Director & Founder
Stacie Vos is the founder and director of the Enclosure Group, which first formed in the spring of 2020 when Vos called together a group of visual artists, writers, and scholars who were exploring various definitions and images of enclosure—from the anchoress’s cell and the enclosed rural lands of England—to the camera, the projection booth, and the confessional—in their work.
Vos’s own work on enclosure began with her dissertation, completed in 2021, called Englishing the Virgin: Enclosure, Dissemination, and the Early English Book. The research group became a vital community during the writing of this project, which was all done during the lockdown period caused by the global pandemic that began in the late months of 2019.
Vos is now at work on three projects: a monograph on Hope Emily Allen and other pioneering female medievalists, tentatively named Are you Emma, Christina, or Gunhilda? The Modern Enclosures of Female Medievalists 1901-1950, a collection of [very] short stories, and an essay called Village Life. She will also be publishing an essay soon on the Hroswitha Club and the history of women’s performance.
Vos is committed to fusing creative, archival and social work with her scholarship and teaching of English and Writing (at University of San Diego). She has earned research fellowships from the Huntington Library (with Jesus College at Oxford), the Beinecke Library, and the UCLA Center for Early Global Studies (CMRS). She has been giving fiction readings of comedic, photographic micro-fictions in LA over the past two years, coinciding with the publication of her first chapbook, Long Story Short. She sees the Enclosure Group as a means for public outreach, interdisciplinary humanistic research, and community formation across creative, academic, and social spheres that might not otherwise intersect.
Ségolène Gence, originally hailing from France, is a doctoral researcher funded by CHASE AHRC at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies where she also completed her MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies back in 2015. Ségolène’s current research focuses on English devotional literature from the fourteenth and fifteenth century, textual transmission, and manuscript studies. She also dabbles in Anglo-Norman and medieval French literature, as well as questions of medieval sexualities, on the side of her doctoral research. She also takes a particular interest in digital humanities.
You can learn more about her research on her Kent profile.
Diana Myers is currently a graduate student in library science at Simmons University (Boston, USA). She holds degrees in medieval studies from Harvard and Oxford, where she researched the liturgical histories of women’s monastic communities. Her current projects build on this research to explore ideas of gendered authority at the English nunnery of Barking. Beyond her studies, she writes the bimonthly newsletter Mitfordiana about the infamous Mitford sisters, works part-time at various archives in the Boston area, and spends too much time on Twitter.
More information about her scholarly and professional activities can be found at dianahmyers.squarespace.edu.
Eman Alami was born and raised in California to Levantine immigrants. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Alami is an experimental writer in the arts, fashion, history, and literature where her work has been featured in CR Fashion Book, Popsugar, Buro 24/7 Singapore and Daily Art Magazine. She began her writing debut as an Andrew W. Mellon curatorial fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art researching early 20th-century female photographers. As a minority, she examines gender and identity in relation to words and narrative in efforts toward inclusive storytelling. Alami’s take has exhibited at the Charles E. Young library’s “Writing and Power” and The Hammer Newsletter.
Seattle artist Laura Lasworth’s method has been rather like that of a long-form writer. In her elaborate cycles of paintings, including The Gray, The Western Wall, and After Images each panel functions as a chapter; from which an ongoing narrative forms.
S. Billie Mandle is an artist whose work engages with the histories, politics and paradoxes of institutional spaces. She is an associate professor of Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Mathelinda Nabugodi is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Her current research project is situated in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s archive, where she explores relations between dead poets and living ideas. Nabugodi was recently awarded the 2021 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award for her “engaging and fascinating” work of non-fiction The Trembling Hand: Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive.