Contemporary notions of critique, creativity, Literature, Nature, citizenship, human rights, democracy, scientific enquiry, and even the Human were forged by Enlightenment and Romantic thought. Yet this inheritance now seems threatened, paradoxically, by developments that it has helped engineer and with which it is still entwined: the digital revolution, globalisation, transnationalism, the environment crisis, and the emergence of artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies. Through innovative research, conferences, and public lectures, this research unit aims to re-envision the transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism and its legacies in the present. We believe it is important to ask, without nostalgia, what can we make of 'Enlightenment - Romanticism' now?
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The contrast between Enlightenment and Romanticism is commonly used to define the beginning and end, respectively, of the cultural shift that takes us from traditional to modern cultural forms. Our themes flag the complexity of this shift; the ways in which it was influenced, adopted, or challenged by non-European cultures; and its legacies in the present, including in Australia, which has been described variously as an Enlightenment and a Romantic project. Perhaps the most unexpected of these legacies is Climate Change (the Anthropocene), which is an outcome of cultural, technological, and imperial transformations that begin in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. As this suggests, our themes are designed to sketch the chief contours of the field within which we are working - but they are also a manifesto, intended to flag the multi-faceted social and cultural environment from which the modern world has emerged.
The images lead to a summary of the relevant theme (alongside a list of related projects). Because our themes describe the field within which we are working, individual projects are likely to be listed against more than one theme. An alphabetical list of projects can be found under Projects.
Here you will find a list of research projects associated with the themes of the Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture research unit.
Architectures of Imagination: Bodies, Buildings, Fictions, and Worlds
Azuchi Screens Research Network
Beyond Identity: Romanticism and Decreation
British Romanticism and colonial modernity in India, 1780-1840
Climate Science Denialism and its populist Analogs
Critique, Creativity, Innovation
Extremism and the Australian Imaginary
Gothic Fictions: Emotion, Contagion, and the Transformation of Experience in Modernity
Human Kind: transforming identity in Australian and British portraits 1700-1900
Islam and the Left in Indonesia and Turkey
Kenzaburo Ōe and William Blake: Modernity, Romanticism, Japan
Literary Romanticism and the Media of Romantic Love
Natural Born Subjects: A Cultural History of Naturalization in Britain and the Australian Colonies, 1660-1850
New tastemakers and Australia’s post-digital literary culture
Observation and Analogy in Enlightenment and Romantic Natural History
Reconstructing museum specimen data through the pathways of global commerce
Regency Flash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1788-1848
The Butterfly Men of Kuranda: natural history dealers in the 'deep north'
The George Lyell Collection
The Past and Present of Sugar
The Pasts and Futures of Virtual Reality
Theorising the online anti-public sphere
War-Widow, Mother, Slave, Refugee: Andromache in Romantic Europe
William Blake and the History of Imagination: Poetry, Prophecy, and Secularization
World Literatures, Theatres and Cultures research network
Directors and Lead researchers
Professor Peter Otto
Executive Director, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit (ERCC); Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, English and Theatre Studies, the University of Melbourne
Peter Otto has published widely on William Blake, Gothic Fictions, dark Romanticism, popular entertainments, the prehistory of virtual reality, and Romanticism and contemporary culture. Recent publications include Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality (OUP 2011); ‘Innovations in Encompassing Large Scenes’, an online exhibition housed in the Romantic Circles Gallery of Visual Culture (2013); and William Blake: Selected Works in the ‘21st Century Oxford Authors Series’ (2018). He is consultant editor of The Victorian Popular Culture Portal: Spiritualism, Sensation, and Magic. His current research interests include the history of imagination and of imagination-machines; the pasts and futures of virtual reality; the post-secular; and the exchanges between architecture, fiction, imagination, and experience.
Phone: +61 3 8344 5482
Professor Deirdre Coleman
Co-Director and Lead Researcher, ERCC; Robert Wallace Chair of English, English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Deirdre Coleman has published widely on the intersection of British Romantic literature with antislavery, natural history and colonialism. More recently she has been researching museum archives in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland for an ARC-funded Linkage project with the Australian Museum on the economics of the 19th-century natural history trade. She is also exploring the social history of collecting in Australia, looking in particular at the diverse community which produced knowledge about the natural world from earliest settlement onwards. Starting with the correspondence networks and journal publications of members of the Victorian Field Naturalists Club (established in the early 1880s), she examines the motives and interests of bushmen, commercial specimen dealers, amateur collectors and (from 1900 onwards) an increasing number of salaried museum professionals. Cross-cultural exchange between indigenous people and fieldwork collectors on the colonial frontier, especially in far north Queensland and the Northern Territory, forms another part of this project, the aim of which is to achieve a wider understanding of Australia’s natural heritage and environmental history.
Phone: +61 3 8344 5496
Professor Clara Tuite
Co-Director and Lead Researcher, ERCC; English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Clara Tuite works in the literary and cultural history of Romanticism, with a particular interest in the work of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. Her research engages eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romantic literature and culture from the perspectives of the history of the literary institution, sociability, fashion, history of emotions and sexuality studies, as well as the endurance of literary and popular Romanticisms in the contemporary moment.
Phone: +61 3 8344 4216
Professor Mark Davis
Co-Director and Lead Researcher, ERCC; Publishing and Communications, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Mark Davis’ current research focuses on online ‘anti-publics’ and extreme online discourse, Australian digital literary cultures and taste making, changing media ecologies and the cultural politics of gatekeeping and disintermediation, Australian public culture, and media representations of young people. The first of my two current research projects focuses on post-digital literary cultures and the destabilisation of the literary-print cultural field by digital media. My second project focuses on online anti-publics, such as the alt-right, neo-reactionary (NRx) groups, anti-vaccination groups, anti-climate-science groups, and white nationalist groups, who use digital media to create communities that position themselves against basic democratic, scientific, and enlightenment principles.
Phone: +61 3 8344 3349
Professor Vedi Hadiz
Co-Director and Lead Researcher, ERCC; Director and Professor of Asian Studies at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne
Vedi Hadiz's research interests revolve around political sociology and political economy issues, especially those related to the contradictions of development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia more broadly, and more recently, in the Middle East. Professor Hadiz’s latest book is entitled Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2016). His other books include Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press 2010) as well as the co-edited Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Dr Anita Archer
Research Associate, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne
Anita Archer is an art historian whose research focus is contemporary art markets, with interest in the changing dynamics of primary and secondary markets, the evolving domination of multinational auction houses and the networked activities of art world intermediaries in the translocation of art globally. Anita’s PhD thesis examined the emerging market for Chinese Contemporary Art in the West and her recent focus is the role of Singapore as an art market hub for Southeast Asia. Anita’s research interest stems from her extensive work experience in the global art field as an international auctioneer and independent art consultant specialising in Asian contemporary art.
Professor Trevor Burnard
Associate Director, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit; Professor, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull
Trevor Burnard is a scholar of early American, imperial, world and Atlantic history, with a special interest in plantation societies in the New World and their connections to eighteenth-century modernity. Particular interests include slavery, social history and demography, imperialism, economic and business history, and gender. His work over the last decade has been especially concerned with identity in the New World in the eighteenth century and with how settler societies have been formed, or have failed to form in plantation societies in the Caribbean and the Chesapeake.
