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We warmly welcome new members, especially graduates, early and mid-career scholars.

If you’d like to join the network, write a blog post about your work, share news or events please email the network coordinator, Alex da Costa, at

If you’d like your profile to feature on this site, please include in the email:

  • 100 words stating your affiliation (if relevant), broad research interests and current research project; and
  • a picture of yourself (jpg or png) OR, if you prefer, something relevant to your research

We look forward to getting to know you and your work better!

Alex da Costa, Aditi Nafde, Devani Singh, Kathleen Tonry

About the co-founders:

Alex da Costa

I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. I’m currently writing a book on Reading Forbidden Books, investigating the experience of reading heretical texts in the early Reformation. In 2020 I published Marketing English Books, 1476-1550: How Printers Changed Reading, which explores how developments in the marketing of printed texts began to change what readers read and the place of reading in their lives, shaping their expectations, tastes, and even their practices and beliefs.

Aditi Nafde

I am a Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature at Newcastle University. My current research, Manuscripts After Print, was generously funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership award and asks how the printing press affected scribal practice in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. More broadly, it considers the continued significance of writing, from manuscripts to digital books.

Devani Singh

I am an FNS Ambizione Research Fellow at the University of Geneva, where I lead the ‘To the Reader’ project investigating the emergence of printed epistles to readers in English books. My recent and forthcoming publications include work on printed Chaucer editions, early modern printed commonplace books, paratexts in early printed playbooks, the history of printed author portraits, early modern marginalia, and EEBO-TCP. I’m also interested in applying the tools of the digital humanities, particularly databases, to the study of literary history and bibliography. My monograph Chaucer’s Early Modern Readers is forthcoming from CUP.

Kathleen Tonry

I’m an Associate Professor of English at UConn. My current research includes a monograph project situated between media studies and the history of the handpress. Press Time: Labor, Temporality and the Long Politics of the Handpress traces the uses of “slow print” as an activist and aesthetic form from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Working through four historical moments, the study follows the handpress to argue that tracing the reoccupation of historical media forms offers a provocative and salient political history up through our contemporary moment.