Medieval Europe (Material Culture, Textile History, Arthurian Literature, Pilgrimage Studies, History of Emotions)
Sarah Randles is Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is conducting a research project on emotions and sacred sites, focusing on the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, a significant centre for medieval pilgrimage. This project investigates emotions in relationship to the material culture of this site, in particular the emotional responses of worshippers to the relics and other holy material housed in the cathedral, to its built environment and visual programs and to the objects that they brought as donations and took away as souvenirs.
Sarah's research focuses on the cultural history of medieval Europe, including its material, visual and literary cultures, with a particular interest in textile history.
Sarah graduated from the Australian National University with a PhD in Art History, with a thesis entitled 'The Tristan Legend in Medieval Narrative Embroidery'. She has an Honours Degree in English Language and Early English Literature from the University of Sydney, and a graduate diploma in Information Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has worked as a lexicographer for the Australian National Dictionary Centre (1999-2003), and was the Vice-Principal at Sancta Sophia College at the University of Sydney (2003-2007).