MemberJustine Walden

Current scholarly interests: Early modern slavery and antislavery networks; subaltern groups, social inequality, and power differentials in early modern Europe Other abiding interests: Precolonial Africa, Captivity and Slavery, Maritime History, Missionary Orders, Florence, Mediterranean, Transatlantic, and Transnational History. Book, Printing, and Manuscript History; Digital History, Mapping, and Text Mining; Renaissance Italy.

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.

MemberJulia L. Hairston

Julia L. Hairston’s work focuses on the intersection of literature and history in the Italian Renaissance, primarily as regards gender. She has published articles on Machiavelli, Ariosto, Leon Battista Alberti, and Tullia d’Aragona and co-edited two collections of essays, one devoted to gender issues in Italian culture (Peter Lang, 1996) and the other to the body in early modern Italy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Hairston has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Hers is a bilingual edition of the poems and letters of Tullia d’Aragona for the Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series (CRRS & Iter, 2014) and a cluster of essays on gender in early modern Rome in a 2014 issue of I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. Her current projects include co-editing a bilingual edition of d’Aragona’s The Wretch, Otherwise Known as Guerrino (Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino) for the Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series, co-editing a collection of essays on women as readers in early modern Italy, and writing an intellectual biography on d’Aragona entitled The Thorny Laurel: Tullia dAragona as Woman of Letters. She lives in Rome, Italy.

MemberLeendert Van der Miesen

Leendert van der Miesen is a PhD student in Musicology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Previously, he studied Musicology and Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to the MPIWG, he has conducted his research within the Collaborative Research Center 980 “Epistemes in Motion” in Berlin and was a visiting research scholar in the Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”. His dissertation project, “Collecting Ears: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in Early Modern Europe,” investigates the research practices and materials of the French scholar Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) and his circle. He is especially interested in the relations of music and science in the early modern period, instruments, print culture, and the history of the observation. Together with Viktoria Tkaczyk, he is editing a special issue of the journal Sound Studies on the relationship between sound, knowledge, and materiality.

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.

MemberAshley Gonik

…“Structuring Information: Printed Tables as Organizing Tools in Early Modern Europe”

My dissertation addresses the production and reception of this ubiquitous and ostensibly timeless diagrammatic form to destabilize assumptions about the table as a tool of information management and visual communication….

I am a book historian who studies material aspects of intellectual practices in early modern Europe. Through January 2022, I am a Predoctoral Fellow in the research group “Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions” at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. My interest in text–image relationships developed during my MA in the History of Art at the University of York (2016), where I wrote a dissertation on three sixteenth-century historical tables. I was a Pforzheimer Fellow with the Harvard Map Collection in 2018, and I traveled to Antwerp to conduct research at the Museum Plantin-Moretus and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library with a Nottebohm grant (2019). At Harvard, I have served as a student organizer for the Early Modern Workshop and the Harvard-Yale Graduate Conference in Book History. I earned a BA in History with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2015).

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.