Associate Professor Justin Clemens
Academic, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Justin Clemen’s work focuses primarily on the relationships between poetry, psychology and philosophy in Romantic and post-Romantic writing. He has written extensively on figures such as Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Alain Badiou, as well as on themes of slavery and technology. His recent books include What is Education? (Edinburgh UP 2017), edited with A.J. Bartlett and The Afterlives of Georges Perec (Edinburgh UP 2017), edited with Rowan Wilken.
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Dr Thomas H. Ford
Lecturer in English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
Thomas Ford’s work focuses on poems and other texts from Romanticism and the long eighteenth century. He reads this archive in the historicist traditions of philological materialism, and in light of the transdisciplinary imperatives of the environmental humanities. Ford calls this approach ‘ecophilology’ (a discipline that explores the role of textual environments in various settings, in all kinds of media, from the ancient cave drawings and graffiti to the contemporary electronic media). You can read about it in his book, Wordsworth and the Poetics of Air (Cambridge University Press, April 2018).
Dr Sean Gaston
Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College Oxford (2017-2018), Emeritus Reader in English, Brunel University, London, and Honorary Research Fellow, the University of Melbourne
I am exploring ‘the eighteenth century origins of modernity’. I have focused on concepts of disinterest, sympathy and pity, as well as fictions of imprudence and the invention of the literary character. I am now working on concepts of world in British Romanticism, Revolutionary America and the ‘Atlantic World’.
Dr Ben Gook
Lecturer in Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Ben Gook’s current research focuses on alienation and disaffection in contemporary culture (post-1989). He has written on emotions and affects (melancholy, ecstasy and ambivalence), Germany (social, cultural, economic and psychic history) and Australia (postcolonial cinema). His book Divided Subjects, Invisible Borders: Re-unified Germany after 1989 (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015) is a psychoanalytically informed study of the complicated process of re-unifying Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. He has forthcoming publications on collectivity, transindividuality, libidinal economy and alienation.
Professor Charles Green
Professor of Contemporary Art, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Charles Green is an authority in contemporary international and Australian art, on biennials and exhibition histories, and on artist collaborations. His books include Biennials, Triennials and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art (2016, co-authored with Anthony Gardner), The Third Hand: Artist Collaborations from Conceptualism to Postmodernism (2001), and Peripheral Vision: Contemporary Australian Art 1970-94 (1995). He has been awarded several ARC grants and was Adjunct Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (2001-2006), leading large curatorial teams who produced major exhibitions, including the inaugural, museum-wide installation of modern and contemporary Australian art at NGVA Federation Square (Fieldwork, 2001) as an outcome of an ARC Large Grant. He is also an artist, having worked in collaboration with Lyndell Brown as one artist since 1989; their works are in most Australian art museum collections and they were Australia’s Official War Artists in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007.
Dr Elias Greig
Research Assistant, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne
Elias Greig’s work considers the interaction between artistic and political representation, with a particular interest in the effects of democracy on literary form, from the eighteenth century to the present.
Dr Steven Hampton
Sessional Lecturer in English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Steven Hampton’s research centres on the multilingual and transnational nature of cultural and literary production during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in particular the interrelations between literatures in English, French and German. His current focus is the national epic as it was reconstructed, rediscovered or invented during the Age of Revolutions in Europe.
Dr Alexandra Hankinson
Research Assistant, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne
Alexandra Hankinson’s research focuses on the literary and cultural history of biological thought and phenomena from the Enlightenment to the present. Her doctoral thesis explored the cross-section between figurative and scientific thought in the botany and zoology of the long eighteenth century, with emphasis given to the way in which observation and analogy came together in this period to uncover and explain the affinities of living objects. She has published on the poetic and scientific history of insect pollination in Romanticism (2019) and is currently working on an online exhibition for the Romantic Circles Gallery of Visual Culture on hybrid and interspecific relationships. Her present research interests include the co-functioning of art and science in the discovery and description of camouflage and mimicry; histories of biodiversity and ecology in Australia; field notes; imaginative and scientific responses to avian migration; and seasonality and harvest in Romantic art and literature.
Dr Jodi Heap
School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Jodie’s research focuses on Western philosophical conceptions of the imagination and the imaginary from Aristotle to Castoriadis. Her PhD thesis, titled The Imagination. The Seed of Indeterminacy in the Writings of Kant, Fichte and Castoriadis, offered a scholarly elucidation of the notion of the imagination and the imaginary as well as provided a new way of thinking about the imagination as an embodied power of formation and of creation fundamental to both the ontology of being and of ways of being. Her area of research also explores the role of the imagination and the imaginary in relation to the concepts of creation and creativity, and in relation to creative forms of thinking and of practice, both at the level of the individual and society. Jodie has a particular interest in the ERCC project ‘Creativity, Critique, Innovation’ and has contributed to the ERCC seminar series in her seminar titled, Unleashing the Creative Imagination in the Domains of the Humanities, Science and Art.
Dr James Jiang
School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
James Jiang’s research traces the residues of Romantic thought in modern and contemporary British and American writing. His recent articles on William James and Marianne Moore draw out the implications for literary modernism and philosophical pragmatism of concepts such as style and character – concepts which assume their modern shape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. James is currently at work on a project entitled Sage Modernism that explores the intersection between pragmatist poetics and therapeutic culture.
Dr Claire Knowles
Senior Lecturer in English Literature, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Claire Knowles has published numerous articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers. Her book, Sensibility and Female Poetic Tradition, 1780-1860: The Legacy of Charlotte Smith, was published by Ashgate in 2009 and she also recently edited, with Ingrid Horrocks, Charlotte Smith: Major Poetic Works (Broadview, 2017.) She is currently working on a project on newspaper poetry and popular literary culture in the Romantic period titled, "Romanticism, Newspapers, and the Democratization of Poetry, 1785-1810."
Dr Scarlet Luk
Scarlet Luk’s work toggles between two somewhat distinct lines of inquiry: the intersection between narrative and queer/trans theory, and more recently, the relationship between financialisation and critical race and migration studies in the transpacific. She hopes to one day reconcile the two. Since completing her PhD at Yale, Scarlet has been daylighting as a high school English teacher.
Dr Elizabeth McLean
School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Elizabeth McLean’s research ranges from the Romantic period through to the contemporary, with a strong focus on processes of fictionality and genres of storytelling. She received her PhD in 2019 for her thesis, “The Topographical Parenthesis: Articulations of Space in the Novels of Henry James.” She is currently working on a trans-historical account of women’s literary journalism from the Enlightenment through to the present. This study is structured by four discrete episodes, that each present a composite of ideological and technological transformations vital to the professionalisation of literariness, journalism, and female authorship. These periods are: 1780s; 1890s; 1970s; Now. In a period of precarity for practitioners of both journalism and literary studies, this study looks to the late eighteenth century, and specifically to reportage of the French revolution, for a pre-history of the interdisciplinary form of literary journalism. In its veneration of both truth and form, literary journalism embodies the dualism of critique and creativity so essential to the relationship between Enlightenment and Romantic ideologies.
