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The Hub Coffee Mornings

Every Wednesday morning of term from 11am we host an informal introduction & discussion of the research of our Early Career Researchers & Visiting Research Fellows. All students and staff from our partnering Schools and the Library are welcome!

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Upcoming Coffee Morning Speakers


20th June 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers :  Dr Patrick Wadden & Eliza Papaki DARIAH-EU Outreach and Engagement Officer

Eliza Papaki is Outreach and Communications Officer for DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) at Trinity Long Room Hub. She completed studies in History and Archaeology and holds an MPhil in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin. Before joining the Trinity Long Room Hub, Eliza worked in different Digital Humanities projects at Maynooth University and the Digital Curation Unit, Research Centre ATHENA in Athens, Greece such as Europeana Cloud, #dariahTeach, NeDiMAH, Europeana Research and DARIAH Greece. Her role in these projects was mainly in the area of User Requirements, dealing with finding, collecting and understanding digital research practices of different Humanities disciplines but also in communications and outreach between academic communities. She is also co-chair of the DARIAH Working Group Community Engagement.

Patrick Wadden is an Associate Professor of History at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina. An alumnus of Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford University, he has also held research and teaching positions at Harvard University. He is an historian of early medieval Ireland, with particular interests in the development of concepts of Irish identity and in relations between Ireland and its neighbours. His publications on these topics have appeared in journals including Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies and The Scottish Historical Review. He was the recipient of the 2017 Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies and currently serves as president of the Celtic Studies Association of North America.



Past Coffee Morning Speakers

11 October 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Professor Ben Kiernan and Dr James Smith

Professor Ben Kiernan is A.Whitney Griswold Professor of History & Professor of International & Area Studies in the MacMillan Center, Yale University. Professor Kiernan's research project will focus on state violence in these four early modern kingdoms - 'A Comparative Study of Early Modern Violence: Ireland, England, Cambodia and Vietnam, 1560 - 1840'  Read More

Dr James Smith join us from the Centre for Medieval Studies in York University. James focuses on intellectual history, medieval abstractions and visualization schemata, environmental humanities, and water history. He has written on these themes and those of new materialism, the history of the senses, medieval maps and diagrams, medievalisms, and water management.  Read More

18 October 2017 | 11:00

On the 18th we will hear from the Digital Humanities team who will be talking to us about their work and roles in The Trinity Long Room Hub

  • Dr Jennifer Edmond
  • Prof Owen Conlan
  • Dr Georgina Nugent-Folan
  • Dr Michelle Doran
  • Deirdre Byrne

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25 October 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Glenda Gilmore and David Rieff

Dr Glenda Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Van Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies. Glenda is visiting us from Yale University for a short-term fellowship in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities. Her first book, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920, published in 1996, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the James A. Rawley Prize, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Heyman Prize. She is at work on a study of the African American artist Romare Bearden and his family interpreted through his artistic work, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press.   Read More

David Rieff is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in association with Trinity's School of Law. He has written extensively about war and humanitarian action, both as a journalist and as an analyst. He was a correspondent in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo and covered many subsequent conflicts including Rwanda, Sudan, Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of nine books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. Mr Rieff's latest book In Praise of Forgetting: the Irony of Historical Memory was published in April 2016 by Yale University Press.  Read More


1st November 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Orysia Kulick and David Gaughran

Dr Orysia Kulick is a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her research is linked to COURAGE, a Horizon2020 funded research project that explores the cultural heritage of dissent in former socialist countries. The project aims to locate existing but scattered archival and private collections about “cultural opposition” in Eastern Europe and link them together in an online database.  Her research to date has focused on the avant-garde artists of the early Soviet period and their suppression under high Stalinism, the dissidents of 1960s, and human rights activism under Brezhnev.   Read More

David Gaughran is a PhD student in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.  and currently researching the various ways the Enlightenment philosophes wrote about Islamic societies and civilisations, with a focus on sympathetic accounts of Islamic culture. His study aims to demonstrate that there were many genuine attempts at presenting Islam to a reading public and that these attempts often argued against myths and misconceptions that were popular at the time.  Read More


