Keynote Speakers

Daniel O’Quinn
“Making Worlds from that Void Place: The Treaty Karlowitz and the Spectacle of Mediation”

Daniel O’Quinn is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.  He is most recently the author of 
After Peace and Beside War: Engaging the Ottoman Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which explores the relationship between diplomacy and artistic practice in order to offer new perspectives on war and global modernity. He is also the author of Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), which received Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize from New York University.  His first book, Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), received Honorable Mention for the Bernard Hewitt Prize for Excellence in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research. In addition to preparing The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan for Broadview Press (2008) and Lady Elizabeth Craven’s A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople for Gorgias Press (2010),  he has also co-edited, with Teresa Heffernan, a new edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters from Broadview Press (2012). His articles on the intersection of race, sexuality and class in a range of cultural milieus have appeared in various journals including ELHStudies in Eighteenth Century CultureOctoberStudies in RomanticismTexas Studies in Literature and LanguageTheatre JournalDocumentsEuropean Romantic Review, and Romantic Praxis

Su Fang Ng
“Alexander and Fictions of Worldmaking from Britain to Southeast Asia”

Su Fang Ng is Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. Her forthcoming book on Alexander the Great from Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance (Oxford University Press 2019), brings together a western and a non-western canon to remap global literary networks.She is the author of Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press 2007) and articles on medieval, early modern, and postcolonial topics; she guest-edited a special issue of Genre on transcultural networks in the Indian Ocean. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the National Humanities Center, the University of Texas at Austin, Heidelberg University, All Souls College, Oxford, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, as well as small grants. 

University of California at Santa Barbara | Department of English | South Hall 2510
Director: Bernadette Andrea | Graduate Fellow: Unita Ahdifard
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