Professor Ian McLean
Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History, the University of Melbourne
Ian McLean has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Indigenous art. Since the late eighteenth century the Australian colonies have been a privileged site of Enlightenment endeavours in science, art and literature – as Bernard Smith convincingly discussed in European Vision and the South Pacific (1960). As a student of Smith, Ian’s research has consistently explored the shadow of the Enlightenment in Australia and its histories.
Dr Marc Mierowsky
McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Marc Mierowsky’s research ranges broadly across period and genre, but is unified by the drive to investigate questions of collective identity and uncover the cultural dimensions of citizenship. He is one of the editors of Daniel Defoe’s Correspondence (along with Nicholas Seager and Andreas Mueller) forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and editor (along with Nicholas Seager) of Defoe’s Roxana, forthcoming with Oxford World’s Classics. His interest in Enlightenment thought and literature coheres around questions of sovereignty, naturalisation and constitutionality, the emergence of common-sense philosophy and theories of intersubjectivity. He is currently working on two discrete but overlapping projects: a narrative history of the group of spies whose work helped bring Scotland into an incorporated Union with England in 1707 and a cultural history of naturalisation in Britain and the Australian colonies. In recent work he has focused on the enlightenments of Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on the Haskalah (or Jewish Enlightenment) and its influence on contemporary literature, ethics and stand-up comedy.
Professor Jennifer Milam
Research Associate, Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne; Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Excellence, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Jennifer Milam’s research interests focus on understanding how the visual arts during the eighteenth century expressed philosophical ideas that rivalled the exposition of Enlightenment concepts in texts. Arguably what changed from the mid-eighteenth century onwards was broader exposure to ‘big ideas’ in visual form. Enlightenment ideas enjoyed wider circulation and cultural uptake through public exhibitions of art works that engaged audiences in interpretive response to aspects of the Enlightenment project. As a former Co-Director of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture Research Unit (ERCC), Milam used her expertise in exactly this area to provide input into the research program of the ERCC by keeping this aspect of the Enlightenment in focus and elaborating upon its legacy in the contemporary culture sector.
Dr Sonja Molnar
Lecturer in Media and Communications, the University of Melbourne
Sonja Molnar received her PhD in English Applied Linguistics from the University of Salzburg, where she taught courses on media discourse for six years. Thereafter she was a postdoctoral research assistant at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her main research areas include advertising discourse, sustainability communications, multimodality, and media linguistics. Her doctoral dissertation, which explores the verbal and visual changes in British, American and Australian print advertisements from the late seventeenth century to the present, will be published as part of the series Routledge Studies in Multimodality in 2021. Her current research project examines how environmental news is communicated in the mainstream media.
Dr Philip Pond
Lecturer in Digital Media Research Methods, the University of Melbourne
Philip Pond specialises in the study of software systems and their influence on the production of meaning, especially in politics. He is lead investigator on a Special Research Initiative investigating the relationship between between digital media and tendency for conversations to become extreme quickly and, more broadly, he investigates the relationship between digital speed and destabilising communication. He is author of two books. Digital Media and Making of Network Temporality (2021) explains how time can be reconfigured in digital systems with disruptive consequences. Complexity, Digital Media and Post-Truth Politics (2020) proposes a framework for studying destabilising interactions between the digital and political systems.
Associate Professor John Rundell
Principal Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor in Philosophy, La Trobe University, Melbourne
John Rundell’s research focuses on the problems of the imagination, creativity and modernity. As ERCC Research Fellow he is especially interested in the themes of ‘Critique, Creativity, Comparison’ and ‘Worldiness, Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation’. His publications include Origins of Modernity; Imaginaries of Modernity; Aesthetics and Modernity Essays by Agnes Heller; Rethinking Imagination (with Gillian Robinson); Blurred Boundaries(with Rainer Bauboeck), and ‘Creating Social Theory: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Revolution’ in The Handbook for Social Theory edited by George Ritzer and Barry Smart. He is currently completing a book on the work of Immanuel Kant entitled Kant and Critical Theories before turning to another entitled The Creative Imagination: From Kant to Castoriadis and Beyond.
Dr Thomas Vranken
Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the University of British Columbia
Thomas Vranken’s research explores nineteenth-century literature’s relationship with automata and automation more broadly. He is currently coediting a collection of essays (Living Automata: Mechanism and Automatism in Victorian Culture) and working on a second monograph (Writing Machines: Experiments with Literary Form in the Second Industrial Revolution). His first monograph examined nineteenth-century periodical culture (Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialisation, Routledge 2020). He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Angela Ndalianis
Director, Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology
Angela Ndalianis is a Research Professor of Media and Entertainment, and Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to entertainment media technologies, their histories and how they mediate our experience of the world – on embodiment, the senses and perception. Her publications include Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (2004), Science Fiction Experiences (2010), The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses (2012); and the edited books – The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (2009); Neo-baroques: From Latin America to the Hollywood Blockbuster (co-edited, 2016); Fans and Videogames: Histories, Fandom, Archives (co-edited, 2017), and The Superhero Symbol (co-edited, 2019).
Dr Miranda Stanyon
ARC DECRA Research Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Miranda Stanyon’s research focuses on enlightenment and Romantic era literature in Britain and Germany and takes a comparative approach to aesthetics, as a key field in constructing the post-enlightenment human subject and configuring its relationships with nature. She has published on the sublime, music and sound, emotions history, and visual culture.
Dr Phil Habil Jennifer Wawrzinek
Freie Universität Berlin
Jennifer Wawrzinek’s research focuses on the intersections between the political and the ethical in literature and culture of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras. She recently completed a monograph entitled Beyond Identity: Romanticism and Decreation, which investigates modes of decreation in British Romanticism as a response to the political and ethical crises of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Jennifer recently edited, together with Lisa O’Connell (UQ), a special issue of the journal Postcolonial Studies which investigated the ways in which global movements and colonial contact in the long eighteenth century can be seen to have transformed or reinvented European literature and culture of the period. She is currently developing a new research project which aims to investigate Romantic models of relationality in which (human) being is conceived as embedded within a world that is not only biological, but techno-ecological as well. This project is particularly interested in the human-animal-machine formations of William Blake.
Early career researchers
Dr Jodie Heap
Dr Callum Reid
Associate of the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
Callum Reid is an art historian whose research fields include museology, printmaking, early modern art and decorative arts, with a particular focus on the formation of collections and their reception. Callum is further interested in the history and provenance of objects, having also spent several years working in the art market and collecting institutions. Adapted from his PhD, his upcoming monograph Collecting and display in the Uffizi Gallery: Art in the age of the grand dukes (Routledge, 2021) is a museological study into Florence’s state gallery, and its early incarnations under the control of Medici and Lorraine grand duchies (1580-1859). Callum's research into 18th and 19th century museums aligns with the ERCC theme of Critique, Creativity, Comparison, as collectors and administrators toyed between the new trend of didactic arrangements and the self-representation of aesthetic displays.
