“Competing authorities and contested spaces: Dying in Dublin in the reign of Edward I”
Joanna A. MacGugan is a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received her Master’s degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her recent work combines an interest in lamentation, funeral, and burial ritual with spatial theory and landscape studies, focusing on medieval and early modern Britain and Ireland. She has published in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics and Literature and in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Joanna’s scholarship has received honors from the Medieval Academy of America, the Richard III Society, American Branch, the Connecticut Writing Project, and the American Society of Irish Medieval Scholars.
During her fellowship year, Joanna will complete her dissertation, “Competing authorities and contested spaces: Dying in Dublin in the reign of Edward I.” In this study, public spaces where rival colonial authorities “governed” death provide the lens for investigating conflict and cooperation in Dublin during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Modern death might be considered an apolitical event, but medieval death was a politicized and contested moment; as this dissertation will show, it was the point at which some of the most fundamental of colonial politics were battled out.