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Dr. Josh Reid studying 'Trajectories of Translation in Early Modern Britain'
Dr. Josh Reid

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Josh Reid, an assistant professor of English and assistant chair of Undergraduate Studies in the East Tennessee State University Department of Literature and Language, is a research collaborator on a prestigious, four-year Insight Grant recently awarded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The SSHRC, similar to the National Endowment for the Humanities in the United States, is Canada’s federal research-funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary research and training in the humanities and social sciences. The Insight Grant program is meant to “build knowledge and understanding about people, societies, and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for funding from SSHRC.”

The grant proposal ranked second in national competition and was awarded approximately $136,084 to fund research by a team of international scholars of Early Modern Translation Studies.

The project title is “Trajectories of Translation in Early Modern Britain, 1473-1660: Routes, Mediations, Networks,” and the research team will investigate the variety of linguistic, material and cultural trajectories that underlie the production and circulation of printed translations in Early Modern Britain (1473-1660).

Proposed activities include yearly conferences, seminars and workshops at various international locations; a digital humanities database for translation research; and an edited collection of essays by the grant participants.

In addition to Reid, who was the only invited collaborator from the United States, other team members include grant applicants Marie-Alice Belle and Brenda M. Hosington of the Université de Montréal, as well as fellow research collaborators Joyce L. Boro, also of the Université de Montréal; Guyda Armstrong, University of Manchester, England; Warren V. Boutcher, Queen Mary, University of London; Anne E.B. Coldiron, University of St. Andrews, Scotland; and Gabriela Schmidt, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. All scholars are internationally recognized for their scholarship in Early Modern English literature and translation.

To learn more about the SSHRC, visit  Additional information on the Insight Grant program is available at

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