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ePortfolio of Tina Janssen

Welcome to the ePortfolio of Tina Janssen, PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

PhD research (2017-2020)

My research is part of the project Oriental Poetry, Latin Scholarship and the European Enlightenment: The Case of William Jones, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Within this project I focus on Sir William Jones's translations of literary texts from oriental languages to Latin, English and French. My research will look at the contemporary reception of, and reactions to, these works, for example by examining reviews, letters, and similar works by Jones's contemporaries. My supervisor is the Principal Investigator on the project, Dr. John T. Gilmore.

Conference papers

Sir William Jones’s Poems (1772) as an Introduction to Oriental Poetry, ISECS International Congress on the Enlightenment, University of Edinburgh, 14-19 July 2019

Sir William Jones's Persian Grammar: changing attitudes to language acquisition, BSECS Annual Conference, St. Hugh's College, Oxford, 4-6 January 2019
 Nominated for the 2019 BSECS President's Prize, awarded to the best postgraduate paper at the Annual Conference.

3 Minute Thesis Lightning Talk, British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 5 December 2018

From Theology to Utility: Eighteenth-century Oriental Studies, The Making of The Humanities VII, University of Amsterdam, 15-17 November 2018

The comparative method of Sir William Jones, Contact – Conquest – Colonization: Practices of Comparing between Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, from Antiquity to Present, Bielefeld University, 11-13 October 2018

Sir William Jones's Persian Grammar and the Academic Disciplinary Tradition, Warwick Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, 21 June 2018

Sacontalá's travels: the journey and influence of Sir William Jones's translation through Europe, Annual Warwick English PG Symposium, University of Warwick, 24 May 2018

3 Minute Thesis Lightning Talk, BECC-Warwick Symposium, University of Warwick, 17 May 2018

Sir William Jones and translations of the Sanskrit drama Sakontalá, BSECS Annual Conference, St. Hugh's College, Oxford, 3-5 January 2018

Reviewing the Reviews: First Reactions to Sir William Jones's Oriental Literature, BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, Swansea University, 7-8 September 2017

Workshop participation

Doctoral/ECR workshop 'British Empire: Networks, Mobilities, Cultures', Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick, 1 March 2019

Doctoral Translation Research Forum, Connecting Cultures GRP, University of Warwick, 25 October 2017


2018/19: Tutor on the first year module 'Epic into Novel' in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, 3 seminar groups

2017/18: Tutor on the first year module 'Modes of Reading' in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, 2 seminar groups

2017/18 & 2018/19: Tutor on the third year module 'Communicating Science' in the Department of Physics, 2 seminar groups


2018-2021: Postgraduate Representative on the Executive Committee of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Conference organisation

July 2020: BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, University of Warwick

27-28 February 2020: Colonial Knowledges: Environment and Logistics in the Creation of Knowledge in British Colonies from 1750 to 1950, University of Manchester

3-4 September 2018: BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, Aix-Marseille Université

Academic background

MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Utrecht University, 2013
Specialisation: Renaissance Studies
MA thesis: Marginalia of eighteenth century readers of Livy: Cortius, Ernesti and Gronovius

MA Classics, Leiden University, 2013
Specialisation: Latin
MA thesis: From Medea to Médée - research into the reception of Seneca’s Medea in Corneille’s Médée

BA Classics, Leiden University, 2011
BA thesis: Lift me above the stars - Francesco Sforza in the Odae of Francesco Filelfo

MEd Classics, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON), 2015
Teacher qualification for Latin and Greek

Tina Janssen

Tina Janssen

t dot janssen at warwick dot ac dot uk

CfP Colonial Knowledges
27-28 February 2020
University of Manchester

CfP Colonial Knowledges