15th November 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Meltem Gurle and Hilary Lennon

Dr Meltem Gürle joins us from the University of Duisburg-Essen as a Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND Fellow in collaboration with the School of English, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and the Identities in Transformation research theme. Her research project, entitled ‘Childhood-Narratives: The Problem of Identity Formation in Irish and Turkish Bildungsroman', focuses on the similarities between Irish and Turkish cases and analyzes whether the recurring motif of children and adolescents in the contemporary Bildungsroman has to do with the difficulty of constructing a solid identity in both societies.   Read More

Dr Hilary Lennon is a Frank O’Connor Research Fellow in the School of English and resident at the Hub. Her book project, Frank O’Connor and Irish Letter-Writing examines the ways in which Irish letter-writing dynamically shaped identity formation in Ireland, at social, cultural, historical and artistic levels – locally, nationally, and internationally. It asks how Irish letters plays a crucial role in accessing Ireland’s national memory and proposes that a reinvestigation of their literary merit supports the reimagining of new forms of art.


22nd November 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Bianca Battilocchi and Sonja Heppner

Bianca Battilocchi is a PhD student in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Through her research, she seeks to demonstrate how the work of Emilio Villa - and his idea of art - remains current and full of potential to this day. All but left out of important anthologies and academic studies, in the last decade Villa's work has increasingly become the topic of interesting discussions, appealing to a wider audience both in Italy and further afield.   Read More

Sonja Heppner is a PhD candidate in the School of Law and an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. Her research on ‘Procedural Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration’ examines a right of public access to investor-state arbitration through the prism of constitutional law and legal theory. Sonja received the 2014 American Arbitration Association/Rory Brady Memorial Prize for Excellence in International Conflict Management.  Read More


29th November 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Dr Alexander Bubb and Peter West

Dr Alexander Bubb joins us as a Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND Fellow in collaboration with the School of English and Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme. He joins us from the Department of English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University. Alex’s research seeks to explore the production of the oriental book in Victorian Britain, and to explain how - in a relatively short space of time - texts that were hiterhto the preserve solely of antiquaries had flown from the scholar's desk to the drawing-room shelf.  Read More

Peter West is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the philosophy of George Berkeley’s early works. Peter hopes to provide an accurate reading of Berkeley's arguments surrounding representation and resemblance with a particular focus on the historical context in which it was written.   Read More


6th Dec 2017 | 11:00
Speakers :Antonia Hart and Michael Gallen

Antonia Hart is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Her current research, funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2016-2019, looks at Irish women running businesses in the period just after the Famine up to the foundation of the State. Read More

Composer Michael Gallen has been named Artist in Residence at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as part of a progamme being piloted during 2015-17. Read More

 


13th Dec 2017 | 11:00

Speakers : Deborah E. Thorpe and Martin Sticker

Dr Deborah E. Thorpe joins us from the University of York as a Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND Fellow in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities and the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme. Her research develops a novel interdisciplinary methodology to investigate the links between physiological ageing processes and the forms and features of historical handwriting. It combines palaeography - scrutiny of features of the writing - with medical understanding of the physical, neurological and psychological factors affecting movement, and how these factors are accessed and monitored in modern clinical practice.   Read More

Dr Martin Sticker is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. His research interest is the role of the pre-philosophical perspective for academic philosophy as well as the role that philosophy can play in turn for non-philosophers. Many philosophers believe that an ethical theory which demands that, for the sake of morality, its followers give up almost everything that makes their life worth living cannot be correct, proposes Martin. Recently, philosophers have started to debate the potential over-demandingness of other theories. Martin aims to produce the first extensive and thorough discussion of this with regard to Kantianism, one of the most important non-consequentialist theories. 


