I am a Senior Lecturer in Book History and Early Modern Literature at Brunel University. During September 2012 – March 2016, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow across the History Department at Harvard University and the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel. My MSCA Fellowship project was entitled ‘Reshaping the Black Legend: Conflict, Coalition and the Press in Early Modern Europe’ and examined the relationship between England, Portugal and Spain (and their territories) during the period c. 1480 – 1680. I am now completing work on two monographs and four articles as output for the project, as well as a bilingual (English/Portuguese) critical edition of a play performed at the court of Dom Sebastian.
My research interests are primarily in book history but also the wider history of European relations and their discussion in printed sources of the early modern period. I examine textual production and the dissemination of propaganda during the early modern period – in particular, texts intended to persuade nations to think a certain way about different nations, races, creeds, migrants and refugees. I lecture on Christo-Islamic relations, early modern propaganda literature, Shakespeare & his contemporaries, as well as book history. I have taught in both English and History faculties. (I joined Brunel from the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge in 2007.)
In conjunction with my ongoing research into historical European relations and the press, my MSC IOF position has facilitated exploration of the impact of historical relations on the present day. My work with the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) has facilitated my work in advocacy for better contemporary understanding of historical relations and collaborations, as well as for a better understanding of the value of the Humanities to contemporary society.
I am in the process of setting up an interdisciplinary academic-heritage network for individuals and institutions working on any aspect of Anglo-Iberian history: ‘Anglo-Iberian relations, from the Medieval to the Modern’. Preparations are now also underway for the second conference in my series on Anglo-Iberian Relations. Details of this second conference are available here:
and information about the inaugural conference can be found here:
I am a convenor of the Religious History of Britain Seminar, 1500-1800 at The Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London (http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/146). I also blog occasionally for The Guardian on pedagogy. I am an active member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (mariecuriealumni.eu) and its UK Chapter, and currently serve on their ‘Information & Data Access’ and ‘Policy on Successful Researchers’ Working Groups. As of March 2016 I am now the European Editor for the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (ahh.sagepub.com).
I am College Lecturer of the Year 2016-17 for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, and University Lecturer of the Year 2016-17 at Brunel University. (Voted for in the Student-Led Teaching Awards.)
[Please kindly note that, as of May 2016, my surname has changed from ‘Evenden’ to ‘Evenden-Kenyon’.]