Dr Steven Tait
Indiana University, USA | 28 August - 28 December 2018
Nominated by Professor Giovanni Costantini, Chemistry
Steven L. Tait is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Prof. Tait obtained a BS degree in Honors Physics and University Honors from Brigham Young University, then MS and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Washington. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Prof. Tait’s research at Indiana University applies an interdisciplinary approach to problems in surface chemistry to advance new solutions to grand challenges in materials and energy.
Professor Márcio Seligmann-Silva
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil | 1 October - 12 October 2018
Nominated by Professor Paulo de Medeiros, English and Comparative Literary Studies
From the 1 to 12th October 2018 I will be developing my project "Performing violence memory in post dictatorial Latin America" at the Institute of Advanced Study. It includes a seminar about “The new Culture of Memory and Testimony in Latin America” that will present a reading of the “culture of memory” in Latin America emphasizing Brazil, Argentina and Chile, three countries marked by dictatorships. The seminar will also serve as a platform to present the Memory and Trauma Studies that have flourished in recent years in Latin America. In another activity I will deliver a lecture about “Resisting through art: artists and their strategies of surviving in dark times in Brazil”.
Professor Nian Lin
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology | 15 October - 07 December 2018
Nominated by Professor Giovanni Costantini, Department of Chemistry
My research focuses on the following three areas:
- to understand the self assembly phenomena of suparmolecular systems on surfaces,
- to characterize charge transport and energy conversion at single molecules and
- to design organic-based two-dimensional structures exhibiting novel quantum phases.
While at the University of Warwick, I will be collaborating with Prof. Giovanni Costantini and Prof. Steven Tait on various research and educational activities. In particular, we will explore charge transfer in metal-organic systems at surfaces. We will organize an international symposium on this topic during my fellowship.
Dr Lilit Thwaites
La Trobe University, Melbourne | 22 October - 03 November 2018
Nominated by Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes, School of Modern Languages & Culture
I was born in Czechoslovakia and raised in England, Scotland and Canada, speaking Czech at home and otherwise, mainly English. I took up Spanish at McGill University, and completed my MA and PhD at the University of Toronto in contemporary Spanish literature. Between 1981 and 2011, I worked full-time as an academic at La Trobe University, Melbourne. My research focuses on contemporary Spanish literature, in particular, the work of women writers. Since 2011, I have focused on literary translation, my most recent translation being Antonio Iturbe’s The Librarian of Auschwitz (2017). At Warwick, when not interacting with students and staff, I will continue to work on finalising current translations (La loca de la casa, Rosa Montero and Australian Connection, various authors), and making/re-establishing contact with translators and publishers in the UK, to source future work. Main areas of interest [and translation projects]: (literary) translation; contemporary Spanish literature, women writers in particular; Spanish society and cultures; notions of (inner) exile, memory and identity [Josefina Aldecoa’s “trilogy”]; the portrayal of older women in Spanish literature and film [Josefina Aldecoa’s La fuerza del destino and Lourdes Ortiz’ Urraca]; (Spanish) literature and/through film.
Dr Jan Völkel
Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel | 1 December 2018 – 31 January 2019
Nominated by Dr Nicola Pratt, Politics and International Studies (PAIS)
Dr Jan Claudius Völkel has been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB) since February 2017, working on “The role of national parliaments in the Arab transformation processes”.
In this two-year project, funded by the European Commission, he focuses on the work of the legislatures of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia and analyses to what extent these chambers have been able to contribute to policy-making in their respective countries, in particular since the Arab uprisings in 2010/2011.
During his stay, Jan will utilise the University of Warwick’s excellent stock of literature on contemporary developments in the Middle East and North Africa in order to further draft his book manuscript that he is due submit for publication in 2019. In addition, he will deliver three lectures at the IAS, in the Accolade programme (on 6 December 2018), at the Centre for Studies in Democratisation (on 24 January 2019) and in the class of his IAS mentor Dr Nicola Pratt (on 28 January 2019).
Jan has extensive living and working experience in various countries of the Middle East and North Africa, for instance as DAAD lecture in political science at Cairo University, Egypt (2013-2017). He has also had teaching assignments and research stays in Ethiopia, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
Professor Zrinka Stahuljak
University of California, USA | 17 February - 27 February 2019
Nominated by Dr Emma Campbell,
School of Modern Languages and Cultures – French Department
While at Warwick, I will assess current and develop new approaches to Translation and Interpreting Studies. I will focus on translation in situations of conflict (whether or not armed) and the lived experience of fixers (military and journalistic interpreters) in medieval and contemporary contexts. How do these experiences and contexts challenge our notions of translation (authorship; uses of communication), transnationalism (polity and translation), multiculturalism (identity and translation)? How does communication, not as a goal of translation, but as a political necessity, change our perspective on ethics, economy, and history? In short, what is translation today?
Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Princeton University, USA | 24 April - 4 May 2019
Nominated by Dr Elena Giusti, Classics & Ancient History
Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the university’s Center for Human Values and Program in Latino Studies. In published articles, a co-edited volume, and a monograph in progress (Divine Institutions: Religion and State Formation in Mid-Republican Rome [Princeton], he has situated the religious and cultural history of the Roman Republic in dialogue with anthropology, sociology, economics, and comparative and global histories of slavery. The product of a deepening engagement with critical race theory and with the epistemological practices of classical studies, his hope for his next three book-length projects is to take up questions of what and who is constituted as knowable and knowledgeable in the adjacent and cross-fertilizing fields of ancient history and classical reception. At Warwick, he will be keen to forge collaborations across multiple disciplines in order to expand the conceptual and geographical horizons of Racing the Classics, of which he is a co-founder.
Dr Stephen Ross
Concordia University, Canada | 25 April - 5 May 2019
Nominated by Professor Daniel Katz, Department of English
As a comparatist scholar of modern and contemporary literature, my current research itinerary divides into two broad areas: 1) modernist poetry/poetics and its contemporary legacies; 2) the “global” turn in modernist studies. My first monograph, Invisible Terrain: John Ashbery and the Aesthetics of Nature (OUP, 2017), examines the poetry of John Ashbery in relation to the avant-garde fantasy that nature can become art. I am also co-editor with Dr. Alys Moody of Global Modernists on Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2019), a 210K-word anthology of programmatic statements by modernist artists that reflect on the theory and practice of modernism in its various global formations. As an IAS fellow representing Concordia University’s Centre for Expanded Poetics (CEP), I will work closely with Warwick faculty (my former colleagues) and students to develop a collaborative research program that engages poetics as an inclusive rubric encompassing questions of (literary) making beyond the strict confines of poetry as such.
Professor Mary Hawkesworth
Rutgers University, USA | 28 April - 8 May 2019
Nominated by Professor Shirin Rai, PAIS
At a moment when increasingly racist forms of ethno-nationalism are surfacing around the globe, it is important to analyze how academic disciplines and state practices contribute to the production of inequities and injustices. In contrast to received views in political science that depict sex, gender, and race as natural modes of embodiment, my recent work challenges the illusion that bodies exist outside politics and beyond the reach of the state. Drawing insights from critical race, feminist, decolonial, postcolonial, queer, and trans* theory, I show how accredited conceptions of embodiment, gender, liberty, public/private, and the nation-state relegate women, people of color, sexual minorities, and gender-variant people to inferior status despite constitutional guarantees of equality before the law. While at Warwick, I look forward to working with scholars and students to theorize conceptual practices of power and to envisioning strategies to make racialized gendering visible and actionable.
Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston
Brown University, USA | 29 April - 10 May 2019
Nominated by Dr Elena Giusti, Classics & Ancient History
Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston is Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University where she is also affiliated with the Initiative for Environmental Humanities. Her research examines the interstices between moral philosophy, ecocriticism, and literature from the Roman Empire; Classical reception (especially in contemporary poetry and African diasporic texts); and critical race theory, Classics, and educational reform. As the co-organizer of Racing the Classics and co-founder of the scholarly society Eos: Africana Receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome, Dr. Eccleston hopes to meet students from underrepresented backgrounds in pre-modern fields to support their projects inside and outside of the academy.
Dr Oxana Palesh
Stanford University Medical Center, USA | 11 May - 25 May 2019
Nominated by Professor Francis Levi, WMS
Dr. Palesh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Stanford Cancer Survivorship Research Program. Dr. Palesh’s research is focused on understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of side effects in cancer, with the goal of developing and testing novel therapeutic approaches. Her current research is focused on understanding the neurocognitive pathways behind cancer related neurocognitive impairment (CRNI) and managing insomnia/circadian rhythm disruption in cancer.
During her visit to Warwick University, Dr. Palesh will also work with faculty to develop and propose innovative collaborative multidisciplinary research grant focused on health monitoring (sleep in particular) in a real-time, accessible, effective and minimally obtrusive way.