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Sandy Wilkinson

Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168151
Email: sandy.wilkinson@ucd.ie

Biography

My interests lie in the social and cultural history of early-modern Europe, with a particular focus on book history, and the publishing cultures of sixteenth and seventeenth-century France, Spain, Portugal and the New World. 
Currently, I am working on Ornamento, with the objective of creating an online repository of ornamentation and illustration in pre-Industiral Europe to be searchable through metadata and image-matching software.  The pilot, to be made available in the summer of 2018, has concentrated on Iberian print before 1701 and contains close to a quarter of a million image pages.    

I was the Principal Investigator of Iberian Books (2007-2018) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The project created an online database of printing in Spain, Portugal and the New World before 1701 (around 131,000 items), as well as a census of over two thirds of a million surviving copies.  A new version of the interface, with enhanced searching capabilities, will be made available in August 2018.   The datasets will also be made available as part of the USTC project at St Andrews. 

I studied Modern History (MA Hons, First Class, 1997) and then Reformation Studies (MLitt, Distinction, 1998) at the University of St Andrews.  My doctoral work, supervised by Professor Andrew Pettegree, looked at the communications culture of sixteenth-century France, and in particular at the way the figure of Mary Queen of Scots was exploited by the Catholic League during the Wars of Religion.   From 2001-2006, I was Project Manager of the AHRC-funded French Vernacular Book Project, an initiative that would ultimately evolve into the USTC.  In 2006, I moved to Ireland and have taught in the School of History here since.


I coordinate a first-year survey module on Modern Europe, a third-year module entitled Weoponising the Word, and a graduate historiographical module on Renaissance Europe. 

From 2011-2014, I was the Vice-Principal/Director of the Graduate School in the UCD College of Arts & Celtic Studies. From 2012-2015, I served as Secretary of the Society for the Study of French History.  From 2007 to 2017, I was the Director of the UCD Centre for the History of the Media. 

I currently sit on the executive committee of the UCD Institute of Criminology, as well as serving on the University's Assessment Appeals and the Quality committees.   I chair the editorial board for Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media (30 titles to date), and I also sit on the board of St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture.  I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2004.






Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2011.
Title: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communication and Information Technology Award (2011-2014) for Iberian Book Project: 1601-1650
Year: 2010.
Title: Instituto Camões Discretionary Award (2010) for International Conference 'Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia'
Year: 2008.
Title: Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Award to develop Centre for the History of the Media
Year: 2004.
Title: Arts and Humanities Research Council Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship (September 2004 - August 2006)
Year: 2001.
Title: British Academy Institutional Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2001-2004)
Year: 2000.
Title: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant
Year: 1998.
Title: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Doctoral Scholarship (1998-2001)
Year: 1998.
Title: Scottish Awards Agency Scotland studentship

