Professor Howard Hotson

Project Director /

Howard Hotson is Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History at the University of Oxford, based at St Anne’s College. He has published widely on the intellectual movements and networks of the early modern world, and has directed Cultures of Knowledge since 2009. In consultation with the Steering Committee he sets and oversees our overall direction, and also supervises the two Postdoctoral Fellows.

Arno Bosse

Digital Project Manager /

Arno Bosse studied Art History, Comparative Literature and Film History at Reed College, the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität and the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, he co-founded Kanji alive and later served as the Director of Humanities Computing before returning to Germany where he worked at the Göttingen State and University Library. He is interested in digital research methods in the humanities and tweets as @kintopp.

Miranda Lewis

Digital Editor /

Miranda Lewis has worked as an editor and copy-writer for publishers, museums, libraries, and online resources. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, where she focussed on sixteenth-century French portrait drawings, she takes responsibility for the metadata within EMLO and works with our contributors. Her fiction has also been published in literary magazines and collections.

Dobrochna Futro

Projects Administrator /

Dobrochna Futro provides administrative support for Cultures of Knowledge and the associated COST Action network: Reassembling the Republic of Letters. She studied Art History, Polish Philology and Arts Management at UCL, Adam Mickiewicz University and Birkbeck College. She has substantial administrative, grant and event management experience gained at the University of Oxford and in the art sector.


Mat Wilcoxson

Developer /

Mat Wilcoxson is a software engineer and has worked on various projects in BDLSS including Fihrist, First Folio, and Genizah. He has recently completed a BSc in Physics at the Open University and previously obtained a BSc in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex. He hopes one day to fly to Mars.

Digital Fellows, Visiting Scholars, and Associates

Cristiano Amendola

Cristiano Amendola

Cristiano Amendola is a DPhil. student in Italian Philology at ‘Transitions. Unité de recherches sur le Moyen Âge et la Première Modernité’ at Liège University, where he is also one of the editors for the EpistolART Project. His personal research is focused on rhetorical and material aspects of letter-writing during the Italian Renaissance, he is a member of the research group directed by Professor Paola Moreno, working on the critical edition of Francesco Guicciardini’s letters. Currently he is preparing a critical edition of Felice Feliciano’s autograph letters.


Dr Randolph Cock

Randolph Cock studied psychology and artificial intelligence before becoming a computer programmer and sometime motorcycling fiend. His doctorate concerned science and the Royal Navy, and he is the co-author, with Prof. Nicholas Rodger, of A Guide to the Naval Records in the National Archives of the UK. He has been a Research Fellow at Exeter and Liverpool Universities and, for Cultures of Knowledge, has worked on the letters of Edward Lhwyd and Henry Oldenburg.


Dr Antonio Geremicca

Antonio Geremicca attained a doctorate in Art History at the University of Pisa in 2011. He was an Associate Fellow at the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence and a postdoctoral researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. In 2013 he achieved a two-year Marie Curie Cofunded post-doc fellowship at the University of Liège where currently he is involved with EpistolART, a research project which focuses on the letters of Renaissance artists.


Luca Guariento

Luca Guariento was awarded BA and MA in Musicology at the University of Bologna, Italy. Following his master dissertation which focussed on Robert Fludd’s De templo musicæ (1618), he continued and widened the horizons of his research on Fludd’s philosophy with a Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow. He is currently Systems Developer for the Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions and Project Assistant for The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen.

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Lucy Hennings

Lucy Hennings holds a BA (Hons) in History and a MSt in Medieval History from the University of Oxford, where she is now working on her doctorate. Her research explores the ways in which administrative networks of learned clerks transmitted papal rhetoric into the government of Henry III. She is particularly interested in dictaminal practice and the importance of letter-writing style. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, and embroidery.


Katharina Herold

Katharina Herold has recently finished her MSt English Literature 1830–1914 at Oxford University where she is currently researching her DPhil project, which investigates the ways in which Orientalism features in English-German Decadent writing. Despite her 19th-century focus, she has a keen interest in palaeography and pre-1900 century material, especially early modern correspondence. When back home in Bavaria, she enjoys transcribing 16th-century legal documents for the local city archive together with her father.


Karen Hollewand

Karen Hollewand is a DPhil student in History at the University of Oxford. She was born in the lovely town of Groningen, The Netherlands, and moved to Oxford to do her PhD. Her thesis concentrates on Dutch humanist scholar Hadriaan Beverland (1650–1716), who was banished from the Dutch Republic in 1679 for his radical ideas on sex, the Bible, and the Classics, and who spent most of his life in exile in England. In addition to studying history, she loves to play volleyball, to eat sushi, to watch the Tour de France, to read biographies, and to drink coffee with Miranda in the office.


Owen Hubbard

Owen Hubbard holds a BA in Music and an MSt in Musicology from the University of Oxford, and will begin his PhD at the University of Chicago in September 2016. His research interests comprise two related strands: firstly, theories of intertextuality and aesthetic (non-)autonomy in European modernist musical composition; and, secondly, the reception and repurposing of Western art music in late-twentieth-century and contemporary society.


