Welcome to                             Research Group

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Lindisfarne Research Group, also known as HUM-807, is a research group based at the Department of Philology at the University of Almería. It is currently formed by José Francisco Fernández Sánchez (senior researcher), Madalina Armie, Carmen Mª Bretones Callejas, Blasina Cantizano Márquez, José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez, and Verónica Membrive Pérez, all of them faculty members of this Department. Additionally, Lindisfarne Research Group has members from other universities: Betsabé Navarro Romero, a Lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, US,  Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Valladolid, and Dimitrios Tsokanos, also a Lecturer at Loughbourough College, UK. Five Ph.D. students, Germán Asensio Peral, Marina Asián Caparrós, Anabel Bonachera García, Jesús Escobar Sevilla, and Mar Garre García, all of them doing their doctoral research at the University of Almeria, also belong to this group.

   Lindisfarne Research Group members have an interest in the analysis and description of the main trends in contemporary literature in English, as well as other cultural manifestations. The Group has particular stregths in the study of the short story in English, its main project consisting in a survey of the short story collections published in Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States in the new millenium literature. But the members of the Group work together in other complementary areas of knowledge, such as Applied Linguistics or Cognitive perspectives applied to literary representations in order to produce an innovative kind of research in literary and cultural studies. A fruitful and productive line of research developed by the members of the Group has also been the study of English residents living in Southern Spain. A project funded by the Regional Government of Andalusia testifies to both the strenght and motivation of the researchers in this fast-expanding area of knowledge.

Why Lindisfarne? Lindisfarne, also known as the Holy Island, is a tidal island on the North West Coast of England. Given by the Anglo-Saxon king Oswald to St. Aidan (died in 651), an Irish monk, the priory founded soon became a base from which the pagan Northumbrians would be converty to Christianity. It is famed as the home and original burial ground of St. Cuthbert (c. 634-687), who lived on Lindisfarne until his death. Its isolated position provided an ideal place to establish a seat of learning. Later on, Lindisfarne was used as a base from which to send missionaries to the rest of Britain and Northern Europe. However, the tranquility of the island was shuttered by Viking raiders plundered Lindisfarne in June 793. Further Viking attacks motivated the abandonment of the monastery, whose monks left with St. Cuthbert's remains.

    During the following years, Lindisfarne became renowned for it scholarship as a centre of spiritual and intellectual formation against a backdrop of violence and unrest, thus producing the illuminated manuscripts Lindisfarne Gospels (714-720), one of the finest works in the style of Hiberno-Saxon. The far-reaching legacy of Lindisfarne is extremely important, thus uniting Irish, Briton, and Saxon heritages, laying down the foundations for formal education and investigation.

   The choosing of Lindisfarne as a name for our Research Group is due to its  situation of the Holy Island at the crossroads of the history of the British Isles as well as the breadth of scope in the cultural matters it represents.

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Last update 21 June 2020

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