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School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS)

Catherine Kovesi is Senior Lecturer in History. Her research focuses on discourses surrounding luxury consumption and greed in Italy and Europe in the early modern period; and the social, familial, and religious history of Venice and Florence.

Jenny Spinks is Hansen Senior Lecturer in History. She is a cultural historian of early modern Europe with a particular focus on Germany, France and the Low Countries in the sixteenth century. Her research interests include print culture, the history of emotions, the global supernatural, the religious dimensions of wonders and disasters, and European views of religious rites and material cultures in Asia.


Una McIlvenna is Hansen Lecturer in History. She works on the literary and cultural history of early modern Europe, specialising in balladry and the singing of news, the history of capital punishment, the history of emotions, and court studies.


Charles Zika is Professorial Fellow in History, and Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His research interests lie in the intersection of emotion, religion, visual culture and print in early modern Europe, and especially in its German-speaking territories.

Trevor Burnard is Professor of History, and Editor of the Oxford Bibliographies Online in Atlantic History. He works on the history of the Atlantic World from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-nineteenth century with a particular emphasis on colonial British America, including the British Caribbean.

Lisa Beaven is a lecturer in art history at La Trobe University and honorary fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on sensory and emotional responses to art and material culture in early modern Europe, with a particular focus on seventeenth-century Rome.

History of Science

Gerhard Wiesenfeldt is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science. His research looks at early modern empiricism, science and Naturphilosophie, science at early modern universities, scientists in popular movies, and the visual culture of experiments.


Knox Peden is Gerry Higgins Lecturer in the History of Philosophy. An intellectual historian by training, he works on Spinoza’s philosophy and its legacies and also pursues research on competing historiographies of the Enlightenment.

Melbourne School of Government

Russell Goulburne is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He has published and taught extensively on major figures in French intellectual culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau. His research interests include the history of the book and textual editing, and reception of classical antiquity in early modern France.

School of Culture and Communication (SCC)
English and Theatre Studies

David McInnis is Gerry Higgins Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies. He is the author of multiple publications on travel in early modern English drama. With Roslyn L. Knutson and Matthew Steggle, he is founder and co-editor of the Lost Plays Database.

Justin Clemens works on the intersections between science, politics and poetry in early-modern literature, with a particular interest in the work of John Milton.

Art History

Jennifer Milam is Head of the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Her research looks at the visual contexts of garden spaces, art and aesthetics in the Enlightenment, the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and women artists and patrons in eighteenth-century Europe.

Anne Dunlop holds the Herald Chair of Fine Arts. She works on art and culture in Italy and southern Europe between c. 1300 and 1550. Her interests include early secular art, artistic techniques and materials, models of artistic cross-cultural exchange, and links between Italy and Eurasia in the Mongol period.

Olivia Meehan is Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Her primary area of research is cross-cultural engagement, in particular, the circulation of European prints in early modern Japan. Teaching and research interests include: print culture in early modern Europe; Japanese prints and illustrated books; trade and exploration in Asia 1500-1800; theory and methods in art history; reading and visual literacy.

School of Languages and Linguistics (SOLL)

French & Spanish

Veronique Duche is the A.R. Chisholm Chair of French Studies. Her research and publication record centres on French literature in the Renaissance, in particular on novels translated from Spanish. She is recognised as one of the leading experts on the history of translation in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France. She also has a strong interest in rare books and history of the book.



Andrea Rizzi is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2014-2018). His project as Future Fellow is on The Power of the translator: a new history of cultural change and communication. Andrea also works on scribal and print cultures of early modern Italy, the agency of vernacular translators in Renaissance Europe, intentional anonymity in early modern literature, and the violent language of humanism.

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM)

Erin Helyard Helpmann has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance.