Roundtable Speakers

Professor Bernadette Andrea

University of California, Santa Barbara

Bernadette Andrea is professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007). She edited and introduced English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 (University of Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012) for the series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe.” Her co-edited collections include Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, with Patricia Akhimie (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), and Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds, with Linda McJannet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).  Her articles and book chapters on contemporary women writers from Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco appear in journals such as HAWWA: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World and collections such as Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity Through Writing. She currently serves as a co-editor, with Julie Campbell and Allyson Poska, of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and is the director of The Early Modern Centerat UCSB.

Dr Nadia Cattoni

University of Lausanne, Lausanne

Nadia Cattoni is a researcher at University of Lausanne. Previously she was a SNF Postdoctoral Fellow at University Ca’Foscari of Venice and an EFEO Postdoctoral Research Fellow at EHESS of Paris. She received her PhD from University of Lausanne in 2016 for a thesis on the female figure (nāyikā) in the works of Dev, an 18th century Indian poet. Her research is focused on early modern Indian literature in Braj, especially courtly poetry, erotics, aesthetics and women’s writing. She is the author of “The Figure of Radha in Miniature Paintings: From the Pastoral to the Courtly, from Text to Visuality, from Polyphony to Normativity” (Journal of Religion and Gender, 2015) and of Dev, l’artisan-poète du 18ème siècle et la nāyikā dans le Rasavilāsa. Circulation et échanges, intertextualité et transformations (DeGruyter, 2020). She is also the co-editor of Early Modern India. Literatures and Images, Texts and Languages (CrossAsia-eBooks, 2019).

Professor Suraiya Faroqhi

Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul

Suraiya Faroqhi is a professor of history at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul. After studying at the universities of Hamburg/Germany (Dr. Phil.) and Istanbul, as well as at Indiana University/Bloomington (MA for Teachers), she had a lengthy career at Middle East Technical University (Ankara): from instructor to full professor, 1971-1987. She then became a professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich/Germany. After retirement in 2007, she moved to a professorship in history at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she is now an emerita. Her focus is on Ottoman social history, especially artisan production, the use of objects as historical sources, as well as urban life and cross-cultural linkages, her most recent books being: A Cultural History of the Ottomans: The Imperial Elite and its Artefacts (London: I. B. Tauris, 2016), and The Ottoman and Mughal Empires: Social History in the Early Modern World (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2019), which should appear in paperback next month: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-ottoman-and-mughal-empires-9781788313667/

Professor Rosalind Smith

Australian National University, Canberra

Rosalind Smith is Professor of English at the Australian National University and Director of the ANU Centre for Early Modern Studies. She is the author of Sonnets and the English Woman Writer, 1560–1621: The Politics of Absence (Palgrave, 2005) and co-editor of Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing (Palgrave, 2014) and Early Modern Women’s Complaint: Gender, Form and Politics (Palgrave, 2020) as well as the author of numerous chapter and articles on early modern women’s writing, which have appeared most recently in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Textual Studies and Women’s Writing. She is the co-founder of the Early Modern Women’s Research Network (EMWRN) with A/Prof Patricia Pender and together they are the general editors of the Palgrave Online Encyclopaedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing. She has served on the HCA panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2015-17) and was a Senior Common Room Fellow at Merton College Oxford in 2019/20. Her external research funding of over $3 million includes a current Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2019-23) on early modern women’s marginalia and a Linkage grant with State Library Victoria on the Emmerson Collection, a recent early modern bequest of over 5000 books and manuscripts (2019-2022), leading a large cross-disciplinary team in order to investigate the collection and make it available to others.

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