Oil Painting "Warden's Meeting" by Grace Cossington Smith, 1943.

"Wardens' meeting" oil on board, Grace Cossington Smith, 1943. Chau Chak Wing Museum UA2012.85.

The members of our research hub includes researchers from universities, museums, galleries and heritage sites interested in the history of modern monarchy and its global impact.

On this page you will find a profile for each of our members, in their own words.

If you are conducting research into modern monarchies, including exploration of the ways in which imperialism, colonialism and/or decolonization transformed monarchies in both colonizing and colonized countries, we would love to hear from you. To contact us, please email Cindy McCreery.

Research Hub Research Themes

Our members conduct research across a wide range of themes, summarised (but not restricted to) the below:

Modern and Ancient Monarchy: a comparative perspective

Inventing and remembering the ancient monarch/emperor/tyrant; iconography and material culture; loyalty vs. resistance to authority; ancient rulers as models for modern monarchs.

Modern Monarchy
Monarchy and Religion
Sub-national Monarchies
Court and Material Culture
Gender and Monarchy
Monarchy and Celebrity
Monarchical Legacies

Member Profiles

Professor Robert Aldrich FAHA, FASSA, FRHistS, ChevOPalmesAcad


Email address: Robert.aldrich@sydney.edu.au

Institutional Affiliation: The University of Sydney


Robert Aldrich is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, where he taught as Professor of European History until 2021.  He has written widely on modern colonial history – the French overseas empire, colonial monuments and memory, sexuality and empire, the remaining overseas territories of European states, and monarchy and colonialism.  He has a particular interest in the history of Western Europe and South and Southeast Asia.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

International connections between European and non-European royal dynasties as seen through travel, education and military training by members of one royal family in another country, gift-giving, letter-writing, honours and decorations, imagery, and influences on court culture.

The material culture of monarchy in former colonies and other states, especially in the Indo-Pacific region – royal palaces, monuments, museum collections – and sites and collections in European countries with traces or objects connected with the royal dynasties of former colonies.

The lives and activities of descendants of deposed monarchs and abolished dynasties, especially in Europe and Asia.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Global Royal Families (edited with Cindy McCreery and Falko Schnicke), under contract with Oxford University Press – manuscript to be submitted in 2021.

‘Kingdoms, Empires and the French Republic: Colonisers and Indigenous Monarchs in the Asia Pacific’, History Australia, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2021), pp. 370-389.

Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia (edited with Cindy McCreery) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), with a co-authored chapter (with Cindy McCreery) on ‘Monarchies, Decolonisation and Post-Colonial Asia’ (with Cindy McCreery), pp. 1-21, and an authored chapter on ‘The Himalayan Kingdoms, British Colonialism, and Indigenous Monarchs after the End of Empire’, pp. 60-79.

‘European Royals and their Colonial Realms: Honors and Decorations’ (with Cindy McCreery), in Christina Jordan and Imke Pollard (eds), Realms of Royalty: New Directions in Researching Contemporary European Monarchies (Transcript: Bielefeld, 2020), pp. 63-88.

Banished Potentates: Dethroning and Exiling Indigenous Monarchs under British and French Colonial Rule, 1815-1955 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018). 

Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism (edited with Cindy McCreery) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018), with a co-authored chapter (with Cindy McCreery) on ‘Empire tours: royal travel between colonies and metropoles’, pp. 1-22, and authored chapters on ‘French Imperial Tours: Napoléon III and Eugénie in Algeria and Beyond’, pp. 38-55 , and ‘Colonial Kings in the Republican Metropole: The Visits to France of King Sisowath (1906) and Emperor Khai Dinh (1922)’, pp. 125-145, and.

‘British Royal Tours of the Dominions in the Twentieth Century and Beyond’ (edited with Cindy McCreery), special issue of the Royal Studies Journal, 2018, with authored article on ‘Visiting the Family and Introducing the Royals’.

Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchies and Overseas Empires (with Cindy McCreery) (Manchester, University Press, Manchester, 2016).  Pp. xii + 336, with a co-authored chapter (with Cindy McCreery) on ‘European Sovereigns and Their Empires “Beyond the Seas”’, pp. 1-26, and an authored chapter on ‘The Return of the Throne: The Repatriation of the Kandyan Regalia to Ceylon’, pp. 139-162.

‘Out of Ceylon: The Exile of the Last King of Kandy’, in Ronit Ricci (ed.), Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration (University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu, 2016), pp. 48-70.

‘France and the King of Siam : An Asian King’s Visits to the Republican Capital’, in Julie Kalman (ed.), French History and Culture : Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, Volume 6 (2015) (H-France).

‘Imperial Banishment: French Colonizers and the Exile of Vietnamese Emperors’, in Joseph Zizek and Kirsty Carpenter (eds), French History and Culture: Papers from the George Rudé Seminar (2012), Vol. 5, H-France, 2014, pp. 123-133.



Dr Lionel Babicz




Institutional Affiliation: 

The University of Sydney


Lionel Babicz is teaching Japanese Studies  and Asian studies at the University of Sydney since 2008. He has completed his PhD in Japanese history in Paris - at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. He also has a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies. Before coming to Sydney, he was a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a researcher at the Maison Franco-Japonaise in Tokyo. 

His specialities are the history of the Japanese-Korean relations and the intellectual history of the Meiji period (1868-1912). He is also active in the field of Big History - which connects knowledge across disciplines.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

11 February 1889: The Birth of Modern Japan

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

  • Babicz, L. (forthcoming). February 11, 1889: The Birth of Modern Japan. In Timothy D. Amos and Akiko Ishii eds., Revisiting Japan’s Restoration: New Approaches to the Study of the Meiji Transformation (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge).
  • Babicz, L. (2019). Le jour où le Japon se donne une constitution.Le Figaro Histoire, 46 (October/November 2019), 54-57. 
  • Babicz, L. (2019). Meiji: L'assassinat du ministre de l'ÉL'Histoire, 458 (April 2019), 66-69.
  • Babicz, L. (2016). Le 11 février 1889 et la naissance du Japon moderne. In Christian Galan and Jean-Marc Olivier (Eds.),Histoire du & au Japon: De 1853 à nos jours, (pp. 161-173). Toulouse: Editions Privat.




Dr Bruce Baskerville FFAHS




Institutional Affiliation: 

University of Western Australia


Bruce’s doctoral thesis (University of Sydney, 2017), titled The Chrysalid Crown, was a study over the longue durée of the Crown in Australia as a cultural institution and emotional focus between 1808 and 1986. 

Bruce’s research interests lie in how old institutions are transported, adapted, re-formed, re-imagined, transplanted and naturalised or translated (or not) in new realms and new social and material environments, especially in colonial settler societies.  He is particularly interested in the material expressions in cultural environments of these continuities and changes.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Vice-royal residences and landscapes in Western Australia and its Indian Ocean settings



Susanne Bauer


Email address: bauers@uni-trier.de

Institutional Affiliation: University of Trier, Germany

Bio (max 100 words): 

Susanne studied History and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (Germany) and Sorbonne University (France). Currently, she is a research assistant at the University of Trier (Germany). In her PhD thesis she analyses the transnational correspondence network of German Empress Augusta (1811–1890) both quantitatively and qualitatively on the basis of more than 21,000 letters with 500 different correspondents.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

The correspondence of German Empress Augusta (1811–1890). Role, self-conception, political scope of action. (Funded by the DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Susanne Bauer (forthcoming): The Royal Network of Letters. The Transnational Correspondence of the Prussian Queen and German Empress Augusta (1811–1890), in: Falko Schnicke/Robert Aldrich/Cindy McCreery (eds.), Global Royal Families, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Susanne Bauer/Jan Markert: Eine „Titelaffaire“ oder „mehr Schein als Wirklichkeit“: Wilhelm I., Augusta und die Kaiserfrage 1870/71, in: Maik Ohnezeit (ed.): 1870/71. Reichsgründung in Versailles, Friedrichsruh 2021.




Dr John Breen PhD


Email address: Jb8nichibun@gmail.com

Institutional Affiliation: Professor emeritus, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan


John Breen is professor emeritus at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan. He earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge, and then taught Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely in English and Japanese on issues relating to the modern imperial institution and the history of Shinto.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

A study of the Japanese monarchy during the mid-nineteenth century restoration

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:


Meiji the Great: Monarchy and Power in Restoration Japan, Oxford University Press.


“The Quality of Emperorship in 21st Century Japan: Reflections on the Reiwa Accession.” Japan Focus 18: 12,1 (2020) https://apjjf.org/2020/18/Breen.html

“Ornamental Diplomacy: Emperor Meiji and the Monarchs of the Modern World.” In Robert Hellyer and Harald Fuess ed.  The Meiji Restoration: Japan as a Global Nation. (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

“Abdication, Succession and Japan’s Imperial Future: An Emperor’s Dilemma.” Japan Focus 17:9, 3 (2019). https://apjjf.org/2019/09/Breen.html

(with Mark Teeuwen) A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital. (Bloomsbury, 2017)



Dr Donna Maree Brunero, BA(Hons), PhD


Email address: dbrunero@nus.edu.sg

Institutional Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Department of History, National University of Singapore


Donna Brunero is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. Her research and teaching interests include maritime history and the British empire in Asia and the intersections between these two areas (such as colonial port cities and transational lives). Her most recent works include edited volumes: Empire in Asia: A New Global History, Vol 2 The Long Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury Academic,  2018) co-edited with Brian P. Farrell, and Life in Treaty Port China and Japan ( Palgrave, 2018) co-edited with Stephanie Villalta Puig.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Current research interests include depictions of the British monarchy in colonial Singapore and life in the English East India company in Asia (including dealing with local elites).

