Simon Macdonald

Simon Macdonald (simon.macdonald@mcgill.ca) is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and has undertaken postdoctoral work at University College London, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and the British School at Rome. He has also held visiting fellowships at the Beinecke and Lewis Walpole libraries at Yale, and at the Houghton library at Harvard.
His research revolves around Enlightenment concepts and practices of cosmopolitanism, exploring intellectual debates, cross-cultural transfer, and transnational groups. His doctoral thesis, which is now the subject of a book manuscript, examined the British expatriate presence in France during the eighteenth century, using a focus on population exchange so as to explore broader spheres of cross-Channel interaction and to probe larger historical questions about cross-border conjunctures. His postdoctoral work develops this research agenda, exploring how Enlightenment thinkers constructed sophisticated ideas about the ‘cosmopolitan’.
His recent journal publications include, for example, ‘English-language newspapers in revolutionary France’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2013); and ‘Identifying Mrs Meeke: Another Burney Family Novelist’, Review of English Studies (essay prize, 2013).

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Simon Macdonald (simon.macdonald@mcgill.ca) est un détenteur de la bourse postdoctorale Banting à l’université McGill. Il a reçu son doctorat en Histoire à l’université de Cambridge en 2011, et a fait des études postdoctorales à l’University College London, à l’Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities de l’université d’Edimbourg, et à la British School at Rome. Il a été aussi déteneur de bourses de recherche aux bibliothèques Beinecke et Lewis Walpole de Yale, et à la bibliothèque Houghton de Harvard.
Ses recherches, qui se concentrent autour des concepts et des pratiques du cosmopolitisme dans l’Europe des Lumières, explorent les débats intellectuels, les transferts interculturels, et les groupes transnationaux. Sa thèse de doctorat, qui fera bientôt l’objet d’un livre, s’intéresse aux expatriés britanniques en France au cours du dix-huitième siècle, se concentrant spécifiquement sur les échanges de population afin d’étudier la diversité de sphères d’interaction des deux côtés de la Manche, en plus de poser les balises des conjonctures transfrontalières. Ses recherches postdoctorales développent cet aspect en explorant les idées sophistiquées construites par les penseurs des Lumières autour du « cosmopolite ».
Ses publications récentes incluent, par exemple, « English-language newspapers in revolutionary France », Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2013); et « Identifying Mrs Meeke: Another Burney Family Novelist », Review of English Studies (prix de la revue, 2013).

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