M.H. (Thijs) Porck, MPhil

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Old English language and culture
  • Historical linguistics
  • Late medieval historiography


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1611
E-Mail: m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Oude Britse letterkunde
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.01a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1611
E-Mail: m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Oude Britse letterkunde
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.01a
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​lucas/​organisation/​members/​porckmh.html


Fields of interest

  • Old English and Middle English language and literature, esp. old age, Cnut the Great and Beowulf.
  • Tolkien
  • Historical linguistics, esp. history of the English language.
  • Dutch historiography of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, esp. genealogical historiography.

Research

I am working on a PhD thesis that focuses on old age in Anglo-Saxon England. The title of this project is The Revered, the Rejected and the Ridiculed. The Many Faces of Old Age in Anglo-Saxon England (2011-2016, supervisor prof. dr. R.H. Bremmer). This project comprises a study of old age in Anglo-Saxon culture, based on both a lexicological analysis of words for old age in Old English and an analysis of texts of diverse nature (homilies, saints’ lives, epic poetry). Its primary aim is to establish whether there was one monolithic, positive image of old age in Anglo-Saxon England, as hitherto assumed, or whether there were multiple ideas existing side by side.

Curriculum vitae

Education:

2002-2005: BA Geschiedenis (cum laude)
2004-2007: BA English Language and Culture (cum laude)
2007-2008: MA English Language and Culture (cum laude)
2006-2010: MPhil History: Societies and Institutions (cum laude)
MPhil-thesis was awarded the Vlaams-Nederlandse Prijs voor Teksteditie 2010

Professional experience:

2007-2010: Various temporary teaching positions in Linguistics and Philology at the department of English Language and Culture, Leiden University
2010: Temporary teaching position at the department of English, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
2010: Temporary employment as an English Teacher at Mendelcollege, Haarlem
2011-2016: PhD student and teacher (docentpromovendus) at the department of English Language and Culture, Leiden University

Teaching activities

This semester, I will be teaching the following courses:

  • Philology 2: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature
  • Philology 6: Old English Literature

In previous semesters, I have been involved in the following courses:

  • Grote Boeken uit de Literatuur van de Middeleeuwen en Vroegmoderne Tijd
  • Panorama van de Middeleeuwen en Vroegmoderne Tijd
  • Philology 1: Introduction to Middle English Language and Literature - Philology 2: Introduction to Old English Language and Culture
  • Philology 3: History of the English Language
  • Philology 5/6: Early Modern Everyday English
  • Philology 5/6: Introduction to Late Modern English
  • Philology 5/6: Old English Literature
  • Linguistics 1: Phonetics of English
  • Linguistics 2: Syntax of English
  • Linguistics 4: Phonology of English
  • Linguistics 5: The Morphology of English
  • Linguistics 5: English Historical Linguistics

I have supervised BA and MA theses on various topics, including Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon saints, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and popular adaptations of medieval material, such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, BBC’s Merlin, Skyrim and movie adaptations of Beowulf.

In addition, I am the current coordinator of the Minor ‘Europa in de Middeleeuwen en Vroegmoderne Tijd’.

Key publications

Articles and reviews:

See tab 'Published work'.

Conference presentations:

  • Har hilderinc: The Old Warrior in Anglo-Saxon England’, Thirty-Fifth Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University (13-12-2013).

  • Gomol on gehðo: No Joy for the Anglo-Saxon Elderly’, International Medieval Congress 2013, University of Leeds (02-07-2013)

  • ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Traces of Anglo-Saxon Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, Dragons & Swords: Fantasy Symposium, Utrecht University (27-03-2013)

  • ‘“Leeve mooder, leet me in”—Attitudes towards Old Age and Death in Medieval English Literature’, LUCAS Graduate Conference 2013: Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life, Leiden University (25-01-2013).

  • ‘Revaluing Ageing in Anglo-Saxon England: Was the early medieval period a golden age for the elderly?’, Second VALUE AGEING seminar “Law and Technology Perspectives on Intergenerational Justice”, Free University Brussels (12-10-2012).

  • Atol yldo: Growing Old in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Post-Graduate Conference “Domesticity in the Anglo-Saxon World”, University of Manchester (05-03-2012).

  • ‘De Brederodekroniek’, Symposium Kastelenstichting Holland en Zeeland “Yolande van Lalaing”, Leiden University (27-02-2010).

  • ‘That is no country for old men: Anglo-Saxon connotations of old age’, Thirty-First Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University (18-12-2009).

 

 

In addition, I have given over twenty public lectures on ‘popular’ topics, such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit, movie adaptations of Beowulf,  King Arthur, The Norman Conquest, Dr Who in Anglo-Saxon England and Anglo-Saxon anecdotes. These lectures were presented for Leiden University,  Leidenhoven College Amsterdam, Great Anglo-Saxon Gobblers (Student society English language and culture, Radboud University Nijmegen), Albion Association (Student society English language and culture, Leiden University) and A.S.V. Prometheus (Student association, Leiden).

Last Modified: 14-01-2014