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ECF October 22/23 Cohort

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Arianna Autieri

Arianna Autieri completed her PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick in September 2022. Her research was funded by CADRE (Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence at Warwick) and supervised jointly by Dr Chantal Wright and Dr Christina Britzolakis. Her thesis is entitled "James Joyce’s music performed: the “Sirens” fugue in experimental re-translation”.

Her doctoral research specifically delves into the interdisciplinary potential of translation, placing itself in between literary translation studies and Joycean Studies (with an insight into music and musico-literary studies), and aiming to contribute to both fields. In this sense, her study can be considered a continuation of Marylin Gaddis Rose’s famous investigation of translation “as a form of criticism” (1997, 13), and of Joycean scholar Fritz Senn’s “translation as approach” to Ulysses (1984). In her future research, Arianna is interested in investigating the translation experiences of “global modernists” (Wollaeger 2012) and their transnational translation exchanges, seeking to re-establish the historical value of foundational modernist translation theories and practices that have been remarkably overlooked or misrepresented in historical research in translation studies.

She has published several articles on Joyce, music and translation, and her most recent publication is “Translating Joyce’s Musical Language: ‘The Dead’” in “Language and Languages in Joyce’s Fiction”. Joyce Studies in Italy, 2019. In 2021 she was awarded the International James Joyce Foundation scholarship and in 2020 she was awarded The Friends of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation Scholarship. In 2019 she was awarded the Trieste Joyce School scholarship and the Giorgio Melchiori Grant offered by the James Joyce Italian Foundation. Her research interests include Translation Theory and Practice, Experimental Translation and Writing, Joyce, Modernism and Words and Music Studies.

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Alejandro Veiga-Exposito

Alejandro is an Early Career Research Fellow who recently finished his PhD in Hispanic Studies at Warwick. Under the title Wound Literature: Poetics of Crisis in Spain and Venezuela during the 2010s, his doctoral research focused on contemporary debates about aesthetics and politics in Spanish and Venezuelan contemporary literature. Alejandro is widely interested in contemporary Spanish and Venezuelan short fiction and poetry, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Currently, Alejandro is developing several outputs from his doctoral research and working on his postdoctoral research on humour, politics, and ethics.

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Bing Lu

Bing (aka Alice) is a doctoral researcher and Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department for Education Studies at University of Warwick. Her doctoral research investigates how academics who have returned from overseas doctoral study conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries. Her main research expertise is in the transnational flows of academics, doctoral supervision, and post structuralist exploration of research data authenticity. Bing founded the Superb-Vision Network sponsored by Warwick Doctoral college. Bing has been recently funded by Swiss National Foundation (SNF) as an invited speaker in the international symposium on gendered academic mobility in Lausanne University. View my Warwick Profile

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Haleema Masud

Haleema is a PhD candidate at the Warwick Medical School funded by the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF), Pakistan. Her PhD focuses on political economy of using tobacco taxation for tobacco control in Pakistan. Her research is an intersection of the disciplines of Public Health, Economics and Law. As an early career fellow, she is focusing on using interdisciplinary data analysis approach for integration of findings from different aspects of her PhD thesis. She further plans to disseminate her research findings to non-academic audience particularly the policy makers in Pakistan for knowledge translation. Haleema’s research interests include health policy and systems research, tobacco control, non-communicable diseases control, using financial and legal interventions for global health.

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Harry Pitt Scott

Harry Pitt Scott is based in the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department, where he completed his PhD in November 2022. His doctoral research focused on the representation of ‘energy futures’ across different cultural mediums: literature, architecture, and financial writing. Broadly, his research interests include energy history and culture, financial culture, and Marxist cultural theory. His current research project focuses on the culture and economy of electrification in the context of decarbonisation.
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Ian Farnell

Ian is an IAS Early Career Fellow. His doctoral studies (completed in March 2022) were funded by the Wolfson Foundation and explored how science fiction has recently emerged as a method of socio-political commentary within contemporary British theatre. His work has been published in multiple journals including Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre Journal and Contemporary Theatre Review. As part of his ECF, Ian will be developing a monograph based on his thesis. Ian is also a passionate teacher and has twice been a finalist for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (PGR).

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Michael Hattersley

Dr Michael Hattersley completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick. Michael's research interests are in the cognitive underpinnings of different kinds of anomalistic beliefs. More specifically, his current research is on the psychology of belief in conspiracy theories, focusing on how such beliefs relate to ordinary cognition. Michael's PhD thesis--"Conspiracy Theories as Overfitted Explanations"--explores how people who believe in conspiracy theories interact with and use information in their environment. In the long term, Michael hopes to develop a theoretical framework for understanding the psychology of conspiracy beliefs.

