Dr. Anthony Archdeacon

Dr. Anthony Archdeacon

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)6-5978815 

Fax: +971 (0)6-5611789



Dr. Archdeacon has worked in a range of education-related roles, from teaching English at both secondary and university levels to working for the UK Government on the English National Curriculum and its assessment in schools. His academic background is in renaissance literature and ideas, and he has continued to publish in this area. He has also taught theory of curriculum, assessment and learning at Master’s level for a number of years, both in the UK and to teachers in the UAE. He has published a book on the impact of ICT on English teaching and remains interested in pedagogy and new technologies, but his current research focus is early modern literature and ideas. He is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Ph.D., Renaissance Literature, Southampton University (UK), 1997
  • M.Phil, Medieval Literature, Cambridge University (UK) 1990
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, City of Manchester College of HE (UK) 1983
  • B.A. Hons English and Philosophy, Manchester University (UK) 1982
  • English literature
  • English language
  • Theory of education
  • Teaching and learning in HE
  • Early modern literature
  • Early modern philosophy

Google Scholar

  • 2016: “Somebody and nobody: the authorial identity of the player-playwright-poet in the early modern theatre.” Authorship Vol 5, issue 2.
  • 2014: "The ‘Nothing’ Trope: Self-Worth in Renaissance Poetry". Literature Compass, Volume 11, Issue 8, pages 549–559, August 2014.
  • 2012: "The publication of No-body and Some-body: humanism, history and economics in the early Jacobean public theatre." Early Modern Literary Studies 16.1.
  • 2005: Book, Exciting ICT in English (Network Educational Press)
  • 2002: Book chapter, “Things which are not: Poetic and Scientific Attitudes to Non-entities in the Seventeenth Century”, in Claire Jowitt & Diane Watt, eds, The Arts of Seventeenth-Century Science: Representations of the Natural World in European and North American Culture (Ashgate).

Recent Conference Papers

  • 2016: ‘Real-time collaboration online in the classroom for active modelling of academic writing.’ EDULEARN 2016, Barcelona 4-6 July.
  • 2014: ‘Demystifying critical thinking in learning and teaching’, 4th QS-MAPLE conference, Abu Dhabi, 6-8 May.
  • 2012: ‘Challenges and benefits: valuing the experience of international postgraduate students at a new university in the UK’, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference, Dec 14-18.