Prof. Porscha Fermanis (Work Packages 1 and 2)

Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin. Her research interests include global Romanticisms; Romantic-era historiography and historical fiction; the philosophy of history; the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism; the Godwin-Shelley circle; and the work of John Keats. She is the author of John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment (2009); Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845 (ed. with John Regan, 2014); Romanticism: A Literary and Cultural History (with Carmen Casaliggi, 2016); and Romantic Pasts: History, Fiction, and Feeling in Britain and Ireland, 1790-1850 (forthcoming 2018). Prof. Fermanis is currently working on a study of literary institutions and taste-formation in the Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang, and Malacca) from 1800-1870.


Dr. Sarah Comyn (Work Packages 1 and 2)

Dr. Sarah Comyn is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in English at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis, titled ‘The Empathic Imagination: A Literary History of Homo Economicus through the Anglo-American Novel’, explores the complex relationship between political economy and the novel over a 250-year period. In 2016 she held a Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship where she researched the political economic writings of Jane Marcet, Maria Edgeworth, and their literary networks. Her research interests are in Romanticism; Victorian literature; the transhistorical relationships between political economy and literature; and literary institutions in colonial Australia. She is in the process of completing her monograph on Political Economy and the history of the novel. Dr. Comyn is currently researching the cultural and literary history of Mechanics’ Institutes during the gold rush in colonial Victoria.


Dr. Nathan Garvey (Work Packages 1 and 2)

Dr. Nathan Garvey is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. He completed his PhD in English at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in colonial book history and print cultures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published, among other things, The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author, the Book Trade, and Botany Bay (2008). In 2008, Dr Garvey was the CH Currey Memorial Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales. In 2012 he was awarded a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for his project ‘The Australian Penal Colonies and British Print Culture, 1786-1900’. Dr Garvey is currently working on literary patronage in colonial New South Wales, and institutions of knowledge in NSW and Van Diemen’s Land.


Dr. Lara Atkin (Work Packages 1 and 2)

Dr. Lara Atkin is an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her PhD in English at Queen Mary, University of London in 2017. Her thesis, entitled ‘“The Truest Native of South Africa: The ‘Bushman’ in Early Nineteenth-Century British and Settler Culture’ looks at representations of the southern African ‘Bushman’ in Anglophone literature between 1795 and 1850. Her research interests are in Romantic and Victorian literature; missionary writing; ethnography and displayed peoples; and the literatures and institutions of colonial South Africa. She has published articles on Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B and displayed southern African peoples in nineteenth-century Britain. Dr. Atkin is currently working on literary institutions and settler newspaper poetry in 1820s colonial South Africa.