Dr James Louis Smith is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of English and Digital Humanities at University College Cork, working on the 2019-23 Ports, Past and Present project. His work is at the intersection of the blue, environmental, spatial and digital humanities. His first monograph is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). James is the editor of The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and co-editor of the Open Library of the Humanities collections New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies (2019) and Medieval Minds and Matter (2022). His current book project has the working title of Deep Maps and Blue Humanities.


PhD, History (Medieval and Early Modern Studies), University of Western Australia, May 2015
BA, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Political Science and International Relations, University of Western Australia, 2007
Honours (Medieval and Early Modern Studies), First Class (1A), 2008
Thesis: ‘Water as Medieval Intellectual Entity: Case Studies in Twelfth-Century Western Monasticism’, University of Western Australia

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Other Publications


Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018)

Journal collections

2019 – Co-editor (with Hetta Howes), ‘New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies’, themed collection, Open Library of the Humanities

2014 – Co-editor (with Deborah Seiler), ‘Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations‘, Volume 19.2, special issue of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

2012 – Submissions editor, Volume 18:1Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Blog Posts


Ports, Past and Present

Ports, Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales is a joint initiative with UCC and Wexford County Council in Ireland, and in Wales with Aberystwyth University and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme and is led by UCC.

Digital Derg: A Deep Map

Digital Derg is an Irish Research Council-funded project initiated at Trinity College Dublin under the title ‘Deep Mapping the Spiritual Waterscape of Ireland’s Lakes: The Case of Lough Derg, County Donegal’. Click here for a project blog detailing the ongoing development of the project.

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