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School of English and Drama

Dr Yann Ryan


Postdoctoral Researcher on AHRC-funded project, Networking Archives



I’ve been at Queen Mary, University of London since 2014 and recently completed a PhD here in the history of early modern news. I’m currently a postdoctoral researcher working on the AHRC-funded project, Networking Archives.


Research Interests:

  • The history of news, intelligencing and information in early modern Europe
  • Intellectual correspondence networks including the ‘Hartlib Circle’
  • Early modern postal systems, infrastructure and the history of cities
  • Digital and spatial humanities
  • Network analysis and its application to literary and historical sources

Recent and On-Going Research

My currently research is connected to the AHRC-funded project, Networking Archives. This project is working to merge several large datasets of early modern correspondence, with the aim of using them to write new histories of 16th and 17th century ‘intelligencing’. I’ll be using the data to understand the processes that shaped the creation of these archives, and analysing their content at scale to understand early modern attitudes towards borders, distances, time and space.


Journal articles:

‘“More Difficult from Dublin than from Dieppe”: Ireland and Britain in a European Network of Communication’, Media History, 24.3–4 (2018), 458–76

‘"How the World Jogges": Interconnectedness, Modularity and Virality in Seventeenth Century News’, Publishing History 79.1 (2019).

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