Professor Kirsty Duncanson
La Trobe University in Melbourne
Visiting 23 October - 1 November 2017
Nominated by: Professor Vanessa Munro, Department of Law
Kirsty Duncanson is a Lecturer in Law at La Trobe University in Melbourne. While maintaining a central focus on the intersections of law, crime and the social world, her work is strongly interdisciplinary. In her research and teaching she draws on theory and methods from across the fields of cultural legal studies, socio-legal studies, criminology, political science, gender studies, visual culture, cinema and media studies. Her key areas of interest include the implications of courtroom design; jury decision-making in rape trials; and popular engagements with the philosophies of law and sovereignty as they take place in the production and consumption of visual culture.
Professor Mark Drumbl
Washington & Lee University, USA
Visiting 13 - 17 November 2017
Nominated by: Ms Solange Mouthaan, Department of Law
Mark Drumbl serves as Director of the Transnational Law Institute at at Washington & Lee University. He also held visiting appointments on several law faculties, including Oxford University, Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), University of Melbourne, Masaryk University, University of Sydney, Vanderbilt University, Free University of Amsterdam, University of Ottawa and Trinity College-Dublin. Drumbl's book, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) has won commendations from the International Association of Criminal Law (U.S. national section) and the American Society of International Law. In 2012, Drumbl published Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press), which has been widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. He has authored roughly 100 journal articles, commentaries, and book chapters, and has delivered lectures and seminars world-wide. He is co-editing the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers (with Dr Jastine Barrett).
Dr Balint Aradi
Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science, Universitat Bremen, Germany
Visiting 20 - 25 November 2017
Nominated by: Dr Reinhard Maurer, Department of Chemistry
Dr Bálint Aradi is a senior scientist at the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science of the University of Bremen. Dr Aradi is an expert in large-scale, computationally efficient electronic structure methods. He has made pivotal contributions to the development of the Density-Functional Tight Binding method and is the main developer of the widely-used software package DFTB+. His current research efforts target the computational modelling of chemical reactions at oxide surfaces as relevant for the water splitting reaction and photovoltaic energy generation. Dr. Aradi has published more than 50 publications in the field of condensed matter simulation and continues to be a leading expert in predictive materials modelling.
Dr Charlie Michael
Georgia State University, USA
Visiting 28 February - 3 March 2018
Nominated by: Dr Mary Harrod, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Charlie Michael has held posts in French and Film Studies at various US institutions, including most recently Lecturer in Film and Video at Georgia State, and is currently Visiting Scholar at l’Institut National de l'Audiovisuel in Paris. His research focuses on contemporary media industries with particular interests in French and Francophone cinema, cultural politics and theories of globalization. He co-edited the Directory of World Cinema: France (Intellect Press, 2013) and is currently completing a book entitled French Film in the Blockbuster Era: Globalization and the Cultural Politics of a Popular Cinema (under contract with Edinburgh UP). His articles have appeared in SubStance, The Velvet Light Trap, Quebec Studies, French Politics, Culture & Society and A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema.