Plenary Speakers

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JAMES LOXLEY (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of a number of books on early modern poetry and drama, including Royalism and Poetry in the English Civil Wars (1997), Ben Jonson (2002), and Shakespeare, Jonson and the Claims of the Performative (2013). He has also published on ordinary language philosophy, the work of Thomas Hobbes, and theories of performativity. Together with Anna Groundwater and Julie Sanders, he has published a previously unknown account of Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland (2015). He has also led a project to create a digital map of literary Edinburgh,



JYOTSNA G. SINGH (Michigan State University, USA)

Jyotsna G. Singh teaches and researches early modern literature and culture, especially Shakespeare, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, early modern histories of Islam, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. Her published work includes numerous articles, chapters, and Books such as the following:Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: ‘Discovery’ of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge, 1996); and Travel Knowledge: European ‘Discoveries’ in the Early Modern Period (Palgrave 2001), (co-ed. Ivo Kamps); A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion, 1559–1660  (Blackwell 2009 and Reprinted 2013 );  The Postcolonial World(co-ed. David D. Kim), (Routledge 2016).Her latest monograph is Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory (Arden Bloomsbury, 2019 January).

Currently, Jyotsna Singh is working on a monograph that draws on postcolonial theory, global exchange, and early modern history of Islam and Christianity. Tentatively entitled, Transcultural Islam: Muslim and Christian Identity-formations in Mughal India and early Modern England, this monograph looks afresh at the shifting applications of the term ‘religion’ in Europe, via a conglomeration of Muslim cultural memories and European imaginings of the Muslim ‘other,’ with a focus on the English presence in Mughal India.  Her talk at the conference will be based on this work.