The IAS WIRL-COFUND project has received funding the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme to develop the next generation of research leaders. WIRL-COFUND will build on the successful training model developed in the IAS fellowship programmes to bring together early career researchers from around the world into an interdisciplinary research environment. WIRL-COFUND fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area that is linked to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.
Department of Politics & International Studies, Global Governance GRP
My research is based at the intersection of security studies and international political economy, focusing on conceptions of (in)security in global finance. This includes theories of money, debt, value and collateral, informed by a socio-political perspective grounded in the technicalities of modern finance. I hold a PhD in Politics from Lancaster and have worked at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) for 8 years, leading a work package on Financial security in the EU FP7-funded Societal Security Network (SOURCE) and organising interdisciplinary PhD courses at the Research School on Peace and Conflict. My WIRL-COFUND project examines how and with what consequences the value of safety is changing in post-crisis finance, looking at: 1) Historical and theoretical parameters of safe assets; 2) Systemic and systematic risk; 3) Safety in collateral-based finance and 4) Changing valuation frameworks of safety. I am co-editor of the post-disciplinary open-access journal Finance and Society.
Department of Sociology, International Development GRP
As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, I will explore the concept of asylum as a contradictory symbol of inclusion within the Nation and Europe. Drawing from social anthropology, feminist philosophy, queer theory and socio-legal studies, my postdoctoral project will examine the meaning and enactment of two central asylum formations in Greek legislation (family asylum and political asylum) in order to map out the entanglements of migrant, kinship and sexual rights, politics, and theories. In 2015, I completed my PhD in the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Aegean, Greece. My thesis consisted of a long term ethnographic study of BDSM social and sexual networks in contemporary Greece. Over the last decade I have participated in several EU funded projects as a postdoc and field researcher, undertaking research on sexual and gender politics, kinship, migration policies along with issues of institutional injustice.
Department of Classics, Connecting Cultures GRP
I hold a BA in Greek Philology from the University of Athens in Greece and a MA and PhD in Classics from University College London. After the completion of my PhD I held research and teaching posts in diverse academic environments in the UK, the Netherlands, and Cyprus, and have also been successful in receiving fellowships and grants for research stays in the USA. Before I moved to Warwick I was based at LMU Munich in Germany where I held a post-doctoral research fellowship that was funded by the DFG Exzellenzinitiative. My work broadly speaking focuses on Greek Lyric poetry and its reception in antiquity, as well as on ancient literary and cultural history. My first monograph The Emergence of the Lyric Canon explores the complexities of the process of canonisation of lyric poetry and is under contract for publication with Oxford University Press. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow I will explore the importance of the fourth century in the reception of sixth- and fifth-century lyric poetry by focusing on Plato and by analysing his impact on ancient perceptions of lyric.
Department of Applied Linguistics, Connecting Cultures GRP
School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Connecting Cultures GRP
My postdoctoral project is entitled Unearthing the Nation: Remembrance, Affiliation and Mass Grave Exhumations in Spain. The project aims to study the narratives of cultural remembrance related to Spanish mass grave exhumations from the Civil War and show how the cultural afterlives of the exhumations portray different modes of meaning making and (national) identification. I was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology of the Spanish National Research Council within the H2020 project Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe (UNREST) and a Marie Curie ITN fellow at the same institute. I hold a PhD (cum laude) from Maastricht University.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Sustainable Cities GRP
My project focuses on social practices of car parking in cities. It investigates parking at the intersection of mobility studies and studies on infrastructure in order to discover the role of materiality in today’s mobility and to shed light on how urban infrastructure is produced by various urban actors. My aim is to establish car parking as a subject of study that has import on how we understand everyday social practices, mobility of people, rights to space and urban complexity. In previous years I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where in 2015 I completed my PhD about ideologies in urban space. I was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Conflicts Research at the University of Cambridge (2014) and Culture, Theory, Space research cluster at the University of Plymouth (2012).
