Visiting Fellows

The Institute welcomes a number of Visiting Fellows each year, whose research is in fields relevant to the Institute. Brief profiles are given for each as well as approximate dates of stay.

Current Visiting Fellows

Catherine Barbour is currently Lecturer in Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast and OWRI Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, connected to the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing. She was previously Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where she completed her PhD on narrative by Galician women writers in 2016. Catherine’s research interests lie primarily in contemporary Spanish and Galician literatures, with a particular focus on migrant writing and writing by women. At the IMLR, she will be examining translingual migrant identities in Galician and Spanish-language novels written by women of German and Romanian origin, as part of the OWRI project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’. Her monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers will be published by Legenda in 2019. [May-July 2018]

Tamara Colacicco received her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Reading. Entitled Strade e volti della propaganda estera fascista: la diffusione dell’italiano in Gran Bretagna, 1921-40, her dissertation focuses on the history of Italian Studies in Britain during the interwar period. Through an investigation of previously unexplored archival sources from the Archive of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the London National Archives, this research identifies and examines the use of Italian language and culture in British universities such as UCL, Oxford, Liverpool and Manchester as a tool of Fascist propaganda abroad. Colacicco has published several articles on this topic in British and American journals such as he Italianist 35 (1), 2015: 157-170 and California Italian Studies 6 (2), 2016: 1-21. She also developed her doctoral research themes into her first monograph entitled La propaganda fascista nelle università inglesi: la diplomazia culturale di Mussolini in Gran Bretagna due to appear with FrancoAngeli's Storia Internazionale dell’età contemporanea series by the end of 2017. In 2016-17 Colacicco was a member of the British School at Rome and an award-holder at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. She has researched Anglo-Italian cultural and political relations during the interwar period by looking at the use of English language and culture in Fascist Italy as an instrument of pro-British propaganda among Italians. In so doing, she has systematically compiled the history of British cultural institutions in Italy such as the British Institute of Florence and the British Council. She has developed the results of this research into an article for Modern Italy (CUP) entitled ‘The British Institutes and the British Council in Fascist Italy: from Harold Goad to Ian Greenlees, 1917-40’. In connection with the exploration of the history of the Florentine British Institute and the spread of Fascist and anti-Fascist ideologies among British intellectual circles, Colacicco has been awarded a prize by the Association for the Study of Modern Italy, dedicated to her late supervisor, Professor Duggan (1957-2015);  this research will lead to an article which has been accepted for publication in 2018 by Contemporanea (Il Mulino). Apart from specialising in Modern Italian History with a specific focus on Anglo-Italian history, Memory, Intellectual History and Cultural History, she has research interests in Cultural Studies and the History of the Church and Catholicism: this includes the investigation of organised crime in Southern Italy, particularly the Camorra, its cultural representations through literature and cinema and its ambiguous relations with religion and the Church. In connection with this research Colacicco was awarded a grant by the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) to present the results of her research at the University of Sydney in 2015 and has recently published a book chapter entitled ‘Il clero Campano tra collaborazione e lotta alla camorra’ for the volume L’immaginario devoto tra mafia e antimafia: riti, culti, santi (Rome: Viella, 2017). She has also cooperated with the Università di Roma Torvergata for an in-progress official website on the Italian mafia and the Church. She has given papers at several major conferences, including ASMI, ACIS and the Society for Italian Studies. At the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at  the IMLR, Colacicco will explore the ‘political memories’ of leading British pro-Italian personalities based in London and Florence and multidimensional aspects of transnational Fascism, particularly the links and exchanges between Italian and British fascists, with an emphasis on the impact of Catholicism and Italian economic theories in developing Fascist doctrine outside Italy. Among other outcomes to be developed during her Fellowship, this research will also result in a monograph in English for Routledge’s Studies in Fascism and the Far Right entitled Anglo-Italian Transnational Fascism: Harold Goad and the ‘Italian Tradition’, 1919-45. [November 2017-June 2018]

Jeremy Coleman is a Teaching Assistant in the Music Department, University of Aberdeen, and a Visiting Fellow at the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought (IMLR). He received his PhD in Musicology from King’s College London for research on Wagner, supervised by Michael Fend and John Deathridge (2016). Prior to that, he read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, and continued studies there at graduate level. His various research interests centre on social and material approaches to 19th-century music history, with particular focus on French and German composer-critics. He is pursuing two main projects: a study of musical production and criticism during the Vormärz and July Monarchy, and a more theoretical contribution to Marxist music historiography.  In general, he seeks to use critical theory and philosophy, especially Marxist thought, in order to shed new light on the more traditional concerns and materials of music history. His research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Musical Association and Music & Letters, and he has presented on various topics to international conferences in UK, USA, Belgium, Italy and Poland. He is also in demand as a pianist and accompanist, specialising in song accompaniment and opera repetiteurship. [September 2017-June 2018]

Jean Conacher is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a Visiting Fellow at the IMLR’s Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing.  Her literary research focuses primarily on GDR and post-1989 literature and film, with a particular interest in cultural legacy. Recent publications include: 'Capturing the Zeitgeist: On human experience and personal historiography in Helga Königsdorf’s 1989 oder Ein Moment Schönheit' in D. Byrnes, J.E. Conacher and G. Holfter (eds), Enriching Perspectives: Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture (Brill, forthcoming 2018),  'Adapting Hein’s Willenbrock: Andreas Dresen and the legacy of the GDR "ensemble" tradition' in B. Cronin, R. MagShamhráin and N. Preuschoff (eds), Adaptation as a Collaborative Art – Process and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018), 'Women at work. Reflections on social identity and the private self in Die Polizistin (2000), Willenbrock (2005) and Steigerlied (2013)' in J. Preece and N. Hodgin, Andreas Dresen (Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 147-68), and 'Transformation and education in GDR youth literature: a script theory approach' (International Research in Children's Literature, 9.1, 2016, pp. 65-82). She is currently completing a monograph on the portrayal of transformation and education in GDR literature to be published by Camden House. During her fellowship at the CCWW, she will be pursuing a study of the work of mathematician and writer Helga Königsdorf with a view to developing the first full-length critical treatment in English of her complete political and literary writings. [January–February 2018]

Corinna Deppner received her PhD in Romance Literature from the University of Hamburg. Her PhD thesis (2016) deals with the transformation of knowledge in the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa and Moacyr Scliar, the influence of Jewish culture on Latin American literature, and questions of literary and visual culture. Whilst conducting her doctoral research, she held a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and worked for a year at the Institute for the History of German Jews (Hamburg). She has lectured at the Institute for Romance Literature at the University of Hamburg and the University of Erfurt. Her main research interests are the Spanish Golden Age, Jewish and Converso Literature, and Argentine exile literature. In January 2017, her monograph on Jorge Luis Borges’s short story 'El Aleph' was published. She currently holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Erfurt. At the IMLR she will conduct research into 'Interreligious encounters in mystical worlds of experience of the early modern era. Emotion research as a passageway between literatures of the 16th and 20th centuries', of which the aim is to establish a relationship between the poetical writings in which Teresa of Ávila reproduced her emotionally charged utterances and literatures of the 20th century. One outstanding example in terms of comparable characteristics in the Ibero-American context is the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, whose literature draws on major sources of inspiration that are also decisive for the work of Ávila. The research project has the goal of newly interpreting the mystic poetry of Teresa of Ávila and the modern mystic literature of Clarice Lispector from the perspective of emotion research. One achievement of this branch of research, which has arisen over the last 20 years, is to reveal trans-epoch structures that relate to the articulation of mysticism and emotions in the arts. [October-November 2017]

Anje Müller Gjesdal is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication at the Norwegian School of Economics, where she teaches French language and culture. Gjesdal holds a PhD in French Linguistics and Discourse Analysis, and her current research is centred on the linguistic representation of migration and exile in contemporary francophone literature, with a strong interest in transdisciplinary collaboration. She is a member of the interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic research group Migrant Narratives at the University of Bergen, which focuses on the representation of migration and exile in literature, film and the visual arts. As an OWRI Visiting Fellow associated with the ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ project, Gjesdal will analyse translingual practices in Abdellah Taïa’s novels with particular attention to how such practices shape the representation of a post-colonial critique, and challenge stereotypical representations of national identity and gender. [February 2018]

Gisela Holfter is Senior Lecturer in German and Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She studied in Cologne, Cambridge and St. Louis. Prior to her appointment in Limerick in 1996, she worked in Dunedin (NZ) and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research interests include German-Irish relations; German literature (19th century to contemporary writing); exile studies; intercultural communication and Business German. She is a member of the PEN German-speaking Writers Abroad and has published on Heinrich Böll, Ludwig Hopf, Ernst Lewy, Annette Kolb and Friedrich Engels among others. Her latest book (with Horst Dickel) is An Irish Sanctuary: German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 (2017). During her Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellowship, she will pursue her research into the links between British and Irish aid organisations helping German-speaking refugees. [May-June 2018]

Dr Marcas Mac Coinnigh is a Lecturer in Irish and Celtic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast (2007–). He has also held positions as Senior Fulbright Irish Language Scholar in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2010-11), IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork (2006-7) and Vera Furness Research Fellow at the University of Ulster (2003-2006). His principal research interests lie in the fields of Irish Phraseology and Lexicography, Folkloristics and Cultural Memory. He has published in numerous journals including the Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie, Folklore, Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship and the International Journal of Lexicography. As Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, he will pursue research on the Cultural Memory of the Irish Language within Ulster Unionism-Loyalism [February–June 2018].

Sebastian Raj Pender received his doctorate in History from the University of Cambridge, and holds degrees from Aberystwyth University and the University of Oxford in International Relations, and Contemporary South Asia respectively. His research focuses on practices of commemoration conducted in colonial and postcolonial settings and, as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the IMLR, he will continue his work on the memorialisation of the so-called Indian 'Mutiny' of 1857. Focusing on the (re)construction of physical sites of memory, as well as commemoration ceremonies conducted to mark anniversaries of the colonial conflict, this study interrogates the different ways in which the controversial events of 1857 have been memorialised over the course of 150 years. In so doing, this study contends that it is possible to identify a succession of distinct phases in which commemoration responded to contemporary concerns by shaping the events of 1857 from the perspective of the present. By charting shifts in what it has meant to remember 1857, this study demonstrates the extent to which memory is an inherently contingent process, rooted within the broader socio-political terrain which gives the past its meaning at a given historical moment. Specifically, it shows the extent to which the events of 1857 have always been in a state of becoming as the past is negotiated by successive generations within the ever-changing present. [September 2017-June 2018]

Ellen Pilsworth is a Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellow at the IMLR and a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol, where she teaches courses on German language, literature and culture. Her doctoral thesis, entitled 'Säbel- und Federkriege': Authorial Strategies in Poems of War (1760–1815)' was completed at University College London. She has also studied at St. John's College, Cambridge (MPhil), Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg (DAAD-funded visiting scholarship), and The Queen's College, Oxford (BA). Her publications include: '"Also mein allerliebster redette ihre Sapho mit dem Kriege." Literary Roleplay in the War Poetry of Anna Louisa Karsch' (German Life and Letters, 69.3, 2016, pp. 302–20), which was awarded the Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize in 2015; 'Infanticide in Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Faust I: Romantic Variations on a Sturm und Drang Theme'  (Oxford German Studies, 45.4, 2016), pp. 405–20; and  'R=T=Dialogue? Dialogue as a Model for Research-based Learning at University, with a Focus on Translation in Foreign Language Study.', in Connecting Research and Teaching: Shaping Higher Education with Students edited by Vincent Tong, Alex Standen and Mina Sotiriou. (London: UCL Press, Forthcoming, 2018). [September 2017-July 2018]

Caroline Potter has published widely on French music since Debussy. A graduate in both French and music, her work situates music in broad cultural, artistic and social contexts. Caroline was Series Advisor to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950’ season and worked with the orchestra’s digital team on resources available at Her most recent book, Erik Satie, a Parisian composer and his world (Boydell Press, 2016) was named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year. She is musicological consultant to the AHRC-funded Baudelaire Song Project, based at Birmingham University, and at the IMLR she will be researching the literary and intellectual contexts of Pierre Boulez’s music. [September 2017-June 2018]

Maria Roca Lizarazu is a Sylvia Naish Fellow at the IMLR, and holds an IAS Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick, where she co-organises the Warwick Memory Group and teaches German language courses  Her PhD completed at the University of Warwick, was entitled ‘Finding the Holocaust in Metaphor. Renegotiations of Trauma in Contemporary German- and Austrian Jewish Literature’, and analysed representations of the Holocaust and the Second World War by a range of contemporary German-and Austrian Jewish writers belonging to the so-called third generation. She examined specifically how these authors relate to the events from the position of the non-witness and in the face of major shifts in Holocaust memory, which include its increasing hypermediation and globalisation. Her publications include ‘Thomas Mann in Furs: Remediations of Sadomasochism in Maxim Biller’s Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz and Harlem Holocaust’ (Edinburgh German Yearbook, 11, 2017, at press); ‘The Family Tree, the Web, and the Palimpsest: Figures of Postmemory in Katja Petrowskaja's Vielleicht Esther’ (Modern Language Review, 113.1, 2018, forthcoming); ‘Why Don't You Talk To Me? Transmissional Objects in the Works of Gila Lustiger and Nicole Krauss’, in Translated Memories. Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust, edited by Bettina Hoffman and Ursula Reuter (Detroit: Wayne State UP, forthcoming, 2018). [March 2018-June 2018]

Eva-Maria Thüne holds a professorship of German Language and Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation at the University of Bologna (Italy); she is also Dean of the International MA Degree Course, 'Language, Society and Communication’. She held a Fellowshiip at the Bogliasco Foundation in 2008, and at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2017. Apart from research in the analysis of spoken language in literature (e.g. Thüne 2017, Schwitalla/Thüne 2014, Thüne 2015) and studies in the field of German as a Foreign Language (2010) and German Sociolinguistics (Thüne/Elter/Leonardi 2009), one of her main interests is the interaction of migration and language (mainly from the point of view of the reconstruction of language biographies). For many years she has been engaged in research on what is called in German the 'Israel-Korpus. Emigrantendeutsch in Israel', a corpus of interviews with German speaking refugees (so called 'Jeckes') who settled in Palestine, a project led by Professor Anne Betten of the University of Salzburg (Austria) between 1989 and 1994. Thüne’s investigations have centred on speech representation in the interviews (2008), the importance of objects in this special form of migration (2009), the representation of identity (2010), metaphors of roots (2011; 2015), body experience and identity (2013), and the linguistic expression of grief resulting from loss and separation (2016) -  the latter being part of the volume Emotionsausdruck und Erzählstrategien in narrativen Interviews. Analysen zu Gesprächsaufnahmen mit jüdischen Emigranten, edited by Simona Leonardi, Eva-Maria Thüne and Anne Betten, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann). During her Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Visiting Fellowship , she will pursue her research by comparing the interviews she has collected in the UK in 2017 with German-speaking refugees of the pre-war period with the collection of interviews which form the basis for the book Changing Countries (2002) conducted by a group of researchers of the IMLR. [February-March 2018]

Will Visconti completed a joint PhD in French Studies and Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the visual and performing arts, transgression, gender and sexuality. He is particularly interested in late 19th-century Paris, early 20th-century art and performance, and the interplay of the past and present across fields including art, fashion, cabaret and burlesque. Visconti's current projects include a biographical study of the performer La Goulue (born Louise Weber), and an exploration of the life and legacy of the Marchesa Luisa Casati. [September 2017- July 2018]

Georgia Wall is an OWRI Visiting fFllow at the IMLR and Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. As part of the OWRI project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’, she will be exploring the relationship between language and community in different generations of Italian-speaking communities in London. Her PhD, ‘Consuming Italy: Contemporary Material Culture and Ethnographic Approaches in Modern Languages’ (University of Warwick/Transnationalizing Modern Languages) used food to profile different patterns of Italian mobility and investigated the themes of class, value and memory. Some of the questions this research has raised are presented in the forthcoming article, ‘Putting the accent on authenticity: a case study of celebrity chef, Gennaro ‘Gino’ D’Acampo’ (Modern Languages Open: Italy Made in England, edited by Giacomo Comiati, Martina Piperno and Kate Willman). (November 2017-January 2018)


Past Visiting Fellows


Giorgia Alù is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests range from 19th-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She is the author of Beyond the Traveller’s Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910) (2008), and has published numerous articles on travel writing, women’s writing, the relationship between literature and photography, and 19th-century visual representations of Italy. She has co-edited Enlightening Encounters. Photography in Italian Literature (2015) and special issues of journals on the interrelation between words and the visual. She is completing a monograph on contemporary women’s writing, mobility and photography, and working on a study on photography, identities and ethics in Italy, 1860-1920. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the IMLR.

Bettina Brandt received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and holds MA degrees in French and German Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht. She taught at Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, Barnard College and Montclair State University before joining the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pennsylvania State University. Brandt has published articles and book chapters on 20th- and 21st-century literature, the literatures and arts of the historical and the neo avant-gardes, literary multilingualism (especially Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Herta Müller, Yoko Tawada); global early modern relations, and, most recently, she started working on Austrian-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Brandt co-edited Herta Müller. Politics and Aesthetics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) and China in the German Enlightenment (University of Toronto Press in 2016). She is also the co-translator of Yoko Tawada’s De Berghollander (Voetnoot, 2010) and has translated a dozen shorter Tawada pieces in various Dutch and English-language journals and books. During her stay at the Institute Brandt will be working on a new monograph tentatively entitled 'With Love from Vienna: Contextualizing the Daily Life of Viennese Elderly Jews after the Anschluss’. In the last two decades Holocaust studies have seen a notable shift in focus, moving away from examining the persecutors towards the study of Jewish daily life in the German Reich, often through ego-documents such as letters, diaries, memoirs or other personal objects. 'With Love from Vienna' follows this trend and contributes to it by concentrating on a still understudied group — elderly Jews in Vienna awaiting emigration to safe havens, including the USA, often via the UK. The former was, of course, a difficult destination because of the American immigration quotas that were not increased despite intensified anti-Semitism across much of Europe, and, especially relevant here, age discrimination. [May 2017]

Aleksandra Budrewicz is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Modern Languages at the Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland. Her PhD thesis was devoted to 19th-century Polish translations of William Shakespeare. Her research concentrates on comparative literature, the reception of British authors in Poland (in particular William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and William Morris), as well as Polish translations of British and American literature. She has published widely on these topics, and has co-edited a volume devoted to the reception of Victorian writers in Poland. Her recent monograph entitled Dickens w Polsce. Pierwsze stulecie [Dickens in Poland. First Centenary] (2015) discussed the Polish reception of Dickens between 1839 and 1939. During her stay at the IMLR, she will continue her work on literary and cultural reception in conjunction with some of the findings of Cultural Memory. [September-October 2016]

