Nandini Das is a literary and cultural historian, and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK. In multiple essays and books such as Robert Greene’s Planetomachia (2007), Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620 (2011), and Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, co-edited with Nick Davis (2016), she has explored the genre of romance, Renaissance prose fiction, and the place of the everyday in late sixteenth century literature. Her investigation of the traces and impact of early modern cross-cultural encounters in Britain, and British and European engagement with the wider world, has developed at the same time through a number of essays on Renaissance travel, and through her work as volume editor of Elizabethan Levant Trade and South Asia in the forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, co-editor (with Tim Youngs) of the Cambridge History of Travel Writing, and Principal Investigator of the ‘Travailer’ and ‘Envisioning the Indian City’ projects. TIDE brings those two facets of her research interests together in an attempt to understand how transculturality evolved in early modern Britain, and how literature reflected and complicated that story. As one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers, Nandini has written and presented programmes on television and radio on Renaissance cabinets of curiosity, Shakespeare, Renaissance travel and histories of immigration, and on literature and popular culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century England.
João Vicente Melo
João Vicente Melo is a cultural historian who works on early modern cross-cultural encounters and diplomacy. His research interests include diplomatic rituals, early modern European ethnographic production about South Asia and Africa, religious missions, and the European presence at the Mughal court. He holds a PhD in History (Swansea University), a MA in Cultural History (Goldsmiths, University of London) and BA in Sociology (University Institute of Lisbon). He has published his research findings in edited books and journals such as the Journal of Early Modern History, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient and Portuguese Studies. As a part of the TIDE project, he will publish a book-length study on the Jesuit and English presence in Mughal India between 1580 and 1650. João was one of the the organisers of the conference Locality and Globality in Early Modern Cultural Encounters: A Comparative Analysis of Religious and Political Accommodation and is particularly interested in collaborating with archives and museums on themes related to early modern intercultural diplomacy and religious missions.
Haig Smith comes to the TIDE team after completing degrees at the University of Edinburgh and Kent. He was previously a member of the centre for Political Economies of International Commerce at the University of Kent, where he completed his PhD. Haig’s thesis investigated how English overseas companies’ established distinct governmental identities through their religious interactions with diverse communities across the globe. He has previously published work in an edited volume on Anglo-Indian Interaction and in the Journal of Church and State. His research focus on the TIDE project investigates how law and governance influenced the formation of identity in the early modern English world. His work examines the intellectual process in the politics of Anglo-indigenous interaction between 1550-1700 in forming early modern concepts of identity and English governance. It also highlights how identities were formed through interaction as well as interchange in ideas concerning the governance of ‘others’.
Lauren Working is a historian of sixteenth and seventeenth-century English politics and culture. Her research examines the convergence between expansion and state formation, drawing on textual and material sources to reconstruct the social and discursive worlds of Jacobean politics in the first phases of English colonisation in America. Having earned degrees from St Andrews (BA), the University of London (MA), and Durham (PhD), her work investigates the two-way impact of colonisation; the Anglo-Algonquian Chesapeake; material and visual approaches to civility; and wit and political friendships at the Inns of Court. She has held two fellowships at the Jamestown archaeological site in Virginia, and currently freelances for the National Portrait Gallery in London, leading educational programmes in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. Lauren is the project coordinator for public engagement and outreach, with a particular interest in developing methodologies that use museum collections to explore contemporary debates about heritage and identity.
Roger Christofides is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool. His current research examines representations of the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and North Africa in early modern literature and how those representations can help us to think in new ways about modern conflicts across those regions.
Emma-Louise Whitehead is the Project Co-ordinator for TIDE. She also works as a freelance bibliographer for the Oxford English Dictionary, dealing mainly with early modern religious and scientific texts. This work has brought her into contact with some beautiful rare books at the British Library, and has opened her eyes to the expansion of knowledge, closely linked with travel, that was being recorded in the period. She is also involved with the Shakespeare North theatre project, working on Engagement, and studying for an undergraduate degree in English, with a particular interest in Renaissance drama. Emma-Louise has experience in community arts engagement within the North West, and is particularly interested in TIDE’s work with schools, and outreach undertaken in partnership with theatres, museums, and galleries.
Tom Roberts studied for a BA in English at Queen Mary, University of London before moving to Ireland to pursue an M.Phil in Early Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. After two years in the financial sector, Tom returned to higher education as a PhD researcher on the TIDE project. His thesis will assess how the Italian commedia dell’arte manifested in the English cultural landscape between the beginnings of the secular public theatre in the 1570s and their closure in 1642. His wider research interests include document records of extemporal performance, the English ’Clown’, and immigrant spaces in early modern London.
Emily Stevenson is a PhD student currently focusing on researching the intellectual networks and sources of Richard Hakluyt. She previously studied at the University of Warwick (BA English Literature) and King’s College London (MA Early Modern English Literature), where she gained a British Library reader’s pass and a love of sixteenth and seventeenth century literature. Her MA thesis focused on the political role of Tudor Queens in early Jacobean culture, but after reading Principal Navigations she became fascinated with the rise of travel literature and the ways writers used it to create their nations in the early modern period. She is delighted to be a part of the TIDE project.
TIDE Visiting Fellow
Sylvia Adamson was educated at the University of Cambridge, in the English Faculty and the Department of Linguistics. After a lectureship at the University of Strathclyde, where, together with Colin MacCabe and Alan Durant, she founded the Programme in Literary Linguistics, she returned to Cambridge as University Lecturer in English Language. In 1999, she joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Linguistics and Literary History, and in 2004 moved to Sheffield as Professor of Renaissance Studies in the School of English. She has held Visiting Professorships in the USA (at the University of Virginia) and in Europe (at the University of Naples) and has been3 Visiting Research Fellow at All Souls College in Oxford and at the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics in Cambridge. From 2009-2014, she was President of the Philological Society, the UK’s oldest association for the study of language, and remains a life-member of the Society’s Council. Professor Adamson’s research and publications range across literature, language and linguistics, with particular interests in subjectivity, narrative, rhetoric and the history of English. She sees her work as belonging within the tradition of the early Cambridge School critics, Richards and Empson, in its concern with the interrelations between linguistics and literary study, especially as they bear on the psychology of reading. Her distinctive contribution is the introduction of a diachronic dimension to these concerns and she is generally regarded as the UK’s leading exponent of historical stylistics. Her chapters in volumes 3 and 4 of the Cambridge History of the English Language constitute the first modern attempt to write an explanatory history of literary style from 1476 to the present day. Subsequent renaissance work includes Reading Shakespeare’s Dramatic Language (Arden, 2001) and Renaissance Figures of Speech (CUP, 2007). Current projects include contributions to an updating of Raymond Williams’s pioneering Keywords (Keywords for Today, OUP, in press) and to The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Language (in preparation).