John-Mark Philo

Member since 2023

Occupation: UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at University of East Anglia

I am thrilled to become a member of the UK Young Academy. I hope to use this platform to advocate for public libraries in the UK, drawing attention to the vital role they play in society.


John-Mark, originally from Glasgow, is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. He has a background in literature and history, and his research focuses on translation and cross-cultural exchange in early-modern Europe. His current project, “The Global Library”, examines how people travelling between libraries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East has historically brought about revolutions in thinking. He is especially interested in how libraries have functioned, and still function today, as social and community spaces. John-Mark is typically to be found in the archives, examining manuscripts and correspondence, and trying his best to decipher early-modern marginalia.


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