Marie-Louise Coolahan is Principal Investigator of RECIRC and Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland (Oxford UP, 2010), as well as articles and essays on various subjects and genres relating to Renaissance manuscript culture, early modern identity, and textual transmission, in journals such as Critical Quarterly, Early Modern Women, The Seventeenth Century, and Eighteenth-Century Ireland. She is also currently Co-Investigator, ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1400-1800’ (http://womenspoetry.aber.ac.uk/en/). With Gillian Wright, she is co-editing two special issues on Katherine Philips for the journal, Women’s Writing.
Bronagh McShane is a social historian specialising in the history of women, religion and confessionalisation in early modern Ireland. She completed her PhD at Maynooth University in 2015. Her doctoral thesis investigated how women in Ireland (lay and religious alike) negotiated and reacted to the major religious changes and conflicts which impacted their lives to varying degrees during the period 1560-1641. Her research was funded by the John and Pat Hume and the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships. Since 2014 Bronagh has been co-convener of the Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference, one of the leading interdisciplinary conferences for researchers of early modern Ireland (http://tudorstuartireland.com/). In 2016, Bronagh was awarded a Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholarship. Also in 2016, Bronagh was awarded a National University of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities which she will hold at the Moore Institute in 2017.
Emilie K.M. Murphy
Emilie K.M. Murphy is a cultural historian whose research explores the translation and transmission of female-authored texts within and between the convents and seminaries founded for English men and women on the continent. Emilie was the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London, from October 2013 to September 2014, and completed her PhD at the University of York (AHRC-funded). Arising from her PhD, Emilie is working on her monograph, provisionally entitled ‘The Reformation of the Soundscape: Music and Piety in Early Modern England’. She has also published articles in Renaissance Studies, British Catholic History, Studies in Church History, and Grove Music Online, and is co-editor and contributor to an interdisciplinary volume of essays, forthcoming with Ashgate: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Since September 2016, Emilie has been employed as a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York.
Felicity Maxwell is an early modern letters specialist with a background in Middle and Early Modern English literature, medieval studies, and the history of the English language. Along the way, she has worked on Medieval Latin and Early Modern French. Felicity has published articles in the Bulletin of International Medieval Research and Lives & Letters: A Journal of Early Modern Archival Research. She obtained her SSHRC-funded PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2014, writing on the linguistic construction of employer-servant social relations and the material epistolary practices of Bess of Hardwick’s literate upper servants. This research was affiliated with the AHRC-funded project, ‘Bess of Hardwick’s Letters’ (http://www.bessofhardwick.org/). Felicity has also contributed to ‘The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen’ (http://www.cullenproject.ac.uk/) and the ‘Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy’ (http://walterscott.eu/) projects. She is currently revising her thesis into a series of articles and planning future projects.
Evan Bourke is a PhD researcher. His doctoral project is entitled ‘The Patroness of the Hartlib Circle: Lady Ranelagh’s Authorship and Reception 1641-1691’. Evan is examining Katherine Jones's position and reception within the Hartlib Circle, as well as how she forged a reputation as an intellectual woman within this network. Evan completed his BA in English and History at University College Dublin in 2013 and his MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture at the same institution in 2014. As part of his MA, Evan completed a thesis entitled ‘Amazons, Exiles, and Academicians: Wartime Spaces in the Dramas of Margaret Cavendish’, under the supervision of Prof. Danielle Clarke. Also during his time at University College Dublin, he was awarded the 2012/13 T.D Williams Medal for History Examinations. He is currently co-convener of the Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference which will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway in August 2016.
Sajed Chowdhury’s research engages with early modern women’s writing, manuscript cultures and the history of philosophy and science. His doctoral thesis, ‘Dissident Metaphysics in Renaissance Women’s Poetry’ (2013), was completed at the University of Sussex and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). He has published articles in the journals, Textual Cultures and Women’s Writing, and is currently working on two monographs: the first analyzes early modern women writers’ use of alchemical philosophy; the second is a co-authored book (with Marie-Louise Coolahan and Erin McCarthy) which examines the circulation of women’s works in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript miscellanies. Prior to joining RECIRC, Sajed was MHRA Research Associate at King’s College London, where he worked on the open-access online resource, the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM, http://www.celm-ms.org.uk/).
Erin A. McCarthy
Erin A. McCarthy is a literary historian with particular interests in poetry and poetics, textual theory, and the histories of material texts and reading. She completed her PhD in English at The Ohio State University in 2012 and has published articles based on her dissertation research in the John Donne Journal and SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900. Her current research focuses on the transmission and reception of women's writing in manuscript miscellanies. She is also working on a book, ‘Print and Lyric Poetry in Early Modern England’, which argues that the print publication of poetry indelibly altered English ideas about the function and status of literature. Early modern printed collections show authors, printers, publishers, and other agents working to accommodate an unknown, and potentially unknowing, print readership that would not have had access to lyric poetry in its original, more restricted manuscript context.
Mark Empey is a cultural historian with a particular interest in book history and scholarly networks. He completed his PhD at University College Dublin in 2009, which examined politics and religion in early Stuart Britain and Ireland through the lens of Sir Thomas Wentworth, earl of Strafford. In 2010 he was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin where he worked on the project ‘Protestants, Print and Gaelic Culture, 1567-1722’. In 2012 he was awarded the National University of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, studying the career of the Irish historian and antiquarian, Sir James Ware (1594-1666). Mark has published articles on scholarly networks as well as the dissemination of books and manuscripts in seventeenth-century Ireland. He recently edited Early Stuart Irish Warrants, 1623-1639: The Falkland and Wentworth Administrations (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2015) and he is co-editor of a forthcoming book on the historiography of the Church of Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2017). He is currently completing a monograph on Sir James Ware.
Wes Hamrick specialises in British and Irish literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in poetry and the interaction between manuscript and print. His current book project, ‘Revising the Public Sphere in the Four Nations, 1688-1800’, reframes British print culture in the age of Enlightenment by considering its impact on writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic, Scots vernacular and Welsh. His publications have appeared in SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900 and New Hibernia Review. Before joining RECIRC, he was Visiting Faculty Fellow in Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, having previously held a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship.
Ioanna Kyvernitou is a PhD student in Digital Arts and Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research explores ways of combining women’s studies, history of philosophy and ontology engineering in order to model information contained in letters of early modern women related to philosophical issues. She is particularly interested in implementing semantic web applications to reconstruct women philosophers’ correspondence networks in seventeenth-century Europe. She has a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens, an MA in Greek Language and Literature from the Open University of Cyprus, and an MSc in Digital Humanities from University College London.
David Kelly is Research Technologist for the Moore Institute and the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He works with individual researchers and research teams engaged in projects with a digital dimension. For the RECRIC project, David is responsible for the design and development of the infrastructure, database and related web application used by the research team. This includes the creation of appropriate data visualisation tools for the project. Prior to joining the National University of Ireland, Galway, David established and ran a web development company based in Galway, and worked as a researcher in Information Systems at University College Cork.