Maryland’s Professor Kimberly Coles joins London’s School of Advanced Study as Visiting Fellow January-June 2013

Wednesday 16 January 2013

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is delighted to welcome Kimberly Coles, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, as the School Visiting Fellow for 2012–13.

Professor Kimberly Coles, who has published numerous articles on the topics of women’s writing, gender and religious ideology, was selected after stiff competition from a strong field of applicants. Her book, Religion, Reform, and Women’s Writing in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2008; paperback 2010) examines the influence of women writers on religious identity and its cultural expression in the 16th century.

Professor Coles will be based at the School for six months from January until June 2013. During this time she will be working on her current research project entitled “A fault of humor”: the constitution of belief in Early Modern England, which investigates how the confessional categories of Protestant and Catholic functioned in early modern England as material categories. The medical theory of this period gave the prevailing sense that body and soul were in sympathy. The project explores what this implies for religious identity.

Professor Roger Kain CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, said ‘I am delighted to welcome Professor Kimberly Coles to the School as the holder of its Visiting Fellowship for 2012–13. The focus of Professor Coles’s research is of great relevance to current discussions in the UK and beyond and has enduring significance for culture and society generally. I very much look forward to welcoming Professor Coles to the School and to hearing her speak on these issues during her time here.’

Professor Coles said: ‘I am honoured to have been selected to hold the Visiting Fellowship for this year. The situation of the fellowship—near the libraries of the Warburg Institute, Senate House, Dr. Williams and the Wellcome Collection—makes this quite literally the best place in the world for my research. I shall be wearing a path between these collections, and eager to share my findings with the distinguished group of scholars at the Warburg and English Studies Institutes.’

Professor Coles will give a public lecture, chaired by Professor Roger Kain, at the School on 12 June entitled, ‘Moral Constitution: Elizabeth Carey’s Tragedy of Mariam and the Color of Blood’, which will be followed by a question and answer session.  The event is free to attend and all are welcome. For further information about the lecture or to attend please contact Peter Niven at peter.niven@sas.ac.uk.

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1. For further information please contact Dee Burn¬ at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670 / 07808 102 735. Images available on request.

2. The School of Advanced Study, University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together 10 research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. www.sas.ac.uk

3. Each year the School welcomes around 170 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. In addition to visiting fellowship programmes, the School offers professorial, honorary and senior research fellowships. Through the hosting of these fellowships, the School fulfils its overall aims of enriching the research infrastructure of its national and international subject communities and other stakeholders. www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/fellowships/visiting-fellowships

4. Professor Kimberly Coles is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland. She has written various articles on the topics of women’s writing, gender, and religious ideology. Her book, Religion, Reform, and Women’s Writing in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2008; pbk 2010) examines the influence of women writers on religious identity and its cultural expression in the 16th century. Her current book project, “A fault of humor”: the constitution of belief in Early Modern England investigates how the confessional categories of Protestant and Catholic functioned in early modern England as material categories. The medical theory of this period gave the prevailing sense that body and soul were in sympathy. The project explores what this implies for religious identity. www.english.umd.edu/profiles/kcoles