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus received her PhD in Political Geography from the University of Poitiers (France). She also holds a MPA in Strategic Public Policy (from the American University of Paris) and a MA in International Affairs and Sociology (from the Institut Catholique de Paris). Taking memory as a powerful dynamic engine to deconstruct citizenship while connecting beyond borders challenges the two diciplines of geography and political science. Her research interests deal with an interdisciplinary approach on the notions of mobility, citizenship and state politics. She regularly participates in academic fora in the Gulf region as well as in the Caribbean. Her publications to date include articles on transnationalism and South-South cooperation and a recent book Transnationalisme Associatif Haïtien et Jamaïcain. Géographie du développement local et politiques diasporiques. During her stay at the Institute, Clara Rachel will work on her new monograph, provisionally entitled 'Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship. Thinking Local Development in a Global South'. [October 2016-July 2017]

Christine Ivanovic received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Erlangen University, Germany, as well as her Habilitation in Comparative Literature and in German Literature. Following eight years as foreign professor for German Literature at Tokyo University, she moved to Austria in 2011 where she currently holds a Berta Karlik Professorship in Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. Her PhD thesis dealt with Paul Celan's readings of Russian poetry. She is especially interested in the works of German and Austrian writers in exile, as well as in exophonic writing, and has published widely on both topics. Currently her work focuses on the twin sisters Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie, born in 1921 in Vienna. While Ilse Aichinger is a German writer of high repute – whose literary work comprises a novel and eight volumes of prose, radio plays and poems, and has been awarded several important literary prizes – Helga's art work has so far found little recognition. Helga emigrated at the age of 17 with one of the last Kindertransporte to London where she still lives. Very little is known about her life story, even though she came into contact with many famous writers and artists who also emigrated to England from Austria or the former Habsburg Empire. Helga herself composed and also published a small number of poems and other literary texts as well as literary translations. In her later years she became an artist and produced remarkable graphical works which have been shown in three exhibitions. The project to be conducted at the IMLR traces Helga Michie's life story and her connections with other émigrés from Austria, and will result in an exhaustive documentation of her artwork which will be published and presented at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute in spring 2017. [December 2016]

Ina Linge’s research focuses on the interrelation between sexual sciences and European literature and visual culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Ina holds an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies and a PhD in German, both from the University of Cambridge. As the MHRA Scholar at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge, Ina is currently writing her first monograph on sexological and psychoanalytic life writings and the queer performance of livability. In connection with her PhD thesis on the same topic, Ina has produced various publications, including an article on gender and agency in the context of sexological life writing in German Life and Letters, part of the Women in German Studies postgraduate essay prize in 2015. As Sylvia Naish Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, Ina will be starting a postdoctoral project investigating the cross-disciplinary relations between zoological and sexual sciences (1890-1930), revealing how German-language literature and visual culture imagined with both longing and horror the consequences of the transgression of species and sexual borders. This project will tackle a series of questions at the heart of the medical humanities and the study of literature, culture and sexuality: What can be gained by exploring the construction of sexuality as a collaborative effort between the sciences and creative arts? How stable are definitions of health and normality? And what can we learn about definitions of human health by considering them in relation to sexuality, race and non-human animals? [October-November 2016]

Matthew Mild holds a doctorate from Bangor University and four Dutch interdisciplinary degrees in the field of history.  He has lectured in Italian and European history at Bangor University, the Norwegian Institute in Rome, and the University of Salford, from 2009 to 2014. His main research interests lie in the body, medicine, and everyday social renewal, in the history of contemporary European writing and acting. He held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of London in 2011, and co-organised three annual seminars for the American Comparative Literature Association in Providence (2012), Toronto (2013), and New York (2014). He co-edited the interdisciplinary history volume Crisis, Rupture and Anxiety (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), and has published journal articles in the field of contemporary history of fiction and performing arts in European languages. He has worked on medicine and esoteric mystical models in writing and performance in French, German, Italian, Dutch, and English, by Patrick Süskind, Luigi Pirandello, Menno ter Braak, Amélie Nothomb, Marilyn Manson, and Lars von Trier. As research fellow at the IMLR Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, he will focus on medical and mythical understandings of sex and race in Turkish European cinema and European migrant literature, from France, Somalia, and from Lebanon to Syria, Italy, and Germany. [September 2016-June 2017]

Massimo Riva is Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University. Educated at the University of Florence (Laurea in Philosophy, 1981) and at Rutgers University (PhD, 1986), he has held visiting appointments at the University of Sydney, the University of Bologna, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and the École des Hautes Études, Paris. He has published and lectured widely on a variety of topics and authors from Giovanni Boccaccio to Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and from Giambattista Vico to Italo Calvino. He is the author of four monographs: Saturno e le Grazie (1992), Malinconie del Moderno (2001), Il futuro della letteratura (2011) and Pinocchio digitale (2012). He is the editor of Italian Tales. An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction (2004; 2007), and co-editor of: Renato Poggioli: An Intellectual Life (2012), and of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Oratio de hominis dignitate (2012). He also co-edited, with John Davis, a special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies entitled Mediating the Risorgimento (2013). Professor Riva’s pioneering engagement with information technology in both teaching and research over the past twenty years, has led to a number of award-winning projects, such as: 'The Decameron Web' (supported by two consecutive two-year grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1999-2002) and the Brown-University of Bologna 'Pico Project'. In 2004, he and his co-investigators were awarded a two-year NEH grant for the creation of a Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown University. Under Prof. Riva's direction, the VHL provides a platform for interdisciplinary projects in the area of Italian Studies (literary studies, history and the history of art). His latest initiative in this area, the 'Garibaldi and the Risorgimento' project, features a digital copy of a 270’ long and 4.5’ wide moving panorama, made in England in 1860-62 to celebrate the life and career of the Italian national hero. An interactive installation of the panorama has been the object of several exhibits at the British library (2010), the Sala del Risorgimento at the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, the Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna (2011), and the Italian pavillon at the Congress of the International Council of Museums in Rio de Janeiro (2013). In 2012, Professor Riva was awarded a ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship. He is currently at work on a book project tentatively entitled ‘Italian Shadows: Casanova’s Polemoscope and Other Tales of Imaginary and Forgotten Media’, a project selected for the Brown Digital Publishing initiative and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. [February 2017]

Sonita Sarker is  professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the English Departments at Macalester College in St. Paul, USA. She has published two collections Trans-Status Subjects (2002) and Sustainable Feminisms (2007), and numerous essays on subalternity, globalization, and postcolonialism in relation to English-language and Italian literature, including Virginia Woolf and Antonio Gramsci. Her most recent presentations were on Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci at the American Association of Italian Studies conference in Zurich (2014) and on Italian colonial and postcolonial literature at the Modern Language Association in early 2016. The latter is forthcoming in Italian Culture in 2017; an essay on 21st-century subalternity and feminist organizations was recently published in Cultural Studies (2016), and another on Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault in Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment (2014). She is currently working on a monograph on the concepts of ‘native’ and ‘subaltern’ in the early to late 20th century; this work-in-progress includes Grazia Deledda and Gabriella Ghermandi. She is also planning a volume on Gramsci and Feminism.  She teaches 20th- and 21st-century literature in the context of post/modern, post/colonial, and transnational issues, and is co-organizer of the Italian Language conversation group in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, USA).

Sabrina Schneider, a former newspaper reporter, holds a PhD in Letters – with emphasis on Literary Theory – from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), and a four-month research appointment at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies of Brown University. Her thesis, 'Ficções sujas: por uma poética do romance-reportagem', was received with honours in 2013. In connection with her doctorate, she published two articles: one on the fictionalisation of reality by Brazilian works of literary journalism, adopting the concept of mimesis as the creation of a fictional time experience, and another deconstructing the direct relationship between the so-called 'reportage-novel' from the 1970s and the Brazilian military dictatorship, widely accepted by academic literary critics. Having completed her thesis, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul, with a research grant from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), a funding agency under Brazil’s Ministry of Education. Her main research interests concern the theory of narrative, the relationship between literature and journalism, and Brazilian literature, although she has published articles and presented conference papers on other Lusophone literatures. As a Visiting Fellow at IMLR, she will conduct research for the study 'Fictions of the City: the Poetics of Urban Spaces in João do Rio, Lima Barreto, and George Ade', which will analyse how fiction and the so-called 'factual literature' address the matter of metropolises subjected to periods of intense cultural and social change, in texts depicting the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Chicago during the the 19th- and 20th-century transition. [September 2016-June 2017]

Kate Willman recently completed her PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Burns and Dr Fabio Camilletti. Her doctoral thesis analysed the recent literary phenomenon known as the New Italian Epic, a label that refers to a large corpus of hybrid texts that mix genres, styles and media. She argued that the New Italian Epic is an important stage in the development of the novel form in the 21st century. Before her PhD, she completed an MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London and a BA in French and Italian at the University of Bristol, where she also taught in the Italian Department during the academic year 2015-2016. She is currently developing a comparative project on 21st-century autofiction and, during her fellowship, she will focus particularly on autofiction by women writers.


