03 Nov

Dr Janina Ramirez

On Monday 30th October, Dr Janina Ramirez visited KEHS beginning the day with a series of informal discussions with some of our Sixth Form students where she talked about her own academic background which began with a degree in English Literature at Oxford University, followed by an MA and PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies in York on the art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England. Dr Ramirez then delivered a fascinating lecture to over 100 students from the Lower Fifth and Lower Sixth entitled: ‘Can People from the Past Really Inspire Us?’ Dr Ramirez steered clear of the usual figures associated with Britain, providing our girls with a quite different historical narrative. She gave the girls an insight into the life of Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write a book in English, Revelations of Divine Love, as well as other medieval women including Margery Kempe, Birgitta of Sweden and Hildegard of Bingen. After the lecture, our girls quizzed Dr Ramirez for a further 30 minutes, probing her for more details about the motivation as well as the legacy of medieval anchoresses. Dr Ramirez finished the day spending some time in the Art Department before heading back to Oxford. To read more of Dr Ramirez’s academic articles such as The Symbolic Life of Birds in Anglo-Saxon England, and The Anglo-Saxon Cross at St Andrew’s Auckland: Living Stones, click here.