Review of the book “The Vesuvian Eruption of 1631: an Early Modern History” (by Alfonso Tortora)
…Professor Of Early Modern History…
I am a professor in Early Modern History at the University of Southampton, where I have worked since 2008. Prior to this I was a member of the Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester School of Art, 1999-2009. My main research interests focus on textiles and clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries but they stretch beyond these boundaries into the late medieval and the 18th century. Having started working on the court of Henry VIII, my interests have extended outwards.
I am a historian of early modern political thought, working on topics from the German Reformation to the Early Enlightenment and from Denmark/Norway to the Coast of West Africa. I am particularly interested in how different theories of natural law were used to justify and legitimise interests in different religious, political, commercial and colonial conflicts in early modern history. My first project was a contextual study of the political philosophy of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the first formulations of Protestant natural law theories. It investigated the different theories of natural law which Melanchthon developed and the purposes for which he applied (or didn’t apply) them in his political philosophical works. An early fruit of this project was an article on Melanchthon’s commentary on Aristotle’s Politics published in History of Political Thought.
Sean Hannan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Christianity, with emphases on late antiquity, North Africa, and the philosophy of time. While his doctoral project dealt with temporality in the works of Augustine of Hippo, his current research broadens out to incorporate alternative accounts of time drawn from antiquity and the Middle Ages. At MacEwan, he has a mandate to make use of methods from the digital humanities when teaching courses on ancient, medieval, and early modern history.
History of Cartography, Book History, Early Modern Visual Culture, Transatlantic Studies
Early Modern English Lexicography, Book History, History of Western Typography
Early modern Iberia, History of the Book, Transatlantic Studies
This grant will innovate the humanities by means of serious gaming. First, we will continue development of Desperate Fishwives (DF), a cooperative game based on early modern British history. Beyond this first-phase development effort for a single game for history, DF will serve as a prototype for a simplified game development front-end for the humanities. The broader goal, beyond development of one game, is to provide humanities scholars (frequently unacquainted with programming) a tool model that facilitates making games for the humanities, including but not limited to history games, games based in literature, and virtual tours of cultural or historical sites. Our second phase plans are the development of this innovative tool and technology framework, complete with accompanying documentation, for other humanities scholars to create games in their own areas. We will then publicize and make available the tool and documentation for others to use.
Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures and Cultures, Comparative Literature, History of Cartography