Kate Averis is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris. She is the author of Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing (Legenda, 2014) and the co-editor of Exiles,Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing (forthcoming, University of Wales Press). Her research lies in the field of 20th- and 21st-century Francophone and Latin American literature, and more particularly, in women’s writing, transnational identities and cultures, writing of migration and exile, gender studies, and feminisms. Her current research project examines women’s ageing in contemporary women’s writing, and during her Fellowship at the Institute she will work on literary representations of migration and exile whose focus moves beyond the experience of arrival and transition to that of ‘settlement’ and ageing in displacement in the works of a range of Francophone and Latin American authors. [April-July 2016]

Emma Bond is Lecturer in Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews. She works mainly on the link between identity and space in cultural production, and specifically on border, migration and trans-national narratives. Some recent publications include ‘Towards a Trans-national Turn in Italian Studies?’ (Italian Studies 69, 2014) and the co-edited volume Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015). She is Joint Editor of the Transnational Italian Cultures Series at Liverpool University Press. During her Fellowship she will work on her new monograph, provisionally entitled Writing the Trans-national Body. [September-November 2015]

Alessandro Carlucci is a John Fell Fund Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, where he also teaches Italian linguistics. His research focuses on the spread of English as an international language, especially its effects on Italian culture and the development of the Italian language. Dr Carlucci is also interested in modern political and intellectual history, and in the history of linguistics, and has published widely on the linguistic views that the Italian philosopher and political leader Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) expressed in his writings, as well as on previously neglected aspects of Gramsci’s life. In particular, he is the editor of New Approaches to Gramsci: Language, Philosophy and Politics (Journal of Romance Studies, 2012) and the author of Gramsci and Languages: Unification, Diversity, Hegemony (Brill, 2013/Haymarket, 2015). [September 2015-June 2016]

Carla Mereu Keating received her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Reading. She has recently completed an archival research project in Rome and in Los Angeles entitled 'The Language and the Image of a Nation: Diplomatic Relations between the Italian Foreign Office and the MPPDA' with the support of the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Carla has contributed to several publications on film history, censorship, ethnicity, and audiovisual translation. Her monograph, The Politics of Dubbing: Film Censorship and State Intervention in the Translation of Foreign Cinema, is forthcoming under Peter Lang’s new series in 'Translation Studies' (Oxford, 2016). She co-organises Migrating Texts, a series of interdisciplinary colloquia on subtitling, translation and adaptation hosted by the IMLR and currently in its second year. Her research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory deals with portrayals of warfare and war legacy in films, political censorship and the formation of historical memory. [October 2015-June 2016]

Alice Lovejoy (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Moving Image Studies Program, University of Minnesota) is a film and cultural historian whose research examines governmental and institutional media cultures in transnational perspective. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, and Fulbright, and her writing has appeared in journals including Screen, The Moving Image, East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, and Film Comment, where she has also worked as an editor. In 2015, Indiana University Press published her book Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military, with a companion DVD of thirteen short films. As Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, she will conduct research for her current project on exile-government filmmaking in World War II London. [May-June 2016]

Sam Merrill is a postdoctoral researcher in digital sociology at Umeå University, Sweden. His interdisciplinary research practice focuses on questions of memory, landscape, heritage and infrastructure within a broadly conceived underground (spatial, political and cultural). He completed a PhD in cultural geography at University College London in 2014 and also has a postgraduate degree in Heritage Studies from The Brandenburg Technical University, Germany, and an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Ancient History from The University of Birmingham. He has also worked at, or been associated with, Architectural Conservation, Tourism, Urban Studies and Modern Languages departments in the UK, Germany and Australia. In 2014 he was awarded first prize in Peter Lang’s Young Scholars in Memory Studies Competition. He has published on a varied array of topics and is currently completing his first monograph, Excavating Buried Memories: Mnemonic Production in the Railways Beneath London and Berlin, to be published by Peter Lang. As a visiting fellow with the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Sam will work on his new project; Mobilising The Past: The Transnational and Digital Social Memories of Contemporary European Antifascism. [September 2015-June 2016]

Anne Mulhall has recently completed her PhD thesis Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics at King’s College London. Her thesis interrogated the intersections between the conceptual persona and the theory of the ‘event’ in the work of the contemporary French philosophical collective, Tiqqun. From September 2015, Anne will commence work on her new research project, Philosophy, Redemption, and the New Women’s Literature of the Office, at the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing. This project will read the emergence of a category of French and German women’s literature that offers a transformative approach to depictions of office life in the 21st century by emphasizing a capacity for resistance and redemption within the contemporary administrative experience. Her article ‘Joyce’s Bloom as Event in the Philosophy of Tiqqun’ is currently under review at James Joyce Quarterly. She is also completing an article on early 2000s’ women’s psychogeographical experimentation in France. Anne’s translation of Marc Décimo’s ‘Marcel Duchamp et la Collège de ’Pataphysique’ for Pataphysics Then and Now will appear with University of Pennsylvania Press in December 2015. Anne has previously held scholarships at New York University and University College Dublin. [September 2015-June 2016]

Máire Ní Annracháin is Professor of Modern Irish at University College Dublin. Her doctoral dissertation was on the Scottish Gaelic poetry of Sorley Maclean. Her work focuses on the literature of two similar but distinct Celtic languages, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Recent articles have been on the 20th-century poetry of Biddy Jenkinson, Sorley Maclean and Máire Mhac an tSaoi, and on the long and iconic 18th-century poem 'Cúirt and Mheán-Oíche' ('The Midnight Court') by Brian Merriman. Most of her publications are in Irish but a small number are written in English, including 'Affinities in Time and Space: Reading the Gaelic Poetry of Ireland and Scotland' in P. Mackay et al (eds), Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry, (Cambridge, 2011). She recently participated in a research project on motherhood in the IMLR, and in a project on Irish and Scottish Poetry based in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. She will work on a project on irony and cultural memory during her stay at the Institute in early 2016, as part of a wider project on figurative language in Gaelic poetry. She will work mainly in the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory. [January-February 2016]

Ryan Prout is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Co-Director of Personal and Professional Development at Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages. His current work is on the visual cultures of Spain and Latin America. Recent publications include ‘Otras competencias: Ethnobotany, the Badianus Codex, and Metaphors of Mexican Memory Loss and Disability in Las buenas hierbas’ in Libre Acceso: Critical Disability Studies in Latin American Literature and Film, edited by Susan Antebi and Beth Jörgensen (2016), and ‘From Boom to Bubble and Bust: Comical Economics in Aleix Saló’s Troika Trilogy (International Journal of Comic Art, 2014). Forthcoming publications include ‘Canine Colloquium: Skeuomorphism and the Transitional Dog in La Criatura, Solas, and Recuerdos de perrito de mierda’ (Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2017) and Piensa diferente: Rethinking Neurodiversity in Spanish and Latin American Visual Cultures (IMLR, 2016). During his fellowship he will be completing an article on the trivialization of Hitler and Nazism in discourse around secessionist movements in Spain ('Reductio ad Hitlerum: Uses and Abuses of Cultural Memory in the Secessionist Debate in Catalonia'), and working on a monograph focused on Spanish graphic novels and the history of social protest. He is an active trade unionist and contributed to the working group on the TUC’s International LGBT Solidarity Charter (published in March 2015). [April-June 2016]

Francesco Ricatti is Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in History and Italian Studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he is also the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts. His research interests are in migration history, critical whiteness studies, political history, the history of emotions, football history, historiography, and creative approaches to history and public memory. He is the author of Embodying Migrants: Italians in Postwar Australia (2011) and co-editor of Politica ed emozioni nella storia d’Italia dal 1848 ad oggi (2012). In 2013 he co-edited a special issue of Cultural Studies Review on emotional geographies of the uncanny. His current research on Italian migration to Australia focuses on emotional geographies, resilience in challenging rural environments, the intersections between migration and colonialism, the colonial roots of Australian multiculturalism, and migrants’ attitudes towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  [March-May 2016]

John Charles Ryan is Research Fellow in Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. His areas of interest span the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and practice-led research. His books Green Sense (2012), Unbraided Lines (2013), Being With (2014) and Posthuman Plants (2015) have contributed to the new field of critical plant studies. He is also the co-editor of two collections, The Green Thread (2015) and The Language of Plants (2016), with Patrícia Vieira and Monica Gagliano. His FloraCultures archive explores plant-based cultural heritage. While at the Institute, John will be further developing ‘botanical memory’ based on interviews he has conducted in the South-West of Western Australia. [March-June 2016]

Maria Cristina Seccia is an Early Career Researcher in Italian and Translation Studies. Her doctoral thesis 'Translating Caterina Edwards’ The Lion’s Mouth: A Case of Cultural Translation in Practice' (Bangor, 2014) explores the link between cultural translation and Italian-Canadian literature through the lens of postcolonial theories and from a practice-led perspective. Her articles and book chapters have been published in the journal Italian Canadiana and in volumes of Italian-Canadian literature, while some poem translations appeared in the Journal of Italian Translation. Maria Cristina has co-edited the volume Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works (Guernica, 2015) and is currently co-organising the 16thAICW (Association of Italian Canadian Writers) biennial conference 'Italian-Canadian Literature: Departures, Journeys, Destinations'. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute she will work on her new research project, which will explore the representation of the mother-daughter relationship in Italian migrant women’s writing from a translation studies perspective. More specifically, she will examine how the migrant women narrators’ relationship with their Italian mothers affects their own transcultural and transnational identity, as well as the approach towards their mother tongue and motherland. [September 2015-June 2016]

Tom Smith's research focuses on post-war and contemporary literature and film in German. He is particularly interested in gender and queer studies, critical and literary theories, the culture and politics of the German Democratic Republic, and the role of music in film and literature. He recently completed a PhD thesis at University College London on literature and film depicting the GDR military, in which he proposes a more nuanced account of masculinities in the GDR which focuses on masculinities that challenged or contravened the state's gender ideals. In connection with this thesis, he has published an article on uniform and the body. Tom has also published an article on Helga Koenigsdorf's queer protagonists in her writing around reunification, and it is to post-reunification literature that his current research turns. As a Sylvia Naish Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, Tom will be starting a project investigating the political function of music in contemporary writing in German. In 2015, he co-organised an interdisciplinary conference exploring critical approaches to music and literature at Durham University. He is currently a Continuing Research Student at UCL, and Stipendiary Lecturer in German at Worcester College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. [May-June 2016]