17th Jan 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Martin Clancy and The Science Gallery Team Orlaith Ross and Niamh O'Doherty

Martin Clancy final year PhD candidate, School of Creative Arts Trinity College Dublin, Martin has over 30 years professional experience as both a creative musician and an industry professional. A Certified Ableton Live trainer who also manage's the Irish artist Jack Lukeman. Martin was artist in residence at New York's Seaport Music Festival (2010-12) during which time Martin had a series of top 20 hits in the US Billboard Dance Charts.

Martin is currently curating a series of public talks on music related to themes from his doctoral research with the Science Gallery Dublin called "Signal" to be delivered in 2018.   Read More

Orlaith Ross is the Event and Community Manager at Science Gallery Dublin. With a background in arts education, ceramics and event management, she has deep sectorial knowledge of the cultural industry in Ireland. Orlaith enjoys connecting the dots, creating meaningful collaborations and finding creative solutions for every event. Niamh O 'Doherty A proper media junkie with (at last count) over 200 sites bookmarked in her 'News' folder, Niamh is a keen marketeer with a passion for spreading the word about science. She looks after press for Science Gallery Dublin. Read More


24th Jan 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Robert Savage and Chris Murray

Robert Savage is Professor of the Practice of History at Boston College where he teaches Irish, British and European History. He is the author of The BBC’s Irish Troubles: Television, Conflict and Northern Ireland (2015), A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972 (2010), Sean Lemass: a biography (1999 revised and expanded edition 2014), Irish Television: the Political and Social Origins (1996) and Ireland in the New Century, Politics, Identity and Culture (editor and contributing author, 2003). He is currently co-editing a special edition of the journal Éire/Ireland with Christopher Morash, Trinity College, Dublin and writing a chapter on film and the broadcast media for the four volume Cambridge History of Ireland edited by Thomas Bartlett.Read More

Dr Chris Murray, Monash University is a Visiting Research Fellow in conjunction with the School of English. His research focuses on British Romanticism, with particular interests in Orientalism, Irish studies, and the reception of the classical tradition. Primarily working on the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats, with attention to other authors such as Joanna Baillie, Sara Coleridge, Edward Gibbon, Charles Lamb, and Thomas de Quincey.


31st Jan 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Meg Smith & Jacob Martin

Margaret Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in medieval history at Saint Louis University. Her thesis, ‘Won by the sword': Identity and authority in the Irish borderlands, 1366-1594, explores the strategies of negotiation and identity formation by which the Mac Carthaigh Riabhach lords of Carbery, co. Cork cultivated authority and legitimacy in the contested borderland region of West Cork. She is currently the research assistant for the Walter J. Ong, S.J. Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University. She is in Dublin conducting research for her thesis thanks to the generous support of the Huntington Library and Trinity College Dublin.

Jacob Martin (School of Creative Arts) is a Ph.D. candidate whos reearch focuses on the transformation of religious representation in Irish and Irish diasporic cinema since the Second World War, particularly as it relates to Catholicism’s diminishing role in contemporary Irish cultural identity.


7th Feb 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Theodorus Fransen & Emily Emer Neenan

Theodorus Fransen (School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences) current research project can be situated at the intersection of historical and computational linguistics for Irish. The goal of the project is to create and employ computational methods and digital resources to link up Irish cognate verb forms across time. The broader aim of the thesis is to remediate the linguistic disconnect between the present and the past.

Emer Emily Neenan (School of Education) is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar currently researching geoscience education and communication in Ireland as a member of the STEM-ERC research group at the Department of Education, TCD. Her research specifically examines the effect of geoscience outreach programs in Irish schools.


14th Feb 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Kate Smyth & Joel Hanisek

Kate Smyth (School of English) thesis explores ideas about belonging, home, and gender inequality in the short fiction of Canadian writers Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood. She is funded by the Irish Research Council and is a 2016 Canada Ireland University Foundation James M. Flaherty Scholar.

