Professor Margaret McGowan FBA
About this Fellow
Professor McGowan studied at the University of Reading. She has been at the University of Sussex since 1964, serving as Dean of the School of European Studies from 1977-1980; as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1981-1986 and 1989-92; and as Deputy Vice Chancellor from 1992-1998. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the Early Dance Circle. In 2009, she won the Wolfson Prize for her book Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession. She was made a CBE in 1998.
- Research Professor of French, University of Sussex
- Professor of French, University of Sussex, 1974 - 1997
- Reader, University of Sussex, 1968 - 1974
- Lecturer, University of Sussex, 1964 - 1968
- Lecturer, University of Glasgow, 1957 - 1964
- Lecturer, Université de Strasbourg, 1955 - 1957
British Academy Appointments
- Vice-President, 1996 - 1998
- Member of Council, 1995 - 1996
The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present
History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies
Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.
Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.