Postdoc editorial appointment

We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Gary Baker has been appointed as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Hakluyt edition, supported by the Hakluyt Society, NERC, and the University of Groningen (NWO grant). He is based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, working under the supervision of Prof. Claire Jowitt.

Hakluyt 400th anniversary events

The Hakluyt Society is organising a series of events in Oxford to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Hakluyt this year.

Two exhibitions of rare books and manuscripts are happening: in the Upper Library, Christ Church, and the Weston Library of the Bodleian.

Friday 14 October, in the Upper Library, Christ Church, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP 

4.30–6.30 p.m. General introduction on Christ Church in the sixteenth century by Judith Curthoys, the Christ Church Archivist, followed by a symposium on scientific instruments in Hakluyt’s time, with papers by the President of the Hakluyt Society, Jim Bennett, and Dr Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science). A reception will follow.

This is free of charge and open to all who are interested, but as adequate seating has to be prepared, please e-mail Dr Cristina Neagu, the Special Collections Librarian at Christ Church, if you wish to attend:

Friday 28 October,
in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

5.30–6.30 p.m.  An introductory lecture by Dr William Poole (New College) on Hakluyt and the books on display in the Bodleian’s exhibition. A reception will follow.

This is free of charge and open to all who are interested, but a place must be reserved if you wish to attend. The Bodleian asks that you please e-mail:, saying you will be attending and giving your postal address, so they can send a formal printed invitation pour mémoire.


On 24-25 November, a major international conference will take place in the Weston Library (Bodleian) and Christ Church, with keynote lectures by Prof. Chaplin (Harvard) and historian Prof. Michael Wood.

For details and booking arrangements, see:

Congratulations to Dr Colm MacCrossan

We are delighted to announce that Dr Colm MacCrossan, Editor of Volume 12 and former (and first) Research Assistant on the Hakluyt Project, has been appointed Lecturer  in Renaissance Literature at Sheffield Hallam University. Many congratulations and good luck with the new post!

Hakluyt Editors Awarded Huntington Library Fellowships

Angela Byrne (co-ed. Vol. 2), Claire Jowitt (ed. Vol. 14), and Sebastian Sobecki (ed. Vol. 1 & co-ed. Vol. 2) have been awarded short-term Huntington Library Fellowships for 2015/16. Sebastian will be working on travel writing whilst in residence, and Angela and Claire will be focusing on working on their respective volumes with the benefit of access to the edition’s copy-text (STC 12626a-245_04).

Award of a British Academy Small Grant 2015

Lena Wahlgren-Smith’s post as Latin and neo-Latin Research Assistant has been extended until August 2016. Lena is based at the University of Southampton and her work on the project is funded by a British Academy Small Grant, the Hakluyt Society, and the University of Southampton. Lena is also an associate editor on Volume 1 (Medieval Voyages, edited by Sebastian Sobecki), working on the Latin material.

Vacancy: Research Assistant on Hakluyt Editorial Project

Research Assistant – University of Southampton

Salary: £27,854 pro rata, per annum Part Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date: Friday 29 November 2013
Reference: 316413F4

The University of Southampton seeks to appoint a MHRA-funded Research Assistant to work on the Hakluyt Editorial Project. The Project was established in 2008 to produce the first annotated, scholarly edition of Hakluyt’s landmark travel collection The Principal Navigations (1598-1600).

The new edition is being produced by a team of international experts under the leadership of the General Editors Prof. Claire Jowitt (Southampton) and Prof. Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway).

We seek to attract a researcher with excellent skills in Latin translation and textual editing of Latin material included in English texts, who holds a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. Renaissance neo-Latin, Renaissance casino jameshallison Studies). The researcher should be able to work as part of a collaborative research team and engage with interdisciplinary perspectives. The position is fixed term for a period of 12 months, from 01 January 2014. It is a part-time position at 0.5 FTE.

The Research Assistant will: liaise with the General Editors in relation to the editing of Latin texts and Latin material included in English texts in The Principal Navigations; support the editors of individual volumes in editing Latin material; assist the General Editors in the delivery of Editorial Workshops in 2013-14 (facilitated by an AHRC Network Grant). The post is based in English and Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture at Southampton.

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Project Director, Prof. Claire Jowitt ( Interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 9 December, 2013.

see the below job advert for details and application procedure


Hakluyt Society Annual Lecture

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Annual Hakluyt Society Lecture 2012, this year by Prof Daniel Carey, general editor of the Hakluyt edition Project.

Daniel Carey, Richard Hakluyt as Editor. The Hakluyt Society Annual Lecture 2012 (London: The Hakluyt Society, 2013). 28pp. ISBN 978-1-908145-05-5.

Copies can be obtained via the Hakluyt Society website:

Early Modern Travel: Theory and Practice

Early Modern Travel: Theory and Practice
Moore Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
27-28 September 2013
Organised by Daniel Carey

The conference will investigate how theoretical reflection on travel and history informed the practice of exploring and representing foreign countries and peoples in the early modern period. Authors under discussion include Montaigne, Hakluyt, and Johann David Michaelis, and travel experience in Europe, Arabia, Persia and the Ottoman Empire and Spanish Empires.

Several speakers involved in the Hakluyt project are taking part in the event: Daniel Carey, Anders Ingram, Ladan Niayesh and Sebastian Sobecki.