MemberNicholas Baker

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Florence in the Early Modern World: New Perspectives, co-edited with Brian Jeffrey Maxson (Routledge, 2020)
After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, co-edited with Brian Jeffrey Maxson (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2015).

The Fruit of Liberty: Political Culture in the Florentine Renaissance, 1480-1550 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters 
“Where in the World is Renaissance Florence? Challenges for the History of the City After the Global Turn” with Brian Jeffrey Maxson, in Florence in the Early Modern World: New Perspe…

Nicholas Scott Baker is an historian of the political and economic cultures of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with particular interests in Renaissance Italy, connections and exchanges between Italy and the Iberian world in the sixteenth century, and the use of visual sources in historical research. He has published on the political culture of Florence between the end of the republic and the creation of the Medici principality, and on the various cultures of financial risk taking in Renaissance Italy. He is currently completing a cultural history that explores how Renaissance Italians thought about the future and, in particular, how ideas about the future changed around the turn of the sixteenth century. It explores understandings about the power of fortuna in human lives and ways these beliefs interacted with ideas about providence and human ability in the realms of commerce and gambling: In Fortune’s Theater: Financial Risk and the Future in Renaissance Italy (under contract with Cambridge University Press). He continues to maintain an interest in and work on the political culture of Florence during the sixteenth century and on the cultural, political, and economic connections between the city and the Spanish world. As part of this interest, he is developing a new project that explores the Italian Renaissance from the perspective of sixteenth-century globalization. The project aims to produce a microhistory that examines the concurrent emergence of the first global economy with the establishment of a canon of visual art in central Italy by examining the fortunes of a family of merchants and art collectors.  

MemberFrans Prasetyo

 Frans Ari Prasetyo ( is an independent researcher and photographer. His interests are the evolution of urban politics, culture and sub-cultures, artists and underground activists, using a methodology that is strongly community-research based and relies on urban culture/planning, visual anthropology/ethnography. He join in Ethnography Lab – University of Toronto

MemberRobin Whelan

…I am currently the recipient of an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (Sept 2020-Aug 2023) for a project entitled ‘The Christian State in Late Antiquity: Officials, Identities, and Religious Change, c. 400-600 CE’. The main aims of this project are:

1. To explore how Christian political culture became mainstream in late antiquity.
–to investigate the development of Christian ideas of political service and the impact of Christian identity on imperial and royal officials in the fifth and sixth centuries.
–to consider the ways in which their duties entangled late ancient officials with Christian authority figures, communities, and institutio…

I am Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers the Christian identities and entanglements of imperial and royal officials in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).

MemberKathleen B. Neal

Political culture fascinates me, and in particular the design and deployment of rhetoric for political effect. I study this in the context of 13th-14th c. English royal administration and its domestic and diplomatic interlocutors. I am also interested in the question of women’s power, and especially their participation in diplomatic exchange. My recent monograph explores royal letters in the reign of Edward I, and I am currently working on the relationship between concepts of justice/injustice and political and moral complaint/advice in the Middle Ages, with my colleague Prof. Constant Mews. Cover image: Lincolnshire County Archive BNLW 1/1/55/1, c.1230-1250 (image, K. Neal).

MemberGabriel Wick

Gabriel Wick is a Paris-based historian and curator, and a lecturer at the Paris campus of NYU. His research focuses on political culture in the pre-Revolutionary period, and in particular the meanings attached to English-inflected aesthetics and pastimes. He has curated a number of exhibitions, notably Hubert Robert et la fabrique des Jardins (château de La Roche-Guyon, 9/2017-12/2017), Terres de Voltaire, Jardins des Lumières (CMN / château de Ferney, 06/20-12/20), and Vivre à l’antique (CMN / château de Rambouillet, 03/21-06/21).

MemberGuy Beiner

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. I enjoy rambling through the very long-nineteenth century, though I have been known to saunter into more contemporary times and have made occasional excursions further back into the byroads of the eighteenth century. The sites I frequent are, more often than not, found in Europe, with a particular attraction to the island of Ireland. On my expeditions into the past, I dwell on curiosities and attempt to decipher their political, cultural and social significance. Manifestations of vernacular history, echoed in folklore traditions and oral narratives, are a source of continuing fascination. Finding my way through Mnemosyne’s labyrinths of social remembrance has provided stimulating challenges and, in recent years, I have navigated the river Lethe, trying to fathom the puzzles of social forgetting. The road goes ever on.