Dr Virginia Langum

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Virginia Langum, Umeå University, Sweden

Visiting Research Fellow, October 2018 to March 2019. 


Project title: Changing Climates, Moving Minds

This study examines the representation of the inter‐relationship of migration with spiritual and mental health in literature until the early twentieth‐century. In addition to literature, it will examine relevant discussions in media, psychology, philosophy and climate science.

Virginia Langum is a Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University and associate professor in English literature at Umeå University, Sweden. Before she moved to Sweden, she completed her PhD in English at the University of Cambridge. 

Her research concerns premodern literature and culture, particularly the connections between the body and religious experience, as well as medicine and ethics, extending from the Middle Ages to our own period. Her monograph Medicine and the Seven Deadly Sins in Late Medieval Literature and Culture (2016) examines the intersection of medicine and religion in the Middle Ages. She has recently co-edited two volumes, Visions of North in Premodern Europe (2018) and Revisiting Gender in European History, 1400-1800 (2018). She is currently working on a project about climate, migration and mental health. ​