Danica Summerlin Profile PictureDr Danica Summerlin

d.summerlin@sheffield.ac.uk

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Profile

Biography

Danica Summerlin joined the department of History in 2016. Prior to that, she studied at the universities of Durham and Cambridge, before spending time as a post-doctoral visiting fellow at the Stephan Kuttner Institute for Medieval Canon Law and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich and most recently as a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at University College London. Her teaching and research focus on the legal and religious history of Europe between around 1000 and 1300, and she is particularly interested in the development and deployment of law in the period. As well as a fundamental interest in the law of the medieval church – canon law – at a formative time in its development, at the heart of Danica’s research are questions concerning the overlap between the ecclesiastical and secular spheres in the medieval world in the period after the ‘Gregorian’ Reform of the eleventh century; law provides a particularly interesting way of probing those connections and also the pan-European networks of clerics who formulated the law. She is now widening out that interest and starting to formulate a project looking at government in the medieval West, and in particular the role of meetings and assemblies.

Research

Research

Danica’s research centres on the history of Europe in the central middle ages, around 1000 to 1300. Her particular focus is the development and use of law at the time, and particularly ecclesiastical, or canon, law. That interest expands to both the social and institutional aspects of religious and legal history, and she is currently starting a new project looking at the relationship between law and government in the period, in both the Church and amongst secular rulers. She is happy to supervise students with interests in the central Middle Ages, but particularly those interested in the legal, religious, and political history of Europe.

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Publications

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Teaching

Teaching

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Public Engagement

Public Engagement

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Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

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