Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship for CAMC
Prof. Patricia Phillippy has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. This three-year fellowship will support Pat’s research and publication of a monograph, A Floating World: Memory, Climate and Race in the British Atlantic.
The project investigates premodern climate change and its entanglement with memory and race in works by Alicia Dudley (d. 1669), Elizabeth Cary (d. 1639) and Anne Bradstreet (d. 1672), and in archival histories of Black women in slavery or service in this period.
This research explores how the changed global ecology emerging from European colonial expansion is registered in memorial creations and parochial settings in seventeenth-century England and colonial New England. This transdisciplinary project develops a view of premodern climate change as anthropogenic and racialized, and reveals how local phenomena register global conditions.
Pat’s Fellowship breaks new ground in being the first Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship ever won at Coventry.
Publication: Ben Dew, Polish Culture in Britain
Ben Dew has recently published Polish Culture in Britain: Literature and History, 1772 to the present with Palgrave, a collection of essays exploring the historical, cultural and literary legacies of Polish Britain. Ben’s contribution includes a co-written introduction and a chapter looking at the work of émigré Polish historical writers and campaigners in the nineteenth century.
Tweet Your Thesis Premoderns Winner
Madeleine Bracey, CAMC postgraduate and doctoral researcher specialising in Coventry early modern Grammar Schooly, has been awarded the first prize in the Doctoral College’s Tweet Your Thesis competition. The objective of the competition was to describe your thesis in three tweets and three photos to engage a non-specialist audience. You can read Madeleine’s winning tweets here. Fantastic work Madeleine!
Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Member Success
Madeleine Bracey, CAMC postgraduate and doctoral researcher specialising in Coventry early modern Grammar Schooly, has been elected as a Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society. Madeleine is the first Postgraduate Member from Coventry University to be elected to the Society. Many congratulations Madeleine!
Workshops on Error
Research Fellow Dr Alice Leonard has lead two international workshops on ‘Error and the History of Imperfect Reading’.
The first, on 21st September, was held at St Peter’s College, Oxford University. The second was online on 26th September to enable a strong international participation, including Prof Ros Smith (Australia National University), Dr Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State University, US) and Dr Michael Edson (Wyoming, US) amongst others.
These workshops were supported with a grant of £1200 from the Royal Historical Society. Alice is part of an editorial team putting together a special issue on ‘Error’ to be published in the journal, Huntington Library Quarterly.
#WCCWiki Wins Award
The #WCCWiki initiative, which aims to improve the representation of classicists (broadly conceived) who identify as women and non-binary on Wikipedia has received Wikimedia UK’s Partnership of the Year 2022 Award. #WCCWiki is a Women’s Classical Committee UK initiative organised by CAMC Research Fellow Victoria Leonard. For more about #WCCWiki, see here
Showcasing Premoderns Postgraduate Research
CAMC Premoderns postgrads shared their innovative research at the Creative Cultures PGR Conference: (Re)Imagine Creative Cultures, 1st-2nd June 2023 at the Institute of Creative Cultures.
Madeleine Bracey presented the beginnings of her doctoral work with the paper ‘Local Views of Coventry’s Early Modern Grammar School’, and Sarah Capel presented the paper, ‘The imaginative affordances of the early modern pattern book’.
For more information about the event, please see here
Alice Leonard Awarded British Library Fellowship
CAMC Research Fellow Dr Alice Leonard has been awarded a British Library Fellowship for her new project, ‘The Wrong Way: Faulty Colonialism and Unreliable Maps’. She will be taking up the Fellowship at the Eccles Centre, dedicated to the study of the Americas, in the new year.
Victoria Leonard Awarded Oxford University Fellowship
Victoria Leonard (CAMC Research Fellow) has been awarded a David Walker Memorial Fellowship at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The purpose of the David Walker Memorial Fellowship in Early Modern History is to support research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Victoria will be a Visiting Fellow in 2023 with her project “Orosius and The Rise of Printing in Early Modern Europe”.