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Book Chapter: “Boy Emperors to Business Opportunities: Glimpses of the Meiji Restoration from the China Coast Press, c.1868–1870”  in T. Amos and Akiko Ishii (eds) Revisiting Japan’s Restoration (Routledge: forthcoming 2021)

Recent publications:

Brunero D. “Stamford Raffles and James Brooke: Colonial Legacies and (post)colonial tourism?,” in Anthony Webster and Nicholas J. White (eds) Singapore- Two Hundred Years of the Lion City (Routledge, 2020)

Brunero, D. Visiting the ‘Liverpool of the East’: Singapore's place in tours of Empire. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, (2019) 50(4), 562-578. doi:10.1017/S0022463420000065


Donna Brunero – Department of History (nus.edu.sg)

Empire in Asia – Department of History (nus.edu.sg)

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Dr Laura Clancy


Email: l.clancy2@lancaster.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation: Lancaster University, UK


Laura Clancy is a Lecturer in Media at Lancaster University, UK. She has research interests in class inequality, media representations, ‘the elites’, and power. Her book, Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money, was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The book counters understandings of the monarchy as an archaic institution, an anachronism to corporate forms of wealth and power, and therefore irrelevant. Rather, it understands the monarchy as a corporation –  the Firm –  committed to accumulating wealth and securing power.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Laura’s current research looks at the role of the Royal Correspondent in reproducing monarchy in international media culture. She is also developing a new project on Republicanism in Britain.

Laura’s research has been funded by an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and her PhD research was funded by the ESRC and the AHRC.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Clancy, L (forthcoming 2022). ‘’If you move in the same circles as the royals, then you’ll get stories about them’: Royal Correspondents, cultural intermediaries and class’, Cultural Sociology

Clancy, L (2021). Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money (Manchester: Manchester University Press)

Clancy, L and De Benedictis, S (2021). ‘I wanted to offer my sympathy… woman to woman’: Reading The Crown during a conjuncture of crisis’. Soundings, online first

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2021). ‘Monarchy is a Feminist Issue: Andrew, Meghan and #MeToo Era Monarchy’. Women’s Studies International Forum, online first

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2021). ‘Introduction to Special Issue – Disciplining the M/other: Contemporary Mediated Motherhood and the Case of Meghan Markle’, Women’s Studies in Communication, 44(2), pp. 167-176

Yelin, H and Clancy, L (2021). ‘Introduction to Special Issue – Race, Royalty and Meghan Markle: Elites, inequalities, and a woman in the public eyeWomen’s Studies International Forum, online first

Clancy, L (2020). ‘‘This is a tale of friendship, a story of togetherness’: The British Monarchy, Grenfell Tower, and Inequalities in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’. Cultural Studies, online first

Clancy, L (2020). ‘The Corporate Power of the British Monarchy: Capital(ism), Wealth and Power in Contemporary Britain’. The Sociological Review, 69(2), pp.330-347

Clancy, L (2020). ‘‘Queen of Scots’: the Monarch’s Body and National Identities in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum’. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(3), pp.495-512

Clancy, L (2020). ‘Big Fat Royal Weddings: Kate the ‘Commoner’ Princess and Classed Moral Economies’. The Wedding Spectacle Across Contemporary Media and Culture, eds. Helen Wood, Melanie Kennedy, and Jilly Kay. (Routledge)

Clancy, L (2019). “Queen’s Day – TV’s Day’: The British Monarchy and the Media Industries’. Contemporary British History, 33(3), pp.427-450

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2018). ‘‘Meghan’s Manifesto’: Meghan Markle and the Co-Option of Feminism’. Celebrity Studies, 11(3), pp.372-377




Dr Susan Conway, BA, MA, PhD, FRGS, FRSA


Email address: s.conway@associate.ids.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex UK


Major Interests: Northern Thai and Shan material culture. Author of books and papers on culture and royalty in Lan Na (north Thailand) and Shan State up to the dissolution of the regional courts. Professor, New School University, New York (Southeast Asian Studies), Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on Shan culture. Lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. Curated museum exhibitions dealing with issues of ethnicity “Dress and Identity” power and the courts of inland Southeast Asia “Power Dressing”, Advisor on conservation at Shan State Buddhist University. Information at www.susanconway.com

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Museum collections of HRH Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand supported by Sirivadhanabhakdi Foundation, Bangkok. Includes cataloguing and publication

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Susan Conway “Conflict and betrayal: negotiations at the end of British rule in the Shan States of Burma (Myanmar) in Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia (Studies in Imperialism)

(Eds) Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery, University of Sydney.” (Manchester University Press, 2020)

Conway, Susan HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Textile Collections: Symbols of Love and Respect (Amarin, 2020).

Isabel Corrêa da Silva


Email address: isabelcorreadasilva@ics.ulisboa.pt

Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon


Isabel Corrêa da Silva is a research fellow at ICS, University of Lisbon, and a lecturer at the Master of Brazilian Studies (ICS, UL) and at the History Doctorate Program PIUDHist, in which Directory Board she also belongs. Her area of research is political culture and images of power in 19th-century Portugal and Brazil. She is the author of O Espelho Fraterno: o Brasil e o republicanismo português na transição para o século XX (Divina Comédia, 2013); co-editor (with Rui Ramos and José Murilo de Carvalho) and author of A Monarquia Constitucional dos Braganças em Portugal e no Brasil (1822-1910) (D. Quixote, 2018). She currently co-coordinates the project of the "Critical Dictionary of the Portuguese Liberal Revolution, 1820-1834".

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Co-coordination (with Rui Ramos, José Luís Cardoso and Nuno Monteiro) of the project "Critical Dictionary of the Portuguese Liberal Revolution, 1820-1834".

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Recent research publications:

SILVA, I. C. da e SEIXAS, M. M. de.  “Reliques de souveraineté: insignes et rituels royaux au Portugal sous la monarchie constitutionnelle”. In Albrecht Burkardt, Jérôme Grévy (coords.), Reliques Politiques.(Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2020).

SILVA, I. C. da e Seixas, M. M. de. “Uncrowned kings: rituals and ritual objects in eighteenth–nineteenth century Portuguese royal acclamation ceremonies”. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire , Published online 11 Sep 2020 Online

SILVA, I. C. da. “Rey santo, Rey profano: secularización del Estado y desacralización de la Corona en los reinados de Pedro V y Luis I de Portugal (1853-1889)”. In : Sánchez, R. (Ed.) Un rey para la nación: monarquía y nacionalización en el siglo XIX, pp. 337-356, (Madrid: Silex 2019).

SILVA, I. C. da. “Carlos I (1889-1908): epílogo da monarquia em Portugal?”, Pasado y Memoria. Revista de Historia Contemporánea Vol. 18, pp.63-86 (2019)

RAMOS, R. , CARVALHO, J. M. de e SILVA, I. C. da (coords.). A Monarquia Constitucional dos Braganças em Portugal e no Brasil (1820-1910). (Lisboa: D. Quixote, 2018).

SILVA, I. C. da. “Monarquia secular e o corpo místico do rei constitucional” in RAMOS, Rui, José Murilo de Carvalho e Isabel Corrêa da Silva (coords.),  Dois Países, um Sistema: a Monarquia Constitucional dos Braganças em Portugal e no Brasil (1820-1910). (Lisboa: D. Quixote, 2018), pp. 261-288.

SILVA, I. C. da. “The Monarchical Engagement of Portuguese Immigrants in Brazil: a case of nineteenth-century transnational politics”, Atlantic Studies (2017)


RAMOS, Rui, José Luís Cardoso, Nuno Monteiro and Isabel Corrêa da Silva, Critical Dictionary of the Portuguese Liberal Revolution, 1820-1834. Lisbon: D. Quixote (Forthcoming March, 2022)

GENTILE, P., SILVA, IC e SEIXAS, MM. (eds.). Images of royalty in the 19th-20th centuries between tradition and modernity - Italy, Portugal and Spain. (Universidade de Turim. Forthcoming Dec. 2021)

SILVA, I. C. da. “The virtuous king and the maiden queen: the public image of Pedro V and Stephanie of Portugal between gender, sexuality and emotion”. In GENTILE, P., SILVA, IC e SEIXAS, MM. (eds.). Images of royalty in the 19th-20th centuries between tradition and modernity - Italy, Portugal and Spain. (Universidade de Turim. Forthcoming 2021)




Dr Eleanor Cowan

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Institutional Affiliation: 

The University of Sydney


I am an historian of the Roman Republic and the Early (Roman) Imperial period. I have a particular research focus on communities in conflict, conflict and post-conflict constitutional change and in constructions and reconstructions of imperial power. I make regular use of texts, epigraphic and numismatic evidence as well as material culture in my research.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I am currently completing a monograph on Julio-Claudian Succession and the “invention” of the emperor Augustus by his successors (Routledge). I am also joint-lead on the project “Making Sense of Monarchy” which examines responses to the rise of the Principate from the perspective of a wide range of ancient authors.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Cowan, E. (submitted) “Emperors as Fathers and Sons”. In Davenport, C. and Malik, S. Representing Roman Emperors.

Cowan, E. 2019. “Hopes and aspirations: res publica, leges et iura, and alternatives at Rome”. In K. Morrell, J. Osgood and K. Welch (Eds.), The Alternative Augustan Age, (pp. 27-45). Oxford: Oxford.

Cowan, E. 2019. Velleius Paterculus. How to Write (Civil War) History. In C. Lange and F. Vervaet (Eds.), The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War, (pp. 239-262). Leiden: Brill.