Tutor, Master of Art Curatorship, and PhD Candidate (Art History), School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
Louise is an educator, arts historian, and curator. Her current research is focussed on the acquisition, assembly, and categorisation of prints collected by Elizabeth Seymour Percy, 1st Duchess of Northumberland (1716-1776). Her other research interests include English eighteenth-century furniture; the collection and display of prints; the material culture of the English country house; the commerce of collecting; and the history of the book. In 2018, Louise was the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes Scholar at the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London. She has also been awarded a Paul Mellon Research Support Grant and a Francis Haskell Memorial Fund Scholarship to undertake research in collections and archives in the UK, Europe and the USA. Louise’s recent publications include: “Marks and Meanings: Revealing the Hand of the Collector and “the Moment of Making” in two 18th-Century Print Albums”, Journal18, Fall, 2018; and a book chapter in Kerrianne Stone (ed.) Horizon Lines, Marking 50 Years of Print Scholarship, Melbourne, 2019. Louise’s research on English print rooms will be published in Eighteenth-Century Life (forthcoming, 2021).
PhD candidate in English Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide
Todd Dearing’s work focuses on Romantic ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius. He explores how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary criticism and contemporary ideas of the human. He is currently completing his doctorate thesis on the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s magnum opus, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, read as an allegory for literary practice. His broader research interests include English and German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy, (post)humanism, contemporary literary criticism, poetry, mythopoeia, and the links between psychology and literature. Todd is interested in the ERCC themes ‘Creativity, Critique, Comparison’ and ‘Actual, Mixed, and Virtual Realities’, and the ERCC research projects ‘Critique, Creativity, Innovation’, ‘William Blake and the History of Imagination’, and ‘Gothic Fictions’.
PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University
Alice Capstick’s work focusses on the development of alternative heroic archetypes in the Romantic period. In particular, her work traces how the figure of the Satanic hero developed into a fully established archetype in the Romantic period. She examines how Romantic perception of Satan from John Milton’s Paradise Lost and other archetypal heroic figures informed their own experimentation with “dark heroes.” Alice is also interested in theories from the field of Literary Darwinism and how they can be used to understand and account for the enduring prevalence of certain types of dark heroes and people’s fascination with them. Her broader research interests include early modern poetry, aesthetic theory, gothic studies, and book history. Her work connects to ERRCC themes of dark Romanticism and anti-Enlightenment and because of her interest in how modern theories of the mind can be used to understand literary phenomena.
PhD candidate in Screen and Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
Corey Cribb specialises in film theory and the continental philosophy of film. Focusing on the film-philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Luc Nancy, his research considers the potential of modern cinema to perpetuate the non-mediated transformation of the world and occasion the ontological renewal of thought, bodies and ways of being-in-the-world. In part, this involves a consideration of the palpable influence of Maurice Blanchot’s literary ontology upon these thinkers, and the subsequent question of why Deleuze and Nancy maintain that the marked passivity (or worklessness) of modern cinema harbours unprecedented potential for ontological change and the restoration of belief in a world from which we are said to be absent. Beyond the notion of worklessness as “the most essential – the most romantic and the most modern – gesture in romanticism” (Watt, 2017, pp. 18), Corey’s research connects with the concerns of the ERCC by seeking to show how some of the most ground breaking developments in film theory today bear the influence of debates which can be traced back to German Idealism.
PhD Candidate in History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Nat’s current research focuses on the experiences and influence of British expatriates living in the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, highlighting their broad networks of material, cultural, and informational exchange throughout the Mediterranean world and eastern Atlantic, and how their reports and attitudes were presented to a wide audience through British newspapers. He is interested broadly in interactions between Protestant Europe and the Islamic world, media history, diplomacy, networking, material culture, religious and cultural dialogue, privateering, and piracy. Nat has published articles on English news representations of the Maghreb and on social connection and isolation in British communities in the Maghreb, and is currently working on projects relating to the Maghreb in Scottish and Irish literature, on British maritime paintings and maps of the southern Mediterranean, and on the diffusion of Morocco leather in the British luxury bookbinding and upholstery trades. Since April 2020, Nat has been the postgraduate representative (Australia) to the ANZAMEMS committee.
PhD Candidate in Art Theory and History, School of Media, Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University
Marguerite Gibson focuses on nineteenth century Australian colonial art, particularly in relation to the themes of aesthetics, landscape and the emotional traditions of the sublime. Currently, her research project is investigating the utilization of the sublime through motifs, nuances and Australian landscape depiction within art, representing the emotional experiences of the historical period of the Gold Rush era, 1850-1900. Through the primary texts of Edmund Burke and Immanuel Kant, along with the contemporary concept of the colonial sublime, she explores the relationship between these ideas, termed the Australian colonial sublime within the research. She currently has a book chapter forthcoming within Song of Death in Paradise: Death and Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film, edited by Feryal Cubukcu and Sabine Planka (Lexington Books), entitled “Wilderness Garden: Death, Landscape and the Australian Colonial Sublime”. Her research and interests relate to several ERCC themes, particularly Critique, Creativity, Comparison and Worldliness, Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation.
PhD candidate in English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Rohan specialises in literary genre theory and the gothic fictions of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Britain, considered as material practices involving a number of stakeholders in the changing print economy following the consumer revolution. His current research explores the role of the Minerva Press in the emergence of the gothic as a genre, considering its publishing output and marketing practices as attempts to cultivate a reliable readership by supplying readers with a particular sort of imaginary world. This use of genre serves as an important precursor to the marriage of marketing and textual immersion that would come to characterise the genre fictions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Rohan’s focus on the romantic nostalgia of gothic worlds, put to work in the consumer economy through its ability to generate immersive virtual environments, connects his work to several ERCC themes, including Critique, Creativity, Comparison and Actual, Mixed and Virtual Realities.
PhD candidate in English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
Francesca Kavanagh specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth-century women’s reading and writing practices with a focus on material culture. She is also interested in the gothic and cultures of celebrity and fandom from Romanticism to the present. Her current project examines practices of letter-writing, annotation, and commonplacing from a range of women writers throughout the long eighteenth century and pairs this archival material with fictional accounts of these practices by Samuel Richardson and Jane Austen to elucidate the ways in which women in the long eighteenth-century used these textual practices in the production of textual and virtual spaces of intimacy. She currently has a journal article forthcoming in The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies entitled “‘Marianne Knight | Godmersham Park’: Inscription as Community Interface in the Books of Jane Austen’s Niece”. She is interested in a number of the ERCC’s current themes, including Actual Mixed and Virtual Realities and Worldliness, Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation, as well as opportunities for future collaborations.
PhD candidate in Arabic, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Tarek researches the content and context of traditions of philology with a particular emphasis on the Arabic tradition. Philology here is used in the traditional sense of studying texts and thus encompasses a broad array of activities including grammar, codicology, hermeneutics (in its broad meaning), literary criticism, and history. Tarek reads these philological works embedded in their socio-intellectual context, often revealing counter-intuitive results. His current project investigates the flow of Arabic philological learning from Islamic Spain to Egypt and the Levant in the 13th and 14th centuries. While maintaining his interest in the breadth of the ERCC’s themes and activities, Tarek is focused on two themes: ‘Non-European Enlightenments and Romanticisms’ and ‘Worldliness, Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation’. He is also currently working with ERCC researchers to put together a seminar series on Islamic Enlightenments.