Olivia Garro at Renaissance Society of America and World of Printed Prayer Conferences
For the 2022 Renaissance Society of America’s Virtual Conference on in December 2022, Olivia Garro (CAMC PGR) was invited to chair two panels. Garro recently presented a paper on ‘The Compendium Maleficarum’s “divine remedies” against Witchcraft: Prayers, Prints, a Problem of Audiences and Disappearing Chapters’, at the World of Printed Prayers Conference (January 2023).
Juliet Simpson Gives Keynote at Bern University
Juliet Simpson will present the Spring keynote at the University of Bern in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities this March. Featured in the Bern series of research colloquia for PhD students and international scholars, Juliet’s paper is entitled ‘Emotional Pasts – Uncanny Burgundy as Power and Pathos in Visual and Cultural Modernity, 1890s-1920s’.
Christopher Lillington-Martin Wins Fondation Hardt Research Scholarship
Christopher Lillington-Martin (CAMC PhD student) has been awarded a Classical Association bursary to stay at the Fondation Hardt. The library of The Hardt Foundation is a highly specialised research library. It provides its guests with the texts and working tools necessary for their research. He will stay for two weeks of uninterrupted research and writing to advance his PhD. His aim is to complete a significant chapter for his thesis, by accessing the excellent library and facilities, and by networking with other scholars.
Dr Alice Leonard elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Dr Alice Leonard (FRHistS) has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of her contribution to historical scholarship. Founded in 1868, the Royal Historical Society (RHS) is a learned society, membership organisation and charity with a 150 year history. Today, the RHS is the UK’s foremost society working for historians and history. In 2022 over 4500 historians belong and contribute to the Society — as fellows and members active in the UK and worldwide. This makes the RHS the UK’s largest membership organisation for historians of all kinds, and from all walks of life — held in high regard by historians internationally, and a partner to many similar organisations overseas.
#WCCWiki wins Wikimedia UK’s Partnership of the Year Award!
The Women’s Classicsal Committee initiative, #WCCWiki, which aims to improve the online representation of classicists (broadly conceived) who identify as women and non-binary, has been awarded the 2022 Wikimedia UK Partnership of the Year Prize. The initiative is co-organised by Dr Victoria Leonard.
“For six years, the Women’s Classical Committee have been working to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women in the classics. They created the #WCCwiki initiative, with classicists meeting regularly to close Wikipedia’s gender gap in their field. The group have organised training events, have widely shared their work to encourage other to participate, and shared their experience with their peers. Collectively, they have transformed Wikipedia’s coverage of classicists and are an outstanding example of how sustained work with a community can create change on Wikipedia.”
For more information, see here
Imogen Peck Wins Trailblazers Award for ‘Family, Memory, and the British Civil Wars’
Dr Imogen Peck has been awarded a Trailblazers: The Early-Career Researcher and Doctoral Studentship Partnering Scheme for the project ‘Family, Memory, and the British Civil Wars’.
The Trailblazers scheme supports early career researchers to undertake trailblazing, transformative research with exceptional doctoral candidates that will shape the fields in which they work.
The ‘Family, Memory, and the British Civil Wars’ project looks at the British Civil Wars of the mid-seventeenth century, which were the most destructive conflicts in the nation’s history.
Drawing on concepts developed in the field of memory studies, including postmemory, intergenerational memory, and generation theory, this project will explore the crucial role that families played in the formation, contestation, and reformulation of early modern memories of war.
Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error Reviewed
Dr Alice Leonard’s most recent book, Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error, has recently been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare, by Dr Miranda Fay Thomas, Katie Mennis, and Prof. Seth Lerer.
Dr Miranda Fay Thomas, Shakespeare Quarterly:
‘Leonard’s conception of error is not figured as something incorrect and in need of deletion or revision; rather, to commit error can be read as taking a different path and ending up somewhere new. It is this fundamental opening up of possibilities, rather than shutting them down, which makes Leonard’s work provocative, liberating, and even radical.’
Katie Mennis, Times Literary Supplement:
This book ‘succeeds in showing that Shakespeare’s early plays thrive on error to an unusual, or even an exceptional, degree.’
