The Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff Collins and Dr. Tony D'Elia have both won substantial SSHRC Standard Research Grants in the 2008-09 competition.
Dr. Collin's project "The Compromises of Anglicanism: Statecraft and Religion in Britain, 1660-1760," promises to offer a major re-conceptualization of the history of English language political thought during the Enlightenment, focusing on the issues of civil religion, toleration, and religious pluralism. Further on Dr Collin's last book The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes see: http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199237647.html
Dr. D'Elia will be working on "The Pagan Renaissance of Sigismondo Malatesta." His project studies the humanist literature and court culture of Sigismondo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini. He sees Sigismondo as providing a flagrant example of the tension between high pagan culture and Christian society and will be exploring in his work humanist rhetorical strategies, uses of classical culture, and the question of whether the humanist adoption of pagan forms and words created a fundamental clash with Christian values. Dr D'Elia will be on leave in Italy during the 2009-10 year fellowships to study at Villa Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Further see: http://www.queensu.ca/history/news/delia.html
Details of his latest forthcoming book A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome may be found at: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/DELSUD.html?show=catalogcopy