British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams

The School of History is delighted to announce that Kelsey Jackson Williams has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, to be held at the University of St Andrews from 2014 until 2017.

Dr Jackson Williams works on antiquarianism, the early modern study of artefacts, manuscripts, ruins, and other fragments of the past. His project, Writing Scotland: Antiquarianism, Confessionalism, and National Identity in Early Modern Europe, looks at a series of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish antiquaries whose efforts to recover Scotland’s textual heritage – whether in the form of medieval chronicles, Neo-Latin poems, or humanist treatises – were central to the formation of a national literary canon.  They were not, however, entirely disinterested: the project will recover their confessional, political, and regional allegiances and investigate the pressures those placed on their scholarship.  This builds on Dr Jackson Williams’ previous study of the intersection of antiquarianism and canon formation and he hopes that it will significantly advance understandings of both.

Dr Jackson Williams’ first book, soon to be forthcoming, examines the writings of the antiquary, scientist, and biographer John Aubrey (1626-1697).  After completing his doctorate at Balliol College, Oxford, he taught at Jesus College, Oxford. He will be joining the School of History in September 2014 and will also be a member of the Institute of Scottish Historical Research.