Donald Weber is Lucia, Ruth, and Elizabeth MacGregor Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  He is the author of Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs (2005).  More recent and forthcoming essays include 'My Puritan Origins' (Early American Literature, 2012) on Sacvan Bercovitch and the emergence of Puritanism studies in the 1970s, 'Fatih Akin’s Cinema of Hospitality' (The Massachusetts Review, 2015), and 'Mike Leigh’s British Jewish Soul' (for the collection The Hidden Presence of Jews in Film and Television, edited by Nathan Abrams). Donald’s research project is entitled 'The Anxiety of Belonging', a study of contemporary literature and film in terms of what Caryl Phillips calls 'the new conversational babble': a creative zone of shifting identities and geographic locations.  For the writers and filmmakers that interest him, Donald would like to explore, among other key terms, the notion of 'homeland', a vexed matter these days, filled with ambivalence, an imaginary site that can produce (in some) a disabling nostalgia, or more dangerously, a rage in those citizens of immigration nations who feel unwelcome, displaced, strangers in their very country of origin. 'The Anxiety of Belonging' explores this charged emotional-imaginative landscape that stirs a host of writers and filmmakers distressed, yet also spurred to creativity, by what Phillips calls the effects of 'assimilation fatigue'. [April-May 2016]

Erica Wickerson is a Sylvia Naish Research Fellow. Her PhD thesis, undertaken at the University of Cambridge, is called ‘Towards an architecture of narrative time: telling subjective time in selected works by Thomas Mann and other writers’. From October, she will begin work on a post-doctoral project on narrative space in the works of Franz Kafka and other writers. Her work at the Institute will consider space in exile narratives (written either during or about exile), looking in particular at the poet Rudolf Majut. She will investigate the ways in which the dislocation caused by exile affects presentations of space and how this in turn impacts upon constructions of subjectivity. Her publications to date include an article on Ruth Klüger in The Modern Language Review, a comparative analysis of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Gérard de Nerval in Orbis Litterarum, and articles on Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus and Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull in Forum for Modern Language Studies and The German Quarterly respectively. [Autumn term 2015]

Tegan Zimmerman (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta) is College Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her work focuses on contemporary women’s historical novels, especially those from the Caribbean, and on contemporary gender theory. Zimmerman is the Canadian Liaison Officer for the Comparative Gender Studies Committee (an official committee of the International Comparative Literature Association), and she has published articles in Gender Forum, the Journal of Feminist Studies, and Simone de Beauvoir Studies. Her article “Feminism and Marxism: Revisiting Irigaray’s Essay ‘Women on the Market’ in a Postfeminist Era” is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her dissertation Writing Back Through Our Mothers: A Transnational Feminist Study on the Woman’s Historical Novel was published by Lit-Verlag in 2014. During her Fellowship she will work on her new monograph, provisionally entitled Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction [May-June 2016].


Eloisa Betti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of History, Culture & Civilisation at the University of Bologna. Her research concentrates on the intersection between labour history, urban history and women’s history and gender studies. She has written several articles in Italian and in English, the latest of which are 'Women's Working Conditions and Job Precariousness in Historical Perspective' (Pisa, 2010), and 'Bologna in the Cold War' (forthcoming). During her stay at the Centre for Cultural Memory she will develop the project 'Women workers unfairly dismissed in Cold War Bologna. Gendering memories of class conflict in 1950s Italy', based on her book Senza Giusta Causa (Bologna, 2014). Her research will provide an in-depth analysis of the memory-building process related to unfair dismissals occurring in Cold War Bologna. She will compare the gender-neutral 'grand narratives' that have developed over the past forty years within the labour movement and trade unions with the gendered counter-narratives emerging from research into unfairly dismissed women workers and their life stories. [November 2014-July 2015]

Michael Darroch is an Associate Professor of Media Art Histories and Visual Culture at the University of Windsor and Director of the IN/TERMINUS Creative Research Collective. He has published essays on art, media, language, and urban culture and is co-editor of the anthology Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (McGill-Queens, 2014). Wilst at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, he will be completing a book manuscript on transatlantic and interdisciplinary influences on Canadian media studies and the journal Explorations (1953–1959). [January - May 2015]

Rebecca Dolgoy’s work explores the theory and praxis of Cultural Memory. Her doctoral project, 'Berlin’s Neues Museum: A Case Study in Cultural Memory', examined the changing turn-of-the-century memory landscape in Berlin and sought to contextualize it within larger cultural narratives. Some of the fundamental questions underpinning her work include: What does the way in which we use the past tell us about the present? How can we establish an ethical model of Cultural Memory that emphasizes the appropriation, use, and transformation of cultural heritage? What is the place of the 20th century in longer narratives of history? While establishing the theoretical dimensions of her project, she has presented at conferences and workshops and published on the subject in several journals including Comparative Literature and Culture and Austausch. Complementing this theoretical work, Rebecca is currently developing interpretive and curatorial experiments with the Ashmolean and The Story Museum in Oxford. While at the IMLR, she will investigate London’s Imperial War Museum to ascertain how the recent renovations can be contextualized in the current World War One centenary commemorations as well as with the longer history of the museum itself. [September 2014-June 2015]

Dr Natalie Edwards is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her research concentrates on late 20th- and early 21st-century French women’s writing, feminist theory, autobiography and visual studies. Among her publications are Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Women’s Autobiography and Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (edited with Amy Hubbell and Ann Miller).  During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, she will be completing a manuscript entitled Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in Contemporary France. [January-February 2015] 

Anne Martina Emonts is Assistant Professor of German Culture at the University of Madeira, Portugal. Her Masters (Madeira) in Portuguese Contemporary History, won her the National Award for Feminist Studies in Portugal, and was published in 2001. In 2006 she completed her PhD at the University of Madeira: Mechtilde Lichnowsky – Sprachlust und Sprachkritik. Annäherung an ein Kulturphänomen, published in 2009 by Königshausen & Neumann). She is co-editor of Encontro entre Culturas. Conferências sobre temas luso-germânicas (Funchal: DRAC/BCE 2012) and Mulheres: Feminino, Plural (Funchal: Nova Delphi 2013). As a senior researcher in the Culture and Conflict Sub-Group at the CECC (Communication & Culture Research Centre) at Lisbon University, her current research interests include the cultural heritage of war in the 20th century, gender studies and the transfer of (German-Jewish) modernisms in literature and visual art. She cooperates with the research group ‘Escritura autobiográfica de escritoras judeo-alemanas (s. XIX y XX)’ at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her work as a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies will focus on Mechtilde Lichnowsky’s ‘voluntary exiles’ and cultural life among others exiled in London before World War I and after World War II. [April-July 2015]

Sally Faulkner is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film at the University of Exeter, where she is Founder-Director of the Centre for Translating Cultures, and a 2013 Philip Leverhulme Prizewinner in Modern Languages and Literature. She has published widely in Film Studies, and is particularly interested in cinema’s interaction with other media, especially literature, politics, authoritarianism, dissent, and social mobility in connection with the question of the middle classes. She held an AHRC Research Leave Award in 2005 and an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2011, and is the author of Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema (2004), A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (2006) and A History of Spanish Film: Cinema and Society 1910-2010 (2013). She currently leads a project on Middlebrow Cinema, for which she is editing a volume of that title for Routledge (forthcoming 2015). As an IMLR Visiting Fellow, she will continue her work on the middlebrow, especially in connection with Heritage Cinema debates, as well as beginning a new project on Spanish silent film in connection with intermediality and the transnational. [October 2014-June 2015]

Claudia Jünke teaches French and Spanish literary and cultural studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research interests include French and Spanish literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, narrative, cultural memory, cultural identity and intermediality. Among her publications is a book on the memory of the Spanish Civil War in contemporary Spanish literature and film (Erinnerung – Mythos – Medialität. Die Darstellung des Spanischen Bürgerkriegs im aktuellen Roman und Spielfilm in Spanien [Berlin, 2012). During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory she will be engaged in developing a project entitled 'Entangled Pasts – War, Violence and Cultural Memory in the Contemporary French Novel'. [February-March 2015]

Eglė Kačkutė is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Vilnius University Gender Studies' Centre. Her monograph Savi svetimi tapatumai naujausioje britų ir prancūzų moterų literatūroje [Familiar and Strange Identities in Contemporary British and French Women’s Writing] was published by Vilnius University Press in 2012. Her research interests include contemporary women’s writing in English, French, and Lithuanian, identity, gender and contemporary feminist theory. During her stay at the Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing she will focus on motherhood and maternal subjectivity in a culturally and linguistically foreign environment. [October 2014]

Claudia Karagoz is an Associate Professor of Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a member of the Core Faculty staff at the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include contemporary Italian women’s writing, photography, and film, motherhood studies, and Sicilian culture. She has co-edited a volume on Sicily and the Mediterranean (forthcoming 2015), and published articles and book chapters on Italian women writers, filmmakers and photographers such as Rosetta Loy, Elsa Morante, Francesca Comencini, and Letizia Battaglia. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing she will be working on a book project entitled Demeter’s Journey: Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing and Cinema. [February-April 2015]

