Employment, Publications and Talks

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Twitter: @NatCutter.
Email: nat [at] cutters [dot] org.

Employment History

2022-23: Teaching Associate (Periodic), History, University of Melbourne

2021-23: Research Coordinator, ARC LIEF Project Australian Cultural Data Engine, University of Melbourne

2022: Research Associate/Web Developer, ARC Discovery Project Albrecht Dürer’s Material World, University of Melbourne

2021: Research Coordinator, ARC DECRA Project The Sounds of Time under Dr Matthew Champion, Australian Catholic University.

2019-21: Sessional Tutor/Guest Lecturer/Assistant Subject Coordinator/LMS Support, Medieval, Early Modern and Economic History, University of Melbourne

2021: Project Officer (Acting), Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

2020: Research Assistant/LMS Support, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

2019: Research Assistant/Intern, Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Digital Studio Graduate Internship Project Bunjil’s Biik: Mapping the Ancestral Country of the Boonwurrung

2018-19: Project Manager, School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, ARC Linkage Project Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People

2017-18: Project Officer (Acting), Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

Selected Publications

‘Interest and Intrigue: Consular Manipulation and Commercial Diplomacy in British-Maghrebi Relations, 1662-1712’, in review for special issue of Itinerario, edited by Peter Good and José Escribano-Paez. Expected publication 2023

With Lubaaba al-Azami, Aisha Hussain and Peter Good, ‘Transcultural Encounters Between England and the Islamic Worlds’, special issue of Renaissance Studies, approved for submission in 2022. Includes my paper in review ‘Knowing the Maghreb in Stuart Scotland, Ireland and Northern England’. Expected publication 2023

‘Grateful Fresh Advices and Random Dark Relations: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters, 1660-1710’. Special issue of Cultural and Social History, edited by Giada Pizzoni. Available online 21 February 2022 at https://go.unimelb.edu.au/xb3i.

‘Baker, Thomas (b. 1639/40, d. 1729), diplomat and diarist’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Forthcoming 2022

‘Goodwyn, Thomas (d. 1722/27), merchant and diplomat’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Forthcoming 2022

‘Stedham, Edith (d. 1695), housekeeper and merchant’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Forthcoming 2022

‘“Grieved in my soul that I suffered you to depart from me”: Isolation and Community in the English Houses at Tunis and Tripoli, 1679-1686’, in Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion and Exile 1550-1850, edited by Heather Dalton (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020), 169-89. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/tz3j

‘Between Captives and Consuls: Searching for the “Little English” of Barbary’ (Greg Dening Memorial Lecture), Melbourne Historical Journal 47, 1 (2019/20): 129-39.

‘Peace with Pirates? Maghrebi Maritime Combat, Diplomacy, and Trade in English Periodical News, 1622-1714’, Humanities 8, 4 (2019), article no. 179, special issue ‘Pirates in English Literature’ edited by Claire Jowitt and Manushag Powell. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/j85r

‘Turks, Moors, Deys and Kingdoms: North African Diversity in English News before 1700’, Melbourne Historical Journal 46 (2018): 61-84. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/x85r

Review of Jorun Poettering, Migrating Merchants: Trade, Nation, and Religion in Seventeenth-Century Hamburg and Portugal (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2019), Parergon, 37, 2 (2020): 241-43. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/yw8i

Review of Gary K. Waite, Jews and Muslims in Seventeenth-Century Discourse: From Religious Enemies to Allies and Friends (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2019), Parergon 37, 1 (2020): 295-97. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/44zr

Review of Patricia Akhimie, Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), Parergon 36, 1 (2019): 179-80. Available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/r85r

Digital Projects

‘Piracy, Slavery and Opportunity: British Migrants to Barbary in the Early Modern Age’, Aeon. Forthcoming 2022

‘Grateful Fresh Advices and Random Dark Relations: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters’, Hakluyt Society Blog. Forthcoming 2022

Medieval and Early Modern Orients, AHRC/University of Liverpool,https://memorients.com/ (founding contributor and subeditor)

  • Maghreb sections of Ottoman Empire overview, timeline and bibliography: https://memorients.com/ottoman-empire
  • Maghreb sections of Maghreb and Al-Andalus overview, timeline and bibliography: https://memorients.com/maghreb-and-al-andalus
  • Blog posts: https://memorients.com/members/nat-cutter
    • ‘The Road to La Goulette: British Expatriates in the Maghreb’, 6 July 2020
    • ‘Meet an Expatriate Part 1: British Merchants and Consuls’, 30 July 2020
    • ‘Meet an Expatriate Part 2: Merchants and Apprentices’, 17 November 2020
    • ‘Performance, Advertising, and Anglo-Maghrebi Diplomacy in Restoration and Augustan London’, in partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare and Beyond blog, 27 April 2021, https://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2021/04/27/performance-advertising-anglo-maghrebi-diplomacy-restoration-augustan-london/
    • ‘Freshest Advices from Barbary: News & Information Flows Between Restoration Britain and the Maghreb’, 11 January 2022
    • ‘News and Maghrebi Diversity in Restoration London’, 22 February 2022

