Project Team Biographies

General Editor

Chris Jones, PhD, LMS, FRHistS, FHEA

Chris is an Associate Professor in History at the University of Canterbury. He is especially interested in the thought of medieval chroniclers, and in the way in which ideas were transmitted and received in the Middle Ages. His publications include Eclipse of Empire? Perceptions of the Western Empire and its rulers in Late-Medieval France (Brepols, 2007) and the edited collection John of Paris: Beyond Royal and Papal Power (Brepols, 2015).

Chris co-edited Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library (2011) for Canterbury University Press and, in 2017, the collections "A World of Empires. Claiming and Assigning Imperial Authority in the High and Late Middle Ages" with Klaus Oschema and Christoph Mauntel (The Medieval History Journal 20, no. 2) and, with Stephen Winter, Magna Carta and New Zealand: History, Law and Politics in Aotearoa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He has served as President of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval & Early Modern Studies since 2015.

Digital Humanities Consultant

Christopher Thomson, PhD

Chris's research interests lie at the intersection of literary studies and digital humanities, particularly on the way digital media technologies shape and are shaped by cultural practices. Currently he is working on a database and website project entitled Kōmako: a bibliography of writing by Māori in English (with Dr Bridget Underhill), and on an analysis of digital media responses to the Canterbury earthquakes.

Chris has other research interests in adaptations of literature in digital media, posthumanism in literature, and on the application of text mining as a research method in the humanities.

Academic Team

Thandi Parker

Thandi is an MA candidate in History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her current research focuses on the perceptions of queenship in 13th-century French chronicles.

Thandi edited the content of the Roll's roundels as part of a University of Canterbury Summer Scholarship in 2016/17. She previously researched the appearance of women on the Roll for her Honours dissertation, and published a related article in the journal Comitatus in 2017.

Elisabeth Rolston

Elisabeth is an MA candidate in History at the University of Canterbury with a background in classical languages. Her research focuses on the representation of emperors in later medieval Latin chronicles. She created a new translation of the Roll as part of a University of Canterbury College of Arts Summer Scholarship in 2016/17. In November 2017 she participated in the "Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript (DEMMR)" symposium at Yale University.

Maree Shirota, MA

Maree is a doctoral candidate in History at Heidelberg University, Germany and the Collaborative Research Centre 933. Previously she studied at the University of Canterbury and the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research focuses on 15th-century genealogical manuscripts from Western Europe.

Maree is the Lead Transcriber for the Canterbury Roll Project, and in 2013 compiled the original project website as part of a University of Canterbury Summer Scholarship. She published on the Roll's presentation of deposition in the journal Parergon in 2015.

Project Coordinator

Jennifer Middendorf

Jennifer is the Production Coordinator for the UC Arts Digital Lab, and recently completed a Master of Linguistics, comparing syntactic structures in written and spoken English.  As well as project managing Stage 1 of the Digital Edition, Jennifer contributed to both the TEI markup of the transcription and translation, and the development of the web interface.

Digital Project Specialists

Antoine Landrieu

Antoine is a Belgian IT engineer at the UC Arts Digital Lab dealing with the technical aspect of their digital projects. He studied at HE2B-ISIB in Brussels and collaborated with GRIS at the Music Faculty of the University of Montreal and LARAS, an Arts and Science Research Lab in Brussels.

Antoine took over the front end and back end web development of the Digital Edition of the Roll modifying user interface and internal function to bring you an easy to access and interactive version of this ancient document.

Lucy-Jane Walsh

Lucy-Jane is a software engineer and a writer. She has an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Canterbury and is the founder and editor of the New Zealand science fiction journal Sponge. In 2016–2017 she worked with many brilliant history students to build the Digital Edition of the Canterbury Roll.