Joel Hanisek (School of Religion) is a Ph.D. candidate whos reearch focuses on a small subset of transnational religious actors and their collective relationship to practices of rule, reform and religion this research will explore in postcolonial perspective the ways in which particular religious identities aligned with national interests led to the creation and destruction of unique 'ethos islands.'


21st Feb 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Shelli Garland & Guy Walker

Shelli Garland (School of Education)is based in the Culture, & Academic Values in Education (CAVE) department, where she is researching the transformative and enduring influence that volunteering, community engagement, and community-based learning have on the active volunteer following their experience during 3rd level education

Guy Walker is a second year PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. A student of Classics, his project examines Neoplatonic influences on Nonnus' Late Antique poem, the Dionysiaca.

 


7th March 2018 | 11:00

Speaker Laura Shanahan Trinity Library’s new Head of Research Collections. 

Laura Shanahan joined TCD in January 2018, having come from the University of Edinburgh. As Head of Research Collections in the Library, she has responsibility for manuscripts, archives, early printed books, maps and the music collection.

In her presentation, Laura will discuss her ambitions for Research Collections. She will identify interdisciplinary research partnerships and further embedding the Library collections in the undergraduate research-focussed curriculum as two of her top priorities. Laura has had experience in leading significant change programmes, including digital transformation, collection development and Library estates projects at Edinburgh. She hopes to bring this experience to bear at Trinity and looks forward to meeting colleagues at the coffee morning.


14th March 2018 | 11:00

Speakers : Gavin Doyle & Tanya Zubrzycki  

Gavin Doyle is a final-year PhD student and Irish Research Council Scholar in the School of English at Trinity. His research project maps the intimate intersections of LGBTQ social and cultural histories and Irish-American identities in the United States since the late 1960s.

Tanya Zubrzycki research is focused on changes in teaching in the Irish Institutes of Technology, in connection with the proposed mergers and restructuring of the Irish higher education sector. Tanya is interested in exploration of the IoTs academics’ perspective, analysis of antagonistic views of stakeholders and international and supranational policies underpinning the national agenda in Ireland.


21st March 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers: Halila Bayramova & Louise Kari Méreau

Halila Bayramova (School of English) is a recipient of a TCD Postgraduate Studentship. Her doctoral research titled "Towards a Digital Genetic Edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake Chapter X 'Night Studies'" deals with modernism, genetic criticism, digital editing, and textual scholarship in general.

Louise Kari Méreau is a second year self-funded PhD student in the French department of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. She is supervised by Dr. Sarah Alyn Stacey.Her current research focuses on Cynicism in French contemporary novels. With the examples of Frederic Beigbeder, Virginie Despentes and Michel Houellebecq she aims to depict and understand how Cynicism engages with modern issues such as globalization, over consumerism, coming of age and individualism.

 


28th March 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Elisabetta Leopardi & Carlos Oliveras

Elisabetta Leopardi is a second-year PhD student in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her current research aims to establish a new subgenre of fiction, designed to comprise those fictional works featuring a fantastic metamorphosis as their central theme. 

Carlos Oliveras's research Interests: bilingualism/multilingualism, linguistic identity, linguistic policy and pedagogy, second/third language acquisition, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, philosophy of language, development and use of slang/youth language, linguistic diasporas.

 


4th April 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Daniel Purcell & Nora Moroney

Daniel Purcell's research focuses on the Ulster Protestant community in Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh during the years of the Irish Revolution. He is primarily interested in the thorny question of identity for those Protestants in Cavan and Monaghan who reject traditional Southern Unionism only to be in turn rejected by mainstream Ulster Unionism. He is interested in how this group constructs a sense of community and space, how they wield power on a local level, and how they engage with abstract identity concepts such as Ulster and loyalism. As his work is revolutionary history he is also focused on the experience of this group in the revolution itself.  

Nora Moroney is a final year PhD student in the School of English and an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. Her research interests focus on the transnational writings of a group of often-overlooked Irish authors in the late-nineteenth century British periodical press, particularly those outside the lens of the Gaelic Revival.  

