Jan Alessandini joins the USTC from University College, London, where he is completing a PhD on Schwanksammlungen, collections of short comic tales that were a considerable vogue in the middle of the sixteenth century. This forms the point of entry or a wider consideration of laughter, wit and ridicule in the urban context in German-speaking lands.
Jan will be principlally responsible for enhancing the USTC survey of German materials, as we expand coverage of the database into the seventeenth century. This will involve a wide-ranging survey of German books outside German libraries, and a full listing of the first generation of German newspapers.
He replaced Dr Richard Kirwan, who resigned his position with the USTC in December to take up a lectureship in the Department of History at the University of Limerick.