Carlo Caruso is Professor of Italian at Durham University. He has published widely on various aspects of Italian and Neo-Latin literature of the Renaissance and the Baroque Age. In his recent book Adonis. The Myth of the Dying God in the Italian Renaissance he explores, amongst other things, the presence of Adonis in the literary and figurative culture of early modern Italy and France and the significance of early modern myths of transformation involving the world of vegetation.

Gillian Rudd is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool. She has written on a wide range of subjects, including medieval literature, women’s writing of 19th and 20th centuries, and children’s literature. Her work on medieval ecologies—including her book, Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature—has covered a variety of aspects, such as flowers, mice, trees and gardens. She has contributed a chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, and edited ‘Animalia: a symposium on animals in medieval literature’ for Studies in the Age of Chaucer.


William Bainbridge has recently completed a PhD in the Department of Geography at Durham. His thesis, entitled Heritage in the Clouds: Englishness in the Dolomites, examined Victorian writers’ aesthetic encounters with the Dolomite Mountains. He has explored the ways in which Titian’s paintings provided a cultural lens for interaction with this landscape.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is a lecturer in medieval literature in Durham’s Department of English Studies. Her primary research interest is in Old Norse-Icelandic literature and Viking/Medieval Scandinavia, particularly medieval geographies and landscapes, both real and imagined. She is currently writing a book about the depiction of the world in the Old Norse sagas. The BBC named Dr. Barraclough one of their ten BBC New Generation Thinkers; she has since appeared on radio to talk about various aspects of the north and the medieval world.

Stefano Cracolici is a Reader in Italian Studies at Durham University. He specialises in Renaissance Italian culture, with a particular focus on the history of emotions from a social, medical, and aesthetic perspective. His recent publications have covered Filippo Nuvoloni’s Dyalogo d’amore, old age, and the writings of Michele Savanarola. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.

Lydia Harris is completing an interdisciplinary PhD in the Department of History at Durham University under Dr Helen Foxhall-Forbes and Prof Corinne Saunders. Her thesis focuses on abortion, contraception, and unwanted pregnancy, c. 1000-1200. Previously, Lydia completed a MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Durham University in 2013 on labour pains in medieval theological and medical rhetoric. She obtained a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2012 and an AOS in acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2007.

Kevin E. Sheehan recently finished his PhD in 2014, having examined the functions of portolan cartography between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. His research interests include: the history of cartography and trade networks; the history of science and technology in medieval and early modern Europe; and archeological reconstruction and archaeometric examination of medieval and early-modern manuscripts and maps.


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