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Nora Castle

Nora Castle is based in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. She submitted her PhD in September 2022. Her dissertation, which sits at the intersection of science fiction studies, the environmental humanities, and food studies, focuses on the future of food and environmental crisis in contemporary science fiction. Her research interests include food futures, critical animal studies, critical plant studies, and architectural design and urban planning in/as science fiction. Nora’s recent publications include “In Vitro Meat and Science Fiction: Contemporary Narratives of Cultured Flesh” (Extrapolation, 2022), and a co-edited Special Issue on “Food Futures” (2022) in Science Fiction Studies. View Nora's Warwick Profile.Link opens in a new window

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Ute Oswald

I am a social historian of psychiatry based in the Centre for the History of Medicine, and my recently completed PhD explored the role of leisure in nineteenth-century British asylums. It scrutinised the extent to which confinement, management and therapy could be consolidated through recreational activities, such as concerts, art, sport, educational classes, excursions and plays. I have shared this research at national and international conferences and in a peer-reviewed article for the Medizinhistorisches Journal.

During my IAS fellowship I intend to shift my focus to religion in asylums, an area which my thesis already touched upon, but which deserves its own detailed scholarly investigation. I also plan to turn my thesis into a monograph and publish further articles based on my extended research topic. In exposing the often-positive impact of recreation and religion on asylum patients, I seek to reshape public perceptions of nineteenth-century institutional care and inform future policy making in mental health.

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Sophie Greenway

I am a historian of health and the domestic home and garden in twentieth century Britain, in the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick. I have recently completed my PhD entitled 'Growing Well: Dirt, health, the home and the garden in Britain, 1930-1970'. This project was funded by a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship (Grant no. 104966/Z/14/Z). I explore the role of hygiene in the construction of ideas of home and garden, and the way these ideas have shaped relationships between humans and the outdoors. Throughout my PhD I developed my public engagement practice, including a year seconded with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, and am currently working on engagement through social media.

ECF April 22/23 Cohort

ECF April 22/23 Cohort

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Ronghui (Kevin) Zhou

Ronghui (Kevin) Zhou is a PhD candidate at the Department of Education Studies funded by the Warwick-China Scholarship Council Joint Research Scholarship. His research highlights Education for Sustainable Development concept and policy in China and global contexts. Kevin has recently been appointed as a Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Rare Earths and Critical Minerals in the Planetary Just Transition: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Upstream-downstream Supply Chains in the Drive for a Low Carbon Transition” for the Journal of The Extractive Industries and Society. His research interests include Education for Sustainable Development, just transition, education inequality, discourse and power, and policy enactment.

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Folusho Balogun

I am an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) and a Physics PhD candidate at the University of Warwick. My doctoral research focused on using ultrafast spectroscopy techniques to investigate charge carrier dynamics and transport in emerging materials; these materials have applications in photovoltaics, lasers and beyond. A good analogy for my research is using a high-speed camera (ultrafast spectroscopy) to track a hummingbird’s movement (processes in the material).

My current research interests involve using ultrafast spectroscopy techniques to study stability in these emerging materials, as this is vital for their future commercial applications.

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Aparajita Haldar

Aparajita completed her PhD with the Department of Computer Science, and is now an Early Career Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on graph algorithms (e.g., studying the spread of information through a social network) and graph learning tasks (e.g., using machine learning on graphs for recommender systems). Her PhD thesis was about optimisation techniques for using such algorithms in limited resource environments (i.e., with communication, latency, memory constraints) as well as on dynamic graph inputs. More broadly, she is interested in graph neural network applications, knowledge graphs for AI, spectral techniques in graph theory, and fairness in ML/AI.

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Kathryn Sidaway

Kathryn Sidaway is a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Linguistics funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her PhD focuses on the language learning motivation of both forced and voluntary adult migrants learning English in England. Prior to her PhD, Kathryn taught English in FE colleges to teenagers and adults and is passionate about connecting research with the language classroom. She co-convenes the NATECLA ESOL Research Community and edits the IATEFL ESOLSIG biannual publication ‘ESOL Matters’. She also co-convenes the Language Learning Psychology PhD/ECR Community, which supports PGR students around the world through online events.

