Anne-Sophie Refskou

Anne-Sophie's research focuses on early modern English literature and theatre, especially Shakespeare and his contemporaries and the classical/medieval literary heritage in the early modern period. Research topics include compassion, history of emotions, affect theory, theatre history, reception history and intertextuality.  She is currently working on a monograph provisionally titled Shakespeare’s Compassion: Emotion, Intertextuality and the Classical Tradition on the Early Modern Stage. Other publications include: ‘Humanist Shakespeare: Xenophobia and Compassion in Sir Thomas More in The Shakespearean International Yearbook 19 ed./Ton Hoenselaars and Stephen O’Neill (Routledge) and ‘Word Games: Affect and Play in Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet’ in Shakespeare/Play ed./Emma Whipday (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). 

Edward Payne

Edward's research focuses on the Mediterranean Baroque, in particular the art and visual culture of Spain and Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has engaged with a range of topics including violence, skin, sensory perception, caricature, and ugliness. Before coming to Aarhus, he taught art history at Durham University, and worked as a curator for six years in the US, UK, and Spain. He has published widely on Spanish and Italian art and is currently finishing a monograph with the title Jusepe de Ribera: The Rawness of Nature.

Feliks Levin

Feliks is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie postdoctoral fellow at School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University working on the project Irish Identities and Political Thought in Early Modern Historical Writing: Greek and Roman Sources. His sphere of interests includes medieval and early modern ethnicity, Irish identity, early modern British composite monarchy, medieval and early modern Irish history-writing, political thought in Tudor and early Stuart Ireland, and cultural transfers in early modern Ireland including Classical influences. Recent publications include ‘Representation of the tales of the Ulster cycle in Foras Feasa ar Éirinn: organisation of discourse and contexts’, Studia Hibernica 46 (2020): 1-25. 

Gordon McMullan

Gordon is a Professor of English at King’s College London; he currently holds an AIAS-COFUND Fellowship. His research addresses early modern English theatre, and he has published widely on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, working on a range of subjects from reception history to late-life creativity, from cultures of prejudice to textual editing. He is a general editor of Arden Early Modern Drama and a general textual editor of The Norton Shakespeare, 3e, and a member of the editorial boards of Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama and Age, Culture, Humanities. His publications include the Arden Shakespeare edition of Henry VIII (2000), Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing (2007) and Antipodal Shakespeare (2018).

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen

Her research focuses on slavery and forensic theatricality in the early Spanish empire, the development of human rights, alternative visions of European modernity, world literature seen from the Spanish empire etc. She has an extensive network within the study of human rights and literature, colonialism and slavery and early modernity. She has published widely on especially Latin American literature and has recently finished a book project with the title Slavery and the Forensic Theatricality of Human Rights in the Spanish Empire. Man or Citizen?

Lisbet Tarp

Her research focuses on early modern art theory, natural philosophy, collection history, and digital art history. She has published on image theory in relation to European decorative arts and collection history. She has been leader of the research group project Digital Art History: Rediscovering the Painting (2019-2022) financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and Ny Carlsberg Foundation in collaboration with The National Gallery in Copenhagen (SMK). Together with researchers at SMK, she explores a selection of SMK’s early modern paintings from the perspectives of digital art history, image theory, technical art history, and conservation studies.

Marianne Pade

Marianne Pade’s research focuses on Early Modern Latin language and literature. She has recently published on Early Modern translations of Ancient Greek literature into Latin, and she is now  working on a monograph on Philology in the Early Modern Period (c. 1400-1700). Recent publications include “Boccaccio and the Humanist Movement”,  Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, eds. G. Abbamonte, P. Baker & S.M. Oberhelman. Leiden & Boston 2021, pp. 315-330 and “The Athens of Claude de Seyssel”, Nouvelles Traductions et Réceptions indirectes de la Grèce ancienne, ed. Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas, Recherches sur les Réceptions de l’Antiquité, Brepols, forthcoming.

Mikkel-Theis Paulsen

Mikkel-Theis' research focuses on representations of 'The New World'  in Spanish and English literature from approximately 1590-1660 with a focus on the ways in which ideas and consequences of empire were molded and negotiated by early modern authors. He is especially interested in gold and luxurious objects, alchemy, melancholy, ideologies of empire and feelings of crisis. His article '"Pues que no estás en el oro, o contento, ¿donde estás?" – Gold and Melancholy in Spanish and English New World Drama' was published in the anthology The Comedia Between Worlds: Critical Intersections in Early Modern Theatre (ed. Esther Fernández et al.) in 2024.

Odile Liliana Panetta

Odile's research focuses on early modern political and religious thought, with a particular interest in Protestant Europe. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the AUFF-funded project "Body politic(s) - The body in early modern political thought"; her contribution to the project examines the development of justifications for punishment and social discipline in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Reformed Protestantism.Her earlier research explored discussions about the legitimacy of coercing heretics in mid-sixteenth-century Switzerland; this work resulted in her first article, "Heresy and Authority in the Thought of Théodore de Bèze", Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme vol. 45, no.1, 2022, pp. 33-72. 

Simona Zetterberg-Nielsen

Simona's research area is eighteenth-century literature, and especially the novel. She deals with questions such as how fiction arose as a genre and what the relationship is between fictional and factual discourses. Recent publications include “The Novel” (co-authored with Catherine Gallagher), Fictionality and Literature: Core Concepts Revisited (ed. Louise Brix, Lasse Gammelgaard, Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen, Stefan Iversen, James Phelan, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Richard Walsh). The Ohio State University Press. And ”The threshold of fiction: Revisiting the origin of the novel through Danish literature”, Poetics Today, Vol 39, No. 1, 01.02.2018, 93-111.