MemberJens Notroff

Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.

MemberMarc Philip Saurette

My research interests revolve around the lives and literary production of the monks of Cluny. The abbey of Cluny, located near Macon in Burgundy, was founded in the early tenth century as –what could be argued to be– a traditionally Carolingian form of monastery. Its life revolved around the cultivation of virtue and spiritual prestige through an unparalleled program of prayers, liturgical celebration and ritualized comportment. The monastery of Cluny was arguably one of the most prominent and powerful religious institutions from its founding to its dissolution during the French Revolution. Its first abbots were widely accepted as capable leaders in life and powerful saints after their death. By the twelfth century, the abbots of Cluny oversaw a vast network of houses spreading from England to the Holy Land. Under their tutelage, Cluny produced untold monks esteemed for their holiness and often chosen to become bishops and popes. Its abbots were advisers to kings and acted as architects of Church doctrine. The monks of Cluny did not withdraw from the secular world, but sought to engage with it. I have focused my research on three authors writing within the Cluniac mileu: the twelfth-century abbot of Cluny –Peter the Venerable– and two of his monks –Peter of Poitiers and Richard of Poitiers (also known as Richard of Cluny). Through the writing of these three monks, I seek to explore the world view, the power relationships and the forms of emotion disseminated from Cluny.

MemberHelga Müllneritsch

…f Liverpool, United Kingdom

PhD in German Sept. 2012 – Jun. 2019

Part-time, degree awarded 3 June 2019

Dissertation: Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century

Supervisors: Prof Eve Rosenhaft and Dr Godfried Croenen

I am a postdoc in German at the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University with a research interest in female agency, manuscript cookery books, and book history in the long eighteenth century. My research project ‘Women in the Shadow: Female Agency in the Eighteenth Century’ aims to map out the social and economic positions women and men held in eighteenth-century German-speaking countries, based on material remnants that have been passed down to us such as letters, diaries, and manuscript recipe books. Grounded in the field of material studies and as part of the material turn in the humanities, I aim to provide a solid basis for a re-examination of how women and men worked and socialized, one not based on the works of famous theorists and philosophers but on the mundane, everyday-life notes and artefacts of people who often remain in the shadows due to their minimal or non-existent connection to famous figures. I have worked as Lecturer in German Studies at Bangor University from 2019-20, held several short-term positions at the University of Liverpool from 2013-2019 and taught as German Language Tutor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (2017-18). My thesis, ‘Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century’, focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century manuscript cookery book as object, its function, and female authorship and ownership. I was awarded my doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2019. My publications in the history of food and cookery include ‘The Chameleon in the Kitchen: The Plural Identities of the Manuscript “Cookery Book”’, in Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (eds.), The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print (Uppsala 2019), ‘The ‘Who’ of Manuscript Recipe Books: Tracing Professional Scribes’, in Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2017) and ‘The Roast Charade: Travelling Recipes and their Alteration in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Tim Berndtsson et al (eds.), Traces of Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century (Uppsala 2015).

MemberTed Underwood

…The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy (Palgrave, 2005)

Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies (Stanford University Press, 2013)

Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence and Literary Change (University of Chicago Press, 2019)…

I was trained in British literary history; I teach courses in that subject along with courses in data science and digital humanities. My active research interest is—to put it broadly—exploring the relationship between human cultural history and machine learning. It’s a relationship can be imagined in lots of different ways. Most of the things I’ve published so far use machine learning to study literary history. But in that sentence, the verb “use” is perhaps a little slippery, or misleading—if it makes us imagine ML simply as a tool like a microscope that gets applied to a cultural object. I’ve found that machine learning is often useful, rather, because it can absorb a particular time- and place-bound human perspective, and reproduce that perspective in a reliable way. There is perhaps a blurry line between that way of using models to study the past, and using language models in a generative way to reproduce or pastiche cultural practices. I suspect it’s going to be an interestingly blurry line.

MemberCdr. Trevor D. Biscope, CA Emerit

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TREVOR BISCOPE is an award honored military officer & tech magnate. He is Chief Executive of Vegas™ official license by C-Byte™ (’88) rated America’s 2nd & World’s 8th; connects 46M+ professionals a year. Tank and SOF Officer holds America’s 2nd Prestige (Stagwell NYC ’14) two wound stripes & four awards for conduct; 5-Star force behind the mission & objectives; became a professional polo player at a young age. Trev has extensive experience with growing, restructuring & turnaround of distressed & under-performing companies, improving culture, instilling values & advising startup companies & boards. Most notably, a vis-à-vis owner & Mainframe Operator: Renaissance (TSX:RES), 2000 Husky Energy (HSE) planned merge; super user of a computer that managed USD$4.8+ Billion ARR (’20 Dollars). Most recent initiative, Vegas™: Commercial Capital Project – an Intel®-based Data Center Solution – by C-Byte™. Yale Club NYC (2009) debut launched an Internet Gaming movement in American gambling with 2.66M+ Visitors in 2018. Most mainstream notably, as a chosen Founding Board Advisor: Agreed (2010) purchase & merge 9 clubs, 22 casinos & 1700 retail books in a year, RD$4.7B+ yield $26.3+ Billion. Trev is a prolific speaker: World Polo Player Tours, Yale Club, Maker Space, Ranchmen’s Club, Open Hack, GlobalTV, Red Bull, Fifth Estate, MTV, “Jason Bourne” & Coder School. He is the author, of an intellectual property portfolio & drives: America’s 2nd Brand (Landor NYC ’07); World’s 8th Brand (Saffron Consultants UK ’14); World’s #1 Language (IEEE Spectrum ’16). He amassed 100+ credited US publications & truly legendary one-of-a-kind hits: ‘C-Byte’, ‘ONReady’ & the Series ‘Vegas’. Trev is a Five-Star Rated Int’l (ISO/IEC) Master Programmer (ONReady™): (fmr ScriptLance™ 2001 World’s 5th Market ASX:FLN) showcase: 50+ projects, 17+ years. Welcome! # # # Specialties: Management, CEO Coach, Director, Executive Chairman, CEO, Marketing & Sales, Team Building, Board Advisor. United Nations GM#408486 · MOAA · V(OF-7)

