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MemberElizabeth Zeman Kolkovich

I specialize in early modern literature with emphasis on gender and theater history. I am especially interested in Tudor-Stuart festivity. I am the author of The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender and am writing a book on masques in staged and printed Shakespeare, tentatively titled “Shakespeare’s Revels.” As a feminist scholar, I also research the ways women shaped early modern literature through writing, reading, and patronage. Current interests include the seventeenth-century poet Hester Pulter and the influential literary patrons Alice Stanley Egerton, Countess of Derby (1559-1637), and her daughter Elizabeth Stanley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1588-1633). I am a contributing editor and Advisory Board member for The Pulter Project.

MemberTravis Proctor

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.

MemberNora Rodriguez-Loro

Nora Rodriguez is a lecturer in English Literature at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and a member of the Restoration Comedy Project research group. Her research focuses on Restoration theatre, particularly the dedications of plays addressed to women during the reigns of the late Stuarts. Her doctoral thesis, “The Female Dramatic Dedication in the Restoration Period (1660-1714)”, examined these texts as instances of the patronage system, taking them as tokens of gift-exchange practices. The importance of patronage in the Restoration cannot be understood on purely monetary principles, but rather by applying an archaic conception of economic calculation, which included both material and symbolic goods. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on historical and artistic perspectives in an attempt to contribute to our understanding of literature, and culture more broadly.

MemberParkorn Wangpaiboonkit

Parkorn’s research considers realism in opera and music drama as a means of inventing racial difference across the colonial modern. His work diagnoses the practice of dramatizing and musicalizing another/an Other’s ethnicity as an imperial tool for race-making in the colonial liminal, historicizing the discourse on race and opera away from contemporary identity politics. His current project focuses on Western art practices in nineteenth-century Siam, and examines how the selective emulation and criticism of Italian opera at the Siamese court served as a discursive site for negotiating ethnological imperialism. Parkorn’s broader interests in opera studies include the performance of race and racialization, operatic masculinities and queer opera culture, new and old technologies of operatic sound reproduction, and colonial histories of Western opera. His article “Excavating operatic masculinity” is forthcoming with Cambridge Opera Journal.

MemberMehl Penrose

Spanish literature (1700-contemporary), Queer Studies and Theory, Gender Studies (in particular, Masculinity Studies), Post-modernism, Reception Theory, German philosophical influences on 19th-century Spanish cultural discourse, and the intersections of law, medicine, science, culture, art, and literature in 18th- and 19th-century Spanish discourse.

MemberLisa Beaven

I am an art historian  specialising in the art, patronage and urbanism of Rome in the seventeenth century. My project for the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions was on the sensory and emotional reception of baroque religious painting and sculpture but morphed into a study of the rosary from the perspective of the senses. I am also interested in relics, particularly false relics, and the relationship between the Catholic church and antiquarian studies in the seventeenth century. My other major research interest is landscape painting, specifically Claude Lorrain and the ecology of the Roman Campagna in the early modern period.