Utopian dreams, colonial realities: changing visions of society and culture in early modern utopian literature, New World colonial projects and settlements, 1516 – 1717.
Supervisor: Professor David Wootton and Dr Sophie Weeks
English/British and Atlantic History; early modern utopian texts; travel literature; colonial plans and projects; clothing and other forms of material culture; race; gender; space and mobility.
Papers and publications
- ‘“Richly suited in sky-coloured taffety”: social display, liveried servants and the performance of power’, Bielefeld-Lund-York History PhD conference, York, 13-15 June 2018.
- ‘“The Princes and those of their blood will be able to build there Palaces and Halls”: Sir Balthazar Gerbier’s utopian dreams of the New World’, Legacies of Conquest: Transnational perspectives on the conquest and colonization of Latin America, Cambridge, 11-12 April 2017.
- ‘Objects and possessions: noble display, liveried servants and the politics of power’, Objects and Possessions: Material Goods in a Changing World 1200-1800, Southampton, 3-6 April 2017.
- ‘Flights of Fancy: the contradictions of exotic feathers in early modern utopian texts and culture’, Nomadic Objects: Material Circulations, Appropriations and the Formation of Identities in the Early Modern Period (16th-18th c.) International Conference, Paris, March 2-4, 2017 (accepted, unable to attemd).
- ‘Dress, shame and the gendered punishment of women in Thomas Lupton’s, Sivqila too good, to be true (London, 1580)’, Centre for Early Modern Studies Seminar Series, Exeter, 19 October 2016.
- ‘The New Worlds of Sir Balthazar Gerbier, 1649-1660’, Ex Historia Seminar Series, Exeter, 13 October 2016.
- ‘Balthazar Gerbier: Constructing Utopian Visions of the New World’, Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference, Plymouth, 4-6 July, 2016.
- ‘Sir Balthazar Gerbier’s utopian dreams of the New World’ in Jenny Mander, David Midgley and Maya Feile Tomes (eds.), Transnational perspectives on the conquest and colonization of Latin America (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, New York, forthcoming 2019).
- ‘Dress, Ideology and Wishful Thinking: the regulation and control of clothing in early modern English utopian texts, 1516-1654’. Utopia and Fashion Special Issue, Utopian Studies 28:3 (2017).
'Utopia' panellist and speaker ('Utopia and Colonialism'), London School of Economics, June 26 2018. Part of an extension lecture series held at the LSE for sixth formers from widening participation backgrounds who are on a scholarship programme run by education consultancy, Bonas Macfarlane, London.