Dr Volmering is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Principle Investigator of the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme project "Early Irish Hands: The Development of Writing in Early Ireland". She currently teaches on the M.Phil. in Medieval Studies and is Trinity Centre for the Book Strand Leader for the History of Writing. In addition, she occasionally teaches in the School of Education and is a member of the CAVE research centre.
She previously worked as Assistant Professor in the School of Education and held funded fellowships in both Ireland and Germany, including an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Irish and Celtic Languages, Trinity College Dublin, an O'Donovan Scholarship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and an IKGF fellowship at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen. She obtained her PhD in Early and Medieval Irish from University College Cork as De Finibus Fellow. In her dissertation, which won the Johann-Kaspar-Zeuß-Preis, she analyzed medieval narrative accounts of journeys to the afterlife as didactic writing, with a focus on structural and eschatological development. Before coming to Cork, she completed an MPhil at Trinity College Dublin and two theses at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, where she specialized in Anglo-Saxon England.
Her research interests centre on the manuscript culture and religious literature of the insular world, particularly medieval Irish martyrologies, eschatology, transmission of books and texts, and palaeography. She has taught a range of medieval history, literature, and language modules at Trinity as well as the universities of Cork and Maynooth, and is currently teaching palaeography and manuscript studies. In addition, she has an interest in Higher Education (history and pedagogy) and regularly teaches T&L practices.