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Connecting Cultures GRP
My postdoctoral project is entitled: Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations: Travel, Colonialism, Prose. The project focuses on The Principal Navigations (1598-1600), one of the most important works of English travel literature ever published. I aim to situate The Principal Navigations in the formation of global systems, such as trade, mobility and colonialism. I hypothesise that Hakluyt founded a form of colonial travel discourse which finds its way into the writing of the following century, specifically seventeenth-century prose fiction. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, and I am finishing a monograph entitled Shakespeare and Error.
Department of Sociology and Department of Politics & International Studies, Global Governance GRP
Ellie’s research explores environmental politics in the post-Soviet region, with a focus on policymaking, governance arrangements and the capacity of states to protect their natural environments. She has recently published a book based on her doctoral thesis, Russian Environmental Politics: state, industry and policymaking (Routledge, 2017), and her work has appeared in Post-Soviet Affairs and Demokratizatsiya. In 2017, Ellie was a visiting fellow at ANU Centre for European Studies in Canberra. She earned an MPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford before completing her PhD at the University of New South Wales.
Department of Politics & International Studies, Behavioural Science GRP
Elisabetta Nadalutti's research focuses on empirical and theoretical questions on global governance, regionalism and regionalisation. She is presently working on the theoretical elaboration of an ethical humanist code of cross-border governance in order to better understand the ethical dimension of CBC within the European Union and Southeast Asia. Elisabetta Nadalutti has recently been post-doctoral fellow at RELATE Centre of Excellence at the University of Oulu, Junior Fellow Marie S. Curie FCFP at FRIAS (Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg). After passing her Viva at the University of Bath she has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus post-doctoral scholarship at ANU (Canberra). She was later a visiting researcher at UNU-CRIS in Brugge (Belgium) and Marie Curie and Fonds National de la Recherce Luxembourg Post-doctoral Fellow. She further developed her comparative analysis at the KHK, Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg.
Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, Connecting Cultures GRP
Elizabeth’s research focuses on literature and politics, censorship, and bureaucracy in modern Turkey and the post-Ottoman region from the Balkans to the Middle East. She recently completed a PhD in Near & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington and also holds an MA from Columbia University. Her doctoral thesis examined the modernist author Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar in the context of Turkey’s transition to multiparty democracy and the sociopolitical transformation of authorial subjectivity and changing literary practices during the Cold War. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, she will investigate the roles of censorship and literature in contemporary political events in Turkey and how censorship of traditional media and political expression has catalysed literary production that draws on transhistorical and transnational networks through the translation and circulation of literature across digital platforms, social media, and national borders.
Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, Connecting Cultures GRP
My WIRL-COFUND project outlines the interrelated aesthetics, forms, and affects around literary depictions of inshore fishery crisis, industrial fishery extractivism, and oil shock, with a particular emphasis on Nigeria and the Caribbean. This research will contribute to my monograph, Fishery Fictions and the World-Ecology: Energy, Extractivism, and Environmental Crisis, in which I develop a comparative framework for reading novels based at regional fisheries in relation to Atlantic-wide fishery and oil collapse. I received my PhD from University College Dublin in 2017, where I was an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. In October 2015, I was a Dobbin Scholar at Dalhousie University, and from January–June 2017, a Fulbright–NUI Visiting Researcher at Princeton University. My research has been published in Green Letters, Atlantic Studies and Briarpatch, and I am currently working on a number of articles on fishery culture and the blue humanities, as well as other areas of the environmental humanities and world literature.
Department of Chemistry, Materials GRP
Fernando’s research focuses on the structure-property relationship in the area of functional materials. His research straddles the interdisciplinary areas of Solid State Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics and Crystallography. In 2016 he completed his PhD entitle “New materials with potential magnetoelectric properties: Influence of the d and f cations” at National University of Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina. After his PhD, Fernando diversified his research skills by undertaking a PDRA in surface science at National University of the Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, he will be working at the Senn group in a very original and innovative project whose main aim is to provide vital proof that materials with physical properties as complex as magnetoelectricity can be designed using a symmetry based approach.
