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Meet the new Connecting Cultures Leads!

In September, following an open call for applications, the Connecting Cultures GRP leadership team appointed four new leads: Felicity Boardman (Medical School), Emma Campbell (School of Modern Languages and Cultures), Anastasia Chamberlen (Sociology), and James Poskett (History). This new team succeeds Cath Lambert, Michael Scott, and Alison Ribeiro de Menezes. Ura Martin will continue in her role as the Connecting Cultures administrator. 

Here's a quick introduction to the new leadership team:

photo of Felicity BoardmanFelicity is a social scientist working within Warwick Medical School. Her work focuses on the intersection of lived experience with technologically mediated reproductive decisions, including prenatal and pre-conception genetic screening decisions. Her work brings into focus the role of cultural heritage and disabled identities as they intersect with histories of oppression and eugenics. She explores these themes through her work using creative and co-produced methods of research, impact and public engagement. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, Felicity is especially interested in using her role as GRP lead to support researchers and communities explore the interface between art and STEM subjects. More specifically, using cultural lenses in to interpret and communicate STEM research findings.

photo of Emma CampbellEmma has been active in Warwick’s interdisciplinary research culture since she arrived in 2005. As a medievalist interested in contemporary philosophy, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, and translation studies, she feels most at home with interdisciplinary approaches and cross-period ways of thinking. Examining the role of culture in establishing and negotiating relationships among people and places across times and spaces is at the core of her work, as is translation and cultural exchange. She is excited by the prospect of both facilitating and engaging in cross-faculty conversations within and beyond the areas she knows best.

photo of Anastasia ChamberlenAnastasia is a prison sociologist and her work spans across the humanities and social sciences, including engagements in criminology and criminal justice, medical anthropology, socio-legal studies, gender studies, philosophy and more recently cultural studies and community arts. She writes about the problems of punishment and social exclusion and is interested in advancing counter-hegemonic cultural efforts, particularly those that visibilize neglected and unheard communities and promote social justice. Through this GRP role, she looks forward to fostering interdisciplinary dialogue that seeks to address some of our current and most enduring global problems and is keen to enable opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations.

photo of James PoskettJames is a historian of science and technology. He writes broadly about the global history of science and technology, from the early modern period to present, and teaches on the history of scientific racism and the politics of twentieth-century science. He works across disciplines and has moved between them too. James started his undergraduate degree as a computer scientist, moved through neuroscience and physiology, before finding his research interest in the history and philosophy of science. He is keen to connect the cultures of science and the arts, as well as reinforce the value of seeing science as part of culture. 

Connecting Cultures continues to make real impact at the University of Warwick and far beyond through its varied programme of activities. The new leads will be carrying forward the important work of this GRP, both through the allocation of funding (see the latest callLink opens in a new window) and by organizing a series of events across the year.

As well as celebrating the many benefits of cultural connectivity, the team is equally interested in addressing the frictions, tensions, occlusions, and violence that can emerge from cultural connection. To that end, the focus for part of this year’s programme will be ‘Cultures of Belonging: The Politics of Inclusion, Exclusion and Reparation’.

The new leadership team warmly encourages colleagues to get in touch to discuss research or event ideas that speak to any of our current themesLink opens in a new window. Please email us at: