Natasha Hodgson is Associate Professor in History and Director of the Centre Research in History, Heritage and Memory Studies (CRHHMS) at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Her research and teaching focus mainly on the medieval period, with a special interest in the crusades, gender, and social and cultural history. She worked on major AHRC projects such as the Hull Electronic Domesday (now opendomesday.org) and PASE (the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England). She is the author of Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative (Boydell, 2017), co-editor of Crusading and Masculinities (2019) and most recently edited Miracles, Political Authority and Violence in Medieval and Early Modern History (2021) for Routledge. She is an editor of the journal Nottingham Medieval Studies and the Routledge series’ Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History and Advances in Crusade Studies.
Natasha will address the contextual challenges facing medieval studies, drawing on her experience in HE in the UK, but also globally, considering the powerful influences of medievalism, and the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the medieval past especially in the context of the crusades, and in histories of medieval women and gender.
To help meet those challenges, she will also discuss some collaborative initiatives which she is working on, for example the Teaching Medieval Women project which reaches out to UK Secondary Schools, and collaborations with Heritage Science and Digital Humanities which help to underscore opportunities for interdisciplinary and cutting-edge applications of medieval studies. She will reflect on the sustainability of the field moving forward, and how we can influence policy to reposition the field as innovative rather than traditional while also broadening the skill set of a future generation to ensure sustainable medieval futures.