Mathematics Institute, Energy GRP
My research activities focus on scientific aspects of modelling and simulating real world engineering processes. My research interests and background include non-equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetic theory, molecular dynamics simulations, computational fluid dynamics and rheology, and numerical methods for hyperbolic-parabolic systems. Before joining IAS, I worked as research fellow at the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick (2016-2017) and Gyeongsang National University, South Korea (2014-2016). I completed my PhD in mechanical engineering on Numerical simulation of rarefied gas flow in micro and vacuum devices; with Prof. Henning Struchtrup at University of Victoria (Canada) in the year 2014. During my PhD, I studied extended fluid dynamics theories, such as Grad-13 moment equations, Burnett equations, regularised moment equations, describing intriguing non-equilibrium effects in gases at micro and nano length scales.
Department of Classics & Ancient History, Connecting Cultures GRP
My research focuses on the diverse religious traditions of the late antique Mediterranean world (ca. 3rd-7th CE), with a particular emphasis on ritual in lived religion. I completed my PhD in History at the University of California, Los Angeles (2012), and I have held postdoctoral fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In addition to my book, Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), I have placed my research in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, I will examine Jewish and Christian amulets and incantation bowls from late antiquity in order to uncover how Jews and Christians negotiated their identities and structured their communal boundaries in relation to one another in their everyday lives.
Department of Sociology, Connecting Cultures GRP
My research focuses on the philosophical and political relationships between life, sex, and spirituality, especially as these are structured by the dominance of Western technical-scientific rationality. I earned my PhD in Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University in 2016, where I specialized in feminist, decolonial, and continental philosophy. My dissertation studied the critiques of technical-scientific understandings of life and sex developed in post-Heideggerian French thought (Irigaray, Simondon, and Foucault). My postdoctoral project, “Queer Theory from the South: Creolizing Decolonial and Sexual Politics in South Africa,” will develop research I have conducted in South Africa into a monograph that investigates how indigenous and Islamic LGBT activists in South Africa have negotiated competing cultural values in both theory and practice. Through an examination of four specific cases, I ask how centering the work of these activists might shift social theory and policy discussions on sexuality, multiculturalism, and globalization. My work has been published in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, Social Text, The Australian Feminist Law Journal, and my book The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man (co-authored with Drucilla Cornell) was published by Polity Press in 2016.
Department of History of Art, Connecting Cultures GRP
My research expertise lies in the field of contemporary art, and within that I focus specifically on photography and lens-based media. Entitled Aesthetics and Politics of Landscape Representation in Contemporary Photography in Europe, my postdoctoral research project studies representations of natural and built environments in contemporary photographic practices in Europe, with reference to issues such as national identity, urban expansion and anthropogenic climate change. I have previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and positions at the University of St Andrews and Tate Gallery, London. My PhD thesis was prepared at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris Ulm) and University of Cambridge, where I also did my undergraduate studies. I am the co-editor of Anamnesia: Private and Public Memory in Modern French Culture (Peter Lang: 2009) and have published in Art History, History of Photography, Fotogeschichte and Nottingham French Studies.
School of Law, Connecting Cultures GRP
Amanda has been researching alternative justice mechanisms in criminal justice for more than a decade. She has contributed to various grant-based research projects and has developed and taught subjects offered across both Law and Arts and Social Sciences faculties at leading Australian universities. Amanda is a University Medallist and was awarded a PhD Excellence Award from the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales for her thesis Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Criminal Justice: A Gendered Engagement. Her WIRL-COFUND project will explore the relation between restorative justice and criminal justice with a particular emphasis on moral psychology.
Warwick Manufacturing Group, Innovative Manufacturing GRP
I hold a PhD (2009) in Polysaccharide Engineering from South China University of Technology (China) and a Graduate Certificate degree (2014) in Higher Education from The University of Queensland (Australia). Since 2008, I have worked as a research fellow at University of Guelph (Canada), Université de Strasbourg (France), and The University of Queensland (Australia), being involved in multiple research projects supported by governments and industry. As a materials scientist, I am highly interested in creating advanced materials with superior properties and appealing functions that can not only improve our daily life but also address sustainability and a circular economy. My research has already generated >70 journal publications, with >2300 citations. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, I will develop innovative manufacturing technologies to create next-generation sustainable nanocomposite materials for high-value (e.g. biomedical) and high-volume (e.g. automotive) applications.