PhD Candidate in Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
Belinda Scerri’s research explores French Rococo interior ornament, patronage and the ascendancy of ornémaniste artists in early eighteenth-century Paris. Her broader research interests include: the South Sea Bubble, Système Law and economic collapse of 1720 through an art historical lens; early modern collecting and commissioning cultures; mercantilism and the establishment of Royal manufactories; exoticism and cosmopolitanism in French Régence art and architecture. She is a founding member of the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) doctoral academy and a 2019/2020 research fellow at the UCLA Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She is currently writing a book chapter entitled ‘“Instructing herself by fad or fancy”: Depictions and Fictions of Female Connoisseurs in Eighteenth-century Paris’ which will appear in Portraits & Poses: Representations of Female Intellectual Authority, Agency and Authorship in Early Modern and Enlightenment Europe (Leuven and Cornell UP, 2020).
PhD Candidate in English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
Hugh Sinclair’s work focuses on Romantic poetry and the history of the scholarly edition. He is currently working on a comparative study of the editions of poets William Blake and Friedrich Hölderlin. This project looks at the changes brought about as digital media replace books as the repository of cultural memory, and the ways in which the advent of digital scholarly editions is recasting the role of the scholarly editor. By closely examining the inner workings of these editions, and by paying attention to the various technologies and editorial methodologies that underwrite them, this study reconstructs an editorial politics in relation to each poet that is ultimately a politics of cultural memory. An interest in the legacies of Romanticism in the present connects Hugh’s work to the concerns of the ERCC, particularly to themes of Critique, Creativity, Comparison and Actual, Mixed and Virtual Realities.
PhD candidate and Teaching Associate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Samuel Watts researches and writes about the experiences of African Americans in the Deep South during Reconstruction. His focus is on how formerly enslaved people interpreted ideas of freedom and citizenship in violently contested urban spaces, while working to construct and maintain lasting communities and networks. Additionally, Samuel is broadly interested in the historical legacies of racial discourse in the US, Australia and beyond. He currently has a book chapter in peer-review, entitled: “Reconstruction Justice: African American Police Officers in Charleston and New Orleans,” in Freedom’s Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, eds. Simon Lewis and Adam Domby (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019 – forthcoming). He is interested in a number of ERCC projects, most notably those focused on slavery, and has an ongoing interest in the legacies of Enlightenment thought in debates about race, citizenship and revolution.
Modell Romantik Research Training Group, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
Burnard, Trevor. Jamaica in the Age of Revolution. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Between the start of the Seven Years’ War in 1756 and the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Jamaica was the richest and most important colony in British America. White Jamaican slaveowners presided over a highly productive economic system, a precursor to the modern factory in its management of labor, its harvesting of resources, and its scale of capital investment and output. Planters, supported by a dynamic merchant class in Kingston, created a plantation system in which short-term profit maximisation was the main aim. Their slave system worked because the planters who ran it were extremely powerful.
In Jamaica in the Age of Revolution, Trevor Burnard analyses the men and women who gained so much from the labor of enslaved people in Jamaica to expose the ways in which power was wielded in a period when the powerful were unconstrained by custom, law, or, for the most part, public approbation or disapproval. Burnard finds that the unremitting war by the powerful against the poor and powerless, evident in the day-to-day struggles slaves had with masters, is a crucial context for grasping what enslaved people had to endure.
Burnard, Trevor. The Atlantic in World History, 1490-1830. Bloomsbury, 2020.
The Atlantic in World History, 1490-1830 looks at the historical connections between four continents – Africa, Europe, North America and South America – through the lens of Atlantic history. It shows how the Atlantic has been more than just an ocean: it has been an important site of circulation and transmission, allowing exchanges and interchanges which have profoundly shaped the development of the world.
Divided into four thematic sections, Trevor Burnard’s sweeping yet concise narrative covers the period from the voyages of Columbus to the New World in the 1490s through to the end of the Age of Revolutions around 1830. It deals with key topics including the Columbian exchange, Atlantic slavery and abolition, war as a global phenomenon, the Age of Revolution, religious conversion, nation-building, trade and commerce and intellectual movements such as the Enlightenment. Rather than focusing on the ‘rise of the West’, Burnard stresses the interactive nature of encounters between various parts of the world, setting local case studies within his broader interconnected narrative.
Johnson, Claudia L. and Tuite, Clara. 30 Great Myths about Jane Austen. John Wiley & Sons, 2020.
Was Jane Austen the best-selling novelist of her time? Are all her novels romances? Did they depict the traditional world of the aristocracy? Is Austen’s writing easy to understand? Well into the 21st century, Jane Austen continues to be one of the most compelling novelists in all English literature. Many of her ideas about class, family, history, intimacy, manners, love, desire, and society, have inspired “myths” that are often contradictory – she was a Tory who was also a liberal feminist, or, her novels are at once sharply satirical and unapologetically romantic. Myths, like Austen’s works, are dynamic, changing over time and impacting how we read and interpret literature. 30 Great Myths about Jane Austen examines the accepted beliefs – both true and untrue – that have most influenced our readings of Austen. Rather than simply de-bunking, or validating, commonly-held views about Austen, authors Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite explore how these myths can be used to engage with the life, work, and reception of Jane Austen.
Burnard, Trevor. Britain in the Wider World, 1603-1800. Routledge, 2019.
Britain in the Wider World traces the remarkable transformation of Britain between 1603 and 1800 as it developed into a world power. At the accession of James VI and I to the throne of England in 1603, the kingdoms of England / Wales, Scotland and Ireland were united only by having a monarch in common. They had little presence in the world and were fraught with violence. Two centuries later, the consolidated state of the United Kingdom, established in 1801, was an economic powerhouse and increasingly geopolitically important, with an empire that stretched from the Americas, to Asia and to the Pacific. The book offers a fresh approach to assessing Britain’s evolution, situating Britain within both imperial and Atlantic history, and examining how Britain came together politically and socially throughout the eighteenth century.
Gaston, Sean. Jacques Derrida and the Challenge of History. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
This important new book argues that Jacques Derrida’s work can be treated as the basis for a distinctive historiography. The possibility of seeing Derrida not as a philosopher of language but as a philosopher of history has become more apparent with the recent publication of Derrida’s 1964-1965 seminar Heidegger: The Question of Being and History. We now know that the problem of history was at the heart of Derrida’s writing in the mid-1960s, prior to the publication of his best-known work, Of Grammatology (1967).
Arguing that Derrida's scholarship in the 1960s and early 1970s on historicism, historicity and the problem of history can be treated as the basis for a philosophy of history, Sean Gaston focuses on Derrida's work from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s and his relentless questioning of context, memory and narrative as the delineation of a deconstructive historiography.
Coleman, Deirdre. Henry Smeathman, the Flycatcher: Natural History, Slavery, and Empire in the Late Eighteenth Century. Liverpool University Press, 2018.
In 1771 Joseph Banks and other wealthy collectors sent a talented, self-taught naturalist to Sierra Leone to collect all things rare and curious, from moths to monkeys. Henry Smeathman’s expedition to the West African coast, which coincided with a steep rise in British slave trading in this area, lasted four years during which time he built a house on the Banana Islands, married into the coast’s ruling dynasties, and managed to negotiate the tricky life of a ‘stranger’ bound to his landlord and local customs. In this book, which draws on a rich and little-known archive of journals and letters, Coleman retraces Smeathman’s life as he shuttled between his home on the Bananas and two key Liverpool trading forts – Bunce Island and the Isles de Los.
