Robert Appelbaum

Born 02/02/52, New York City

Citizenship: USA and Sweden

phone: +46 (0)73046 7539

Academic Employment

2019-               Senior Professor of English Literature, Arts and Communication (K3) Malmö University, Sweden

2011-19           Professor of English Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden

2010-11           Head of Department, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University

2004-11           Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Renaissance Studies, Department of English and             Creative Writing, Lancaster University.  Promoted to Senior Lectureship 2006.

2000-03           Postdoctoral Fellow, English Department, University of San Diego

1999-2000       Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham

1997-99           Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature,          University of Cincinnati


Ph.D. English, University of California, Berkeley (1997)

M.A. English, with Certificate in Composition, San Francisco State University (1989)

B.A. Tutorial Studies (Philosophy and History), University of Chicago (1975)

Professional Associations

Renaissance Society of America; AHRC Peer Review College; International Association of University Professors of English; Northern Theory Group (UK), American Council of Learned Societies, Peer Review Team; Modern Language Association; Shakespeare Association of America


English (native), French (fluent), Swedish (intermediate), Italian (intermediate), Latin (intermediate), Classical Greek (basic), Spanish (basic)

Major Honours and Awards

2019                Eric Allardt Fellow, University of Helsinki, Collegium for Advanced Study

2018                Nominated, Visiting Professor, Collège de France

2017                NOH Award for International Workshops, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics, part one The Joys of Violence, part two, The Hermenutics of Violence, with cooperation ofTrømso University, Norway, Turku University, Finland, and Stockholm University, Sweden (470 000 SEK)

2017                Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Award for International Symposium, Is economic inequality also a literary problem? (300 000 SEK)

2017                Vetenskaprådet Fellow, The Renaissance Discovery of Violence (2 300 000 SEK) 

2014                Resident Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa (January-April)

2013                Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Award for Nordic Association for English Studies, triennial conference (400 000 SEK)

2012                Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Vetenskapsrådet, Awards for ‘Terrorism and the Literary Imagination’ International Symposium (190.000 SEK and 100.000 SEK)

2009-10           Arts and Humanities Research Leave Fellowship, ‘Restaurants for the Rest of Us’ (£26,400)

2007-08           Leverhulme Trust Research Award, ‘Terrorism Before the Letter’(£24,600)

2007                Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Book on the Literature of the Renaissance,

                        Aguecheek’s Beef

2005-06           British Academy Grant, ‘Terrorism: A Literary History’, 2005-06 (£6300)

2004-05           Faculty Research Grant, Lancaster University (£3500)

2003-04           Resident Research Fellow, Center for the Humanities,  Wesleyan University

2000-01           Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 2000-1 ($6000)

2000                NEH – Folger Institute Summer Seminar “Texts of Imagination and Power”

1998                University of Cincinnati University Research Council, Humanities and Arts ,   Research Grant and Faculty Summer Research Grant , “Eating, Drinking, and the Regulation of Appetite in Tudor and Stuart England” ($9000)

1997                Eugenio Battisti Award, Society for Utopian Studies, Best Essay of 1997, ‘Utopian Dubrovnik’

1994-95           University Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley ($13,000)

1993-94           Mellon Dissertation Fellowship ($13,000)

1992-93           Bancroft Library Dissertation Research Fellowship ($8500)

Recent Professional Activities, Including Lectures and Conference Papers

2018-19           Co-organiser, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics, jointly sponsored by Tromso University, Turku University, and Stockholm University: workshops in both 2018 and 2109

2018                ‘On the Joys of Violence,’ Workshop on The Joys of Violence, part of the Interpreting Violence Project, Uppsala University

2018                Invited Lecture, ‘Terrorism and the Gunpowder Plot’, English Department, University of Zurich.

2017                Invited Lecture, ‘The Matter of Violence in Utopia’, Matters Of Invention: Utopia, Materialism And The Early Modern: An International Symposium, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

2017                ‘The Violent Truth of Human Nature: Titus Andronicus and Hamlet, Shakespeare Association of America, Annual Conference, Atlanta Georgia

2017                Keynote Address, Shakespeare and the Concepts of Fear, Shakespeare and Fear, University of Paris

2016                Keynote Address, ‘Concepts of Utopia, Concepts of Food’, 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, University of Melbourne

2016                Invited Lecture, ‘Dream Theory and A Midsummer Night’s Unconscious’, Otago University

2016                Invited Lecture, ‘The Aesthetics of Violence’, Otago University

2016                Shakespeare and Terrorism, Invited Lecture, University of Melbourne

2016                Keynote Address, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Unconscious’, The Transformations of Psychoanalysis’, Ph.D. seminar, University of Copenhagen

2016                ‘Citizenship, Community and Event in The Comedy of Errors: Saint Paul, Shakespeare, and Badiou’, for ‘Can a Person Be Illegal? Refugees, Migrants and Citizenship in Europe’, Uppsala University

2016                Invited Lecture, ‘Ravaillac the Scapegoat’, Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, Newcastle University

2016                Invited Lecture, ‘Terrorism Before the Letter’, English Department, Lancaster University

2016                Invited Lecture, Terrorism Before the Letter, School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University

2015                Keynote Speaker and Academic Advisor, European Summer School for Cultural Studies, Paris, September 7- 12. Paper delivered: Fast Food, Happiness, and the Misery of Behavioral Science’

2015                ‘What Masterchef Says’, Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery

2015                ‘Reconsidering Frank Lestringant’s Cannibale’, Conference on ‘Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic’, University of Southampton

2014                ‘Sunken Treasure: The Hope and Despair of Austerity Economics in Ealing Studios Austerity Films’, Argent, pouvoirs et représentations dans les Amériques et en Europe’, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre

2014                ‘Guilty Grief: Late Shakespeare and the Responsibility for Death.’ Performing Grief, University of Paris IV Sorbonne.

