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Sylvia Adamson

Sylvia Adamson completed her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Cambridge, in the English Faculty and the Department of Linguistics respectively. After an appointment at the University of Strathclyde, where, together with Colin MacCabe and Alan Durant, she founded the Programme in Literary Linguistics, she returned to Cambridge to take up the post of University Lecturer in English Language. In 1999, she joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Linguistics and Literary History, and in 2004 moved to Sheffield as Professor of Renaissance Literature and Early Modern English Language. In 2009, she was elected President of the Philological Society, the UK's oldest learned society for the study of language and languages.

Kathryn Allan

Kathryn Allan is Lecturer in the History of English at University College London and Deputy Director of UCL’s Survey of English Usage. She previously held a lectureship at Salford University, and has also taught at the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow. While a postgraduate at Glasgow, she worked as a part-time research assistant on the Historical Thesaurus of English, now published as the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. Recent publications include two co-edited volumes for Mouton de Gruyter, Current Methods in Historical Semantics (with Justyna Robinson, 2011), and Historical Cognitive Linguistics (with Margaret Winters and Heli Tissari, 2010), as well as a monograph, Metaphor and Metonymy: A Diachronic Approach (Publications of the Philological Society, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). She is currently writing a textbook on historical semantics with Christian Kay, for Edinburgh University Press.

Susan Z. Andrade

Susan Z. Andrade is associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and is affiliated with the programs in Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies. Her book on gender politics, public sphere politics, and women’s literary traditions, The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms, 1958-1988, is forthcoming from Duke UP, and she co-edited Atlantic Cross- Currents / Transatlantiques (Africa World Press, 2001). She has published essays on Aphra Behn, Maryse Conde, and Franz Fanon, V. S. Naipaul, and literary and intellectual materials from Africa and the Caribbean in Callaloo, Cultural Critique, Research in African Literatures as well as several edited books.

Jonathan Arac

Jonathan Arac is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs Pitt's Humanities Center, which he founded in 2008. He also serves on the boundary 2 editorial collective and chaired the Advisory Committee for the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2002-2012. His most recent book appeared from Fordham University Press, Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel (2011). He is completing Against Americanistics and working on a book about "The Age of the Novel" in the US, 1850s-1950s.

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis is a social historian and lawyer.  She is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a member of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) at the University of Cambridge. Her books include, with Lionel Bently and Jane Ginsburg, Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique (CUP, 2008) and, with Tanya Aplin, Intellectual Property: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2013). She has a particular interest in trade mark law and unfair competition and has published extensively on these topics both from a legal and historical perspective.  She is currently writing a social and political history of trade marks.

Alan Durant

Alan Durant is Professor of Communication in the School of Law at Middlesex University, London. He was previously Professor and Head of English at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and before that Director of the Programme in Literary Linguistics, University of Strathclyde (where he worked during the 1980s with Sylvia Adamson and Colin MacCabe). Recent books include Language and Law, co-written with Janny H.C.Leung (Routledge, 2016), Meaning in the Media: Discourse, Controversy and Debate (CUP 2010), and Language and Media, co-written with Marina Lambrou (Routledge, 2009). With Nigel Fabb, Derek Attridge and Colin MacCabe, he co-edited The Linguistics of Writing: arguments between language and literature (Manchester University Press, 1987), a collection of essays which includes the Raymond Williams lecture available on this website in video extracts and in audio.

Philip Durkin

Philip Durkin is Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He trained as a medievalist and historian of the English language at the University of Oxford, where he completed a doctorate on previously unedited Middle English prose texts. He speaks widely on English etymology, and has published in journals including Transactions of the Philological Society, Dictionaries, and Critical Quarterly. His monograph The Oxford Guide to Etymology was published by OUP in 2009. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Philological Society, Britain’s oldest learned society devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages.

Stephen Heath

Stephen Heath is a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he is Keeper of the Old Library.

Colin MacCabe

Colin MacCabe is a Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 1985. Between 1976 and 1985 he taught the history of Early Modern and Modern English in relation to literature at Cambridge and Strathclyde universities He has also taught at Exeter University, UK, and at Birkbeck, University of London. Between 1985 and 1998 he worked at the British Film Institute, where he produced films by Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien and Terence Davies as well as the 16 part series The Century of Cinema. His most recent productions are Chris Marker’s Owls at Noon: Prelude the Hollow Men (2005), Isaac Julien’s Derek (2008) and Filipa Cesar’s Black Balance (2010). He is the author of numerous books, articles and reviews including Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy (2003), and James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word (2nd edition 2003). His most recent publications are T.S. Eliot (2004), The Butcher Boy (2007) and a co-edited collection True to the Spirit: Film Adaptation and the Question of Fidelity (2011). He has edited the journal Critical Quarterly since 1987.

Seth Mehl

Seth Mehl is a research assistant at the University of Sheffield, working on The Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought, having finished his PhD in English at University College London (UCL) in 2015.In his work, Seth studies semantic variation and change, semasiology and onomasiology, and corpus methodology. Previously, he was a research assistant at UCL’s Survey of English Usage. He is a council member of the Philological Society, having previously served for two years as Honorary Secretary for Student Associates, and he is a linguistics editor for the Taylor and Francis journal Cogent Arts and Humanities. He has taught at the University of Sheffield, UCL, the UCL Institute of Education, and the University of Winchester, as well as in widening participation programmes, and ESOL settings.

Kellie Robertson

Kellie Robertson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland. She is the author of The Laborer’s Two Bodies: Labor and the ‘Work’ of the Text in Medieval Britain, 1350-1500 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and the co-editor (with Michael Uebel) of The Middle Ages at Work: Practicing Labor in Late Medieval England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). Her research interests include medieval and early modern poetry and drama; the history of the book; legal and labor studies; and the history of the English language.

Holly Yanacek

Holly Yanacek is Visiting Assistant Professor of German at the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed her PhD in German Studies and a doctoral-level certificate in Cultural Studies in 2016. She was recently a Fulbright Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Free University of Berlin. Her first book, in progress, analyses the representation of emotion in fin-de-siècle German novels. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature, realism, narrative theory, moral philosophy, the history of the novel, and the history of emotions.