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Matthew Symonds

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Senior Research Fellow

Matthew Symonds is a Senior Research Fellow at UCL and CELL’s Technical Research Officer, responsible for maintaining the CELL website and the IT infrastructure for the various CELL projects. He is Co-PI on CELL's major research project, The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He studied history at UCL and Cambridge. His Ph.D., ‘Grub street culture: the newspapers of Nathaniel Mist c.1715 – c. 1745’, is about a Jacobite, his newspaper, and the repeated scandalous and seditious libels that it published. His research interests include the history of information, the miscommunication of ideas, and late seventeenth-century cultural history. He is currently writing about cosmopolitan reading.

Matt teaches on the MA in Early Modern Studies; he co-convenes the core modules ARTFGE01A Reframing the Renaissance and ARTFGE01B Forging the Early Modern, and he also teaches EDITG002 IT for Graduate Research and EDITG005 Web 0.1: Early Modern Information Culture c.1470-1750

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