MEMOs and Liverpool Department of English

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Medieval and Early Modern Orients

Over the summer the Department of English has been teaming up with the Medieval and Early Modern Orients project to provide opportunities for our undergraduates. 

Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs, for short), founded and led by University of Liverpool English PhD candidate Lubaaba Al-Azami, is an AHRC-funded decolonial project that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the early interactions between England and the Islamic worlds. As well as offering excellent web resources and a vibrant blog, MEMOs is an exciting scholarly network with a particular emphasis on providing support and opportunities for scholars of colour.

Lubaaba Al-Azami

Lubaaba Al-Azami

This summer our undergraduate student Cherry Dicko has taken on a department-funded internship with MEMOs, with duties including copy-editing, live-tweeting academic events and curating online material on the project website. After completing the funded internship, Cherry is staying on at MEMOs as a copy editor and has been joined by fellow English undergraduate Elle Donnelly.

Cherry Dicko

Cherry Dicko

Reflecting on her internship, Cherry said: ‘I really enjoyed learning about everyone’s different roles at MEMOs and the kind of work they do day-to-day. Some skills I learned include copy editing, managing social media and live-tweeting events, and I think those skills will be really useful moving forward’. Elle is similarly enthusiastic about her role: ‘from this internship I feel that I have developed a head-start into academia, learning skills that will propel my own research and connecting with established, not to mention supportive, academics in the field. I cannot thank MEMOs enough for this opportunity!’

Elle Donnelly

Elle Donnelly