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Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla, co-director

Stéphanie is the Head of School for Cross-Faculty Studies and a Professor in Global Sustainable Development. She has been working on Cuba for the past twenty years, with a particular interest in Cuban culture, human rights and more recently, Cuba’s involvement in global health. Her first co-authored monograph analysed the relationship between Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo y Fidel. El paisaje de una amistad (Espasa Calpe) / Fidel and Gabo. The Portrait of a Friendship (Pegasus 2010). The book was translated into six languages. Her most recent monograph analyses the testimony of a persecuted homosexual Cuban writer in Reinaldo Arenas’ Pentagony (Tamesis Books, 2016).

Stéphanie’s current research focuses on the impact of Humanitarian Aid on identity construction and alteration, and more specifically on the case of the Cuban Internationalist Solidarity Programme. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded the British Council Researcher Links grant and was a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami), where she created an archive entitled “Life Stories of Cuban Internationalist Healthcare Professionals”. More recently, she was awarded the Warwick Research Development Fund award for a project on South-South cooperation between Cuba and the African continent, with a specific focus on Tanzania.

Stephanie’s articles have appeared in journals including Third World Quarterly, Oral History, Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies, among others. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Granada, Spain.

Pierre Botcherby, co-director

I am the Doctoral Training Manager in the Arts Faculty, responsible for the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Programme and administrative support for the Faculty's PGRs more widely under the auspices of CADRE (Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence).

I grew up in St. Helens, near Liverpool, before sending myself to Coventry in 2011 to study a BA in French & History at the University of Warwick. Upon graduating in 2015, I went souther still to enrol on a two year Masters degree in Anglophone Studies at the University of Nice, where I juggled studying and seminar tutoring with a part-time retail job and a brief career as a rickshaw driver. Having plentifully stocked myself with Vitamin D from the Côte d'Azur sky, I returned to Warwick in 2017 to begin my PhD under the supervision of Professor Mathew Thomson and Dr Joachim Haberlen. Entitled 'Community, de-industrialisation, and post-industrial regeneration in a Merseyside town: St. Helens 1968-2018', I completed my PhD in late 2021.

Alongside researching, I am a keen but not overly-talented squash player and participate in the university's staff league. I have 3 years teaching experience in the History department and have held AFHEA status since August 2020. I have managed/co-managed 3 student-led research projects, culminating in my post of Arts Faculty Student Experience Intern in 2021. Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a PGR Development Officer in the university's Doctoral College and as a tutor for the university's Community Values Education Programme. I am Co-Director for the Warwick Oral History Network, having been the Administrative Assistant from 2018-2023.

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