Vanessa Agnew is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century music discourse, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and Pacific travel writing, postcolonial theory, and historical re-enactment. Her teaching interests include German opera and writings about music, travel, and eighteenth-century German racial discourse. She is a founding member of the Reenactment History Group and is coeditor of a new series on historical reenactment published by Palgrave. Vanessa Agnew recently completed a book called Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds (Oxford University Press, 2008) - a study of Anglo-German debates about the power of music (ca.1760-1810), which traces the central role of travel and the cross-cultural encounter in transforming musical thought.