Marc Kolakowski

Marc Kolakowski, a doctoral student at Université de Lausanne, spent the academic year of 2014–2015 as an intern with EMLO in Oxford, funded by a Doctoral Mobility Study Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS). Marc divided his time between his research on Johann Wilhelm Stucki and work in EMLO on closely related correspondences of Swiss Reformed academics, such as Theodor Zwinger and Amandus Polanus. He is a keen hiker and skier, and a valued member of the CofK team.


Dr Iva Lelkova

Iva Lelková received her PhD. at Charles University in Prague in 2011. She took part in the Mapping the Republic of Letters project as a Fulbright grantee at Stanford University where she worked on Athanasius Kircher’s correspondence. She was a Comenius fellow in the Cultures of Knowledge project between 2010 and 2015, working on the correspondence of J. A. Comenius and on the prosopography of the Hartlib circle. She is interested in early modern intellectual history and history of science.


Charlotte Marique

Charlotte Marique spent four happy months as an intern with Cultures of Knowledge in Spring 2014. She completed her BA and MA at Université de Liège (Belgium), where her master’s thesis focused on Czech contemporary art. She works now as a freelance Digital Fellow and translator. In her free time, she enjoys music, travelling, and cooking.


Katie McKeogh

Katie McKeogh is a doctoral student in the History Faculty working on culture and identity in the circle of Sir Thomas Tresham (1543–1605) and is interested in early modern religious and cultural history more broadly. She is co-convenor of a research network at TORCH (Early Modern Catholicism) and has presented her research at numerous conferences and seminars.

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Callum Seddon

Callum Seddon is a doctoral student in English at the University of Oxford, having previously studied at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis is a study of manuscript circulation and textual transmission, with a particular focus on the poet William Strode (1601/2–1645). His other research interests include seventeenth-century drama and poetry, manuscript verse miscellanies, and textual editing.


Kat Steiner

Kat Steiner studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the Queen’s College, Oxford, finishing in 2012. Under the supervision of Jackie Stedall, she wrote a dissertation on Descartes’s geometry in her final year. Now working for the Bodleian Libraries, and studying part-time for a Masters at UCL in Information Science, she has been unable to shake off a fascination with early modern mathematics, and is thrilled to find an outlet for her enthusiasm at Cultures of Knowledge!

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Tim Wade

Tim Wade is a current MPhil student at the History Faculty. His work centres on ideas surrounding conscience, heresy, and faith in the work of Thomas More (1478–1535). More broadly, he is interested in the intellectual and religious history of the early modern period. Outside of history, he plays football and is a keen guitarist and an enthusiast of poetry and theatre.

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Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is researching a DPhil on North-East Wales 1640–88: Civil War, Restoration and Revolution. She is based at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, after being awarded the College Scholarship (Arts) for 2014. Sarah is particularly interested in the persistent allegiance of the gentry to the Church of England and the monarchy in the 1650s and throughout the period. Her work uses large collections of family correspondence as well as official correspondence between the localities and the centre. She is also involved with writing A-level textbooks and is administrator for the Local Population Studies Society and Journal.


Dr Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth Williamson was Digital Project Manager for Cultures of Knowledge from 2013–15 and continues to work with CofK as a consultant from her current base in Baltimore. She completed her PhD on early modern diplomatic correspondence in 2012. Her current research looks at the archival afterlife and contemporary function of letters and letter-books as part of a wider study on diplomacy and the history of political information. She is a member of the COST network ‘Reassembling the Republic of Letters’. Connect with her on Twitter,, or LinkedIn.

Steering Committee


Professor David De Roure
Oxford e-Research Centre


Dr Kathryn Eccles
Oxford Internet Institute


Dr Robert McNamee
Electronic Enlightenment


Richard Ovenden
Bodleian Libraries


Professor Judith Pfeiffer
Arabic/Islamic History


Pip Willcox
Bodleian Libraries



Renhart Gittens


Dr Mark Thakkar
University of St. Andrews


Michael Popham
Bodleian Libraries


Dr Will Poole
University of Oxford


Dr James Brown
Intoxicants and Early Modernity, University of Sheffield


Dr Katerina Hornickova
University of Salzburg


Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams
University of Oxford


Dr Kim McLean-Fiander
The Map of Early Modern London, University of Victoria


Dr Leigh Penman
University of Queensland


Dr Anna Marie Roos
University of Lincoln

Helen Watt
University of Wales


Professor Peter Harrison
University of Queensland

Robin Miranda

Dr Robin Buning
Huygens ING

Neil Jeffries

Neil Jeffries
Bodleian Libraries


Dr Eetu Mäkela
Aalto University

Gray Jones

Tanya Gray-Jones
Bodleian Libraries


Monica Messaggi-Kaya
Bodleian Libraries


Sushila (Sue) Burgess
Bodleian Libraries


Former Digital Fellows, Visiting Scholars, and Associates

  • Martha Buckley
  • Rose Hedley
  • Milena Zeidler