Cowan, E. 2016. ‘Contesting Clementia. The rhetoric of severitas in Tiberian Rome before and after the trial of Clutorius Priscus’, JRS (Journal of Roman Studies) 106, 77-101.


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Dr Robert Cowan



Institutional Affiliation: 

The University of Sydney


Robert Cowan is Senior Lecturer in Classics at The University of Sydney, having held temporary posts at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol and Brasenose College, Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford. My main teaching and research interests are in Latin poetry, though I also work extensively on Greek drama, Latin prose and Hellenistic poetry. I have published on a wide range of authors, with a particular focus on Roman epic and tragedy. I am particularly interested in the intersection between historicism and formalism, especially ecocriticism, kingship theory, narratology, and the politics of literary form.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

  1. Cowan, Robert (in progress) ‘Horror uacui: the rise and fall of the weak king in the early principate’, in C. Mallan and E. Cowan (eds.) Making Sense of Monarchy.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

  1. Cowan, Robert (2022) ‘Fault on Both Sides: Constructive Destruction in Varius’ Thyestes’ forthcoming in E. Csapo, J.R. Green, B. Le Guen, E. Paillard, J. Stoop., P. Wilson. (Eds.), Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (Paris: De Boccard).
  2. Cowan, Robert (2020) ‘A Brutal Hack: Tyranny, Rape and the Barbarism of Bad Poetry in Ovid’s Pyreneus Episode’, Antichthon 42: 80–102.
  3. Cowan, Robert (2020) ‘Not the Consular Year: Perverting Annalistic Time in Sallust’, Histos 14: 70–115.
  4. Cowan, Robert (2019) ‘Politics of City and Nation’, in Emily Wilson (ed.), A Cultural History of Tragedy in Antiquity (London: Bloomsbury) 101–116.
  5. Cowan, Robert (2018) ‘Sideshadowing Actium: Counterfactual History in Lollius’ naumachia (Horace Epistles18),’ Antichthon 42: 90–116.
  6. Cowan, Robert (2015) ‘On the weak king according to Vergil: Aeolus, Latinus and political allegoresis in the Aeneid’, Vergilius 61: 97–124.
  7. Cowan, Robert (2015) ‘240 BCE and All That: the Romanness of Republican Tragedy’, in George W. M. Harrison (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Roman Tragedy (Brill: Leiden), 63–89.
  8. Cowan, Robert (2011) ‘Lucan’s thunder-box: scatology, epic and satire in Suetonius’ Vita Lucani’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 106: 301–313.
  9. Cowan, Robert (2011) ‘Hopefully surviving:
despair and the limits of devotio in Virgil and others’, Proceedings of the Virgil Society 27: 56–98.
  10. Cowan, Robert (2009) ‘Starring Nero as Nero: poetry, role-playing and identity in Juvenal 8. 215–21’, Mnemosyne 62: 76–89.






Dr Bayu Dardias Kurniadi


Email address: bayudardias@ugm.ac.id

Institutional Affiliation:  Universitas Gadjah Mada


I concentrate on the political economy of the Indonesian aristocracies. As a country with more than 17.000 islands, Indonesia’s aristocracy is fragmented with low level of institutionalisation. From hundreds of aristocracies in the 1950s, currently, only less than 50 aristocracies survive the political changes. One of them is the Yogyakarta aristocracy that received a special province that the Sultan is ex officio governor. How these aristocracies survive and how the define their role in current and future society are my focus of study.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

The state of Yogyakarta’s local democracy – Indonesian local democracy series funded by BRIN (Indonesian Research and Innovation Institute)

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Kurniadi, B. D., The Moluccas’ Surviving Aristocracy in Indonesian Politics: Fragmentation and Land-based Political Support, PCD Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2020). 

Kurniadi, B. D., Defending the Sultanate’s territory: Yogyakarta during the Indonesian decolonisation 1942-1950, in Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, Robert Aldrich and Cindy MacCreery (eds), (Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020).

Kurniadi, B. D., Defending the Sultanate’s Land: Yogyakarta, Aristocratic Power and Control over Land in Post-Autocratic Indonesia, (Australian National University 2019).

Kurniadi, B.D., Preparing a Female Sultan: The Legitimacy of Heaven and the Effectiveness of the Regime of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Indonesian Society, 42 (1), (2016) 31-51. 

Kurniadi, B.D., The Queen with a Million Vote. In Faraz (Ed.), Interpreting the 40 Years of Queen Hemas’s Achievement, (Yogyakarta: Kanisius 2016).

Kurniadi, B.D., Yogyakarta in Decentralized Indonesia, Integrating Traditional Institutions into a Democratic Republic, Journal of Social and Political Science,Vol. 13, No. 2, (November 2009).



Professor Matt Fitzpatrick


Email address: matthew.fitzpatrick@flinders.edu.au

Institutional Affiliation: Flinders University


Matthew Fitzpatrick is a Future Fellow and Professor of International History at Flinders University. His research is primarily on the German Empire, comparative imperialism and the history of German political and cultural history. He is the author of three books, Liberal Imperialism in Germany, Purging the Empire and The Kaiser and the Colonies. He is a past winner of the Chester Penn Higby Prize and has twice been a Humboldt Fellow at the Westphalian Wilhelm University in Münster, Germany.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Strategic Friendship: Anglo-German Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region (ARC Future Fellowship).

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire (ARC Discovery Project) (Oxford University Press, in press, expected Feb 2022)

Guest editor of a special issue of History Australia entitled ‘Sovereignty in the Global South’ (ARC funded). 



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Dr Lorenz Gonschor, PhD


Email address:  gonschor@hawaii.edu

Institutional Affiliation:  University of French Polynesia, Punaauia, Tahiti.


Lorenz Gonschor was born in Germany, where he studied anthropology, history, and political science at the university of Tübingen. He obtained his MA in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i in 2008, and a PhD in political science at the same institution in 2016. From 2017 to 2019 he taught at ‘Atenisi University in Tonga, and since 2020 at the University of French Polynesia in Tahiti. His first book, A Power in the World: The Hawaiian Kingdom in Oceania, was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2019. His research interests focus on historical and contemporary governance and politics of Oceania.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Book manuscript including a biography and commented transcription of writings by Hawaiian Kingdom diplomat Henry French Poor (1856-1899), working Title ‘A Hawaiian’s Impression in Foreign Lands:’ The Life and Travel Writings of Hawaiian Diplomat Henry French Poor (1856-1899)

Article manuscript (in French) about an alleged meeting of Polynesian monarchs at a royal meeting ground on the island of Maupiti in present-day French Polynesia in the 1820s, working title «Une affiliation pan-polynésienne du Marae Vaiahu de Maupiti ? Des indications ambivalentes et contradictoires».

Article manuscript (in French) including a translation and commentary of the journal of Tute Tehuiarii (1781-1858), Tahitian chaplain at the court of Hawaiian Kings Kamehameha III and IV, working title «Fragments d’une biographie hawaïo-tahitienne : Le journal du Révérend Tute Tehuirarii, aumônier des rois Kamehameha III et IV».

Article manuscript (in French) including a translation and commentary of the 1852 Mangarevan-language History of the Ancient Kings of Mangareva by Matia Puputauki, which is the first book published by an indigenous Pacific Islander, working title «Ecrire l’histoire nationale d’un royaume autochtone sous influence missionnaire : Te Mau Atoga Magareva Akataito de Matia Puputauki (1852), premier livre publié par un Océanien». 

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Gonschor, L., “State-building and survival in the global periphery: The Kingdom of Tonga.” In Houchang Chehabi and David Motadel (eds.), Struggles for Sovereignty: Non-European Powers in the Age of Empire, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Gonschor, L., “Nineteenth Century Political Developments in the Islands.” In Paul D’Arcy, Anne Hattori, Ryan Jones, Matt Matsuda and Jane Samson (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Pacific Ocean, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Gonschor, L., “The Subtleties of a Map and a Painting.” Hawaiian Journal of Law and Politics, vol. 3 (2021):141-191.

Gonschor, L., ““Ne Tentes aut Perfice:” Early Hawaiian diplomacy in the Southwestern Pacific and the creation of Hawai’i’s First Royal Order.” The Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 54 (2020): 55-100.

Gonschor, L., Manuscript XXXIV: ‘The feelings of friendship which We have always entertained:’ Fragments of Tongan-Hawaiian relations, 1880-1888. The Journal of Pacific History, vol. 55, No. 1 (February 2020): 97-114.

Gonschor, L., A Power in the World: The Hawaiian Kingdom in Oceania. (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press 2019).

Gonschor, L., Hawaiian Royal Orders and International Diplomacy. In Healoha Johnston (ed.), Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era, (Honolulu: Honolulu Museum of Art 2018), pp. 55-69.

Gonschor, L., „Wir sind die, die wir waren:“ Vom „Reich Kamehamehas“ zum besetzten Staat. [“We are who we were: From ‘Kamehameha’s Empire’ to an occupied state”]. In Ulrich Menter, Inés de Castro and Stephanie Walda-Mandel (eds.), Hawai‘i: Königliche Inseln im Pazifik [“Hawai‘i: Royal Islands in the Pacific”], (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag 2017), pp. 20-31.

Gonschor, L., Besetztes Königreich: Eine Übersicht über die politische Geschichte Hawai‘is. [“Occupied Kingdom: An Overview of the Political History of Hawai‘i”]. In Alexis von Poser and Bianca Baumann (eds.), Heikles Erbe: Koloniale Spuren bis in die Gegenwart [“A Precarious Heritage: Colonial Evidence up to the Present”], (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag 2016), pp. 312-329.

