Dr. Surekha Davies is the author of Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her research interests include cultural encounters (particularly between Europe and the Americas), travel writing, geographical exploration, cartography, monster theory, collecting and museums, and the history of mentalities from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. She is Assistant Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. She previously held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of London, and was a curator at the British Library Map Library.
Dr Davies is a founding editor of a new book series, Maps, Spaces, Cultures (Brill). Her articles have appeared in journals including The Historical Journal, the Journal of Early Modern History, Renaissance Studies and History and Anthropology. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the American Historical Association, the Library of Congress, the Folger Library, the Newberry Library, the Leverhulme Trust and, most recently, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, at which she will be spending the summer of 2017. She is now working on a new monograph on European encounters with overseas artefacts from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, called Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire.
Dr. Nabil Matar is Presidential Professor in the President’s Interdisciplinary Initiative on Arts and Humanities at the University of Minnesota. His home is in the English Department but he also teaches in the History Department and the Religious Studies Program. He taught in Jordan and Lebanon before moving to the United States in 1986. He is author of the trilogy: Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 (Cambridge UP, 1998); Turks, Moors and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (Columbia UP, 1999), and Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689 (UP of Florida, 2005). His second trilogy is on Arabs and Europeans in the early modern Mediterranean World: In the Lands of the Christians (Routledge, 2003); Europe through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (Columbia UP, 2009); and A Moroccan Ambassador in the Mediterranean, abridged, translated, and introduced (Routledge, 2015). His other publications include Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 with Gerald MacLean (Oxford UP, 2011); Through the Eyes of the Beholder: the Holy Land, 1517-1713, co-edited with Judy Hayden, (Brill, 2012); Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam (Columbia UP, 2013); and British Captives in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, 1563-1760 (Brill, 2014). He is currently working on a book about “Religious Encounters in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean, 1517-1798.” He has been a recipient of grants from the British Council, Fulbright, the British Academy, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and NEH. In 2011, he was chosen Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, and on 28 March 2012, he received the “Building Bridges” award at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Charles H. Parker is Professor of History at Saint Louis University. His research interests focus on the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe and cross cultural interactions in world history. His publications include Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008) and The Reformation of Community: Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland, 1572-1620 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback ed., 2006). He is currently finishing a book manuscript on Calvinism and empire in the early modern world.
Dr. Ulrike Strasser is Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. She held previous appointments at the University of California at Irvine and as a Clark Professor at UCLA. Strasser is the author of the award-winning monograph State of Virginity: Gender, Politics, and Religion in a Catholic State (2004), a co-editor of Gender, Kinship and Power: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary History (1996) and of Cultures of Communication, Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming). She has published numerous articles on early modern religion and politics, gender and sexuality, global history, and questions of theory. Strasser is currently working on a monograph entitled Men on the Move: German Jesuits, Pacific Spaces, and the Question of Clerical Reproduction. She is also co-authoring a book with Renate Dürr on the German missionary journal The Neue Welt=Bott (under contract with Brill Publishers).
Dr. Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at UCLA’s Department of History. He teaches courses on medieval and early modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history; the history of European expansion, the comparative history of early modern empires, and world history. He advises graduate students on Indian history, the history of the Iberian empires, and more generally on forms of “connected histories.” His recent publications include Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, with Muzaffar Alam); Three Ways to be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World (Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2011); Courtly Encounters: Translating Courtliness and Violence in Early Modern Eurasia (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012); On the Origins of Global History, Collège de France Inaugural Lectures, trans. Liz Libbrecht (Paris: Collège de France, 2016). He has recently completed a book entitled Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800, forthcoming in 2017 from Harvard University Press. He is currently writing a joint work on Indo-Persian first-person narratives with Muzaffar Alam.
Sanjay Subrahmanyam was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and as a corresponding fellow to the British Academy in 2016. Other awards and recognitions include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the Infosys Humanities Prize (2012); his nomination as A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (2002-2008), as the Mary Flexner Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College (2009), and as the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress (2013).