Associations

Association: Royal Historical Society, Function/Role: Fellow
Association: Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, Function/Role: Founding Editor
Association: Society for the Study of French History, Function/Role: Secretary
Association: St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture (Publication Series), Function/Role: Editorial Board Member
Association: Sixteenth Century Studies Society, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Alexander S. Wilkinson (2018) Ornamentato: Towards a Repostiory of Ornamentation and Illustration in Pre-Industrial European Print. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Typography, Ornamentation and Illustration in the Early Modern Iberian Book World, 1400-1800, Marsh's Library, Dublin , 24-MAY-18 - 25-MAY-18.
Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (2017) El proyecto Iberian Books. [Invited Oral Presentation], VII Seminario Internacional Redes Públicas y Relaciones Editoriales, Madrid , 31-OCT-17 - 31-OCT-17.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) ¿Interdisciplinarity run riot¿. The book world of Golden Age Spain and the digital turn'. [Invited Lecture], Research Seminar, Facultad de Ciencias de la Documentación Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 31-MAR-17 - 31-MAR-17.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) Book History and the Digital Humanities. [Invited Lecture], TCD Early Modern Research Seminar, Trinity College Dublin , 06-MAR-17 - 06-MAR-17.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2016) 'Estimating what has been destroyed: The Case of the Early-Modern Spanish Book World'. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Destruction of Books, Stationers' Hall, London , 27-JUN-16 - 28-JUN-16.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2016) Popuar Literuare in Early-Modern Spain and Portugal. [Roundtable Participant], EDPOP Popular Literature, University of Newcastle , 24-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (UCD) and Graeme Kemp (St Andrews) (2016) Introduction. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Conflict and Controversy in the Early Modern Book World, St Andrews , 16-JUN-16 - 18-JUN-16.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2014) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], A Changing Book Market? Iberian Printing in the first half of the seventeenth century, Dublin , 05-JUN-14 - 06-JUN-14.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2015) 'A Survey of Printed Spanish Broadsheets, 1472-1700'. [Oral Presentation], Workshop on Broadsheets in Early-Modern Europe, St Andrews , 17-APR-15 - 18-APR-15.
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2014) Publishing in the Golden-Age: New Directions in Research. [Oral Presentation], Golden Age Research Symposium, Cork , 28-NOV-14 - 30-NOV-14.
Alexander S Wilkinson (2012) 'Bum Fodder and Kindling: Ephemeral Print in Renaissance Spain'. [Invited Lecture], News Networks in Early-Modern Europe, Seville , 22-NOV-12 - 23-NOV-11.
Wilkinson, Alexander S.; (2011) Printing on the Periphery of Europe. [Invited Lecture], The Early Modern Book World: The Launch of the Universal Short Title Catalogue, Edinburgh , 22-NOV-11 - 23-NOV-11.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2011) Peripheral Print Cultures in Renaissance Europe. [Plenary Lecture], UNESCO Renaissance City of Literature Conference, Marsh's Library in Dublin , 05-SEP-11 - 05-SEP-11.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2011) Charting the Book World of Early Modern Iberia: The UCD Iberian Book Project. [Invited Lecture], TCD European History Research Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin , 27-JAN-11 - 27-JAN-11.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2011) Panel 2E: Politics and Personality in medieval and early modern France. [Chaired Session], Society for the Study of French History, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge , 13-JUL-11 - 15-JUL-11.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2011) The Book World of Early Modern Spain. [Invited Lecture], University of Alicante Graduate Seminar Series, University of Alicante , 23-MAY-11 - 24-MAY-11.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2010) 'The Bigger Picture: Publishing in Spain before 1601'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Golden Age Research Symposium, Cork , 19-NOV-10 - 21-NOV-10.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2010) The Iberian Book Project. [Invited Lecture], Reading Anthologies in Sixteenth-Century Europe, Trinity College, Dublin , 19-JUL-10 - 21-JUL-10.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2010) Organised International Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Exploring the Print World of Early Modern Iberia, University College Dublin , 20-MAY-10 - 21-MAY-10.
Wilkinson, Alexander S.; (2009) Mapping the Print World of Early Modern Iberia: The UCD Book Project. [International Refereed Conference], Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Geneva, Switzerland , 28-MAY-09 - 30-MAY-09.
Alexander Wilkinson; (2008) International Conference hosted by the UCD Centre for the History of the Media. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Print Culture after Union: The Impact of 1707 and 1800 on the Print Cultures of Scotland and Ireland, Dublin , 12-DEC-08 - 13-DEC-08.
Wilkinson, A.; (2008) The Iberian Book 1500-1540. [Invited Lecture], The book in Transition. The Printed Book in the post-incunabula age, 1500-1540, St. Andrews, Scotland , 03-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08.
Wilkinson, A.; (2007) Reconstructing the Legion of the Lost: The Case of French Print before 1601. [Invited Lecture], TCD Research Seminar, Dublin , 22-OCT-07.
Wilkinson, A.; (2007) The Bibliothèques of François de La Croix du Maine and Antoine Du Verdier. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Society for the Study of French History annual conference, St. Andrews , 01-JUL-07.
Wilkinson, A.; (2007) 'Sustaining a city under siege: Paris versus Henri de Navarre', one day symposium entitled. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Religious Disputation:The Culture of Controversy in Early Modern Ireland in an International Context, Dublin , 01-JUN-07 - 01-JUN-07.
Wilkinson, A; (2006) Press Censorship in France during the Religious Wars: the Book Privilege System 1560-1600. [Invited Oral Presentation], Censorship and Propaganda, UCD School of History , 24-FEB-06.
A. Wilkinson; (2001) The Crown and the Public Image of England and Scotland in the Polemical Literature of the French Wars of Religion. [International Refereed Conference], Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Denver , 01-OCT-01.
A. Wilkinson; (2000) Mary Queen of Scots and the Polemic of the French Catholic League. [International Refereed Conference], Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cleveland, Ohio , 01-NOV-00.

