The convenors of the 18th David Nichol Smith Seminar on 18th-century Studies are all from the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. They are:

Kristie Flannery, Research Fellow and expert in the history of the global Spanish empire. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes that have shaped the field. Her first book “Fighting Pirates, Forging Empire: Catholic Anti-Piracy and Spanish Colonial Rule in the Pacific” is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Kate Fullagar, Professor of History and scholar of the history of the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many indigenous societies it encountered. She is currently co-editor of the Australian Historical Association’s journal, History Australia, and author of The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire (New Haven, 2020).

Killian Quigley, Research Fellow, works at the intersections of ecocritical literary theory, the environmental–and particularly oceanic–humaniites, and British and Irish literatures of the long eighteenth century. His first monograph, Reading Underwater Wreckage: An Encrusting Ocean, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Environmental Cultures. He is the editor, with Margaret Cohen, of The Aesthetics of the Undersea.

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[IMAGE: From Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus (2014)]