Kaan Gorman

Kaan Gorman


I initially graduated from the University of Leeds with a 1st class BA in History in 2014. After receiving a scholarship from the School of History at Leeds I then completed an MA (Distinction) in Medieval Studies within the Institute for Medieval Studies in 2015. I began my PhD at Leeds in October 2016 with funding from the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship.

Research interests

My PhD research focuses on the relationship between the Carthusian Order and laity of later medieval England. Using primarily devotional literature and cartularies produced by the Order, I examine how the Carthusians responded as the physical and imaginative boundaries of their charterhouses became increasingly penetrated by secular society. I consider how this relationship may have fundamentally influenced the ways in which the Carthusians perceived their own purpose and identity.


Beyond the Carthusian Order my research interests extend to medieval attitudes towards death and the supernatural. For my MA dissertation I examined the place of ghosts in the imagination and landscape of later medieval England and for my BA dissertation I looked at how visions of the Other World reflected changing ideas towards purgatory during the twelfth century.


Conference Papers


'Remembering Benefactors in the Cartulary of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Beauvale', Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2018


'Exemplifying the Odd? Dread, Diversion and Doctrine in Strange Tales from East and West', joint paper given with Dr Geoff Humble for the Medieval Group at the University of Leeds, January 2018




  • MA Medieval Studies
  • BA History