Helen Lawson’s doctoral thesis, ‘Navigating Northumbria: Mobility, Allegory and Writing Travel in Early Medieval Northumbria’, considers the narrational and theological role of travel and mobility in Northumbrian histories and hagiographies. This work originally stemmed from the idea that scholarship on early medieval northern Britain tends to underestimate, or reject outright, the role of land transport in early medieval mobility. Whilst the original starting point was focussed on the practice and practicalities of travel, the thesis has shifted to interrogate the conceptual role of travel in the milieu of Bede and his contemporaries.
Sophie is a curator and public historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. She is interested in the place of migrants in Australia’s history and has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She has just completed work at Museums Victoria as exhibition curator on ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians?’, a travelling exhibition exploring British migration to Australia after World War II and its significance today. Sophie has a particular interest in the creation and circulation of visual representations and how they shape our understandings of Australia’s past. She developed the Chinese Australian Historical Images in Australia website (http://www.chia.chinesemuseum.com.au) as part of the completion of her doctorate. She is currently working on a joint project between La Trobe University and Museums Victoria, ‘The Camera at Work’, which explores how changes in photographic technologies and practices transformed the visual documentation of factory life in Melbourne, 1870s through to the present day. While Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne Sophie led a number of notable projects including ‘Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia’, which won a Museums & Galleries National Award for ‘Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement’ in 2014. She also led the development of ‘Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China’ exhibition and book in 2015 and in 2014 the tour to six locations in China of ‘Bridge of Memories: Exploring identity, diversity, community — An Australian touring exhibition in China’.
I teach and study the entire Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, but I specialize in Early Medieval Literature with a focus in Early Medieval England, medieval manuscripts, and a little Late Antiquity for good measure. My areas of interest for teaching and research purposes include (but often wander outside of): Early English codicology; Old English language and literature; memory studies; LA/medieval cultural geography, cosmography, and travel narratives; LA, medieval, and Early Modern ethnography and exploration; early Latin saint’s lives; Latin texts in English translation; monsters and teratology; Chaucerian dream poems; Renaissance poetry; and Ancient to modern drama. My current research interests include the textual and codicological history of the Beowulf-Manuscript (London, BL Cotton Vitellius A.xv, part 2), the earliest Latin St. Christopher legend, and the OE and Latin versions of Orosius’ History against the Pagans.
I am an ancient historian with a particular interest in the Greek world, Hellenistic history, and religion, as well as Greek history during the Roman period. Teaching in a History department at Southampton, I am also increasingly fascinated by the reception of the Greek world in later periods of history. My forthcoming book on Greek Sanctuaries and the Rise of Rome explores the spread of Roman power as seen from religious sites in Greece, the Aegean, and Asia Minor (from the third until the early first century BCE). It brings out the key role of cults and sanctuaries in early exchanges between Greeks, Romans, and Hellenistic rulers – in war, diplomacy, and trade. As part of my work for the Copenhagen Associations Project, I undertook research on ancient Greek associations, carrying out surveys and detailed studies of epigraphic evidence (esp. from the Aegean), and analysing religious aspects, foreign involvement, and relations with Rome. My ongoing research interests include the local histories and wider connections of islands in the Aegean from the fifth century BCE, through the Hellenistic age, into the Roman Imperial period; Greek sanctuaries and their networks; and travel and mobility in the ancient world.
I am a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on radical thought and the recovery of the classics in early modern Europe, especially the Italian Renaissance. I am an Associate Professor in the History Department of the University of Chicago, with affiliations in Classics, Gender Studies, Fundamentals, and the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. I work on the history of science, religion, heresy, freethought, atheism, censorship, books, printing, and the networks of money and power that enable cultural production. My current research focuses on censorship during information revolutions, and how studying the print revolution can help lawmakers and corporations make wiser choices during the digital revolution,. My first academic book Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (HUP, 2014) explores the impact of the rediscovery of classical atomism on the birth of modern thought. I am disabled (chronic pain) and a disability activist, and work a lot on mentoring, healthy work habits, self-care, universal design, and inclusive pedagogy, including working with the RSA mentoring committee. I also work a lot with experimental pedagogy, especially gamification, role-play, creative writing, and material reconstruction projects as tools for teaching history. Separately, I am a science fiction and fantasy novelist, author of the award-winning Terra Ignota series beginning with Too Like the Lightning (Tor Books), which explores a twenty-fifth civilization of voluntary citizenship and borderless nations, written in the a style of an eighteenth-century philosophical novel. I am a composer, study and publish on anime and manga, work as a consultant for anime and manga publishers, blog for Tor.com, and write the philosophy and travel blog ExUrbe.com.