Ford, Thomas H. Wordsworth and the Poetics of Air. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Before the ideas we now define as Romanticism took hold the word ‘atmosphere’ meant only the physical stuff of air; afterwards, it could mean almost anything, from a historical mood or spirit to the character or style of an artwork. Thomas H. Ford traces this shift of meaning, which he sees as first occurring in the poetry of William Wordsworth. Gradually ‘air’ and ‘atmosphere’ took on the new status of metaphor as Wordsworth and other poets re-imagined poetry as a textual area of aerial communication – conveying the breath of a transitory moment to other times and places via the printed page. Reading Romantic poetry through this ecological and ecocritical lens Ford goes on to ask what the poems of the Romantic period mean for us in a new age of climate change, when the relationship between physical climates and cultural, political and literary atmospheres is once again being transformed.
Hibberd, Sarah and Stanyon, Miranda (eds.). Music and the Sonorous Sublime in European Culture, 1680-1880. University of Cambridge Press, 2020.
The sublime - that elusive encounter with overwhelming height, power or limits - has been associated with music from the early-modern rise of interest in the Longinian sublime to its saturation of European culture in the later nineteenth century and beyond. This volume offers a historically situated study of the relationship between music, sound and the sublime. Together, the authors distinguish between the different aesthetics of production, representation and effect, while understanding these as often mutually reinforcing approaches. They demonstrate music's strength in playing out the sublime as transfer, transport and transmission of power, allied to the persistent theme of destruction, deaths and endings. The volume opens up two avenues for further research suggested by the adjective 'sonorous': a wider spectrum of sounds heard as sublime, and (especially for those outside musicology) a more multifaceted idea of music as a cultural practice that shares boundaries with other sounding phenomena.
Chu, Petra and Milam, Jennifer (eds.,). Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Exchange Between China and the West During the Late Qing Dynasty (1796-1911). East and West series, Vol. 4. Brill, 2019.
The complex interweaving of different Western visions of China had a profound impact on artistic exchange between China and the West during the nineteenth century. Beyond Chinoiserie addresses the complexity of this exchange. While the playful Western “vision of Cathay” formed in the previous century continued to thrive, a more realistic vision of China was increasingly formed through travel accounts, paintings, watercolours, prints, book illustrations, and photographs.
Simultaneously, the new discipline of sinology led to a deepening of the understanding of Chinese cultural history. Leading and emerging scholars in the fields of art history, literary studies and material culture, have authored the ten essays in this book, which deal with artistic relations between China and the West at a time when Western powers’ attempts to extend a sphere of influence in China led to increasingly hostile political interactions.
Tuite, Clara (ed.,). Byron in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
George Gordon, the sixth Lord Byron (1788-1824), was one of the most celebrated poets of the Romantic period, as well as a peer, politician and global celebrity, famed not only for his verse, but for his controversial lifestyle and involvement in the Greek War of Independence. In thirty-seven concise, accessible essays, by leading international scholars, this volume explores the social and intertextual relationships that informed Byron’s writing; the geopolitical contexts in which he travelled, lived and worked; the cultural and philosophical movements that influenced changing outlooks on religion, science, modern society and sexuality; the dramatic landscape of war, conflict and upheaval that shaped Napoleonic and post-Napoleonic Europe and Regency Britain; and the diverse cultures of reception that mark the ongoing Byron phenomenon as a living ecology in the twenty-first century. This volume illuminates how we might think of Byron in context, but also as a context in his own right.
Clemens, Justin and Bartlett, A. (eds.,). Badiou and His Interlocutors. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
This is a unique collection presenting work by Alain Badiou and commentaries on his philosophical theories. It includes three lectures by Badiou, on contemporary politics, the infinite, cinema and theatre and two extensive interviews with Badiou - one concerning the state of the contemporary situation and one wide ranging interview on all facets of his work and engagements. It also includes six interventions on aspects of Badiou’s work by established scholars in the field, addressing his concept of history, Lacan, Cinema, poetry, and feminism; and four original essays by young and established scholars in Australia and New Zealand addressing the key concerns of Badiou’s 2015 visit to the Antipodal region and the work he presented there.
With new material by Badiou previously unpublished in English this volume is a valuable overview of his recent thinking. Critical responses by distinguished and gifted Badiou scholars writing outside of the European context make this text essential reading for anyone interested in the development and contemporary reception of Badiou's thought.
Otto, Peter (ed.,). William Blake: Selected Works. Oxford University Press, 2018.
This volume in the 21st Century Oxford Authors series offers students and readers a comprehensive selection of the work of William Blake (1757-1827). Accompanied by full scholarly apparatus, this authoritative edition enables students to explore Blake’s poetry, illuminated poetry, and prose alongside selections from his letters, manuscripts, notebook, advertising pamphlets, marginalia, and works he printed in conventional letterpress.
The edition arranges Blake’s works in chronological order, according to the date when they were first printed or, in the case of unpublished works, the years in which they were composed. With the help of editorial headnotes and annotations, this arrangement brings to the foreground Blake’s material and intellectual labours as a poet, painter, prophet, and non-academic philosopher; the networks of acquaintances, friends, patrons, and enemies who helped support or provoke this work; and the tumultuous historical events he responded to, which included the beginning of modern feminism, the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the American and French Revolutions, William Pitt’s so-called ‘Reign of Terror’ in Britain, an attempted revolution in Ireland (1798), a successful slave rebellion in Haiti (1791-1804), and the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Some editions attempt to sanitise Blake, by hiding from view the most startling elements of his thought; but in this edition Blake’s sexual, political, religious, and poetic heterodoxy comes into full view.