Gonschor, L., & Bousquet, L., Al Servizio di Sua Maestà per cinque giorni: la rocambolesca e breve carriera di Celso Cesare Moreno [“In His Majesty’s Service for Five Days: The Incredible and Short Career of Celso Cesare Moreno.”]. Translated into Italian by Incoronata Inserra. In Maro Cuzzi and Guido Carlo Pigliasco (eds.), Storie straordinarie di italiani nel Pacifico [“Amazing stories of Italians in the Pacific”], (Bologna: Odoya 2016), pp. 61-85.



Dr Carolyn Harris, PhD


Email address: carolyn.suzanne.harris@gmail.com


Institutional Affiliation:  University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies


Carolyn Harris received her PhD in History from Queen’s University at Kingston in Canada in 2012. She is an instructor in history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in Canada. She is the author of three books, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada (Dundurn 2015), Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette (Palgrave 2015) and Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting (Dundurn 2017). She is the Proofreading Editor of the Royal Studies Journal and frequently contributes royal and historical commentary to the media.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Carolyn Harris is currently co-editing the forthcoming book series English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty. She will be contributing a chapter about Queen Henrietta Maria’s widowhood to a book about Later Stuart Consorts and a chapter about Queen Elizabeth II’s Canadian tours to a book about the monarchy in Canada.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Harris, C., “Canadian Women’s Responses to Royal Tours from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day”. Royal Studies Journal . 5 (1), (2018), pp. 15–33.

Harris, C., “The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918)” in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 54, Number 1-2, (March-June, 2012)


Website: Carolyn Harris Royal Historian www.royalhistorian.com

Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking


Name: Emeritus Professor Jenny Hocking FASSA

Email address: Jenny.hocking@monash.edu

Institutional Affiliation: 

Monash University

Whitlam Institute at the Western Sydney University


Professor Jenny Hocking is an award-winning biographer, Emeritus Professor at Monash University and inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow at the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University. She is the author of three biographies including the acclaimed two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam, short-listed for numerous literary awards including the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, The Age Book of the Year and the National Biography Award, and winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Barbara Ramsden Award.

In 2016, she commenced legal action against the National Archives of Australia challenging the claimed ‘convention of royal secrecy’ and seeking access to the 'Palace letters' between the Queen and the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government. In May 2020, the High Court found in Jenny’s favour, ending the Queen’s embargo over the letters, and leading to their release. The Queen’s correspondence with 6 other Governors-General have since also been released.

Professor Hocking’s book The Palace Letters: The Queen, the governor-general, and the plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam, with a foreword by Malcolm Turnbull, tells the story of this archival journey and legal battle to secure the release of the Palace letters, and their impact on the history of the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

The Monarch’s correspondence with Governors-General, and Governors, how royal secrecy and the denial of access to royal archival records distorts and diminishes history.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

‘New, exclusive letters between the queen and 6 governors-general show the evolution of a relationship of equals’ The Conversation 12 January 2021

'The Palace letters: Royal secrets and the Whitlam dismissal' Precedent 166 November 2021 

The Palace Letters: The Queen, the Governor-General and the Plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam Scribe Publishing. November 2020

'At Her Majesty's pleasure: Sir John Kerr and the royal dismissal secrets' Australian Book Review 420 April 2020

'Archival secrets and hidden histories - Reasserting the right to public access' Griffith Review 67 'Matters of Trust' February 2020

Mr Ellis Huddart


Name: Ellis Huddart

Email address: ehudda01@student.bbk.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation: 

Birkbeck, University of London and Royal Museums Greenwich


I begun working full-time on conducting research for my PhD titled ‘Floating palaces’ in October 2020 at Birkbeck, University of London in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich. Prior to this I was an Exhibitions Curator for a university collection (Royal Holloway, University of London) having previously worked in the cultural heritage sector across a range of museums and galleries (from provincial regimental museums to a collection of ‘national importance’ at the Wordsworth Trust). With this history of working in environments that primarily focus on encouraging collection-driven public engagement with historical themes, my interests in modern monarchy sway towards the material and visual aspects of royalty.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Floating palaces: royal yachts, maritime tours and constructions of British monarchy, empire and decolonisation, c. 1897-1939 – UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD research supervised by Prof. Jan Rueger (Birkbeck, University of London) and Jeremy Michell (Royal Museums Greenwich)



Professor Angma Jhala, D.Phil., Oxford; M.Div. and A.B, Harvard


Email address: ajhala@bentley.edu

Institutional Affiliation: Bentley University


Angma D. Jhala is a Professor of History at Bentley University. Her work focuses on Modern South Asia, with an emphasis on religion, politics, gender and material culture in nineteenth and twentieth century India. Her books include Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India (2008), Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India (2011) and most recently An Endangered History: Indigeneity, Religion and Politics on the Borders of India, Bangladesh and Burma (2019). She has published widely in leading journals of South Asian studies, and served as consultant to the Museum of Fine Art Houston's 2018 exhibition on Indian royal art.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I am currently working on a research project entitled, “Indian Princes, Parliament and Presidential Power: The Concord of Princes (1967-71).”

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Prince and ‘Primitive’: Chakma Raja Bhuvan Mohan Roy on the Crossroads of India, Burma and Britain,” Global Royal Families, ed. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery and Falko   Schnicke, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“The Indian Princely States and Their Rulers.” In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Imperial Cosmopolitanism, Royal Patronage, and Zenana Courts.” In Peacock in the Desert: the Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, 2018.

Rani Jijima, Soldier, Statesman, Financier: a Rajput queen in mid-eighteenth century western India.” In Genealogy, Archive, Image: Interpreting Dynastic History in Western India, c.1090-2016, ed. Angma Jhala and Jayasinhji Jhala. (Berlin: De Gruyter Open, 2017; reprinted in second edition, 2018).

Peacock in the Desert: the Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, ed. Angma D. Jhala. (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, 2018).

“The Scandalous Case of the Rani of Lathi: female regency, princely politics and sexual impropriety in 1920s colonial India”, South Asian Studies, (the journal of the British Association of South Asian Studies), Vol. 33, Issue 2 (September 2017): 149-164.

Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India. (London: Pickering and Chatto, Empire in Perspectives Series, 2011. Reprinted in paperback and e-book by Routledge, 2015- 2016).

Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India. (London: Pickering and Chatto Press, 2008. Reprinted in paperback and e-book by Routledge, 2015-2016).

“'Home and the World': Cosmopolitan, transnational identities of courtly Indian women in the late imperial Zenana,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 49. No. 6 (November 2015): 1704-1731.

“Daughters of the Hills: legacies of colonialism, nationalism and religious communalism in the Chakma Raj family, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bengal c. 1900 – 1972,” South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2013): 107-125.

“Shifting the gaze: Colonial and postcolonial portraits of the zenana in Hindi and Euro- American cinema,” South Asian Popular Culture, Vol. 9, No. 3 (October 2011): 259-271.

“The Jodhpur Regency: princely education, politics and gender in postcolonial India,” South Asian History and Culture, Vol.1, No. 3 (2010): 378–396.

“The Malabar Hill Murder Trial of 1925: Sovereignty, law and sexual politics in colonial princely India,” The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 46, No. 3 (2009): 373- 400.



Dr Miranda Johnson


Email address: miranda.johnson@otago.ac.nz

Institutional Affiliation: University of Otago


I am a historian of the modern Pacific world with a focus on issues of race, indigeneity, sovereignty and citizenship. My first book The Land Is Our History: Law, Indigeneity and the Settler State (2016) examined the rise of indigenous rights claims in three settler states (Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand) in the 1970s and their effect on national identity. With Warwick Anderson and Barbara Brookes, I co-edited Pacific Futures: Past and Present (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018). Before joining the staff at Otago, I taught at the University of Sydney and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

With a collaborator, Dr. Emma Powell (U of Otago) I am currently working on a project on New Zealand’s empire and its transformation into the “New Zealand realm”. This is a constitutional entity which refers to the distinct relationships between New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency. As part of that project, I am exploring the dynamics of diplomacy in the nineteenth century South Pacific world, particularly as it involves Pacific leaders who styled themselves monarchs in their interactions with Europeans, and other Indigenous peoples.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:




Aidan Jones, BA, MA

Painting: Franz Xaver Winterhalter "The Royal Family in 1846"

Email address: aidan.1.jones@kcl.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation: King’s College London


Aidan Jones is a doctoral research student in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. His research lies in the field of diplomatic and political cultural history, as well as the history of the monarchy in the long nineteenth century. Jones is writing his thesis about Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and later reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and the dynastic politics and diplomacy of Victorian England. Jones’s particular area of research is on Queen Victoria and her family, as well as royal diplomacy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Jones’s current research project is his thesis that focuses on Prince Alfred, and the dynastic politics and diplomacy of Victorian Britain. Self-funded PhD.

Forthcoming, current, or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Book Chapters

Jones, A., “Victorian Royal Marital Diplomacy: Negotiating the Marriage of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna.” In Global Royal Families, Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800-2020, eds. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery, and Falko Schnicke. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Academic Reviews

Jones, A., Review of Servants of Diplomacy, by Keith Hamilton. Diplomacy and Statecraft, (forthcoming).

Jones, A., Review of Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery. Royal Studies Journal, (forthcoming).

Jones, A., Review of The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared, by Robert Hazell and Bob Morris. Royal Studies Journal, (forthcoming).