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World (2022), duerersmaterialworld.org (website developer and content creator)

Australian Cultural Data Engine (2021-23), acd-engine.org (website developer and content creator)

The Sounds of Time (2021), soundsoftime.org (website developer and content creator)

‘The Islamic World’ (2020), MEMSLib, University of Kent (contributor), https://www.memslib.co.uk/the-islamic-world

Boonwurrung Songlines: Mapping the Ancestral Country of the Boonwurrung (2019), Bunjil’s Biik/University of Melbourne (research, data management, online map production), http://go.unimelb.edu.au/wk8r 

With Septi Rito Tombe and Megan Upton, Circuit: Mapping Theatre Performance in Victoria (2018), ARC/University of Melbourne, https://circuit.unimelb.edu.au (data collection and entry, contribution to creative development and project management)

‘The Overland Letter’ (2017), University of Melbourne Archives, http://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/archives/the-overland-letter/ (sole author)

The Victorian Trades Hall: An Archival History (2015), University of Melbourne Omeka exhibition, http://go.unimelb.edu.au/8m6r (lead writer and exhibition curator)

Selected Grants & Prizes

Bibliotheca Barbaria: Reception and Diffusion of Texts about the Maghreb in Early Modern Britain, William A. Ringler, Jr. Short-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library, $3500 USD

Moorish Habits and Civil Entertainments: Performance‚ Advertising‚ and Anglo-Maghrebi Diplomacy‚ 1681-1734, 2021 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, $3500 USD

For ‘Grateful Fresh Advices and Random Dark Relations: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters, 1660-1710’:
2021 Hakluyt Society Essay Prize

For ‘Turks, Moors, Deys, and Kingdoms: North African Diversity in English News before 1700’:
2019 SHAPS Fellows’ Group Annual History Essay Prize, University of Melbourne
2018 Greg Dening Memorial Prize, University of Melbourne

Conferences and Talks

With Rachel Fensham and Tyne Sumner, ‘The Slipperiness of Name: Gender and Biography in Australian Cultural Databases’, Urgent Histories, Australian Historical Association Conference, Deakin University, 27 June-1 July 2022 (scheduled)

‘Barbarian Bindings: Morocco Leather and Maghrebi Trade in British Society and Culture, 1550-1750’, Reception & Emotion, ANZAMEMS Thirteenth Biennial Conference, University of Western Australia, 27-30 June 2022 (scheduled)

‘Encountering the Maghreb in Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, 1660-1716’, as part of co-organised panel ‘Islamic Pirates and Imperial Knowledge in the Early Modern World’, Social Networks and Communication in the Medieval and Early Modern World, CMRS Annual Symposium, 22 April 2022

‘Zealous, Ingullible, Haughty, Infamous: Whispered Archives and Creative Narratives of British Freewomen in the Ottoman Maghreb, 1670-1720’, Small Data is Beautiful: Analytics, Art and Narrative Symposium, University of Melbourne, 18-19 February 2022

‘From Hyde Park to the Playhouses: Maghrebi Ambassadors, Performance, and Public Display in England, 1681-1734’, Territories of Diplomacy: The Anglo-American World and International Relations in the 17th and 18th Centuries, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 21-22 January 2022 (invited talk)

With Peter Good and Aisha Hussain, ‘Medieval and Early Modern Orients: A Digital Decolonial Platform’, roundtable for Séminaire Hospitalité, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 19 January 2022 (invited talk)

‘Barbarian Civility: British Expatriates, Periodical News, and the Transformation of the Maghreb in British Eyes, 1660-1714’, Early Modern Circle, University of Melbourne, 15 November 2021 (invited talk)

‘Travelling Discourses,’ Medieval and Early Modern Orients roundtable, Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches, Hakluyt Society Symposium, 11-12 November 2021 (invited talk)

‘Genteel Guests of the Consul: Travelling in Barbary with Augustus Holstein (1675-76) and Lucy Newark (1698-99)’, Cultures of Travel: Tourism, Pilgrimage, Migration, TACMRS Annual Conference, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, 22-23 October 2021

‘Reprinting and Rebinding “Barbary”: Expatriate Knowledge, Periodical News, and Maghrebi Material Culture in British Restoration Society’, Conceptualising Intercultural Contact in Early Modern Britain and Beyond Symposium, University of Bielefeld, 21 October 2021 (invited talk)

