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MemberJesse Sadler

I am an early modern historian interested in the social and familial basis of politics, religion, and trade. I received a Ph.D. in European History from UCLA in 2015 and have taught courses on cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic. My research investigates the familial basis of the early modern capitalism through archival research on two mercantile families from Antwerp at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century. I am currently working on a manuscript that argues for the significance of sibling relationships and inheritance in the development of early modern trade. My manuscript places concepts such as patriarchy, emotion, exile, and friendship at the heart of the efficacy of long-distance trade networks and the growth of capitalism.

MemberRachel E. Holmes

Dr Rachel E. Holmes was awarded her PhD in 2014. Since then, she has been a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. She has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, St Andrews, and Edinburgh. In September 2018, Rachel joined the Department of English Language and Literature at University College London as a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature. Rachel works transnationally on early modern European law and literature, with research and teaching interests in Early modern literature and culture (c.1475–c.1660); Shakespeare; Renaissance drama; rhetoric; poetics; interdisciplinarity; law and literature; adaptation and translation; intertextualities; pedagogy; philology; transnationalism; comparative literature; history of sexuality; and legal history. She is currently revising for publication a monograph on clandestine contracts in early modern European law and literature for which she was awarded a Laura Bassi Scholarship as a junior academic in Summer 2019. This monograph draws on original-language literary and legal sources to trace the journey across early modern Europe of the tales of Romeo and Juliet, the Duchess of Malfi, and the siblings Claudio and Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. These are tales of clandestine marriage, the mediaeval institution of Christian marriage undertaken outside the recognition of legal authorities, which was increasingly the object of renegotiation across early modern Europe. Clandestine marriage was a pressure point because its illicitness undermined marriage as a managed exogamy, posing a threat to social controls, familial expectations, and honour. This monograph shows that the relationship between versions of these tales is shaped in part by legal anxieties about clandestine marriage and demonstrates the centrality of legal questions to transnational literary adaptation. Rachel is also developing a second monograph project, which starts from the observation that ‘rape’ is neither an objectively knowable entity, nor an objective category; it is defined in opposition to different forms of ‘legitimate’ sexual relation in historically contingent ways. While early modern legal definitions of rape remain relatively undeveloped, the frequent narration of sexual crimes in early modern European literature is indicative of a keen social interest in the high stakes of distinguishing rape from other kinds of sexual relation. These legally-inflected concerns are crucial to both early modern Europe and our present moment.

MemberAnna Hegland

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Book Reviews

review of Rhodri Lewis, Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness (2017), Symbolism, 18 (2018), 202-206

Blog Posts

Piecing a Puzzle Together, for Canterbury Cathedral (April 2020)
Medical Mysteries, for Canterbury Cathedral (June 2019)
Violence and Embodied Performance on the Early Modern Stage, for Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (January 2019)
Encoded Performance, for Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (June 2018)
Pre-Modern Pronouns in Performance, for Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (April 2018)
Bodily Negotiations: Reflections of an Audience Member, for Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Decem…

I am a VCRS-funded doctoral student in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury campus), where my research centers on the language of violence in early modern revenge drama, and the intersections of rhetoric, materiality, and performance. My MA dissertation at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute explored the linguistic philosophy of Shakespeare’s curses. Further research interests include weaponized words and disease in early modern drama. I am also a member of Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, a research cluster at Kent dedicated to investigating performance events in Europe from c. 500 – 1700, and organize the postgraduate-led Coffee House seminars, an interdisciplinary series of workshops and discussions for early modernists at Kent.

MemberKatrin Boniface

Kat Boniface is a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, studying horses and horsemanship in early modern Europe. She earned her MA in medieval history, with Distinction, from California State University, Fresno in 2015. Her Master’s thesis was on the social symbolism of the horse, and the disconnect from its practical value that developed in the late middle ages. She graduated from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013 with honors in history and a second major in English, both focusing on medieval Europe. She is the founder and current President of the Equine History Collective. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, along with a teaching certification, and ran an equine program in Maryland. Current research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history. Her dissertation, “Manufacturing the Horse,” examines how the heritability of traits in livestock was understood prior to Mendel and Darwin.

MemberFrancesco Luzzini

My research focuses mainly on natural philosophy, medicine, and the Earth and environmental sciences in early modern Europe, with important forays into modern and contemporary contexts. Currently, I am Affiliate Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Department I), Contributing Editor for the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, Councilor for the journal Earth Sciences History, and Co-editor (History of Science) of the journal Il Protagora. I strongly believe in the Digital Humanities and in the Open Access ideals of accessibility and democratization of knowledge. In my scholarly and outreach activities, I always strive to make my work accessible to a virtually unlimited audience of students, scholars and academics, as well as to the general public.

MemberTiago Sousa Garcia

…PhD: University of Kent and Universidade do Porto (Text and Event in Early Modern Europe Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate)

MA: Universidade do Porto

BA: Universidade do Porto…

I joined Newcastle University in 2017 as a Research Associate to ‘Animating Text’ (AtNU), a interdisciplinary research project interested in the future of scholarly digital editing and the digital humanities. Before joining Newcastle, I received a doctorate from Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate awarded by the University of Kent and the University of Porto, Portugal. I had previously completed an MA in Anglo-American Studies and a BA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Portuguese and English) at the University of Porto. Parallel to my academic career I have also worked in the private sector, first as a computer programmer working in encryption and communication protocols, and later as an assistant editor to a small publishing house in Portugal.

MemberLeon Chisholm

Leon Chisholm studied applied music and musicology in Canada and the United States, obtaining a PhD in historical musicology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. His dissertation research, funded in part by the Cini Foundation in Venice, concerned the mechanization of polyphonic vocal idioms brought about by the rise of lute and keyboard playing in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and of CRC 980, “Epistemes in Motion,” at the Free University Berlin. Previously, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the Deutsches Museum in Munich and the Italian Academy at Columbia University. Leon is currently at work on projects concerning the social construction of timbre in organ building and the material origins of musical style and concepts in early modern Europe. His book project Keyboard Playing and the Reconceptualization of Polyphonic Music in Early Modern Italy investigates how seminal changes in the concept and structure of polyphony were rooted in a shift of praxis defined by the increasing role of keyboard instruments in composition, teaching, theory, performance, and rehearsal. In addition to his academic research, Leon is a practicing musician specializing in organs and historical keyboards. He is also co-editor of the blog for the History of Music Theory group of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory.

MemberPaula Sofia Hohti

I am a historian of material culture, fashion, and everyday life, and an assistant professor of the History of Art and Culture at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. Since I gained by my PhD at the University of Sussex in 2006, supervised by Evelyn Welch, I have held positions at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the European University in Florence, Bard Graduate Centre in New York and Center for Textile Research in Copenhagen. I have been a principal investigator in two international projects, The Material Renaissance: Costs and Consumption in Italy 1350-1600 and Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800. In 2016, I received a 2m euro ERC grant to study early modern popular fashions and historical and digital reconstruction as a methodology for dress historians.