MemberFelipe Valencia

My research and teaching focus on the literature and intellectual history of early modern Spain, with an emphasis on poetry, theory of the lyric, melancholy, and sexual violence, and a secondary interest in colonial Latin America. My work also draws from cultural studies and critical theory. I am interested in the specifically early modern ways in which the women and men of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Hispanic world thought of literature—in the way they forged poetics with materials and interdisciplinary sensitivities distinct from our own. My published work has dealt with sixteenth-century Spanish lyric and epic poetry, sixteenth-century political tragedy, pastoral, the early works of Miguel de Cervantes, and the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.   My forthcoming first book, The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Góngora (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) contends that at the turn of the seventeenth century, partly as a response to the rising prestige and commercial success of epic, partly enabled by the idea of melancholy—which had gained great importance throughout Europe during the sixteenth century when it came to think about the physical, ethical, social, and political stakes of creativity—several Spanish poets conceived lyric as a melancholy and masculinist discourse that sings of and perpetrates symbolic violence against the female beloved. The Melancholy Void examines the centrality of gender violence and anxieties about feminization in connection with lyric utterance in influential texts such as La Araucana (1569-1590) by Alonso de Ercilla, Algunas obras (1582) by Fernando de Herrera, and the Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (1612) and the Soledades (1613-1614) by Luis de Góngora, but also in a lesser-known collection of lyric such as Versos (1612) by Juan de Arguijo, and the pastoral romance La Galatea (1585), the first printed work by Miguel de Cervantes. Through the study of these texts, which offer a wide sampling of styles, themes, and traditions, The Melancholy Void addresses four problems in the scholarship of early modern Spanish poetry: what was the response to and contribution from Spanish poetry to the fledgling theory of the lyric in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, and what consequences did this turn to theory have for Spanish lyric? How did the rise of Spanish epic at that time affect Spanish lyric? What was the impact on Spanish poetry of the heightened interest in melancholy across Europe at the turn of the seventeenth century, so evident in works from other genres, for instance Don Quijote and El médico de su honra? And last, but not least, what was the role of gender violence and the construction of masculinity in key texts of the Spanish poetic tradition, especially in love poetry? Born in Colombia of Colombian parents, I also grew up in Spain and the United States. I am a citizen of all three countries and an immigrant above all.

MemberRachel Seiler Smith

… is entrenched within a long and brutal history of spectacularizing the black (female) body and its remains in the name of scientific history and institutional prestige. Baartman is so crucial a case because it demands our critique of a type of relicization (as I’m calling the process) that preserves and perpetua…

Scholarspiel: I’m a feminist scholar of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. It’s a thrilling, uncomfortable, difficult balance. Skillsetspiel: I’m also an experienced technical writer and document designer with a love for free digital media tools that don’t require coding time or knowledge (because real DH isn’t exclusionary). Personalspiel: Meatloaf disturbs me on a conceptual level. I’m living with autoimmunity, so I try really hard not to be self-sabotaging externally. When I was a kid, I struggled to read analog clocks, but I told my mom I didn’t understand the meaning of time—I think that’s why I’m here. Lieblingsspiel: Euchre. Balderdash a close second.

MemberGabriel Finkelstein

My biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond, the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century, received an Honorable Mention for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the 2013 PROSE Awards, was shortlisted for the 2014 John Pickstone Prize (Britain’s most prestigious award for the best scholarly book in the history of science), and was named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as one of the Best Books of 2014.

MemberMonica Azzolini

I am a historian of early modern science, medicine and the environment, with particular focus on Italy but increasingly extending my research to transnational networks. After graduating from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, I obtained both my MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since then, I taught at the University of Cambridge (U.K.), the University of Washington (U.S.A.), the University of New South Wales (Australia), and the University of Edinburgh (U.K.). I held prestigious fellowships at I Tatti – The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, The Warburg Institute, London, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University. My research has been supported by the British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Carnegie Trust, The European Commission, and The Global Challenges Research Fund (AHRC/NERC/EHSC). I published widely on Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies, Renaissance astrology, and courtly science. I joined the University of Bologna in the autumn of 2017 as Associate Professor in the History of Science.