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Date & Time

Wednesday 3rd February
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Deadline and link

Please register by Sunday 31 January 2021. The link to the session will be sent via email a couple of days prior to the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event, and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Let’s Talk Academia with Dr Orietta Da Rold

Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fictions

The first session of the series of online conversations titled ‘Let’s Talk Academia’ was hosted back in April last year. Since then, Professor Tim Whitmarsh, Dr Martin Worthington, Dr Joana Meier, Dr Helen McCarthy, Professor Eric Miska and Professor Richard Samworth have hosted well-attended and engaging talks for Johnians.

Following the success of these events, we’re delighted to announce that St John’s academics will continue to host virtual talks for alumni this year. Grab a drink and join Dr Orietta Da Rold to learn more about her areas of expertise and research!

The programme will be updated regularly, so please keep an eye on the events programme, your email and Johnian Hub for speaker announcements.

Orietta Da Rold

Dr Orietta Da Rold is a University Lecturer, Fellow at St John’s College and a member of the Centre for Material Texts. Before coming to Cambridge she was at Leicester, and before that she covered research positions at Oxford, Birmingham and Leeds. Orietta is also an Affiliate of Stanford Text Technologies. Her research interests are in medieval literature and texts c 1100–1500, Chaucer and the digital humanities. In particular, she works on the social and cultural context of the circulation and transmission of medieval texts and books, and researches the codicology and palaeography of medieval manuscripts. Orietta has just completed a book-length project, currently titled ‘Paper in Medieval England’, which was funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. This project brings to completion the first phase of her long-standing research interest in medieval paper as a technology and a cultural artefact. Building on the ‘Mapping Paper in Medieval England Project’, funded by a Cambridge CHRG Grant, Orietta is now engaged in the second stage of this project, focusing on ‘Paper in Time and Space’.

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Make the most of virtual events

Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.

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