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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. He currentl;y supervises PhD projects on early modern receipt books and Jacobite folk culture and welcomes enquiries from prospective students, particularly those interested in the conjunction of the history of the book and digital humanities.

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