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Professor Lisa Jardine and CELL join UCL

23 August 2012

23 August 2012

The Faculties of Arts and Humanities and of Social and Historical Sciences are delighted to announce that Professor Lisa Jardine and colleagues from the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters will be joining UCL from 1 September 2012.

Since her first work on Francis Bacon (1974), Lisa Jardine has written and co-written more than a dozen scholarly and more general books, including influential studies of Shakespeare, Humanism, Erasmus and lives of Bacon, Wren and Hooke. In her later work, she has made particularly important contributions to the history of science in Europe and to the study of Dutch history and of Anglo-Dutch relations. Several of these books have won international prizes. Professor Jardine writes and reviews for many major UK national newspapers and magazines, and has presented and appears regularly on arts, history, and current affairs programmes for television and radio. She is a regular writer and presenter of ‘A Point of View’ on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 4.

Lisa Jardine will be appointed Professor of Renaissance Studies and will combine her work at UCL with acting as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters was founded by Professor Jardine in 2002 and develops archive-based research projects of relevance to the period 1500–1800. Two Research Officers will join UCL with Professor Jardine: Dr Robyn Adams and Dr Matthew Symonds (himself a UCL graduate in History). They will be part of the new UCL Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities (CIRH) which was created as a post-doctoral research centre for scholars in Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences, with generous funding from the Provost’s Strategic Development Fund. CIRH exists to promote interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities: Professor Jardine will be its first Director.

The Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor Henry Woudhuysen said, ‘This is an enormously exciting development for arts and humanities at UCL: Lisa Jardine is an outstanding, internationally renowned scholar whose expertise in interdisciplinary research exactly complements the ambitions the faculties have for CIRH.’

Professor Lisa Jardine said, ‘I am thrilled that UCL has offered me this golden opportunity to direct their new Centre for ‎Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities, and honoured to be invited to join a distinguished ‎group of academic researchers in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences. I look forward to ‎enhancing the activities of my own Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in this new and ‎invigorating environment.’ ‎