2014                Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption. Reading and discussion. Conference on The End of Place as We Know It: Shifting Perspectives on Literature and Place. Strathclyde University, Scotland.

2014                Keynote Address ‘Desdemona’s Appetite’, , Othello’s Island 2nd Annual Conference, Cornaro Institute, Larnaca, Cyprus.

2014                ‘The Aesthetics of Violence: Observations Toward a Theory’, Invited Seminar Presentation, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa

2014                ‘Hamlet, Violence and the Sovereign State’, Colloquium on Violence, Democracy and Drama, HUMA, Cape Town University, Invited Lecture.

2014                Workshop on Historicising Literature. Invited Workshop Leader, English Department, Cape Town University.

2014                ‘Hamlet, Violence and the Pacifist State’, Invited Lecture, English Department, Pretoria University; English Department, Stellenbosch University.

2013                ‘Anarchism, Nihilism and Terrorism in The Secret Agent, Invited Lecture, English Department, Fribourg University, Switzerland.

2013                Conference Organiser. ‘Places and Non-places of English’, Twelfth Nordic Conference for English Studies. 65 Presenting delegates, 85 attendees. Paper delivered: ‘Francis Bacon and the Empire of the Essay’

2013                ‘Hamlet and Violence’ and ‘Notes Toward an Aesthetics of Violence’, International Association for University Professors of English, Beijing

2013                ‘Unspeakable Terror’, Session Leader, Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, San Diego, California; Paper: ‘The Language of Massacre and Other Terrors’

2012                ‘Disaster before Disaster and the Impossibly Redemptive ‘Response of Art’, Après le Terreur, CLIMAS, University of Bordeaux III.

2012                Terrorism and the Literary Imagination, International Symposium, Uppsala University, Conference Director. 15 presenters.

2012                ‘Symbolic Exchange and Death: A Seminar on Jean Baudrillard, SALT, Uppsala University, February – May, Seminar Leader

2012                ‘The Duke of Guise, from Marlowe to Tourneur’.  Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference (Washington D.C.)

2012                ‘The People’s Palace: Restaurants Today’, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Annual Conference (New York City)

2012                ‘The Discourse of the Restaurant and the Practices of Consumption’.  Wheaton College, Massachusetts

2012                ‘Ritual Violence in Julius Caesar’, Invited Lecture, University of Athens

2011 –              Reviewed funding applications to Paris Institute for Advanced Studies and Danish Research Council

2011                Seminar on Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience.  Lund University, Sweden.

2011- 12          ‘Shakespeare and the Terrorists’.  Invited Lectures, Lund University, Sweden; Stockholm University, Sweden; Penn State University, USA; Temple University, USA

2011                Keynote Address, ‘Judith Dines Alone: From the Bible to du Bartas, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Symposium, University of Miami.

2011                ‘Judith and Du Bartas.’ Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference. Invited Seminar Contributor and Respondent.

2011                ‘Voltaire and the Fanati-system’, Symposium on ‘The Fanatic’, Lancaster University

2011                Director, Northern Renaissance Seminar in collaboration with Cultures of War and Conflict Resolution Network, ‘The Price of Peace’, Lancaster University

2009-10           Director, Northern Renaissance Seminar, ‘Love and Death in the Renaissance’, Leeds University, Leeds

2007-08           Rejuvenated Northern Renaissance Seminar with colleagues in English  Department – organised, promoted, and directed one seminar completely, in collaboration with Historic Food, participated in the direction of two others

2007                ‘The Civility of Eating’, Oxford Food Symposium

2006                ‘Terrorism: A Literary History.’ Developed project, raised funds (from British Academy), and supervised research assistant.

2006                ‘Discourse and the Gunpowder Plot’. Invited Speaker. Symposium on ‘Shakespeare, Violence and Terror’ Shakespeare’s Globe.

2005                Consultant for Royal Shakespeare Theatre; contributed programme notes for production of Speaking Like Magpies

2004-               Reviewed manuscripts for Cambridge University Press; Broadview Press; Reaktion Books; Renaissance and Reformation; Food, Culture, and Society; Early Modern Cultural Studies; Journal for Cultural Research; History and Literature; Renaissance Drama; Journal of British Studies; Shakespeare Quarterly, Modern Philology; EMCO; Humanities. Reviewed series proposal for Rowman and Littlefield.

Recent Administration and Commissions of Trust

2018                Nominated, Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris

2017                Promotion Examiner, Gothenburg University

2016                Visiting Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

2016                Promotion Professor, Uppsala University, Representing Faculty of Languages

2016-               Promotion Advisory Board, English Department, University of Athens

2016                Erasmus Visiting Teaching Fellow, University of Glasgow

2015 –              Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Futures of the Archive, Rowman and Littlefield          

2015 –              Evaluator, American Council of Learned Societies

2014                Evaluator, Paris Institute for Advanced Studies

2014                Evaluation, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence

2012                Evaluator, Velux Fonden, Denmark

2011 –              Editorial Board, Studia Neophilologica. Uppsala University, Sweden.

2011                Dissertation Examiner, University of Tampere, Finland.

2009 –              Peer Reviewer, Arts and Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom

2009                Director of Research, English Department, Lancaster University

2012                Project Leader, Project Bid to HERA, ‘Cultures of Interruption’ (€ 950 000, failed)

2010-11           Head of Department, English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University

2009                Director of Research, English Department, Lancaster University (Lent Term)

2008-09           Principal Investigator, Fundamentalism and Literature bid to AHRC/ESRC  (£500,000; bid failed)

2006-07           Co-organiser of Shakespeare Reading Group, Lancaster University