Jones, A., Review of Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy, by AN Wilson. Royal Studies Journal, Volume 7, issue 2 (2020): 174-176

Jones, A., Review of The Race to Save the Romanovs, by Helen Rappaport. Royal Studies Journal, Volume 7, issue 1 (2020): 134-136

Jones, A., Review of Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds, by Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent. Royal Studies Journal, Volume 6, issue 1 (2019): 133-135

Jones, A., Review of Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany: The Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg, by Frank Lorenz Müller. Royal Studies Journal, Volume 5, issue 1 (2018): 214-216



Dr. David M. Malitz




Institutional Affiliation: 

German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo


David is a Senior Research Fellow with the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, where he works on Japanese-Southeast Asian and particularly Japanese-Thai relations. He studied Business Administration and Japanese Studies at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Germany, and received his PhD in Japanese Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 2016 after conducting research in Japan and Thailand on the history of Japanese-Thai relations. From 2017 to 2021, David taught at the Faculty of Arts of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

In Bangkok, David’s research focussed on the history of the modern monarchies of Japan and Thailand.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

As part of his current research project on the past, present, and future of Japanese-Thai relations at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, David continues to work (comparatively) on the histories of the modern monarchies of Japan and Thailand as well as on their relations.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

  • “‘Siegreich und gewillt dem Gesetz unterworfen zu sein‘: Kaiser Meiji als Vorbild für die Monarchien des halbkolonialisierten Asiens im Vorfeld deren konstitutionellen Revolutionen im frühen 20. Jahrhundert,‘ in Daniel Schley (Ed.) Japans Moderne Monarchie – Eine Bestandsaufnahme, Munich: Iudicum, 2022.
  • “The Genesis of Dynastic Legitimacy in Absolutist Siam,” in Global Journal of Intellectual History, special issue edited by Milind Banerjee and Ilya Afanasyev, 5/2020.
  • “The Nation as a Ritual Community: Royal Nation-Building in Imperial Japan and Post-War Thailand,” In Elena Woodacre et al. (Eds.), The Routledge History of Monarchy (213–228). Abingdon: Routledge, 2019.
  • “The Monarchs’ New Clothes: Transnational Flows and the Fashioning of the Modern Japanese and Siamese Monarchies,” in M. Banerjee et al. (Eds.), The Royal Nation: Transnational Histories (155–176). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • I am currently editing a special section in an international history journal with papers about the international reception of the Imperial Japanese constitution, which were presented at an symposium at the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the opening of the Japanese parliament in 1890 (https://www.dijtokyo.org/ja/event/symposium-on-the-occasion-of-the-130th-anniversary-of-the-opening-of-the-japanese-parliamentglobal-views-of-japanese-parliamentarism-in-the-late-19th-and-early-20th-centuries/).



Dr Jim Masselos, FAHA


Name: Dr Jim Masselos FAHA

Email address:  Jim.Masselos@Sydney.Edu.Au

Institutional Affiliation:  SOPHI, University of Sydney


BA(Hons), University of Sydney; PhD (University of Mumbai

Honorary Reader in History, SOPHI, University of Sydney, 2001-

Author of numerous publications and honoured with festschrift volume, Bombay before Mumbai, Essays in honour of Jim Masselos,  Oxford University Press, New York, and Hurst, London and Penguin/Random House, Delhi

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

RajmataThe late Maharani of Kutch

Dr Cindy McCreery


Email address:  cindy.mccreery@sydney.edu.au

Institutional Affiliation:  Department of History, The University of Sydney, Australia


Dr. Cindy McCreery is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on monarchy and colonialism.  She has co-edited 3 volumes in Manchester University Press’s Studies in Imperialism series, a Royal Studies Journal special issue and a forthcoming Oxford University Press volume on ‘Global Royal Families’. She is now researching travel by British and Hawaiian royals in the late 19-early 20c., and completing a monograph on Prince Alfred’s global voyages on HMS Galatea, 1867-71. In 2022 She will convene an international online conference, ‘Going Platinum: Australian responses to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-2022’.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

‘Navigating Empire: Queen Victoria’s Sailor Son Prince Alfred and Britain’s first global royal tour, 1867-71’

‘Monarchy on the Move: the overlapping global journeys of King Kalākaua of Hawai’i and Princes Albert Victor and George of Great Britain, 1879-81’

‘Royal Exchange: Travel, Honours, Education and Material Culture in the Age of Global Monarchy, c.1860-1920’

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Edited Books

Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, co-ed. With Robert Aldrich (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), v-xiii, 1-292.

Royals on Tour: Politics, pageantry and colonialism, co-ed. With Robert Aldrich (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018), pp. v-xi, 1-281.

Crowns and Colonies: European monarchies and overseas empires, co-ed. With Robert Aldrich (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), v-xii, 1-336.

Guest Editor, Journal Special Issue

With Robert Aldrich, ‘Twentieth-century Royal Tours of the British dominions’, Royal Studies Journal, 5, 1 (2018).

Journal articles

“Orders from disorder? King Kalākaua’s 1881 global tour and the Hawaiian monarchy’s late nineteenth-century deployment of royal orders and decorations”, History Australia (2021) 18:2, 219-240, DOI:10.1080/14490854.2021.1918010

“Views across the deck of HMS Ophir: revisiting the 1901 British imperial royal tour”, Royal Studies Journal, 5,1 (2018), 55-81.

“Rude interruption: colonial manners, gender and Prince Alfred’s visit to New South Wales, 1868”, Forum for Modern Language Studies: a special issue ‘Interrupted itineraries: the unexpected in European travel narratives’, ed. David Culpin and Michael Titlestad, 49, 4 (2013), 437-456.

“Telling the story: HMS Galatea’s 1867 Visit to South Africa, 1867”, South African Historical Journal, vol. 61, no. 4 (December 2009), 817-837.

Book Chapters

(with Robert Aldrich), “Monarchies, Decolonisation and Post-Colonial Asia”, in Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia (Manchester University Press, 2020), pp. 1-21.

(with Robert Aldrich), “European Royals and their Colonial Realms: Honors and Decorations”, in Christina Jordan and Imke Polland, eds., Realms of Royalty: New Directions in Researching Contemporary European Monarchies (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2020), pp. 63-88.

“The Sailor, the Lover, the Husband and the King: Images of William IV and Age and Continuity in Elite English Society, 1765-1832”, in Revisiting A Polite and Commercial People: essays in Georgian Politics, Society and Culture ed. Elaine Chalus and Perry Gauci (Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 77-97.

“Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Prince Alfred’s precedent in British overseas royal tours, c.1860-1925”, Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism, eds. Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (Manchester University Press, 2018), pp. 56-79.

(with Robert Aldrich), “Empire Tours: royal travel between colonies and metropoles”, Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism, eds. Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (Manchester University Press, 2018).

Works in Progress


Navigating Empire: Queen Victoria’s Sailor Son Prince Alfred and Britain’s first global royal tour, 1867-71

Edited Book

Global Royal Families, co-ed. With Robert Aldrich and Falko Schnicke (Oxford University Press and German Historical Institute, London).

Journal article

‘Writing the global voyages of King Kalākaua of Hawai’i (1881) and Princes Albert Victor and George of Great Britain (1879-82) as modern ‘grand tours’, Central European History, 10,000 word article submitted October 2020.

Book Chapters

‘Crossing Borders: Race, Climate and Technology in the 1901 Global Royal Tour’, in Levke Harders and Falko Schnicke, ed., Practising Borders: Belonging to Empires, Nations, and Regions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Oxford: Oxford University Press and German Historical Institute London, 2022). 10,000 word chapter submitted March 2020.

‘Unpacking Queen Mary, consort to George V’, in Carolyn Harris, ed., English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, vol. 4 ‘The Windsors’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). 8,000 word chapter submitted November 2020.

Meeting the global royal family? The visits of King Kalākaua of Hawai’i and Princes Albert Victor and George of Britain to Meiji Japan and Johor, 1881-1882’, in Robert Aldrich, Falko Schnicke and Cindy McCreery, ed., Global Royal Families (Oxford University Press and German Historical Institute London)

Dr Alison Miller


Email address: ajmiller@sewanee.edu

Institutional Affiliation: University of the South (Sewanee)


Alison J. Miller is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Asian Studies at the University of the South (Sewanee). She specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, prints and photography, and the intersections of gender studies and visual culture. Dr. Miller has published in the Journal of Japanese Studies, TransAsia Photography Review, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, and contributed to various public humanities projects. She is co-editor of The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan: Negotiating the Transition to Modernity, and is currently completing a book manuscript analyzing the visual culture of the modern Japanese empresses.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

“Imperial Optics and Modern Mimesis: Japan’s Empress Shōken in Nineteenth Century Print Culture,” in Queenship in the Modern World, currently under review.

Envisioning the Empress: The Lives and Images of Japanese Imperial Women, 1868-1952. Book manuscript in preparation. Funded by the Appalachian College Association.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“The Princess and the Press: Mako’s Wedding and the History of Imperial Women,” Critical Asian Studies Commentary, January 2022, https://doi.org/10.52698/NTLZ1233.

“The Japanese Imperial Family Invented,” Nursing Clio, June 4, 2019, https://nursingclio.org/2019/06/04/the-japanese-imperial-family-invented/.

“Imperial Images: The Japanese Empress Teimei in Early Twentieth Century Newspaper Photography,” Trans Asia Photography Review, vol. 7, 2016, n/p.