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Christopher Earley

Christopher Earley recently completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His doctoral research looked at the philosophical problems posed by contemporary art. His current research focuses on attempting to explain why it is that artists are increasingly encouraged to exempt themselves from the norms that guide action in other domains of life, and why looking at the normative structure of artworlds rather than the works of individual artists might help us to understand this. He is also interested in the relationship between art and epistemology and the philosophy of history.

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Reece Goodall

Reece Goodall is a PhD student in French Studies, and he is working on an industrial and theoretical analysis of contemporary French horror cinema, uniting these two facets of the genre into a cohesive and complementary framework. His research interests include horror and other genres in French cinema, the contemporary horror genre, and the interplay between media, news and politics. He has previously written for French Screen Studies, Horror Studies and Animation Studies, and he is the author of forthcoming chapters on Alexandre Aja, Wes Craven, folk horror, and the Conjuring franchise.

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Charlie Price

I submitted my PhD in Politics and International Studies in April of 2023; my research focussed on the Nordic Region, wherein I studied novel kinds of bordering arrangements performed by far-right organisations and use this to interrogate the concept of sovereignty. My research lies at the intersections between political geography, philosophy, political sociology, and political psychology. I am primarily interested in biopolitics and ontological security and use these concepts to study how far-right groups influence politics and our understandings of core political concepts.

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Lucrezia Sperindio

Lucrezia Sperindio is an Early Career Fellow, and has recently completed her PhD in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. Her PhD thesis, titled ‘Rethinking Horace’s Lyric modus: Horace’s Odes 1-3 and Tragic Choral Lyric’, explores the intertextual interactions between Horace’s lyric poetry and Greek and Roman tragedy, with a specific focus on tragic choral odes. Lucrezia is interested in applying the critical questions and methods of intertextuality and reader reception to Latin literature of the Early Empire. Currently, she is working to develop several outputs from her PhD thesis, as well as shaping her post-doctoral project on the Latin author Seneca and his intertextual relationship with Horace’s lyric.

G. Ali Shair

G. Ali Shair has recently completed his PhD in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick. For his doctoral studies he won the prestigious Chief Minister Merit Scholarship (CMMS) funded by the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) of Pakistan. Titled Singing Survival: The Social World of Classical Musicians in Pakistan, his PhD is a first-of-its-kind study into the survival strategies of classical music practitioners against the backdrop of music’s contested place in the postcolonial formation of national culture in Pakistan. He is particularly interested in postcolonial theory, nationalism, religious identity, and performance cultures. Currently, as an Early Career Fellow at IAS, G. Ali Shair is expanding upon his PhD through a book proposal and his postdoctoral research on Muslim modernity and music.


Choudhry Shuaib

Choudhry Shuaib is an Early Career Research fellow based in the Department of Mathematics. He recently finished a PhD in the Mathematics of Systems where he focused on the field of network science. His research consists of developing the mathematics to analyse complex systems using the abstract concept of networks to represent and subsequently model them. During my PhD I focussed on analysing complex systems through the lens of hierarchical structure. This resulted in novel insights upon applications to a wide variety of systems such as disease spreading and economic systems such a trade networks.

I am looking to further develop the novel mathematical framework I constructed during my thesis. Additionally, I want to demonstrate its utility to other researchers by applying it to other domains. During the fellowship I look to extend my work to a unique sociohistorical network that I have constructed with a team of researchers from a historical corpus of data that was recently digitised. At its core this network is a rumour transmission network that is formed from the transmission of the Islamic religious tradition over a millennium and spans the geographic expanse between Spain and the subcontinent. I will use a novel mathematical and computational approach to provide new insights into the history of Islam.

Dr Liz Egan

Liz is a historian of the Caribbean and British Empire, and am particularly interested in questions of race, class, and gender in the colonial Caribbean. Her doctoral project focused on the construction of whiteness in Jamaica during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, asking how the meanings of whiteness – and who could claim whiteness – were shaped by the legacies of slavery, questions of political autonomy, and wider colonial discourses of race. Several articles based on this research are currently in progress, and she is continuing to extend this research with the intention of developing a monograph proposal. More broadly, She is beginning to develop a new project that addresses the place of policing in the post-emancipation Caribbean. Her full research profile is available here.