Prof. Seth Lerer, Shakespeare:
‘Error in Shakespeare offers a provocative reading of key themes and images in the plays, offering teachers some places to wander as they encourage their students to see Shakespeare not as the master of the absolute, but as virtuoso of the variable.’
Dr Alice Leonard is a Permanent Research Fellow at the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities
Early Modern Bookspace under contract with Cambridge University Press
Dr Alice Leonard’s forthcoming book, Early Modern Bookspace, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press. Written with Dr Ben Higgins (Oxford), it will be published in the Publishing and Book Culture series. Elements are 20,000-30,000 words in length, enabling an original, succinct, authoritative, and focused publication.
Early Modern Bookspace examines the relationship between early modern books and the spaces in which they were produced, read, and stored. Through a series of innovative and archivally-rich case studies, Early Modern Bookspace tracks book use in six unusual spaces. By attending to these different physical and conceptual spaces, Early Modern Bookspace overhauls the history of reading and of book culture, dragging it out of the library and into the streets, pockets, and coffins of early modernity.
Dr Alice Leonard is a Permanent Research Fellow at the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities.
REF2021 Unit of Assessment 32: Our Biggest and Best Research Assessment Performance
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a periodic expert-led research assessment exercise that takes place approximately every seven years.
In the recent REF2021 results Coventry University was placed 58 out of 129 institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) power ranking, up from 80 in 2014.
Institutions are invited to submit to 34 units of assessment (UoA). CAMC’s research was submitted under Unit of Assessment 32: Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice. 86 institutions were submitted to UoA32 and we have been ranked by THE as follows:
- 15th for research power. 82% of our research was classed as four-star (world-leading) or three-star (internationally excellent) in its originality, significance or rigour.
- 8th for research impact. Three of our four case studies were classed as world leading (4*), and the fourth as internationally excellent (3*) in terms of how our research has impacted society.
- 100% of our research environment was regarded as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of vitality, sustainability, and how it enables our research.
We are delighted to have improved the quality of our research since REF 2014 whilst significantly increasing the size of our submission and the breadth and depth of our portfolio. We are extremely grateful to all of our colleagues involved in conducting or supporting research, whose hard work is reflected in our REF2021 results. A huge congratulations and thank you to everyone who has contributed!
Venice Fellows in Focus
Juliet Simpson will be presenting at the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale in June to share research and creative dialogues as part of the Venice Fellowships programme she convenes in partnership with the British Council. Prof. Simpson will be leading a Fellows event, including with CAMC Venice Fellow 2022, Hannah Honeywell, on the cultural and creative potential of the Biennale past and present, with this year’s spotlight on 2022 Gold Lion winner Sonia Boyce’s ‘Feeling her Way’ at the British Pavilion.
New CAMC Monograph: In Defiance of History. Orosius and the Unimproved Past
Research Fellow Victoria Leonard’s monograph, In Defiance of History. Orosius and the Unimproved Past, has been published by Routledge (2022). The volume offers a counterbalance to the dismissal of Orosius as a mediocre scholar and an essentially worthless historian. This book takes his literary endeavour seriously, recognizing the unique contribution the Histories made at a crucial moment of debate and uncertainty, where the present was shaped by restructuring the past.
The monograph features a foreward by Professor Mark Humphries, followed by five chapters. Professor Peter Van Nuffelen considers the monograph as ‘a spirited defense of Orosius’ originality and impact. Deftly combining contemporary theories with close-reading of the Latin text, the book ranges widely, covering topics such as temporality and imperialism. Demonstrating the intellectual efforts needed to come to terms with the disaster of the sack of Rome in 410, it also nicely illustrates the perennial importance of historical narratives to help us make sense of the present.’
For more information about the book, including a preview, please see here.
Anne Bradstreet’s Family Plots: Puritanism, Humanism, Posthumanism
Read Patricia Phillippy’s recent article, ‘Anne Bradstreet’s Family Plots: Puritanism, Humanism, Posthumanism’, in Criticism 62.1 (Winter 2020), pp. 29-68. https://doi.org/10.13110/criticism.62.1.0029