I am a historian of the British Empire. My work focuses on the British encounter and engagement with the wider world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, situating the history of empire in its global and maritime contexts. I am interested in the relationships, interactions and patterns of exchange created by the British Empire, and in assessing the impact of these experiences on both British and colonial societies. Before joining the University of Southampton, I was Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. During my time at the museum, I worked on the development and delivery of two gallery projects, focusing on Atlantic and Indian Ocean history respectively. I continue to be interested in the role of material culture and museums in representing the history of empire.
Focusing on experiences and perceptions of time, my work on early modern English “texts” seeks to bring work from Shakespeare, to ephemera, to material and performance culture into mutually illuminating critical frameworks which emphasize the signifying potential of ambivalent, inconclusive, and excessive modes of expression. Current Work My work explores experiences and perceptions of time through a diverse range of early modern English “texts”: Shakespeare, ephemera, material and performance culture. Bringing these works together illuminates the ambivalent, inconclusive, ommissive, and excessive modes of expression that temporality invites across a wide range of cultural objects and discourses. In my dissertation, “Unruly Keepers: Ethics of Time and Difference in Early Modern English Texts,” I identify the overlooked place of timekeeping in early modern politics of difference. Focusing on disruptively monstrous, queer, technological, and magical times, I uncover how the multiplication of available timescapes raises questions about the ethics of the time one keeps in a variety of texts. Through plays, poetry, travel writing, pamphlets, and even portraiture, we see early moderns grappling with anxieties over how time matters in the face of intense horological upheavals. These texts’ temporally-inflected moral ambivalences expose the powerful role keeping time plays in practices of social marginalization and the repression of alternative forms of life. And yet, while early modern writers prove strikingly attuned to these deeper implications of timekeeping, they have been largely overlooked in scholarship. This project looks to address this missing (time)piece in our study of early modern temporality. Through exploring these dynamics, this project also raises other critical questions about experiences and understandings of time. How and why does time matter to early moderns–morally and materially? And how does time help to construct a sense of body, or community, or world and with it, of one’s own belonging in and to each? “What is‘t o’clock?” : more than a quotidian question after the hour, such expressions of temporal uncertainty invite us into the radical contingency and plurality of early modern timescapes and invite us to explore how time becomes a vehicle for reconceiving perceptions of the possible across multiple modes of creative expression. I am also interested in exploring the place where what has come to be called “high theory” meets early modern studies. My scholarship considers the applicability of recent theorists’ work, particularly on time, within the historical contexts of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, I believe it is equally important to critically examine this issue in the reverse: to look at the influence of early modern literature, and Shakespeare in particular, within contemporary critical and philosophical movements. I am currently finishing an article tentatively entitled “‘The rest is [never] silence”: Textual Returns, Spectral Retrievals, and Time’s Disjunctive Subject in Derrida and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” In it, I consider how to situate Derrida-meets-Shakespeare (and equally, the other way around) within the milieu of contemporary thought and especially, am interested in how we might productively think through their relation within the much more limited sphere of critical practice today. With a professional background in the performing arts, I am interested in the history of Shakespeare in performance as well as the benefits of integrating performance, media, and other artistic practices into teaching Shakespeare.
Pedagogy, communication, mobility I work in faculty development and instructional design with an emphasis on online and hybrid teaching and learning and intercultural engagement. I also teach Religious Studies, Christian origins, and ancient history. My research and writing explore ancient and modern itinerancy, ancient ethnicity and modern race, gender studies, and biopolitics.
My name is Christina Spiker and I am a scholar of modern Japanese art and visual culture. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. I received my Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. My work is concerned with the histories and theories of globalization, modernity, travel, and exchange in modern and contemporary Japan. In my doctoral dissertation, I investigated the visual encounters between the indigenous Ainu in northern Japan and Euro-American/Japanese tourists, artists, and anthropologists at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. In my work, I pay close attention to the reproduction and circulation visual culture in media such as postcards, illustrations, and newspapers. I enjoy working with archival material in addition to experimenting in the digital humanities. Recently, I have become interested in expanding my research in issues of representation to include more contemporary media, such as animation and video games.