‘Barbarian Civility: British Expatriates, Periodical News, and the Transformation of the Maghreb in British Eyes, 1660-1714’, History Research Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney, 12 October 2021 (invited talk)

‘Knowing the Maghreb in Stuart Ireland, Scotland and Northern England’, Merchants, Monarchs and Media: Power Play and Mercantile Pursuits in the Early Modern Islamic Worlds, Society for Renaissance Studies/MEMOs Seminar Series, 5 September 2021

‘The Freshest Advices from Barbary: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters, 1660-1705’, Britain and the World Conference, University of Plymouth, 16-18 June 2021 [rescheduled from 17-19 June 2020 due to COVID-19]

‘Death, Succession, and Community in the English House at Ottoman Tunis, 1695-1711’, Until Death Do Us Part: Historical Perspectives on Death and Those Left Behind, c.1300-1800, Royal Holloway University of London, 15-16 April 2021

‘“With more civility than could be expected from those Infidels, who delight chiefly in Rapine and Blood”: Reading the Maghreb in Scotland, Ireland and the North of England, 1660-1714’, Enemies in the Early Modern World 1453-1789: Conflict, Culture and Control, University of Edinburgh, 26-29 March

‘Exile in Barbary: Ethical, Moral and Religious Life among British Protestants in the Maghreb, c. 1660-1714’, Self and State: Exile in the Early Modern World, University of Cambridge, 24-25 March

‘A Christian (in Habit) from Head to Foot: British expatriates, everyday life, and cultural fluidity in the Ottoman Maghreb, 1660-1710’, Habit in the Long Eighteenth Century, University College London, 20-21 February 2021

‘Christian Charity or Captive Market? The Commerce of Barbary Redemptions, 1677-1700’, Dark Enlightenments, XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, November-December 2020

‘Gardens, Drunkards, Parties and Plague: British Expatriates and the Good Life in Barbary, c.1680-1700’, CMRS Annual Symposium, Monash University, 2 October 2020 [rescheduled from 24 April 2020 due to COVID-19]

‘British Expatriates, Periodical News and the Transformation of “Barbary” in Restoration England’, History Brown Bag Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, 26 September 2020

‘Pirates or Partners? Expatriates, Periodical News and the Transformation of the Maghreb in British Popular Thought, 1622-1714’, SHAPS Fellows Group, University of Melbourne, 26 August 2020 [postponed from 25 March due to COVID-19]. https://player.vimeo.com/video/453110820

‘The First Misery of Barbary: Plague, Medicine, Recovery and Death for British Expatriates in the Ottoman Maghreb, 1660-1710’, Reconsidering Illness and Recovery in the Early Modern World Online Conference, Durham University/Oxford University Press/Yale University Press, 18-19 August

‘Consuls, Captives and Barbary Corsairs: The Maghreb in British News, 1622-1714’,  The Historian, The Iconoclast, Early Modern Quonference, 26 June 2020

‘Grateful Fresh Advices and Random Dark Relations: Maghrebi News and Experiences in British Expatriate Letters, 1660-1710’, Medieval & Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, 12-13 June 2020

‘The West and the West: Britain, Morocco and Political Equivalence, c. 1600-1690’, Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century, University of Adelaide, 20-21 February 2020

‘Between Captives and Consuls: Searching for the “Little English” of Barbary’, invited talk as part of Listening Across Boundaries: Greg Dening and the Art of History-ing, Annual Greg Dening Memorial Lecture, with Fallon Mody and Henry Reese, University of Melbourne, 15 October 2019. https://player.vimeo.com/video/373050970?dnt=1&app_id=122963

‘Peace with Pirates: Maghrebi Warfare and Diplomacy in English Periodical News, 1622-1714’

  • The Problem of Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder by Sea across the World from the Ancient to the Modern, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 24-26 June 2019
  • Medievalism Transformed: Crime and Punishment from the Medieval to the Early Modern and the Neo-Gothic, Bangor University, 21 June 2019
  • Medieval & Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, Canterbury, 14-15 June 2019

‘“Grieved in my soul that I suffered you to depart from me”: Community and Isolation in the English Houses at Tunis and Tripoli, 1679-86’, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar Series, Monash University, Melbourne, 3 May 2019

‘Turks, Moors, Deys and Kingdoms: North African Diversity in the Stuart Periodical Press’, Boundaries, Categories, Horizons: ANZAMEMS Twelfth Biennial Conference, University of Sydney, 6-8 February 2019

‘Monopolising Morocco: Monopolies and Anti-Monopolists in Early Modern England’, Anti-Monopoly Workshop, University of Melbourne, 24 August 2018