Program Highlights

Spring 2020 Program

January 18 – April 25, 2020
Midterm break: March 2 – March 6, 2020

Faculty Director

Marcus Bull, Department of History, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Marcus Bull joined UNC from the University of Bristol in the fall of 2010. He specializes in medieval history-writing and in the narratology of historiographical texts, as well as in the early crusade movement. More generally he works on the history of the Church and of aristocratic society in western Europe (principally France) between the tenth and twelfth centuries. Professor Bull is currently completing a new edition of the Gesta Francorum, a first-hand account of the First Crusade, for Oxford Medieval Texts. Between 2007 and 2010 he was the principal investigator on a major research project on the Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. The outputs of this project will include a new edition of Robert’s Historia, the most widely copied and read contemporary account of the First Crusade, co-edited with Dr Damien Kempf of the University of Liverpool; a monograph study, A Medieval Bestseller, co-authored with Damien Kempf, on the creation and reception of Robert’s text; and Eyewitness and Narration, a book-length study of the narratology of the so-called ‘eyewitness’ accounts of the First Crusade, with a particular focus on the Gesta Francorum. Professor Bull is also interested in medievalism and the reception of the pre-modern past in modern culture: in December 2008 he co-organized a major symposium on Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century, the proceedings of which, co-edited with Dr Tania String, are to be published by the British Academy.

Highlights

The Honors Semester in London is based at UNC’s Winston House in historic Bedford Square.

The program’s resident faculty director teaches one course in his or her area of expertise and London-based faculty drawn from local universities teach five or six additional seminars. Each course uses London as part of the classroom, taking full advantage of museums, galleries, archives, architectural sites, and other resources.

Internship opportunities are available in fields ranging from global finance to healthcare and the arts. When combined with academic coursework, internships provide a valuable educational experience and allow students to engage actively with British society.

All participants remain enrolled at UNC, earning graded Honors Carolina course credit for a full semester’s work. Courses count toward fulfillment of general education as well as major requirements.