Committees

Committee : Secretary, Society for the Study of French History
Committee : Assessment Appeals Committee
Committee : Director, UCD Centre for the History of the Media

Employment

Employer: School of History and Archives, UCD
Position: Lecturer in the History of the Media
Employer: School of History, University of St Andrews
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education

Year 1997 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1999 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: MLitt Subject: Reformation Studies
Year 2002 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

French:
Spanish:
Hellenistic Greek:
Latin:
       

Publications

Books

Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (2015) Iberian Books (Volume II). Libros Ibéricos Volúmene II. Books published in Spain, Portugal and the New World or elsewhere in Spanish or Portuguese between 1601 and 1650. Libros publicados en España, Portugal y el Nuevo Mundo o en otros lugares en español o portugués entre 1601 y 1650. Leiden: Brill. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (2015) Iberian Books (Volume III). Books published in Spain, Portugal and the New World or elsewhere in Spanish or Portuguese between 1601 and 1650. Libros publicados en España, Portugal y el Nuevo Mundo o en otros lugares en español o portugués entre 1601 y 1650. Leiden: Brill. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (eds.) (2014) Iberian Books 1472-1650 (Online Resource iberian.ucd.ie). Ireland: UCD Digital Library Group. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2011) The Universal Short Title Catalogue (contributing Iberian Books Online and co-editor of French Vernacular Books Online). St Andrews: St Andrews. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2010) Iberian Books. Libros Ibéricos. Books Published in Spanish or Portuguese or on the Iberian Peninsula before 1601. Libros publicados en español o portugués o en la Península Ibérica antes de 1601. Leiden: Brill. Available Online [Details]
Pettegree, Andrew; Walsby, Malcolm; Wilkinson, Alexander S. (2007) French Vernacular Books: A Short Title Catalogue of Books Published in the French Language before 1601. Livres imprimés en français avant 1601. Leiden: Brill, 2 vols. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2004) Mary Queen of Scots and French Public Opinion, 1542-1600. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Alexander S. Wilkinson (2018) '17th Century and Earlier Journalism' In: Tim P. Vos & Folker Hanusch (eds). The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) 'A Survey of Broadsheets Printed in Spain, 1472-1700' In: Andrew Pettegree (eds). Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) 'Introduction' In: Alexander S. Wilkinson and Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (eds). A Maturing Market: The Iberian Book World in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century. Leiden: Brill. , pp.1-10 [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) 'Chapter 1: A Maturing Market: The Iberian Book World in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century' In: Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (eds). A Maturing Market: The Iberian Book World in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century. Leiden: Brill. , pp.13-25 [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2017) 'Peripheral Print Cultures in Renaissance Europe' In: Crawford Gribben and Kathleen Miller (eds). Dublin - Renaissance City of Literature. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2011) 'The Printed Book on the Iberian Peninsula, 1500-1540' In: Malcolm Walsby and Graeme Kemp (eds). The Book Triumphant: Print in Transition in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Leiden: Brill. , pp.78-96 [Details]
David Foster & Alexander S. Wilkinson (2011) 'Irish Lesson / Lekcja irlandzka' In: Anna Karwinska (eds). Humanista na rynku pracy. Krakow: Wyzsza Szkola Europejska im. ks. J'ozefa Tischnera w Krakowie. , pp.32-49 [Details]

