Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg

PhD, FRHistS, Title of Docent in Cultural History (University of Turku)

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Description of research and teaching

Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg (she/her), FRHistS, is an Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, History, and Arts Studies. She is the holder of a major five-year mid-career research grant from the Academy of Finland. Her project focuses on the entanglements of manuscript travel writing and life writing in seventeenth-century Britain. She is a Trustee and a council member of the Hakluyt Society and a co-convener of the longstanding Institute of Historical Research seminar, Society, Culture, and Belief, 1500-1800. She has held research fellowships at Birkbeck, QMUL, NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Core Fellow in 2013-2016), and University of Sussex. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. 

Holmberg's research interests include cross-cultural encounters, Anglo-Ottoman exchanges, and the cultural history of mobility and travel, including its bodily, sensory and emotional experiences. She has edited a recent theme issue for Renaissance Studies, 'Renaissance and Early Modern Travel: Practice and Experience, 1500-1700' (Renaissance Studies vol. 33, no. 4., 2019). Her articles have appeared in Studies in Travel Writing, Renaissance Studies, and Cultural & Social History and several edited collections, handbooks and compilations. Her first monograph explored contemporary Jews in early modern English imagination, Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation (Ashgate, 2012, nowadays available from Routledge). Her second book, British Encounters with Ottoman Minorities in the Early Seventeenth Century: 'Slaves' of the Sultan, will be published by Palgrave in 2022 in the series Early Modern Cultural Studies, 1500-1700, edited by Jean Howard and Holly Dugan.

Holmberg has taught at the University of Turku, Queen Mary University of London, and University of Helsinki, where her courses have focused on early modern cultural history, history of emotions and senses, cross-cultural encounters and travel, and historiography and methodology of cultural history. She is a supervisor for the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage and is interested in supervising postgraduate students working on early modern Britain and the wider world, with a special fondness for transcultural and interdisciplinary renaissance and early modern studies. She tweets @EvaJohannaH and blogs as team member of the AHRC-funded research collective Medieval and Early Modern Orients, https://memorients.com

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

1 Sep 2016 → …

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Cultural History
  • early modern history
  • cultural encounters and exchanges
  • history of travel
  • Early Modern England
  • Renaissance studies
  • Christian-Muslim relations
  • Jewish history
  • life writing
  • mobility

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.