- Clemens, Justin, and Bartlett, A. J. “Minus Something Indefinable,” in Badiou, Alain. The Pornographic Age. Bloomsbury, 2020
- Ford, Thomas H., and Hughes, Joe. “Rhetoric,” in The Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, 2020
- Knowles, Claire. “‘Far from my native fields removed’: Gentility, Displacement, and the Idea of Home in the Life and Poetry of Charlotte Smith,” in Labbe, Jacqueline, and Dolan, Elizabeth A. (eds.). Placing Charlotte Smith. Lehigh University Press, 2020
- McLean, Ian. “Indigenising the Australian Artworld: National Culture and State Sovereignty,” in Bennett, Tony, Stevenson, Deborah, Myers, Fred, and Winikoff, Tamara (eds.). The Australian Art Field: Practices, Policies, Institutions. Routledge, 2020
- Clemens, Justin. “Agamben and Poetry,” in Ghosh, Ranjan (ed.,). Philosophy and Poetry: Continental Perspectives. Columbia University Press, 2019
- Clemens, Justin and Bartlett, A.J. “Happiness is Revolting,” in Badiou, Alain. Happiness (trans. A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens). Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
- Clemens, Justin. “Irremediability: On the Very Concept of Digital Ontology,” in Amanda, Lagerkvist (ed.,). Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture. Taylor & Francis, 2019
- Clemens, Justin. “The Question Concerning Technology: Badiou versus Heidegger,” in Völker, Jan (ed.,). Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
- Davis, Mark. “Unsettled Objects: Books, Cultural Politics, and the Case of Reading the Country,” in Morrissey, Philip and Healy, Chris (eds.). Reading the Country: 30 Years On. University of Technology Sydney EPress, 2019
- Ford, Thomas H. “Orlando’s Romantic Climate Change,” in Collett, Anne and Murphy, Olivia (eds.,). Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- Ford, Thomas H. “Natural Philosophy,” in Tuite, Clara (ed.,). Byron in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2019
- Ford, Thomas H. “Max Frisch’s Man in the Holocene: Geological Cli-Fi,” in Goodbody, Axel and Johns-Putra, Adeline (eds.,). Cli-Fi: A Companion. Peter Lang, 2019
- Ford, Thomas H. “George Turner’s Sea and Summer (1987): Urban Dystopian Cli-Fi,” in Goodbody, Axel and Johns-Putra, Adeline (eds.). Cli-Fi: A Companion. Peter Lang, 2019
- Ford, Thomas H. “Adorno: Poetry After Poetry,” in Ghosh, Rangan (ed.,). Philosophy and Poetry: Continental Perspectives. Columbia University Press, 2019
- Greig, Elias. “Wordsworth in the Tropics of Cumbria,” in Collett, Anne and Murphy, Olivia (eds.,). Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- Hampton, Steven. “Utopia or Dystopia? The Romantics in Switzerland, 1816,” in Collett, Anne and Murphy, Olivia (eds.,). Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- Mierowsky, Marc and Aarons, Debra. “Obscenity, Dirtiness and Licence in Jewish Comedy,” in Wilkie, Ian (ed.,). The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader. Routledge, 2019
- Milam, Jennifer. “Greuze Girls and the Painterly Embodiment of Sexual Pleasure,” in Dixon, L. and Weisberg, G.P. (eds.,). Making Waves: Crosscurrents in the Study of 19th-Century Art. Brepols Publishers, 2019
- Milam, Jennifer. “Representations of Peace,” in Armitage, D. and Ghervaism, S. (eds.,). A Cultural History of Peace in the Age of Enlightenment (1648-1815). London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
- Otto, Peter. “‘Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age!’: Ōe Kenzaburō and William Blake on Bodies, Biopolitics, and the Imagination,” in Watson, Alex and Williams, Laurence (eds.,). British Romanticism in Asia: The Reception, Translation, and Transformation of Romantic Literature in India and East Asia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- Otto, Peter. “The Ends of Illustration: Explanation, Critique, and the Political Imagination in Blake’s Title-pages for Genesis,” in Haywood, Ian; Matthews, Susan and Shannon, Mary (eds.,). Romanticism and Illustration. Cambridge University Press, 2019
- Otto, Peter. “William Blake, the Secularization of Religious Categories, and the History of Imagination,” in King, Joshua and Werner, Winter (eds.,). Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical, and Religious Studies in Dialogue. Ohio State University Press, 2019
- Otto, Peter. “William Blake, the Ancient Gnostics, and the Birth of Modern Gnosticism,” in Trompf, Garry; Mikkelsen, Gunner and Johnston, Jay (eds.,). The Gnostic World. Routledge, 2019
- Tuite, Clara. “When the Earth Moves,” in Collett, Anne and Murphy, Olivia (eds.,). Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
- Clemens, Justin. “Drug is the Love: Literature, Psychopharmacology, Psychoanalysis,” in Goldbach, J. and Godley, J.A. (eds.,). Inheritance in Psychoanalysis. State University of New York Press, 2018
- Clemens, Justin. “If Law Speaks, It Speaks of Enjoyment: Psychoanalysis and Desire,” in Zartaloudis, Thomas (ed.,). Law and Philosophical Theory: Critical Intersections. Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018
- Clemens, Justin and Bartlett, A. “Introduction: The World Turned Upside Down,” in Clemens, J. and Bartlett, A. (eds.,). Badiou and His Interlocutors. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
- Clemens, Justin. “The Last Horizon the Gaze Obscures,” in Haylock, B. (ed.,). Continuous Moment: Damiano Bertoli. Surpllus, 2018
- Clemens, Justin. “The Paradox of Dissemination,” in Blamey, D. and Haylock, B. (eds.,). Distributed. Open Editions, 2018
- Clemens, Justin. “‘Their Jarring Spheres Confound’: John Milton’s Paradise Lost as a Counter-Baroque War Machine,” in Ndalianis, Angela and Beaven, Lisa (eds.,). Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque. Medieval Institute Publications, 2018
- Hadiz, Vedi R. “Islamic Populism and the Politics of Neoliberal Inequalities,” in Routledge Handbook of Global Populism. Routledge, 2018
- Hadiz, Vedi R. “Islamic Populism in Indonesia: Emergence and Limitations,” in Hefner, Robert W. (ed.,). Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia. Routledge, 2018
- Otto, Peter. “The Horrors of Creation: Globes, Englobing Powers, and Blake’s Archaeologies of the Present,” in Bundock, Chris and Effinger, Elizabeth (eds.,). William Blake’s Gothic Imagination: Bodies of Horror. Manchester University Press, 2018
- Stanyon, Miranda. “‘A Possession for Eternity’: Thomas De Quincey’s Feeling for War,” in Downes, Stephanie; Lynch, Andrew and O’Loughlin, Katrina (eds.,). Writing War in Britain and France, 1370-1854: A History of Emotions. Routledge, 2018
- Wawrzinek, Jennifer, “Postcolonial Dandies and the Death of the Flâneur,” in Bystrom, Kerry; Harris, Ashleigh and Webber, Andrew J. (eds.,). South and North: Contemporary Urban Orientations. Routledge India, 2018
- Aarons, Debra and Mierowsky, Marc (2020). “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as an Alternative History of Stand-Up,” in Comedy Studies
- Archer, Anita (2020). “Materialising Markets: The Agency of Auctions in Emergent Art Genres in the Global South,” in Arts 9, No. 4, pp. 106-106
