Peter Hill is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, working on Arabic literature and intellectual history of the nineteenth century. He is one of OCCT’s organising committee, and formerly one of the convenors of the OCCT postgraduate discussion group. He recently completed a D.Phil. thesis on utopian aspects of the cultural production of the Arab 'Renaissance' (Nahda), and their grounding in the social history of the Ottoman-Arab world of the long nineteenth century. This was a period of major contact with European culture, and his research has been centrally concerned with translations of French and English literature into Arabic–for instance Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Fénelon's Les aventures de Télémaque. His article on the first Arabic translations of Enlightenment literature was recently published in Intellectual History Review, and another on nineteenth-century translations of English fiction into Arabic in the Journal of Semitic Studies. He has also written for the Oxford Left Review, the Oxonian Review and Muftah magazine.