Angelika Kemper obtained her doctorate at the University of Mannheim and worked as a research fellow in an interdisciplinary research programme at the University of Münster (in the area of symbolic communication and social value systems from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution [Collaborative Research Centre/Sonderforschungsbereich 496]). She is now a post-doctoral assistant for German language and literature of the Middle Ages at the University of Klagenfurt. Her current research interests include the art of memory and transfer of knowledge in the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, especially from a comparative and interdisciplinary point of view. Her work at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory will focus on mnemonic literature by conducting basic research into the London manuscript tradition. [January-February 2015]

Elsa Laflamme teaches French and literature at the Collège Gérald-Godin, a post-secondary institution in Montréal, Canada. In 2013, she completed her PhD in French Literature at the Université de Montréal. Entitled ‘Récit de l’événement et événement du récit chez Annie Ernaux, Hélène Cixous et Maurice Blanchot’, her thesis was conducted under the impulse of both Jacques Derrida’s thought and that of psychoanalysis, focusing on the events in the making in Ernaux, Cixous and Blanchot’s writings. She is now working on a book proposal to publish her thesis. Her article ‘Vision spectrale du génie: Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous et le génie’ is forthcoming in 2015 in Esprit créateur. During her stay at the Centre for the Study on Contemporary Women’s Writing, she will concentrate her research on her post-doctoral project entitled ‘Hélène Cixous’ Monsters: Propositions for an Ethics of/at the Limits’. She regularly contributes to Spirale, a Canadian journal dedicated to arts and humanities. [September 2014-June 2015]

Claire Launchbury is a lecturer and SPF 03 Fellow in French and Cultural Studies at the School of Humanities and Modern Languages at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. During her Fellowship at the IMLR’s Centre for Cultural Memory, she will be working on documentary practices in contemporary Lebanese audio-visual cultures, part of a monograph project entitled Documenting Lebanon, to be published by Wallflower Press (Columbia UP). She completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in French at Leeds (2011-13), specialising in cultural studies approaches to literature, popular music, film and visual cultures from the Francophone Machrek with particular focus on Lebanon. Dr Launchbury initially studied music at Exeter University, then continued her studies at University College Cork before undertaking her doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London, which was awarded in 2009. Her thesis investigated constructions of French cultural memory at the BBC during the Second World War through broadcasts of music, poetry and political programmes and was published in the ‘Modern French Identities Series’ at Peter Lang in 2012 (Music, Poetry, Propaganda: Constructing French Cultural Soundscapes at the BBC during the Second World War). She was resident in Paris for several years, worked as a  lectrice at the IUT Ville d'Avray, and taught at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. [December 2014-February 2015]

Ana Gabriela Macedo is Professor of  English Literature at the University of Minho, Portugal. She is Director of the 'Humanities Research Centre' (CEHUM) where her main areas of research are comparative literature; feminist and gender studies; interarts and visual poetics; English literature (Modernism and Postmodernism). Among her publications are Paula Rego e o Poder da Visão. ‘A minha pintura é como uma história interior’ (Lisboa: Cotovia, 2010) and Dicionário da Crítica Feminista, edited with Ana Luísa Amaral, (Porto: Afrontamento, 2005). During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing she will be engaged in developing a project and book entitled Framing/Unframing, Resisting. Ways of ‘seeing differently’. Women and Gender in Contemporary Art and Literature. [October 2014-June 2015]

Kate Roy completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2008 and has subsequently been a postdoctoral researcher and recipient of small grants from among others, the Universities of Tübingen and Innsbruck, and from the DAAD, the Berlin State Library, and the Leverhulme Trust. She was most recently a Lecturer in German at the University of Leeds. Her current research project, tentatively entitled ‘1001 Re-tellings: Emily Ruete’s Memoiren einer arabischen Prinzessin in a literary context’, explores how both the writings of Emily Ruete (1844-1924), born Sayyida Salme, daughter of the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar, and the rewritings of her life story, have intersected with different discourses over time, including Orientalism, German colonialism, and Islam in/and the West. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, she will work with material relating to the figure of Rudolph Said-Ruete, Emily Ruete’s son, a committed pacifist and long-time London resident, focusing on the narratives produced both by his own collection of pamphlets and popular literature from the First World War, gifted to Senate House Library, and by his recent novelistic reimagining. [September-December 2014]

Klaus Seidl obtained his doctorate at the University of Munich where he worked as a Research Assistant at the Department for Modern and Contemporary History. His thesis investigated the final phase of the German revolution of 1848 focusing on non-violent protest and public opinion, and will be published by Ferdinand Schöningh (Paderborn). Most recently he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. His current research project is a biography of the liberal German historian Veit Valentin (1885-1947) who migrated to London (and later to the USA) in 1933, having being dismissed from his post as 'politically unreliable'. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Klaus will work with material relating to Valentin’s time as a special lecturer at University College London, his involvement with German émigré networks, and the English perception of the refugee scholars. [October – November 2014]

Pamela V. Sing is Professor at Campus Saint-Jean, the francophone campus of the University of Alberta, where she teaches Franco-Canadian, Québécois, and French literatures. Her research and publications are mainly in the fields of Western Canadian Francophone and Quebec literatures and textual production by Métis of French-Canadian ancestry, the latter including a monograph, co-edited collections of essays, as well as articles and book chapters. Her most recent project seeks to contribute to the body of existing literature and knowledge on cultural memory and graphic narratives through the rediscovery and multidisciplinary study of an unexplored 1940s' French-Canadian loup-garou comic series published in a Jeunesse étudiante catholique newspaper targeting children.The study of intersections between JEC ideology, the loup-garou’s traditionally scary traits and inherently transgressive qualities, and the comics series’ role as a source of entertainment will perforce involve the investigation of the slippery 'borders' between identity and alterity, realism and the marvellous, and ideology and artistic expression. Before her stay at the Institute, she will be working on the series’ 1943 textual source and its apparently uncensored, pre-Grande noirceur 1944 panels, as the 2014-15 recipient of the University of Glasgow’s Stirling Maxwell Fellowship. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the IMLR, her research will concentrate on the transformations that the series underwent from 1945 to 1949, and the signification of those transformations in regard to the relationship between identity/alterity, realism/the marvellous, and ideology/imagination. [April - May 2015]

Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol) is Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the AHRC Project Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures. Her work engages with history and memory narratives of transnational communities. She researches memories of subjects from the former Italian and French colonies of North Africa, targeting transformation of ideas of subjectivity, citizenship and Italianness inside and outside of Europe over the 19th and 20th centuries. During her Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Cultural Memory, Barbara will develop her work on the memories of the Jews from Libya across multiple destinations of their diaspora across Italy, Europe and North America. This strand of her research considers the memories of the Jews from Libya in the wider spectrum of the memory narratives of the Jews from former European colonies in Europe and 'the West', focusing on ideas of Italian domestic culture and citizenship. Barbara’s research questions stem from her background as historian of gender and European imperial cultures. She is the author of articles on history of gender, Italian fascism and colonial relations, and of a monograph analysing ideas of whiteness in the representations and social practices of the Italian bourgeoisie in Italy and Libya (1910s-1930s), Una colonia Italiana. Incontri, memorie e rappresentazioni tra Italia e Libia (2013). [November 2014-January 2015]

Bruno Tribout (University of Aberdeen) is an AHRC Early Career Fellow (2014-15) and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute’s Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory. His research concentrates on the intersections between literature, historiography and political thought in 17th-century France, with a particular focus on the representation of conflicts. His first monograph explored the theory and images of conspiracy in the age of Louis XIV (Les Récits de conjuration sous Louis XIV, 2010). He has co-edited a collection of essays on life writing (Narrating the Self in Early Modern Europe, 2007) and published articles on the historiography of the civil wars known as the Fronde and on the frondeurs and memoir writers Retz and La Rochefoucauld. During his stay at the Institute, he will be working on a book project which looks at the memory of the Fronde and its significance for the representation of absolutism and the development of political criticism in early modern France. [April-May 2015]


Giorgia Alù is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Warwick and now teaches in the Department of Italian Studies of the University of Sydney. Her research interests range from 19th-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She is the author of Beyond the Traveller’s Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910) (2008) and has published articles on women’s travel writing, the relationship between literature and photography and 19th-century representations of Italy. She has co-edited (with Nancy Pedri) one volume on Italian literature and photography (forthcoming, UTP) and one special issue on 'Word & Image, East & West' for Literature & Aesthetics. She is now working on two projects: one monograph on contemporary women’s writing, mobility and photography; and one study on aspects of 19th-century Italy through photographic portraits.[November 2013-February 2014]

Michela Baldo is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). Her doctoral thesis (Manchester, 2009) dealt with the translation into Italian of Italian-Canadian writing, focusing on the treatment of multilingualism in the translation of the trilogy of one of the best-known Italian-Canadian writers, Nino Ricci. She held a teaching fellowship in translation studies at the University of Birmingham, and is currently employed by the Università per stranieri di Siena (Italy), where she researches into subtitling and intercultural communication. She has written articles on Italian-Canadian works and their written and audio-visual translation into Italian, the most recent of which, published in the journal Translation Studies, is on translations by the Italian publishing house Cosmo Iannone editore. During her stay at the Institute she will be investigating more broadly the reception through translation of Italian-Canadian and Italian-American women writers in Italy (especially the recent translations of Louise de Salvo, Kym Ragusa and Mary di Michele). She is particularly interested in looking at the role played by this imported literature in the construction and representation of concepts like ‘Italianness’ and ‘foreignness’ in Italy and abroad. Another strand of research she is pursuing is the investigation of the concept ‘queer’, and its migration/translation into the Italian cultural sphere. Baldo has published articles on this topic and, in June 2013, was involved in the organization of the first queer ‘femme’ conference in Italy, held in Rome. She is currently working on a co-authored/co-edited book on drag kings in Italy, due to be published by ETS in December 2013. [September 2013-June 2014]

