Edward Mills



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Modern Languages
Department: French
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Medieval Studies

I am a PhD student in French, supervised by Thomas Hinton and Susana Afonso. My research focuses on medieval French literature; more specifically, I'm investigating didactic texts, and what they reveal about how education was imagined and enacted through French-language texts written in medieval England. I have been very fortunate to be funded in this work by the Niklaus-Cartwright studentship in French scheme at the University of Exeter.

Before coming to Exeter, I taught at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) as a lecteur d'anglais. I retain an interest in the theory and practice of English language teaching, as well as in medievalism and public perceptions of the medieval period more broadly (on which I devised and taught a module at the ENS). Prior to teaching at the ENS, I completed an undergraduate degree in Modern and Medieval Languages at Clare College, University of Cambridge, followed by a Master's in Modern Languages at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

In recent years, I have developed a keen interest in editorial practice, especially where this intersects with digital scholarly practices such as editing through the TEI framework. To this end, I have worked as a Research Assistant on the Values of French project, based at King's College, London, where I have helped to transcribe and encode into XML segments of the Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César, an extensive early-thirteenth-century prose compilation and 'universal history'.

Between 2016 and 2018, I was also the Department's PGR Representative for Modern Languages, with responsibility for making research students' voices heard in the University's Modern Languages research community. I've since been succeeded in this post by Coline Blaizeau.

I post occasionally on my para-academic blog, Anglo-Normantics, which is dedicated both to topics related to my research and to day-to-day life as a postgraduate student; I am also active on Twitter @edward_mills.