Ricardo Aguilar-González

Ricardo Aguilar-González is a historian of Latin America who focuses on the intersections between social history of colonialism with history of foods, drinks and bodies in Mexico and Guatemala. His research areas comprise the history of the indigenous nobility in colonial Mexico, and the cultural and political history of indigenous belief systems before and during the colonisation period. He completed his PhD at the Department of History at the University of Warwick with a thesis titled ‘Sustenance: A History of Foods, Drinks and Bodies in the Colonisation of Mesoamerica, 1470-1600’. Additionally, he has published, along with art historian Angélica Afanador-Pujol, Don Antonio Huitziméngari: An Indigenous Nobleman’s Petition and Life in Sixteenth-Century Colonial Mexico (UNAM-UMSNH, 2019, in Spanish) and a 15-chapter edited volume (Tilling and Opening Pathways: Essays on Memory and Regional History in honour of Gerardo Sánchez Díaz, Morelia, UMSNH, 2022, in Spanish) on the intersection between social memory, and regional history. Currently, Ricardo is working on a research project on the social history of the introduction of spirits and wheat breads to indigenous colonial towns on the one hand, and on the contestation and reinterpretation of these foreign foodstuffs by indigenous peoples.


ECF October 23/24 Cohort

Ronan Love

Ronan Love is an Early Career Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick. He completed his PhD at Warwick’s History Department where he has taught modules on the history of European political thought and the history of the French Revolution. His thesis examines the politics of government finance during the French Revolution, ultimately arguing that the Revolution’s financial politics were a key factor in the origins of the Terror. Besides his doctoral work, Ronan’s research focuses more broadly on the nexus between the government finance, politics, and sovereignty in early modern Europe.


Manuela Marai

Manuela Marai is based in the Department of Classics and Ancient History but also collaborates with the School of Life Sciences, thanks to her double background in both Classics and Biology. She has recently completed her doctoral dissertation on ancient pharmacology, entitled Wound Healing Treatment in Galen: An Archaeology of Early Pharmacology and its Experimental Assessment. She is interested in ancient medicine, particularly in the works of Galen of Pergamon, and more broadly in the history of science and technology. Manuela employs a multidisciplinary approach by combining textual analysis of ancient medical writings with experimental methods. Through her collaboration with biologists and chemists, she investigates the antimicrobial properties of ancient formulations and how pharmacological substances were processed, combined, and used. She teaches Greek language as well as ancient pharmacology and Hellenistic science.

Nicolai Gellwitzki

Nicolai Gellwitzki is an Early Career Fellow who has recently completed his PhD at the Department of Politics and International Studies. His thesis, titled “Public Moods, Emerging Political Subjectivties, and Ontological Security: The German Response to the so-called Migration Crisis”, delves into how public moods influenced German ontological security-seeking practices at both micro and the macro levels during the so-called migration crisis. His research interests comprise (critical) security studies, political psychology, international political sociology, EU studies, and emotion research in Politics and International Relations. His research has been published, amongst others, in the Journal of International Relations and Development, Political Psychology, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy.


Giulia Lorenzi

Giulia Lorenzi is an Early Career Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Philosophy at University of Warwick. Influenced by her musical practice as a horn player, her PhD research concerned the development of a philosophical account of the perception of music. She works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, perception, action, and music. For her teaching practice, she won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2023 in the category “postgraduate who teach” and was commended for the same prize in 2022

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Qiuyang Chen

Qiuyang Chen is a social and gender historian specialising in modern and contemporary China, with her research situated at the intersection of gender history, financial history and anthropology. In particular, her recently completed PhD examined the relationship between women’s credit activities and the local economy to understand China’s economic transformation in the 1980s and 90s. Currently, as an Early Career Fellow at IAS, She is working on a few articles derived from my PhD thesis, as well as developing a postdoctoral project on women's socio-economic roles in modern China by exploring the history of international development aid. She also plans to organise a cross-faculty, China-related research network at Warwick to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. In addition,She is teaching at the University of Birmingham as a visiting lecturer this year.


Alice Golisano

As a PhD, She was a recipient of the EUTOPIA cotutelle scholarship. She was based in the Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, and the History department at Cergy-Paris Université. Her academic path started in Italy with a BA in English, German and Translation studies, and an Erasmus spent in Warwick, where she returned for an MA in Theatre and Performance Research, and then proceeded to be taken on board with my research project. Alongside my academic life, she have also been part of the European youth association AEGEE, and she is currently a student representative for the exec board of EASTAP (European Association for Studies in Theatre and Performance).

