Louise Seaward has just completed a PhD in History at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie in the political and cultural history of ancien régime France and the French Revolution. Louise’s doctoral research centred on the issue of censorship and considered how the French government strove to police literature produced outside France’s borders. Louise’s thesis interacts with debates relating to the nature of the illicit book trade in the eighteenth century and the role of print in the origins of the French Revolution. Building on her PhD, Louise has just been awarded a Major Grant from The Bibliographical Society to fund a period of research in Geneva where she plans to investigate how local censorship responded to French attempts to control print and politics in the Swiss republic.
Mads Langballe Jensen is a PhD candidate at the History Department at UCL. He has previously completed a BA in History of Ideas at Aarhus University (Denmark) in 2009, and the intercollegiate MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of London in 2010. Mads is currently working on a PhD thesis on the political thought of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560). The thesis investigates how Melanchthon developed his political thought in a range of debates and polemics between 1525 and 1547. In doing so the thesis traces the development, and distinctive character, of reformation political thought within the the cross-currents of late medieval scholasticism, renaissance humanism and reformation theology. His interests include early-modern political thought more generally, the interplay between religion and politics, as well as the methodology of the historical and social sciences.
Niall Hodson is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Durham University.His research focuses on social and intellectual networks in early modern Europe. His thesis, ‘Henry Oldenburg and Translation at the Early Royal Society’, looks at the role played by translators and translations in shaping communication between scientists and scientific institutions, and in the scientific revolution more generally. More widely, his is interested in polyglotism in early modern Europe, and the role of virtuosi in intellectual history. Together with Sietske Fransen (Warburg Institute), he organized the colloquium Translation and the Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern Science at the Warburg Institute: click here for details. He previously studied art history at the Courtauld Institute and cultural and intellectual history at the Warburg Institute.
We are very grateful to Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland for providing the funding to support these positions.