Edited Books

Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (Ed.). (2017) A Maturing Market. The Iberian Book World in the first half of the seventeenth century. Leiden: Brill. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (ed.) (Ed.). (2012) Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia. London: Bulletin of Spanish Studies. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Alexander S. Wilkinson (2015) 'Vernacular Translation in Renaissance France, Spain, Portugal and Britain: A Comparative Survey'. Renaissance Studies, 29 (1):19-35. [DOI] [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2013) 'Bum Fodder and Kindling. Cheap Print in Renaissance Spain'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 90 (4-5):871-893. [DOI] [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2012) 'Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 89 (4):491-506. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson & Marinela Garcia-Sempere (2012) 'Catalan and the Book World of the Crown of Aragon, 1475-1601'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 89 (4):557-574. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson & Marinela Garcia-Sempere (2011) 'La producció impresa en català durant els segles XV i XVI: Observacions sobre la història de la impremta a través de l'estudi dels catàlegs'. Caplletra: Revista Internacional de Filologia, . [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2009) 'Lost Books Printed in French before 1601'. Library, 10 (2):188-205. [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2004) 'Homicides Royaux: The Assassination of the Duc and Cardinal de Guise and the Radicalisation of French Public Opinion'. French History, 18 (2). [Details]

Other Journals

Alexander S. Wilkinson (2016) 'Towards a Short-Title Catalogue of Iberian Books: 1472-1700' Newsletter, Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (Summer) :11-12. Available Online [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2004) 'Mary Queen of Scots and the French Connection' History Today . [Details]
                                                   

Book Reviews

Alexander S. Wilkinson (2018) Review of Flavia Bruni and Andrew Pettegree (eds.), Lost Books: Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016). Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2016) Review of Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (eds.), Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2015) in Journal of Jesuit Studies. Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2015) Review of Rosa Salzberg Ephemeral City. Cheap Print and Urban Culture in Renaissance Venice (Manchester: MUP, 2014) in Reviews in History (Institute of Historical Research). Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2015) Review of Assunta Polizzi (ed.), Imprenta y cultura de interés hispánico en Sicilia en los siglos XVI y XVII, Bern: Peter Lang, 2013, 267 pp. Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2014) Review of Benito Rial Costas (ed.), Print Cultures and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe. A Contribution to the History of Printing and the Book Trade in Small European and Spanish Cities (Leiden: Brill, 2013) for Sharp News, Autumn 2014. Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2014) Review of Pollie Bromilow, Authority in European Book Culture, 1400-1600 (Burlington, 2013) for Publishing Research Quarterly 30/1 (2014). Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2011) Review of Audrey Beth-Fitch, The Search for Salvation: Lay Faith in Scotland 1480-1650 (Birlinn, 2009) for Canadian Journal of History. Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2010) Review of Stuart Carroll. Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) in Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 63, no.2 (1 June 2010), pp. 654-655. Renaissance Quarterly: Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2006) Review of Bronwen Wilson, The World in Venice: Print, the City, and Early Modern Identity, by Bronwen Wilson. Studies in Book and Print Culture. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2005. xviii, 406 pp. in Canadian Journal of History (Autumn, 2006). Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2006) Review of Paul Arblaster, Antwerp and the World. Richard Verstegan and the International Culture of Catholic Reformation (Leuven University Press, 2004), in Sixteenth Century Journal 37:1 (2006). Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2003) Review of Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559-1685, edited by Raymond A. Mentzer and Andrew Spicer. Journal of Ecclesiastical History 54, no. 2 (2003): 371-72. Book Reviews [Details]
Alexander S. Wilkinson (2000) Review of Michael Mullett, The Catholic Reformation (London: Routledge, 1999; pp. xi+ 258. ?45) in The English Historical Review 969-970. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My current research project Ornamento focuses on ornamentation and illustration in pre-Industrial print.  More broadly, I am interested in the communications cultures of early-modern Europe, but especially in France and Spain.

Research Projects

Sponsor : The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (AMF)
Title : IB17: The Iberian Book Project, 1651-1700
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 31-MAY-18
Sponsor : The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (AMF)
Title : IB17: The Iberian Book Project, 1601-1650
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-11 / 30-JUN-14
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

History is an evolving dialogue between the past and the present. The teaching and study of history ought to foster rigour but also an intellectual curiosity. I am passionate about research-driven teaching, active-learning and the development of employability skills.