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Irene O'Daly

University Lecturer

Dr. I. O'Daly
+31 71 527 2155

Irene O'Daly is an assistant professor at the Centre for the Arts in Society specialising in manuscript studies, the history of ideas, and classical reception.

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Fields of Interest

I am a specialist in the intellectual history of the Middle Ages with a particular interests in medieval classical reception, manuscript studies and the history of political thought. I teach a number of courses on Leiden's Book and Digital Media Studies MA programme, using resources from Leiden's world-leading manuscript and book collection.


I am currently writing a book about the use of diagrams in the study of medieval rhetoric and am interested in how visual devices were used to mediate information in the medieval period, particularly ideas from antiquity.

Curriculum vitae

I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA, 2004) and of the University of Cambridge (MPhil, 2005; PhD, 2010). I have previously been employed at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Manchester and from 2011-14 I was a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University on the Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth Century Renaissance project.

Key publications

John of Salisbury and the medieval Roman renaissance (Manchester University Press, 2018)

‘Reading the Historia Scholastica at the close of the twelfth century: Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.15.5’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 71/2, 2020, 270-92

'The Classical Revival', in Erik Kwakkel and Rodney Thomson (eds) The European Book in the Twelfth Century (Book chapter, Cambridge University Press, 2018. 240-58)

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Boekwetenschap

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A0.10



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