Professor Anthony Milner, AM, FASSA, FAIIA, FRHistS


Email address: anthony.milner@anu.edu.au

Institutional Affiliation:  Emeritus Professor, CHL, College of Asia Pacific, ANU; Professorial Fellow, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne; Visiting Professor, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya


Formerly Basham Professor of Asian History at ANU (1994-2013) and Dean of Asian Studies (1996-2005); specialist on Malay history, and also Asian regional relations; theoretical interest in the relation between the discipline of History and Anthropology, Literary Criticism and (in recent years) International Relations. Publications relating to monarchy include Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture on the Eve of Colonial Rule; Invention of Politics in Colonial Malaya; and Malaysian Monarchy and the Bonding of the Nation. Visiting posts include Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton – working with Clifford Geertz. PhD, MA Cornell University; BA (History) Monash.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Forthcoming publication deals with the relation between monarchy and Islam in Malaysia. Other current work examines the way in which pre-modern inter-monarchy relations continues to influence foreign policy behaviour today, particularly in the Malaysia case.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Kerajaan Islamization in the Malay World”, in Khairudin Aljuneid (ed), Routledge Handbook of Islam in Southeast Asia (London: Routledge, 2021)

“Long-term themes in Malaysian Foreign Policy: hierarchy diplomacy, non-interference and moral balance”, Asian Studies Review, 44: 1, 2020, 117-135





Dr Priya Mirza


Email address: naik.priya@gmail.com

Institutional Affiliation:  Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi


I work primarily on historicising sovereignty in colonial and postcolonial India, with a focus on the Indian princely states. I am interested in looking at technology, and how Indian princes carved a specific space in their engagement with new technologies.

I am presently working on aviation in the Indian monarchical states, questioning the engagement of the Indian princes with the object as well, and their relationship with its symbolic and actual use. I look the terrestrial and imaginative landscape of the Indian princely states to understand what Western technology represented and meant to these Indian monarchs.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Aviation in the princely states and postcolonial India is the subject of the book I am presently working on, Airing India: Aviation in Postcolonial India.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“‘Sovereignty of the Air’: the Indian princely states, the British Empire and carving out of air-space (1911-1933)”, journal article.


LInkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priya-mirza-73666310/

Podcast: “The Longest Constitution with Priya Mirza” https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/show/the-longest-constitution-with-priya-mirza-wr4e-RPFbATJ096CoC6i2

Professor Javier Moreno Luzon


Email address: jamoreno@cps.ucm.es

Institutional Affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Javier Moreno-Luzón (Hellín, Spain, 1967) is Full Professor of History of Thought and Social and Political Movements at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he has been teaching and doing research since 1997.

He has been assistant professor at UNED (Spanish Open University) and visiting professor or researcher at international centers, such as Harvard University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris, LSE, NYU, UCSD and Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Specialist in the political life of the Spain of the Restoration (1875-1923), he has published several books and articles on clientelism, parties, elections, parliamentary studies, elites, monarchy and Spanish nationalism.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Current research project: The First Spaniard. Monarchy and Nation in Alfonso XIII’s times, 1902-1931 (El primer español. Monarquía y nación en tiempos de Alfonso XIII). Funded by the Spanish Government and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Moreno-Luzón, J., “The Majesty of the Race. Spanish Royal Family and Latin America (1892-1931)”, in Falko Schnicke, Robert Aldrich y Cindy McCreery (eds.), Global Royal Families, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Moreno-Luzón, J., “‘Seeds of Spain’. Scouting, Monarchy, and National Construction (1912-1931)”, European History Quarterly (2020) 50/2, pp. 226-247.

Moreno-Luzón, J., “The Two Monarchies of Alfonso XIII, 1902-1931”, in David San Narciso, Margarita Barral-Martínez & Carolina Armenteros (eds.), Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain: The Building of the Nation-State, 1780–1931, (Routledge 2020), pp. 93-109.

Moreno-Luzón, J., “Performing Monarchy and Spanish Nationalism (1902-1913)”, in Charlotte Backerra, Milinda Banerjee y Cathleen Sarti (eds.), Transnational Histories of the Royal Nation, (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), pp. 203-222.

Moreno-Luzón, J., “The King of All Spaniards? Monarchy and Nation”, in Javier Moreno-Luzón & Xosé M. Núñez Seixas (eds.), Metaphors of Spain. Representations of Spanish National Identity in the Twentieth Century, (Berghahn Books 2017), pp. 84-104.

Brice, C., & Moreno-Luzón, J., (eds.) Monarchia, nazione, nazionalismo in Europa (1830-1914), special issue of Memoria e Ricerca. Rivista di Storia Contemporánea (2013).

Moreno-Luzón, J., Modernizing the Nation. Spain during the Reign of Alfonso XIII, 1902-1931, Brighton, (Sussex Academic Press, 2012).

Moreno-Luzón, J., “The Government Parties and the King, 1913-23”, in Francisco J. Romero Salvadó & Angel Smith (eds.), The Agony of Spanish Liberalism. From Revolution to Dictatorship, 1913-23, (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), pp. 32-61.





Rachel Peat


Email address:  rachel.peat@rct.uk

Institutional Affiliation: Royal Collection Trust


Rachel Peat is Assistant Curator of Non-European Works of Art at Royal Collection Trust.

She is responsible for the research and display of 13,000 world cultures objects in the British Royal Collection, which are held by The Queen in trust for the nation. Her curatorial work spans 13 current and former royal residences.

Her research specialisms include British imperial history, royal colonial tours and transnational networks of gift-giving. She is a member of the Museum Ethnographers’ Group.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Curator: Japan: Courts & Culture, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 2022-2023

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Peat, R., ‘Japanese Ceramics in the Royal Collection: Acquisition, Display and Artistic Exchange’, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol 84, (2021).

Peat, R. (ed), Japan: Courts and Culture (Royal Collection Trust, 2020).

Peat, R., ‘Crosscurrents – Japanese Art in the Royal Collection: Courtly and Artistic Exchange’, Arts of Asia, Vol 50, Issue 4, Jul-Aug (2020).

Peat, R., ‘George IV and the wider world’ in K. Heard and K. Jones (eds), George IV: Art & Spectacle (Royal Collection Trust, 2019).



Dr Alessandro Pes


Email address: alessandropes@unica.it

Institutional Affiliation:  Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy

Bio:  Alessandro Pes is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Cagliari. He deals with the history of colonialism and decolonization, the history of Fascism and Monarchy in Italy. In the context of these issues, he is particularly involved in the reconstruction and historical analysis of colonial associations in the period following the end of the Italian colonial occupation. On these issues he has published, among others, The construction of the fascist empire (Aracne 2010) and Bonifying the Italians (AM&D 2013). He has also published with Valeria Deplano and Giuliana Laschi, Europe Between Migrations, Decolonization and Integration, 1945-1992 (Routledge 2020) and Europa in Movimento (Mulino 2017). Together with Valeria Deplano, he is the author of What remains of the empire (Mimesis 2014). He is also a member of InterGRAce, a multidisciplinary research group founded at the University of Padua involved in research on race and racism in modern Italy.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

My current research on modern monarchy focuses on the afterlife of monarchy in Italy after 1946. The research focuses on the role of the former Italian royal family in the media after the establishment of the Italian Republic.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

An empire for a kingdom: monarchy and Fascism in the Italian colonies in Aldrich, R., and McCreery, C., (eds.), Crowns and colonies: European monarchies and overseas empires, (Manchester University Press 2016).




Dr Jock Phillips, Ph.D., ONZM


Email address:  shock@xtra.co.nz

Institutional Affiliation:  Free-lance historian


1973-90: Reader in History, Victoria University of Wellington;

1984-88: Director of Stout Research Centre for the study of New Zealand society, history and culture at Victoria University of Wellington;

1990-2002: Chief Historian for New Zealand Government;

2002-2014: General Editor Te Ara, the online Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Author of 14 books in New Zealand History; winner of the Prime Minister’s award in Non-fiction (2014).

Current research projects on modern:

Project on Māori and Royal Visits to New Zealand

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Royal Summer: the Visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to New Zealand 1953-54¸Wellington, (Daphne Brasell Associates Press, 1993).

“Māori and Royal Visits, 1869-2015: From Rotorua to Waitangi”, Royal Studies Journal, 5(1) (2018), 34-54.



Eleanor Proctor, BA, MA



Institutional Affiliation: Université de Haute-Alsace, France

Eleanor Proctor is a PhD candidate at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France and a member of the ILLE research lab. Her research interests are centered around the British republican movement and the British Monarchy since the reign of Queen Victoria.

Eleanor’s PhD project tackles the issue of republicanism in Britain from the late 1990s to the present.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:
Eleanor’s current research project is her PhD entitled “British Republicanism in the 21st Century”, which is self-funded.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:
“Republic’s Resistance to the Platinum Jubilee of Queen ELizabeth II”, to be published in the coming months in Dialogues Mulhousiens.



Associate Professor Susie Protschky


Email address: susie.protschky@deakin.edu.au

Institutional Affiliation: Deakin University, Contemporary Histories Research Group


Susie Protschky is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). She specialises in colonial Indonesia, the Dutch empire, and cultural histories of photography. Her latest book, Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (Manchester University Press, 2019), won the 2020 Royal Studies Journal (jointly) and the Asian Studies Association of Australia book prizes. Her work on monarchy and empire has been published in books edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery in Manchester University Press’s ‘Studies in Imperialism’ Series (2016, 2018), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Indonesia and the Malay World, and BMGN.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Chinese Indonesians and the Dutch monarchy” in Richard Lingner and Dominic Low (eds), Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography (Singapore: Peranakan Museum, 2020).

Photographic Subjects: Monarchy, Photography and the Making of Colonial Citizens (Manchester: Manchester University Press, ‘Studies in Imperialism’ Series, 2019).

‘Strained encounters: Royal Indonesian visits to the Dutch court in the early twentieth century’ in Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (eds), Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).


Personal website: https://www.susieprotschky.com/

University webpage: https://chrg.deakin.edu.au/about-us/profile/susie-protschky/

Associate Professor Ofita Purwani, ST.,MT., Ph.D.


