People
Nandini Das
Project Director
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
Post-doctoral Researcher
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
Post-doctoral Researcher
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
Post-doctoral Researcher
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
Research Associate
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
Project Administrator
Emma-Louise Whitehead is the Project Administrator 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.