- Bekmen, Ahmet; Ongel, Ferit Serkan, and Hadiz, Vedi R. (2020). “Contesting Working-Class Politics in Turkey: Social Transformations, Islam, and the Left,” in Critical Sociology 46, No. 7-8, pp. 1025-1040
- Clemens, Justin (2020). “Not Not. A Note on the Figures of Power in Giorgio Agamben,” in Etica e Politica / Ethics and Politics 22, No. 3
- Clemens, Justin (2020). “Morbus Anglicus; or, Pandemic, Panic, Pandaemonium,” in Crisis and Critique 7, No. 3
- Clemens, Justin (2020). “Where then shall hope and fear –, ” in Meanjin
- Clemens, Justin (2020). “An Alogical Space of Genetic Reintrication: Notes on an Element of Giorgio Agamben’s Method,” in Polemos
- Clemens, Justin (2020). “In the State of Nature Nothing will be Lost,” in Australian Humanities Review 66
- Davis, Mark (2020). “The Culture Wars and Corporatism: The Cultural Mission in Australian Non-Fiction Book Publishing, 1958-2018,” in Australian Literary Studies 35, No. 1
- Davis, Mark (2020). “The Online Anti-Public Sphere,” in European Journal of Cultural Studies
- Green, Charles, and Gardner, Anthony (2020). “Okwui Enwezor’s Johannesburg Biennale: Curating in Times of Crisis,” in Documenta Studies 8
- Hadiz, Vedi R (2020). “Indonesia’s Missing Left and the Islamisation of Dissent,” in Third World Quarterly
- Knowles, Claire (2020). “Female Romantic Poetry, 1798-1819: The Climate of Fear and the Loss of a Radical Generation,” in Women’s Writing pp. 1-14
- McHugh, Siobhan, McLean, Ian, and Neale, Margo (2020). “Notes from a Cross-Cultural Frontier: Investigating Australian Aboriginal Art through Podcasts,” in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 16, No. 4
- Otto, Peter (2020). “Negotiating the ‘Holy Land’: Cross-Cultural Encounters from Bonaparte to Blake.” Postcolonial Studies 23, No. 3, pp. 404-429
- Rundell, John (2020). “Underdevelopment and Critical Theorizing: Empowerment and Cosmopolitan Democracy,” in Critical Horizons 21, No. 4, pp. 367-377
- Rundell, John (2020). “Kant on the Imagination: Fanciful and Unruly, or ‘an Indispensable Dimension of the Human Soul’,” in Critical Horizons 21, No. 2, pp. 106-129
- Stanyon, Miranda (2020). “Organ Pipes and Bodies with Organs: Listening to De Quincey’s First Opium War Essays,” in Literature & History 29, No. 1, pp. 19-36
- Tuite, Clara (2020). “Speechless: Werther-Fever and the Media of Romantic Love,” in Cultural and Social History 17, No. 3, pp. 333-353
- Weber, Millicent, and Davis, Mark (2020). “Feminism in the Troll Space: Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl, Social Media, and the Networked Book,” in Feminist Media Studies 20, No. 7, pp. 944-965
- Burnard, Trevor. "A New Look at the Zong Case of 1783," in XVII-XVIII 76, 2019
- Burnard, Trevor. "Beyond Salutary Neglect: A Reflection on 'Thinking the Empire Whole'," in History Australia 16 No. 4, 2019, pp. 642-645
- Champion, Matthew S. and Stanyon, Miranda. "Musicalising History," in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 29 No. 4, 2019, pp. 79-103
- Clemens, Justin. "First Fruits of a Barron Field," in Critical Quarterly 61 No. 1, 2019, pp. 18-36
- Coleman, Deirdre. "Anti-Slavery, African Colonization, and the Natural History of Ballooning," in Romanticism 25 No. 1, 2019, pp. 32-44
- Davis, Mark. "A new, online culture war? The communication world of Breitbart.com," in Communication Research and Practice 5 No. 3, 2019, pp. 241-254
- De Wildt, Lars, Apperley, Thomas H., Clemens, Justin, Fordyce, Robbie and Mukherjee, Souvik. "(Re-)Orienting the Video Game Avatar," in Games and Culture, 2019
- Diprose, R., McRae, Dave and Hadiz, Vedi R. "Two Decades of Reformasi in Indonesia: Its Illiberal Turn," in Journal of Contemporary Asia 49 No. 5, 2019, pp. 691-712
- Ford, Thomas H. and Clemens, Justin. "Barron Field's Terra Nullius Operation," in Australian Humanities Review 65, 2019, pp. 1-19
- Ford, Thomas H. "Frankenscription, a natural history of poetry," in Nineteenth-Century Contexts 41 No. 3, 2019, pp. 271-285
- Hadiz, Vedi R. "The 'Floating' Ummah in the Fall of 'Ahok' in Indonesia," inTRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 7 No. 2, 2019, pp. 271-290
- Hankinson,Alexandra. "Flora's Go-betweens: Nectar, Insects, and Flowers in the Romantic Natural History of Pollination," in Romanticism 25 No. 1, 2019, pp. 3-21
- Jiang, James. "Curious Self-Evidence: Graphology and Gusto in Marianne Moore's Critical Prose," in Modernism/modernity 26 No. 2, 2019, pp. 375-398
- Mierowsky, Marc. "John West. Dryden and Enthusiasm: Literature, Religion, and Politics in Restoration England," in The Review of English Studies 70 No. 294, 2019, pp. 368-370
- Rundell, John. "David Roberts: Images of Aesthetic Modernity," in Thesis Eleven 152 No. 1, 2019, pp. 76-86
- Rundell, John. "Joel S. Kahn (1947-2017) - Perennial Anthropologist," in Thesis Eleven 151 No. 1, 2019, pp. 117-124
- Stanyon, Miranda. "The Passion of Edmund Burke: 'To Dr H_____n' Revisited," in Huntington Library Quarterly 82 No. 2, 2019, pp. 249-276
- Weber, M. and Davis, Mark. "Feminism in the Troll Space: Clementine Ford's Fight Like a Girl, Social Media, and the Networked Book," in Feminist Media Studies, 2019
- Archer, Anita. "Genesis of an Auction Sale Category: Sotheby's Inaugural Auction of 'Contemporary Chinese Art'," in Journal for Art Market Studies 2 No. 3, 2018
- Burnard, Trevor. "A Voice for Slaves: The Office of the Fiscal in Berbice and the Beginning of Protection in the British Empire, 1819-1834.," in Pacific Historical Review 87 No. 1, 2018, pp. 30-53
- Burnard, Trevor and Candlin, Kit. "Sir John Gladstone and the Debate over the Amelioration of Slavery in the British West Indies in the 1820s," in Journal of British Studies 57 No. 4, 2018, pp. 760-782
- Clemens, Justin. "Barron Field and the Myth of Terra Nullius," in Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 151 No. 2, 2018, pp. 135-141
- Clemens, Justin. "Of Avatars and Apotheoses: David Fallon's Blake," in Filozofski Vestnik 39 No. 2, 2018, pp. 41-57
- Clemens, Justin. "As Fire Burns: Philosophy, Slavery, Technology," in Crisis and Critique 5 No. 1, 2018, pp. 130-145
- Coleman, Deirdre. "Antislavery Satire before Abolitionism: Two New Images," in The Wordsworth Circle 49 No. 1, 2018, pp. 28-32
- Davis, Mark. "'Globalist war against humanity shifts into high gear': Online anti-vaccination websites and 'anti-public' discourse," in Public Understanding of Science 28 No. 3, 2018
- Davis, Mark. "'Culture is inseparable from race': Culture Wars from Pat Buchanan to Milo Yiannopoulos," in M/C Journal 21 No. 5, 2018
- Ford, Thomas H. "Echohistoricism: Aristotle, Dryden, Montgomery, Conrad," in Romanticism 24 No. 3, 2018, pp. 278-293
- Ford, Thomas H. "Miracles 24/7," in Art + Australia 55.1, 2018, pp. 44-51
- Ford, Thomas H. "The Romanthropocene," in Literature Compass 15 No. 5, 2018
- Hadiz, Vedi R. "Imagine All the People? Mobilising Islamic Populism for Right-Wing Politics in Indonesia," in Journal of Contemporary Asia 48 No. 4, 2018
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