Abigail G. Robertson is a PhD student in Medieval Studies in the English department at the University of New Mexico. She received her M.A. in Literary and Textual Studies as well as a certificate in Digital Humanities at Bowling Green State University (2014) and B.A. in English Literature The Ohio State University (2012). In terms of research, Abigail is interested in representations of holy bodies in Anglo-Latin texts, especially in regard to local saints in Anglo-Saxon England. Her most recent research includes topics such as the connection between spirituality with physicality in regard to late-antique and early-medieval relics and reliquaries as well as associations between material culture and hagiographical texts and their representation in manuscripts. She is also interested in paleography and codicology and how the digital humanities can aid in the enrichment of editing and cataloguing practices for the purpose of editions.
Abigail is a member of the editorial team We the Humanities, an online organization designed to spread the diversity and value of the humanities, as well as a video blogger for jobs.co.uk through the University of Warwick where she talks her experiences as an American Ph.D student in the humanities. Along with that, Abigail has presented at several conferences; most recently, she has given papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (2016) and the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (2016) and will be presenting again at ICMS in 2017.
In the winter of 2016, Abigail was selected to participate in the Modern and Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age workshop organized by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, Warburg Institute, and the University of London. This workshop, funded by Marie Curie Actions as part of DARIAH-EU, involved five days of intensive training on the analysis, description and editing of medieval or modern manuscripts where participants received a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats. Also in 2016, Abigail was awarded the Mary McDonald Award for English Scholarship from the University of New Mexico Department of English.
Abigail served as the Graduate Representative on 2016 Program Committee for the 49th Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association conference which was held at the University of New Mexico in June. Abigail is also involved in the Medieval Studies Student Association, currently serving as the Digital Media Officer, and the English Graduate Student Association for which she is Co-President. Additionally, she is a member of the Medieval Academy of America, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, and the International Society for Anglo-Saxonists.