Richard Dhillon

Richard Dhillon is an Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study, and teaches in the Department of Film and Television Studies. Richard recently completed his PhD in Film and Television Studies at Warwick, where he previously gained his MA (for Research); he also holds degrees in History from the Universities of Birmingham (MA) and Worcester (BA). Richard’s doctoral research, ‘Queer Domesticities in British Situation Comedies’, explored a queer seam at the heart of British prime-time television during the 1960s and 1970s, manifest in both the form and content of situation comedy. More broadly, Richard’s research interests lie at the intersection of British film and television histories, and queer studies, and he is currently developing post-doctoral research on British light entertainment television.


Noorin Rodenhurst

Noorin Rodenhurst completed her PhD in Psychology, in developmental psycholinguistics. Her research looks at child language acquisition between the ages of 3-6 years old. In her PhD, she examined the differences between bilingual and monolingual children’s ability to understand sentences. Her research also looks at codeswitching, namely children’s ability to understand switching between languages within sentences that have different word orders. Noorin is also interested in conducting research with those who speak understudied languages, to improve representation within linguistics, after researching the Gujarati language within her PhD.

Vladimir Rosas-Salazar

Vladimir Rosas-Salazar is an Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. Vladimir achieved an MA in Film and Screen Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and recently completed his PhD at the Department of Film and Television Studies (Warwick). His thesis focuses on Audiovisual Microhistories in Pinochet’s Chile, where he examines the use of amateur videos recorded by families and political video collectives during the last years of Pinochet’s dictatorship and the first years of Chile’s transition to democracy as visual evidence in documentaries. Overall, Vladimir’s research interests overlap film and media studies with memory studies, in the context of Latin America. He currently teaches at the Department of Film and Television Studies (Warwick).


Asma Abdi

Asma Abdi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advance Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick. Her research interests and experience revolve around the intersection of global political economy, feminist theory and post/decolonial approaches. She specialises in exploring the overlapping of gender and race concerning questions of labour, social reproduction, informal economies, neo-liberal capitalism, and women’s movements in the Global South, with a specific focus, so far, on the Middle East/Iran. Prior to her current position, she was an international Chancellor’s PhD scholar at the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, where she explored the shifting gendered dimensions of labour, social reproduction and survival in Iran following the intensification of the sanction regime on the country since the early 2010s. Bringing together the insights from both feminist International Political Economists (IPE) as well as feminist post/decolonial scholars, Asma's thesis also develops a decolonial and feminist understanding of economic sanctions as an under-explored tool of international coercion and order-building.

Adam Neal

Adam Neal is an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and an Early Career Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick, where he teaches on the IATL module Global Connections. His Leverhulme Trust funded PhD thesis concerns the social and interpersonal implications of poverty and understanding poverty using the capability approach. He has published on the philosophy of work and the ethics of relationships. He has co-edited a collection on social rights published with Oxford University Press, as well as published on the impact of the UK Government’s COVID-19 response on people who live alone. He has also lectured on the Ethics of Sociability, and is a member of the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs.


Esteban Catalán

Esteban Catalán is a Chilean researcher, author, journalist and translator. He gained his BSc in Social Communication at Universidad de Santiago, before working as a journalist and editor at Radio Cooperativa. He then completed an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York Universty and a PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick. His doctoral project, End of the World Redux, focuses on the transition of language transiton at the beginning of the artificial intelligence era. He has published Eslovenia (2014), a collection of short stories, and Los límites y el mar (2022), a novel, both with Montacerdos publishing house, as well as the non-fiction volume Tragar veneno (2023), with Tusquets.

Simon Gansinger

Simon is an Early Career Fellow at the IAS and a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Philosophy. In his doctoral thesis, "Reasons of state as reasons of law", he proposed a new way of looking at legal changes that are not sufficiently justified by legal rules. Situated at the intersection of political philosophy, jurisprudence, and critical theory, Simon's work examines the relationship between politics and law, in contexts such as adjudication, emergency powers, and the history of political thought. Simon also maintains a scholarly interest in antisemitism studies and psychoanalysis. His research has been published in Jurisprudence, Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Supplement), and Antisemitism Studies, among others. He currently co-edits Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy and an Adorno Studies special issue on "Law and sexual morality today."


Hannah Dennett

Hannah is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, and an Early Career Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study. Her PhD project was in partnership with the Foundling Museum, London. It uncovered the lives of children of colour taken into the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital, using fragments of their lives from the archival material to reconstruct their experiences. It also examined the institution’s position within the British Empire, through the colonial connections of its governors and benefactors. As part of her PhD, Hannah curated the exhibition Tiny Traces: African and Asian Children of London’s Foundling Hospital’ at the Foundling Museum, London. Her broader research interests include the histories of motherhood, experiences of care, and Britain’s imperial past.

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