Research networks

Recent Awards and Fellowships

Archbishop Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Professor Helen Parish was awarded a Maddock Research Fellowship at Archbishop Marsh’s LIbrary, Dublin, for the academic year 2020-21 (now postponed to 2021-22). Professor Parish’s project is on ‘Observation, Providence, and Imagination: Collecting and Recording Natural History in Early Modern Europe’. See :

National Archives

Dr. Richard Blakemore was recently awarded an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, 'Prosecuting Piracy in Peacetime: Crime, Empire, and the High Court of Admiralty, 1607-1618', with The National Archives, to run 2020-24. This PhD studentship will explore the relationship between law, crime, and empire in the early seventeenth century, a period when British commercial and colonial activities expanded in Ireland, the Americas, the Mediterranean, Africa, and India, establishing both exchange and conflict with a greater range of communities and cultures around the world. Applications for this studentship have now closed.

Updates on Projects

Polyglot Encounters

Dr Chloe Houston is working with a network of scholars based at École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and the University of Paris: looking at polyglossia and language use in the early modern period across Europe. The network is disseminating their work through conferences and publications. In autumn term 2020, there will be a series of seminars to support the publication of an edited volume on polyglot encounters in early modern literature. The events would be co-hosted by the TIDE project and the EMRC.

Odsecs: Open Digital Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Dr. Bullard has recently founded the ODSECS: the Open Digital Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, which will experiment with the format of a digital seminar and will provide a model for future events. For more information on the series, see Dr. Bullard has also written about the process of setting up an online seminar series:

From Cervantes to Shakespeare, Valladolid 1605: Bringing La Ruta de los Ingleses to Schools, Tourists, and Citizens

In spring 1605 an English embassy led by Charles Howard, earl of Nottingham arrived in Valladolid (capital of Spain, 1601-6) to ratify the Treaty of London signed the previous year at Somerset House, in the presence of King Philip III. Drawing on contemporary texts and documents in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Mark Hutchings (University of Reading) and Berta Cano-Echevarría (Universidad de Valladolid) have retraced the ceremonial entry into Valladolid, the route taken within the city walls, and the sites of the entertainments held over the course of several weeks and plotted these events onto the earliest map of the city. In partnership with the Town Hall and Castile y León Schools La Ruta de los Ingleses has been adopted by the Tourist Office and incorporated into the regional secondary school curriculum respectively.

Read more about the early modern relationship between the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles at Networks of Exchange: