Isle of Man, Language, Myths and Finds I, ed. by L. Gardela and C. Larrington (Nottingham: Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, 2014)


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.14


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