Email address: o.purwani@staff.uns.ac.idopurwani@nus.edu.sg

Institutional Affiliation: Universitas Sebelas Maret


Ofita Purwani is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture, Universitas Sebelas Maret. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and her master degree from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology. In 2020 she was a visiting fellow at Yale-NUS College Singapore and a research fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore in 2022. Her interests range from traditional architecture, heritage, spatial politics, urban studies,  Southeast Asian architecture, and social media. She can be contacted at ofita92@yahoo.com or o.purwani@staff.uns.ac.id .

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Southeast Asian Royal Cities Today; How Monarchy Influences Urban Development

Funding Body: Urban Studies Foundation

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Tourism Development in Decentralised Javanese Royal Cities

The Monarch as a City-Shaping Agent in Contemporary Asian Cities: The Case of Pesanggrahan Ambarrukmo, Yogyakarta. 




Professor Charles V. Reed, Ph.D, FRHistS


Email address: cvreed@ecsu.edu

Institutional Affiliation:  Department of Social Sciences, Elizabeth City State University


I am a social and cultural historian of modern Britain and the British Empire, with particular interest in southern Africa, at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland where I studied with Richard Price. I don’t think of myself as a scholar of royalty or monarchy as much as someone interested in the ways in which colonial subjects imagined their places in a world shaped by empire -- and have found royals and monarchy frequently intersecting with and central to those visions.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Queen Victoria: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming).

An Empire of Justice: Britishness, Respectability, and Citizenship in Colonial South Africa, 1840-1923

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911, Studies in Imperialism (Manchester University Press, 2016; paperback edition, 2018).

“Prince Consort of the World,” English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, ed. Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, and Elena Woodacre  (London Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).

“Global Tourists, Imperial Princes: The Gaekwads of Baroda in Britain, Empire, and the World, 1875-1930s,” Global Royal Families, ed. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery, and Falko Schnicke (forthcoming, proposed to Oxford University Press).

“Royalty, Loyalism, and Citizenship in the Late Nineteenth-Century British Settler Empire,” in Royals on Tour: Politics and Pageantry in Colonies and Metropoles, ed. Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).





Associate Professor Matthieu Rey


Email address:  m.rey@ifporient.org

Institutional Affiliation:  French institute of Near East

Bio:  I pursued a PhD on Iraq and Syria during the 1950s (publication in 2021 at AUC Press) discovering the monarchy in colonial legacies. As CNRS researcher, I then conducted research on political and social history of the Middle East (mostly Egypt, Iraq and Syria) and started new fieldworks in Southern Africa. I currently work on the establishment of borders in these two areas. Since September, I became director of contemporary studies in Ifpo.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I mostly study Ndebele kings, Egyptian khedives and Hashemites in Iraq.

Dr Hilary Sapire, FRHistS


Email address:  h.sapire@bbk.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation:  Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College University of London


I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand, South Africa, and am currently a Reader in Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London where I have taught imperial, African and global history since the 1990s.  I am a longstanding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and a former Editor of that journal.  

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I am completing a manuscript for Palgrave on royal visits, black loyalism and global Britishness in Southern Africa in the twentieth century, a project which was originally funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  I am in the process of developing a collaborative grant proposal for a comparative project on monarchies, democracy and decolonisation. I am currently co-supervising a CHASE/AHRC doctoral student working on royal yachts, maritime tours and the construction of monarchy, empire and decolonisation, 1890 - 1939.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

My most recent publication is:

“Indians of Durban, South Africa and the break-up of Greater Britain” in Christian Pedersen and Stuart Ward (eds.), The Break-up of Greater Britain (Manchester: Manchester, University Press, 2021)



Dr. David San Narciso


Email address: sannarcisomartin@gmail.com

Institutional Affiliation: Department of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Valencia, Spain.


Dr. David San Narciso is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Valencia, Spain. His research focuses on monarchy, nationalism, and gender. He has published the monograph La monarquía en escena. Ritualidad pública y legitimidad política en el liberalismo español, 1814-1868 (CEPC, 2022). He has coedited in Routledge the book Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain: The Building of the Nation-State, 1780-1931. He is now researching the political and gender role that male consorts played in the nineteenth-century Europe in a comparative perspective.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

‘The Male Consort in the Liberal Spain, 1830-1870. Masculinity, Monarchy, and Public Respectability in an inverted power relationship’, Generalitat Valenciana under Grant [APOSTD/2021/328].

‘Gender Sensibility: Between Universalism and National Identity’, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain under Grant [2017-787015].

‘Culture of Honor, Politics and Public Sphere in Liberal Spain (1833-1890)’, Ministry of Science, Innovations, and Universities of Spain under Grants [PGC2018-093698-B-I00].

Forthcoming, current, or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Edited Books

Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain: The Building of the Nation-State, 1780-1931, co-ed. With Margarita Barral and Carolina Armenteros (London: Routledge, 2020).

La cuestión de palacio. Corte y cortesanos en la España contemporánea, co-ed. With Raquel Sánchez (Granada: Comares, 2018).

Journal articles

‘The influential women of Liberal monarchy. Gender and politics in the Spanish and British royal courts, c. 1830–60’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 27/1 (2021), 79–96.

‘Being a nation through the crown. Banal monarchism and nation-building in Spain, 1833-68’, European Review of History, 27/4 (2020), 474–93.

‘La niebla constitucional de la corona. Las ceremonias políticas de la monarquía en el Estado-nación español (1808–1868)’, Historia y Política, 44 (2020), 219–49.

‘¿Una familia real en el trono de España? Ritualidad política y ceremonias dinásticas en la construcción del Estado Liberal (1833–1868)’, Hispania, 262 (2019), 359–87.

‘Celebrar el futuro, venerar la Monarquía. El nacimiento del heredero y el punto de fuga ceremonial de la Monarquía Isabelina (1857-1858)’, Hispania, 255 (2017), 185–215.

‘Viejos ropajes para una nueva Monarquía. Género y nación en la refundación simbólica de la Corona de Isabel II (1858-1866)’, Ayer, 108 (2017), 203–31.

Book Chapters

(with Margarita Barral and Carolina Armenteros), ‘Possible monarchies: the political and cultural modernisation of Spanish liberalism’, in Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain, ed. David San Narciso, Margarita Barral, and Carolina Armenteros (London: Routlegde, 2021), pp. 1–20.

‘The Ritual Problem in the Spanish Post-Revolutionary Monarchical Fiction (1833–1868)’, in Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain, eds. David San Narciso, Margarita Barral, and Carolina Armenteros (London: Routlegde, 2021), pp. 113–31.

‘Bajo el discreto encanto de la nación. La monarquía española en la Europa postrevolucionaria’, in Un rey para la nación. Monarquía y nacionalización en el siglo XIX, ed. Raquel Sánchez (Madrid: Sílex, 2019), pp. 21–44

(with Raquel Sánchez), ‘El fantasma de la corte. Rimas y leyendas de la influencia palaciega en la historia contemporánea española’ in La cuestión de palacio, ed. Raquel Sánchez and David San Narciso (Granda: Comares, 2018), pp. 1–19.

‘Palaciegas en los bastidores de la política. Los destinos femeninos en la Corte de los Borbones (1833–1885)’, in La cuestión de palacio, ed. Raquel Sánchez and David San Narciso (Granda: Comares, 2018), pp. 217–42.

Works in Progress

Journal article

‘The Bourbon ‘Dying’ Dynasty. The Diplomatic Role of Spanish Monarchy Throughout the Nineteenth Century’, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 10,000 word article submitted August 2021.

‘La invención del consorte real. La figura de Francisco de Asís de Borbón en el contexto de la Europa liberal’, Ayer, 8,000 word article accepted November 2021.

‘The crown in national disguises. The uses of monarchy’s historical past in Spanish nation-building, 1833–1868’, Nationalities Papers, 8,000 word article accepted February 2021.

Book Chapters

‘The domestic drama of Isabel II. Gender and public rituality in the Spanish monarchy’s (de)legitimation, 1833–1868’, in Charles Beem and Arianne Chernock, eds., Queens and Queenship in Modern Europe, 1789 to the Present, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). 8,000 word chapter submitted October 2021.

‘The male consort in dispute. Ambiguities and political debate in the Iberian context (1830–1840)’, in Pierangelo Gentile, Isabel Corrêa and Miguel Metelos, eds., Images of Royalty in the 19th–20th centuries: Italy, Portugal and Spain (Editoriale Universitá degli Studi di Torino, 2022). 6,000 word chapter submitted September 2020.




Dr Falko Schnicke


Email address:  Falko.schnicke@jku.at

Institutional Affiliation:  Johannes Kepler University Linz


Dr Falko Schnicke has been Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) since 2020. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London (UK) and at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He works on European and international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with research interests in the history of foreign policy in the Cold War, monarchy in modern societies, postcolonial history/history of decolonisation, gender and body history, history of knowledge and universities, history of climate change and environmental history, and history of biography. He has published widely on these topics. For more information, see https://www.jku.at/institut-fuer-neuere-geschichte-und-zeitgeschichte/ueber-uns/team/team/dr-falko-schnicke/.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Research project: ‘Cold War Monarchy: British Post-1945 State Visits, the Foreign Office and the Politicisation of the Crown’

Edited volume with OUP: ‘Global Royal Families. Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800-2020’ (with Robert Aldrich und Cindy McCreery)

Book chapter for OUP on visits undertaken by members of the British royal family other than the Queen (1950s-1970s), which shows that the Foreign Office was fully aware of how politically significant royal visits for British foreign policy were and also highlights the sometimes considerable room for manoeuvre of the Palace.