Colleen Becker is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute's Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM). She completed her PhD at Columbia University and a MA at New York University. Using the lapse of anti-Socialist legislation in 1890 as a starting point, her doctoral thesis investigated how high art and mass media represented Germans’ challenged and changing national identity as the working classes achieved greater socio-political empowerment. Her master’s thesis examined the disjunction between Nazi social policies towards women and state-subsidized visual arts propaganda. In broad terms, she studies the cultural history of German nationalism. Her published work includes flash fiction, academic articles, journalism, art reviews and essays. She has presented works of fiction at a number of venues including the Tate Modern and, most recently, her flash fiction piece ‘What We Made’ served as the basis for the exhibition project ‘Translation Games,’ an investigation of the theory and practice of translation in art and language. Formerly, she was a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University and Barnard College. She began her career at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, followed by an assistant archivist position at the Art Institute of Chicago and assistant archivist and archivist roles at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her article on Aby Warburg, historiography and Germania will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Art Historiography. [October 2013-June 2014]

Kai Bleifuß is a Sylvia Naish Research Fellow, and obtained his PhD from Augsburg University, where he had received a scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. His thesis, published in 2012 as Demokratie im Roman der Weimarer Republik. Annäherung und Verteidigung durch Ästhetik, was awarded the Mieczysław-Pemper-Prize by the Augsburg University Foundation. His research specialises in the junction between literature and politics, the 20th-century German novel, and writers in exile. In October 2013, he will lecture at the University of South Bohemia České Budĕjovice/Budweis. His article on Erik Reger, Rudolf Brunngraber, and the German anti-war novel will be published in the 2014 Jahrbuch zur Kultur und Literatur der Weimarer Republik. During his stay at the Institute, he will pursue research into Robert Neumann’s exile novel The Inquest. [November-December 2013]

Simone Brioni is Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick, where he was an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies. Simone was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, in 2013-2014. His doctoral thesis, The Somali Within: Questions of Language, Resistance and Identity, deals with the work of writers of Somali origin in Italian. Using cultural studies, translation studies and postcolonial theory, his work analyses the literary and cinematographic representation of migration and Italian colonialism. He edited the volumes Somalitalia:.Quattro vie per Mogadiscio (Kimerafilm, 2012) and Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poesie di nostalgia, d’esilio e d’amore (Kimerafilm, 2012) by Ribka Sibhatu, which respectively contain the documentaries Aulò. Roma postcoloniale and La quarta via. Mogadiscio Italia, for which he was co-director and co-author. His publications also include J.G. Ballard. Il futuro quotidiano (Prospettiva, 2011). [September 2013-September 2014]

Francesca Calamita is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). She completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington where she is currently a Teaching Fellow in Italian in the School of Languages and Cultures.  Her doctoral thesis dealt with the fictional depiction of eating disorders in Italian women’s writings from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1960s. Francesca’s research interest focuses on the representation of women’s relationship with food and body from a feminist perspective as well as the fictional portrayal of psychopathologies and she has published articles and book chapters in this area. She is currently co-editing a volume on new perspectives on Italian gender studies. At the Institute she will work on the research project Addiction, Compulsion and Starvation: Eating Disorders as a Mean of Self-empowerment in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing (1990-2011) in preparation for the publication of her doctoral dissertation. [December 2013-July 2014]       

Christian Cargnelli is a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Fellow. He studied at the University of Vienna and completed his thesis on Austrian film personnel in British exile at the University of Southampton in 2008. Since the early 1990s, he has been doing extensive research on film exile and exile film, and since 1998 has been teaching film history and film exile at the University of Vienna. From 2004 to 2007 he worked in the AHRC-funded research project ‘German-speaking Emigrés in British Cinema, 1925-1950’ at the University of Southampton. In 2009-10 he was part of the research project ‘Filmwissenschaft in Wien 1929-1980’ which explored the history and development of film studies in Austria. His edited or co-edited volumes include Aufbruch ins Ungewisse. Österreichische Filmschaffende in der Emigration vor 1945 (1993), the melodrama reader Und immer wieder geht die Sonne auf. Texte zum Melodramatischen im Film (1994), Schatten. Exil. Europäische Emigranten im Film noir (1997), Carl Mayer, Scenar[t]ist (German & English, 2003), Gustav Machaty - Ein Filmregisseur zwischen Prag und Hollywood (2005), and Destination London: German-speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950 (2008). He has also worked as a film journalist for many years, curated film retrospectives, and organized several international conferences. He was twice (2004, 2006) nominated for the Willy Haas Award (best publication on German-language film). At the Institute he will pursue his interests in continental film personnel in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. [September-December 2013]

Isabella Ferron is a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Fellow. She studied at the University Ca' Foscari in Venice, then at the University of Tübingen. In 2008 she was awarded a doctorate by the University of Munich for her thesis on Wilhelm von Humboldt's philosophy of language (published in 2009 by Königshausen & Neumann as 'Sprache ist Rede'. Ein Beitrag zur dynamischen und organizistischen Sprachauffassung Wilhelm von Humboldts. She also studied at the Humboldt-University in Berlin (2010-2012), where she held a DAAD Fellowship from October 2011 to February 2012. In October 2012 she was awarded a one-month Fellowship at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach to work on Rudolf Borchardt's image of Italy. She teaches German at the University of Padua and her interests lie in literary theory, philosophy, German and English literature, cultural studies. Among her recent publications are: ‘”Die Sprache ist das bildende Organ des Gedankens”. Ein Nachdenken über die Sprachreflexion Wilhelm Humboldts und ihren Einfluss auf die Entstehung der modernen Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachphilosophie’ (2007); ‘Von der Wahrheit (1947): Zur Rolle der Sprache bei Karl Jaspers’ (2009); ‘Schelling und die Sprache. Einige Anmerkungen zu Schellings Nachdenken über die Sprache. Von der Philosophie der Kunst bis zu dem pasigraphischen Versuch’ (2009); ‘Wilhelm von Humboldts Übersetzung von Aischylos' Agamemnon (1816). Ein singulärer Beitrag zur Entstehung des Begriffs “Deutsche Nation“’ (2011). Her current research is on the work of Rudolf Borchardt and German literature in the first half of the 20th century, and on exile literature. Her research project at the Institute will deal with the work of Rudolf Majut and his relationship with the George Circle. [October-December 2013].

Yosefa Loshitzky is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute's Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM) and Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Media and Film Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. From January to April 2014 she will also be a Visiting Researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility based in Barcelona, Spain. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow and Professorial Research Associate at the Annenberg School of Communication (University of Pennsylvania, USA), the Yitzhak Rabin Centre for Israel Studies, the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, the French CNRS, and the Italian CNR.  Until 2002 she was a Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  In 2003-2004 she was Visiting Professor at King’s College London, in 2004-2005 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at University College London and, from 2005 to 2012 she was Professor of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London. She has given keynote and plenary papers in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Israel and elsewhere. From 1994 to 2003 she served on the editorial board of Cinema Journal, the official organ of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is currently a member on the international advisory board of The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. She is the author of The Radical Faces of Godard and Bertolucci (1995), Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen (2001, selected by Choice Magazine as an outstanding academic title for 2002), Screening Strangers: Diaspora and Migration in Contemporary European Cinema (2010), the editor of Spielberg’s Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on ‘Schindler’s List’ (1997), and a guest editor of a special issue of Third Text on ‘Fortress Europe: Migration, Culture, Representation’ (2006).  She is currently writing a book entitled ‘Just Jews? Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Contemporary Culture and Beyond’. Author of numerous articles and book chapters, Loshitzky’s work has been translated into French, German, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Arabic and Hebrew. [September 2013-August 2014]

Markus Messling is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute's Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM). He teaches French and Italian literary and cultural studies at Potsdam University and is Head of the research group ‘Philology and Racism in the 19th Century’, funded by an Emmy Noether Excellence Award of the German Research Foundation. He holds a DPhil from the Freie Universität Berlin (2007). His research specializes in the épistémologie of philology, literary theory, the historical anthropology of language and writing, French and Italian Literature in the long 19th century, and the Mediterranean avant-gardes. His doctoral dissertation, published as Pariser Orientlektüren. Zu Wilhelm von Humboldts Theorie der Schrift (2008), was awarded the Tiburtius Prize by the Universities of Berlin. He was Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris in 2011, and is a member of the ‘Working Group Zukunftsphilologie’ at the Forum Transregionale Studien (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). He is also heading (with Franck Hofmann) the international research project ‘Transmed! Pensée méditerranéenne et conscience européenne’ (with the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris). Amongst his recent publications are: Champollions Hieroglyphen. Philologie und Weltaneignung (2012); Maurice Olender: Die Sprachen des Paradieses. Religion, Rassentheorie und Textkultur [Engl.: The Languages of Paradise], ed. and prefaced by Markus Messling (2013); ‘L’archipel des hommes-crocodiles. Modernité, archaïsme et stratégie narrative chez Kossi Efoui’ in: Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation, ed. by Ottmar Ette and Gesine Müller (2012); ‘Philology and Racism. On Historicity in the Sciences of Language and Text’ in: Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales 67/1 (2012). [March-mid-April 2014] 

