The Society for Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce that its 2023–2024 postdoctoral fellowships have been awarded to Natasha Bailey and Anna Parker for projects on indigenous human-food relationships in colonial Mexico and the experience of flooding and climate change in Renaissance Prague. As always, we received a high number of exceptional applications and we would like to congratulate all applicants on the quality of their research projects.
Natasha Bailey, ‘Indigenous Plant Ecologies in Early Modern Mexico’
Anna Parker, ‘Family Feeling, household, objects and emotions in Renaissance Prague’
Anna Parker received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2023. Her thesis used legal records from Renaissance Prague to examine the connections between material culture, emotions and the life cycle with a methodology based on psychology and psychoanalytic theory.
‘Family Feeling’, explores households, objects, and emotions in Renaissance Prague. Based on a rich and unexplored collection of over one hundred legal records, contextualised with probate inventories, printed texts, and surviving objects, it brings an innovative methodological approach to the history of the home by combining the burgeoning fields of material culture and emotions history. I use the everyday artefacts that filled city citizens’ homes – entering or exiting at major lifecycle junctures – to uncover domestic practices, quotidian relationships, and shifting affects in Prague. By concentrating on the material realities of household life, my project challenges histories of emotion based on text, and provides new insight into the ‘domestication’ of the Renaissance and Reformations.
The one-year fellowships, currently valued at £15,000, come with free membership of the Society. Fellows will serve on the Society’s Council for the duration of their awards. Further details about the fellowships can be found here. The next call will go live in early 2024.