Book chapter for OUP on the context and tension between state and monarchical representation during Elizabeth II's visit to India in 1961, where she was not only received by state authorities but - as part of the official programme - also entertained by various Indian princes.

Journal article on mentions of the British royal family in diplomatic speeches written by the Foreign Office (1930s-1970s), showing that the British government deliberately and systematically instrumentalised the monarchy as a diplomatic tool in its dealings with other monarchies and republics alike

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Adapting to the Post-Colonial World: The Commonwealth and British Cold War Royal Diplomacy in the 1961 State Visits to India and Pakistan”. Belonging across Borders: Transnational Practices in the Nineteenth and Twenteenth Century [Studies of the German Historical Institute London]. Ed. Levke Harders and Falko Schnicke (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022).

“’Output Matters More than Process?’ Writing the History of Twentieth-Century British Foreign Policy”. English Historical Review 135 (2020): 417-434.

Dr Teresa Segura-Garcia


Email address: teresa.segura@upf.edu

Institutional Affiliation: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona


Teresa Segura-Garcia is a historian of Modern South Asia based at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where she is a postdoctoral researcher. She has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on the global links of the Indian princely state of Baroda. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi (M. S. Merian–R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies) and at UPF (through the Government of Spain’s Juan de la Cierva program). She has also held a visiting fellowship at Brown University’s Department of History.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

A biography of Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III of Baroda, who ruled the leading princely state of western India from 1875 to 1939.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Maharaja Sayaji Rao of Baroda: An Indian prince between anticolonial and imperial politics”, in Digital Encyclopedia of European History, section “Imperial portraits”. Laboratoire d’excellence “Écrire une Histoire nouvelle de l'Europe” (LabEx EHNE): Paris, 2021, https://ehne.fr/fr/node/21590 (also published in French as “Le maharaja de Baroda: Un prince indien entre anticolonialisme et impérialisme“)

“Princely ancestry in modern India: Knowledge, legitimacy and the making of political power”, Revue d’histoire du XIXe siècle, 62, no. 1 (2021): 154‒57 (also published in French as “Connaître et faire reconnaître sa légitimité dynastique: Familles princières et enjeux de pouvoir dans l’Inde contemporaine”)

“The Raj’s uncanny other: Indirect rule and the princely states”, in Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia, ed. by Harald Fischer-Tiné and Maria Framke. London: Routledge, 2021, pp. 105–115

“Picturing Indian kingship: The photographic practices of Maharaja Sayaji Rao III of Baroda”, in Visual histories of South Asia, ed. by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Marcus Banks. New Delhi: Primus Books, 2018, pp. 115–31

“Towards a connected history of the Indian princely states”, Revue d’histoire du XIXe siècle, 56, no. 1 (2018): 132–34 (also published in French as “Pour une histoire connectée des États princiers indiens”)

“Maharajás y modernidad: Un proyecto de reformismo hindú en un principado de la India, 1910–40”, in Identidades en contexto y cultura posmoderna: Ensayos críticos, ed. by Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo and Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo. Oviedo, Spain: KRK Ediciones, 2015, pp. 77–88

“La contribución de los principados de la India a la creación de una nación india independiente”, in Nacionalismo versus colonialismo: Problemas en la construcción nacional de Filipinas, India y Vietnam, ed. by María Dolores Elizalde. Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2013, pp. 225–60





Moritz A. Sorg


Email address: moritz.sorg@neptun.uni-freiburg.de

Institutional Affiliation:  Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg


Moritz A. Sorg is a PhD candidate at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg. He graduated with a MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge in 2017. Currently he holds a position as Research Assistant at the Professorial Chair of Modern History at the University of Freiburg.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Foreignness and Monarchic Rule. The First World War and the Crisis of Transnational Monarchy, 1914-1927

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

„Reformfähige Monarchie – Verpasste Republik? Rumänien zwischen Niederlage und Sieg im Ersten Weltkrieg“, in: Bernd Braun (Hg.), Es lebe die Republik? Der Erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Monarchien in Deutschland und Europa, (Göttingen 2021).

„Of Traitors and Saints: Foreign Consorts between Accusations and Propaganda in the First World War“, in: The Court Historian Journal 24, 1 (2019).

„From equilibrium to predominance. Foreign princes and Great Power politics in the nineteenth century“, in: Journal of Modern European History 16, 1 (2018).





Professor Irene Stengs


Email address: Irene.stengs@meertens.knaw.nl

Institutional Affiliation:  Meertens Instituut/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Irene Stengs is Professor by Special Appointment in “Anthropology of Ritual and Popular Culture”, at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher at the Meertens Institute (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). In her research, in Thailand and in the Netherlands, she focusses on popular religiosity, material culture, commemorative ritual and processes of heritage formation. Among her publications are Worshipping the Great Modernizer. King Chulalongkorn, Patron-Saint of the Thai Middle Class (NUS Press, 2009), and The Secular Sacred. Emotions of Belonging and the Perils of Nation and Religion (co-editor with Markus Balkenhol, Ernst van den Hemel, Palgrave 2020).

Current research projects on modern monarchy (including the name of any funding bodies which support the research):

The Politics of Royal Cuteness in present-day Thailand

The Political Iconography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Colours of Transition. Thailand’s Ritualized Royalism under the New Reign”. In: Making Colours. Chromatics Ethnographies. Young, D. and P. Oakley (editors). (Sean Kingston Publishing, forthcoming).

“Dramatizing Siamese Independence. Thai Postcolonial Perspectives on Kingship”. In: Monarchies and Decolonization in Asia, Aldrich, R. and McCreery, C. (editors). (Manchester University Press, 2020).

“United in Competitive Mourning: Commemorative Spectacle in Tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand”. In: The Secular Sacred: Emotions of Belonging and the Perils of Nation and Religion Balkenhol, M., Hemel, E. van and Stengs, I. (editors), 2020.

“The Golden Coach: Royal Ritual and Heritage in Motion”. In: The Golden Coach, (Amsterdam Museum, WBooks, 2021).




Dr Naimah Talib


Email address: naimah.talib@canterbury.ac.nz

Institutional Affiliation:  Adjunct Senior Fellow, Political Science & International Relations Department, University of Canterbury


Naimah Talib’s interest in Brunei’s monarchy grew out of her research on colonial administration and decolonisation in East Malaysia. A number of her articles have focused on the adaptability, resilience and survival of the monarchy in Brunei in the post-independence period. Apart from Brunei, her current research also focuses on the politics of Islam in Southeast Asia and Muslim minority issues in the Southern Philippines and Southern Thailand. 

Current research projects on modern monarchy (including the name of any funding bodies which support the research):

My current research on the impact of Covid-19 on political development in Malaysia considers shifts to the power of executives, including the monarchy.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Talib, N. S., “Refashioning the Monarchy in Brunei: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin and the Quest for Royal Absolutism.” In Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, edited by R. Aldrich and C. McCreery, (Manchester University Press, 2020).

Dr Filipa Vicente


Email address:  filipa.vicente@ics.ulisboa.pt

Institutional Affiliation:  Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon


Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Lisbon, 1972), a historian, is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon. In 2015 she was a visiting professor at King's College, University of London and in 2016 at Brown University, Providence, USA. Amongst other publications, her post-doctoral research resulted in the book Other Orientalisms: India between Florence and Bombay (1860-1900) published first in Lisbon (2009) and then in Italy and India (2012).

She coordinated a two-year funded research project Knowledge and Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Archive and Museum (1850-1950), and the result was an edited book with 30 authors - The Empire of Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Context (1860-1960), published in 2014.

Her work has concentrated on different kinds of knowledge production in a specific colonial context and on the circulation of this knowledge within a global context, crossing national and colonial borders. Her approach is mainly historical, but her research work greatly benefits from other areas, from visual culture to anthropology.





Aglaja Weindl, MA


Email address:  Aglaja.weindl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Institutional Affiliation:  Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU)


Aglaja Weindl studied History, Literature and Art History in  Munich and Paris. She is now a researcher at the Chair for Modern History at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. Since 2018, she is a member of the joint DFG-SNF-research project “Lives in Transit” in cooperation with the University of Zurich. Her PhD project deals with the world tour of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1892/93, focusing on the experience of living in transit during a long maritime voyage and thus connecting global and royal history in her research.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

PhD project: Lost in Transit? The World Tour of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este 1892/93 (funded by the DFG)



Sue Woolmans


Email address: woolmans@aol.com

Institutional Affiliation: Independent Scholar

Brief Bio (max 100 words): 

I am the co-author of 2 books:

25 Chapters of my Life - The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna   &

The Assassination of the Archduke - Sarajevo 1914 and the Murder That Changed the World

I specialise in 19th century European and British royal history, with a specific interest in the Habsburg court of Franz Joseph and the Romanov court of Nicholas II. I use personal aspects to offer an insight into the lives of court members. 

Being London based, I have assisted numerous authors with their archival research in institutions such as the British Library, the Royal Archives and the National Archives.

I have also given talks at the Edinburgh Festival and the Western Front Association. And contributed to St Andrews University’s Heirs to the Throne research project

Current research projects on modern:

I am visiting the Royal Archives to assist with research on Queen Victoria’s family next month. And I am booked to give two lectures next year.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

I’m working on the life of Nikolai Krasnov, the architect who worked for the Romanov and Serbian courts.



Artwork: "Warden's meeting" by Grace Cossington Smith

About our feature image:

"Wardens' meeting" oil on board, Grace Cossington Smith, 1943. Chau Chak Wing Museum UA2012.85.

University of Sydney Art Collection. Donated through The Hon R P Meagher bequest 2011.


Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney
+61 2 9351 4133 +61 (0)2 9351 3918 cindy.mccreery@sydney.edu.au