Dr Annja Neumann is the 2013-2014 Sylvia Naish Postdoctoral Fellow. She was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Uppsala Universitet, and at Queen Mary, University of London. She studied German and Cultural Antropology, graduating with an MA. Her Master's thesis examined Nelly Sachs’s poetics and language in the volume of poems Flucht und Verwandlung. She completed her PhD in German literature in May 2012 with a thesis on the poetics of temporality in the late poetry of Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan, which is due for publication by Universitätsverlag Winter in September 2013. The thesis demonstrates how a poem’s trajectory of articulation follows its own temporality and conveys the meaning ('den Sinn des Gesagten') of Sachs’s and Celan’s poetry; its purpose being partly to use time as a means of engaging with the experience of the Shoah that forms one main dimension of Sachs’s and Celan’s poetic texts. Dr Neumann's current project is Anglo-German literary representations of science. Her interdisciplinary research focuses particularly on the disciplines of astronomy and literature, and aims to show how the intellectual discourse of the ‘two cultures’ debate took shape in 18th- and 19th-century Anglo-German literature. [mid-September-October 2013]

Dr Renata Schellenberg is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute's Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM)and Associate Professor of German at Mount Allison University, Canada. She obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto (2004) for a thesis on Goethe’s scientific writings. She has since published widely on 18th-century German literature and co-edited a collection of essays (2008) on word and image relations in 18th-century European culture. More recently, her research and publications have focused on museum studies and cultures of remembrance in 18th-century Germanophone Europe. She is currently completing a monograph on this subject to be published in 2014. A speaker of Croatian, Dr Schellenberg’s research has also evolved to examine recent Croatian history in the light of the country’s museological culture and commemorative practices. Hence her work at the Centre will explore the curating of conflict, specifically relating to the so-called Homeland War (1991-1995), in the EU’s newest member-state. [May 2014]


Marie Carrière teaches Francophone and Comparative literature and is Director of the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta. She recently published a monograph titled Médée protéiforme (2012). She is also the author of Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (2002). She is co-editor of Migrance comparée/Comparing Migrations (2008) and Les réécrivains (2011). Her research focuses on feminism, ethics, and contemporary writing. [May 2013]

Andrea Celli teaches history of literary criticism at the University of Lugano (Switzerland). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Master in Studies on European Islam at the University of Padua, where he is Research Fellow at the Department of Languages and Literatures. His research focuses on 20th-century orientalism and is reflected in monographs and essays on Miguel Asín Palacios, Louis Massignon, Enrico Cerulli and Leo Spitzer. [September 2012-June 2013]

Simona Corso is Lecturer in English literature at the Comparative Literature Department of the University of Rome (Roma Tre). Her research interests include 18th-century English literature, postcolonial studies, narratology and visual and material cultures. She is currently working on the representation of cognitive displacement in contemporary prose fiction. Her publications include Postcolonial Shakespeare (co-edited with M. d’Amico [2009]), Letteratura e Antropologia (co-edited with M. Bonafin [2008]), Automi, termometri, fucili. L'immaginario della macchina nel romanzo inglese e francese del Settecento (2004), and articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, James Joyce, Martin Amis, Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul and J.M. Coetzee. Her novel Capodanno al Tennis Club (Sellerio, 2002) was awarded the Premio Mondello Opera Prima in 2003. [November 2012-February 2013]

Stef Craps is Research Professor in English literature at the University of Ghent, where he directs the Centre for Literature and Trauma. He is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), and has guest-edited special issues of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts (2011; with Michael Rothberg) and Studies in the Novel (2008; with Gert Buelens) on the topics of, respectively, transcultural negotiations of Holocaust memory and postcolonial trauma novels. His next book project, on which he will be working during his stay as Visiting Fellow at the Institute, is an introductory guide to the concept of trauma for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series.[September 2012-June 2013]

Ned Curthoys graduated from the University of Sydney and is currently Research Fellow in English at the Australian National University. His research interests include German-Jewish intellectual history, émigré studies, and the work of Hannah Arendt. His forthcoming monograph 'Ernst Cassirer, Hannah Arendt and the Fate of Liberal Judaism' (Berghahn Books, 2013) analyses the significance of liberal Jewish thought for two prominent émigré philosophers. His current project is a study of the revival of the concept of 'character' in literary studies and political theory. [November-December 2012]

Ruth Dawson is Emeritus Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her research combines feminist analysis of literature and history, focusing in particular on European representations of the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia during her lifetime and afterwards. [January-June 2013]

Martin Endres is a Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellow and Lecturer in German Literature at the Institute of German Philology at the Free University of Berlin (FUB). His doctoral dissertation dealt with ‘Poetische Individualität’ in Friedrich Hölderlin (in press, 2013). He is a founding member of the research group ‘Textologie der Literatur und Wissenschaften’, and is currently working on his ‘Habilitation’ treatise on 'Poetizität philosophischer Texte. Hegel, Wittgenstein, Derrida' (working title). From 2005-2009 he worked as graduate assistant on the ‘Historisch-Kritische Franz Kafka-Ausgabe’ and the ‘Brandenburger Kleist-Ausgabe’ publication projects, and in 2009-2010 was Lecturer at the Institute for Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism at the University of Hildesheim. Since 2012 he is the editor of a historico-critical edition of Theodor W. Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory, based on the surviving typescripts of the chapter ‘Toward a Theory of the Artwork’ (De Gruyter). During his stay at the Institute, he will work on the 'poetic/aesthetic form' of writing in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. [February-April 2013]

Evi Fountoulakis is a Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellow at the Institute. She graduated from the University of Basle in German and English Studies, and teaches German at the University of Basle and the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich. In her dissertation 'The Guest’s Disquiet. A Figure on the Threshold of Modernity' (2012) she explores the figure of the 'guest' in German narratives of the 19th and early 20th century while also focusing on traces of hospitality as a metaphor in literary theory. She has published a variety of articles on the topic of hospitality and is co-editor of a volume on the relationship between guest and stranger (Der Gast als Fremder, 2011). Her current project is a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to ageing as reflected in contemporary literature. During her stay at the Institute as a Sylvia Naish Research Fellow, she will focus her attention on the aesthetics of decline in contemporary narratives. [May-June 2013]

Laure Guilbert is a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow at the Institute. She holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute of Fiesole in Italy. Her monograph Danser avec le Troisième Reich. Les danseurs modernes sous le nazisme [Dancing with the Third Reich. Modern Dancers under Nazism] was published by Éditions Complexe in 2000 (new edition by André Versaille Éditeur in 2011). She has taught mainly in performing arts departments in Paris 3, Versailles, Metz and Lille Universities. From 2002 onwards she has been in charge of the dance publishing department of the Paris National Opera. Her current research project concerns the exile and diasporas of the German choreographic world in the 1930s and 1940s. During her stay at the Institute, she will focus her attention on the German refugees in Great Britain. [October-December 2012]

Laurence Paul Hemming is a Research Fellow of the Lancaster University Management School.  He was until 2007 on the staff of Heythrop College, University of London, latterly as Dean of Research.  He has written, edited, and translated a number of books, the most recent of which is a full-length study for Northwestern University Press, Heidegger and Marx: A Productive Dialogue over the Language of Humanism, for publication in January 2013.  He is leading a group who will translate Ernst Jünger's 1932 book on the meaning and metaphysics of work, Der Arbeiter: Herrschaft ind Gestalt (The Worker: Dominion and Form). [September 2012-June 2013]

Martina Kolb is a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow at the Institute, and Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. She taught in the Humanities Core Program at Bilkent University in Ankara, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the Universities of Constance and Bologna. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University, a graduate degree (Staatsexamen) in Modern Philology from the University of Tübingen, and an MA in German Studies from the University of Oregon. She is the author of Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria (University of Toronto Press, 2013). She has also published articles on Dante’s and Brecht’s love poetry, on Benn’s poetics, on Freud’s Nietzscheanism, on Brecht, Weigel and the Asian stage, on Pound’s prison writing, and on the uncanny in Uwe Johnson. She has translated Benn into English, and interviews with Holocaust survivors into German, and is contributing editor of Bloom’s Major Dramatists: Bertolt Brecht. Her main research interests are place, displacement, and emotion in art and literature, with an emphasis on geo-poetics, exile studies, the inter-arts, and psychoanalysis. She is in the process of writing a book on visual and verbal representations of fear and pain. During her stay at the Institute, she will work on the chapter that examines Ingeborg Bachmann’s exilic poetics. [May-June 2013]

Hadwig Kraeutler is a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow at the Institute. She graduated in 1974 from the Academy of Fine Arts and the University in Vienna, and holds a doctorate from the School of Museum Studies at University of Leicester. Her thesis was published as a monograph, Otto Neurath. Museum and Exhibition Work. Spaces (Designed) for Communication (Peter Lang, 2008). From 1992 until 2012 she was on the staff of the Belvedere in Vienna, and has been lecturing and publishing about museum communication and learning, exhibition design, and its interpretive potential for engaging (with) the users. Her research interests are basically interdisciplinary and concern museology, communication, art and cultural history, exhibition texts and evaluation, more recently with a focus on exile studies. Her current research concerns the life story and scholarship of Alma S. Wittlin (1899-1992), an exiled Austrian museologist, writer, and educationalist. During her stay at the Institute, she will focus her attention on this émigré’s time and networks in Great Britain. [March 2013]

Elisa Marti-Lopez graduated from the University of Barcelona in 1983 with a Llicenciatura in History, and obtained her PhD in Spanish Literature from New York University in 1995. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University. She is the author of Borrowed Words: Translation, Imitation, and the Making of the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Spain (2002), Un passeig pel Cementiri de PobleNou (2004), and Somnis de Barcelona: El Cementiri de Montjuïc, 1883-1936 (2008), and has published book chapters and articles on the popular novel and the literary market in 19th-century Spain. [Spring 2013]