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Jane-Heloise Nancarrow

Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow

Honorary Research Fellow
Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Centre for

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Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
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Jane-Heloise is an interdisciplinary researcher in medieval buildings archaeology, twelfth-century literature, and digital technologies for museums and cultural heritage. She has recently completed a 2016 Associate Investigator project 'Emotions3D: Bringing Digital Heritage of Emotions to Life' at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800). Her forthcoming monograph, 'The Roman Material Past in Anglo-Norman England', will be published by Boydell and Brewer in 2018.

Jane-Heloise completed her doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of York in 2014, which examined the re-use of Roman-British material culture following the Norman Conquest. She has taught in both history and archaeology, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Medieval Studies (High Distinction), from the University of Western Australia. She is excited by the potential for emerging visualisation technologies to change the way we study and interpret the past, and is deeply committed to outreach and education for history.
Key research
The legacy of Rome in the High Middle ages; spolia and memory in cross-cultural contexts; three-dimensional modelling and immersive visualisation; applications for digital technology for museums and cultural heritage.
The Roman Material Past in Anglo-Norman England, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, under formal contract, forthcoming 2018.
‘Democratizing the digital collection: New players and new pedagogies in three-dimensional cultural heritage’, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research 4, 2016.
‘Bishop Wulfstan’s weeping: The materiality of emotions on the eve of the Norman Conquest’, in Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land from Medieval Britain to Colonial Australia, Routledge, Routledge Studies in Heritage Series, forthcoming 2017.
‘Countering the uncanny and replicating “real-ness”: establishing parameters for post-processing in 3D digital cultural heritage’, International Journal of Cultural Heritage.
‘Fragmentation, spoliation, innovation: Normanitas and memorial tradition in the Apulian architecture of Emperor Frederick II, Post-Classical Archaeologies (in preparation).
‘Digital spolia and the Emotions3D cultural heritage collection’, The Routledge Handbook of Digital Medieval Literature and Culture (invited submission).
‘Hidden Heritage: Unseen material remains and performative intangible culture’, accepted and in preparation for proposed special issue on “Affect, Performance and Immersion in Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Heritage”, under consideration by Parergon.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Digital Arts Project Officer, University of Western Australia.
Honorary Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions (1100-1800).
Research Associate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York.
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Humanities, University of Western Australia.
Future research
Best practice protocols for 3D digital heritage; visualising the architecture of Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II
Funding received
ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Panel Bursary Funding, 2017 ($5,750).
ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Travel Grant, 2016 ($2500).
ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator Funding, 2016 ($3000).
Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Grant, 2015 ($1500).
Fordham University Exchange Award, 2013 (≈$3000).
Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference grant, 2013 ($1000).
Centre for Medieval Studies Departmental Scholarship, University of York, 2009-2012 (≈$17300).
Overseas Research Studentship, International Office, University of York, 2009-2012 (≈$8600).
Elizabeth Salter Fund fieldwork grant, 2012 (≈$1500).
British Archaeological Association Travel Bursary, 2010 (≈$500).
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group
Society for Church Archaeology
Honours and awards
See funding received.
Previous positions
Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions (1100-1800).
2015-2016: Guest lectures for Medieval and Early Modern Studies units: ‘Classical Traditions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe’ and ‘The Arthurian Legend’, UWA.

2012-2013: 'The History and Theory of Archaeology' seminar leader for the Archaeology department, University of York.

2011: 'From Rome to the Renaissance' seminar leader for the History department at the University of York x 2.

2010-2011: 'Making Histories in York' seminar leader for the History department at the University of York x 3.
Current external positions
Education and Training Officer for Family and Domestic Violence, Women’s and Newborns Health Service (Level 6, Health Services Union, 0.6 FTE loading).
Useful links
New and noteworthy
Emotions3D is a collection of cultural heritage artefacts from UK museums which can be viewed online in full three-dimensional rotation. The objects in this collection range chronologically from the middle ages to 1850, and have been carefully annotated with content that tells their unique emotional histories.

The Emotions3D project helps us to understand how people throughout history responded to the material world around them, and how emotions and objects significantly shaped lives and communities of the past. The project examines objects in terms of their relationships with fear, love, joy and sadness, as well as more complex concepts such as anticipation, empathy and nostalgia. It also reflects on whether emotional and affective reactions to objects changed over time, and how we understand and relate to objects as three-dimensional ‘virtual’ artefacts today.

The Emotions3D project, led by Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow, was curated by researchers based at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum, the St Bartholomew Hospital Archives, Keats’ House and the British Museum.

Current projects
‘Heritage, History and Affective Emotions Research Cluster’, Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions (1100-1800): co-convenor.

AVRL (Accelerated Virtual and Augmented Reality at UWA), to promote professional development and networking opportunities for industry and research staff in virtual and augmented reality: co-founder and member.

Digital Arts Research Project, in collaboration with Caine Chennatt at the UWA Cultural Precinct. This project evaluates the emotional impact, health and wellbeing experiences associated with digital technologies in a museum context. We investigate the potential for technology to provide an alternative (or possibly enhanced) experience of cultural heritage and the relationship between ‘virtual presence’, affective experience and emotions. We are also interested in how people articulate their emotional engagement with digital cultural heritage, and whether interactivity or engagement with cultural heritage is correlated to user emotional states through an analysis of emotional valence and range in the words used to describe the experience of digital heritage.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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