 


11th April 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Bernard O'Donoghue & Prof. Salvador Ros Muñoz

Bernard O'Donoghue is a visiting research fellow in association with The School of English. He is a native of Cork and was a lecturer in Medieval English at Magdalen College, Oxford and is Fellow Emeritus of Wadham College Oxford, where he taught Old and Middle English, and Modern Irish Poetry. He has published eight volumes of Poetry, with Gallery Press, Chatto and Windus, and most recently Faber. Gunpowder (1995) won the Whitbread Poetry Prize; his last five volumes were all shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 

Prof. Salvador Ros Muñoz (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) (UNED), Spain, as a Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub.  Prof. Ros is a Computer Science educator and a senior member of IEEE Education Society. He has participated in many national and international research projects, related with e-learning and new technologies applied to distance education. This stay is intended to foster collaboration between UNED and the Trinity Center for Digital Humanities of Trinity College Dublin, both leading digital humanities research centers in the field of digital text processing and creating virtual environments for research and teaching.  

 


18th April 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Prof John Walter & Artis in Residence Dan Hoyle

Professor John Walter Professor Walter’s three month fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in association with the School of Histories and Humanities. His project ‘Contextualising Violence, Challenging Steretypes: Recovering the Micro-Histories of Ireland 1641’ will build on exciting recent work and research possibilities made possible by the international 1641 Depositions project TCD/Aberdeen/Cambridge) and the TCD/IRCHSS/AHRC funded digital publication of the 1641 depositions (Trinity College Library, MSS 809-841), including his published works.

Dan Hoyle is the Trinity Long Room Hubs Artist in Residence for April 2018 in association with Trinity’s Creative Arts Practice research theme. Dan is an award winning actor and writer based in the US. His brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as "riveting, funny and poignant" (New York Times) and "hilarious, moving and very necessary" (Salon). He will give a specila Prefomance of his one man show The Real Amerians during his visit, in the Samuel Beckett Theatre on the 25th April at 19:00.

 


25th April 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Prof Dr Simon McCarthy-Jones & Dr Ailise Bulfin

Dr Simon McCarthy-Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the experience of hearing voices other people cannot (‘auditory verbal hallucinations), the physical and mental health impact of childhood maltreatment, and the right to freedom of thought. His most recent book Can’t You Hear Them? The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2017.

Dr Ailise Bulfin is a medical humanities Research Fellow in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, currently working on the project ‘Catalysing Neurohumanities research into Child Sexual Abuse’. A literary and cultural scholar, her work ranges from nineteenth-century to contemporary literature and explores the dark side of the human imagination, with a particular focus on representations of catastrophe, war and trauma. She took her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, funded by an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, and subsequently held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship there. She has published a number of critical essays on such topics as gothic fiction, xenophobia, invasion scares, natural catastrophe and climate change, and her monograph, entitled Gothic Invasions: Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siècle Popular Fiction 1890-1914, is out in April 2018. Her current research focuses on representations of child sexual abuse in nineteenth century and contemporary culture. In 2017 she co-organised an interdisciplinary seminar series on child sexual abuse which brought together researchers, clinicians, survivors and authors in a wide-ranging conversation to plan new research in this area. Her work has been funded by the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

 


2nd May 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Dr Francesca La Morgia organiser of the Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and The Douglas Hyde Gallery Director Georgina Jackson.

Dr Francesca La Morgia is Assistant Professor in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin, and the coordinator of the Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism.

Georgina Jackson comes to the Douglas Hyde Gallery from Mercer Union, Toronto, where she has been Director of Exhibitions & Programmes since 2013. During this time she led the organisation towards a renewed focus on the commissioning of work by emerging and established contemporary artists, while elevating its reputation within the local, national and international art world.


9th May 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Graham Gwozdecky & Xun Liu

Graham Gwozdecky is a PhD student in Classics and is funded by a Trinity Postgraduate Research Studentship. He holds a BA from Queen's University, Canada and an MA in Classical Studies from University College Dublin. His current research investigates the themes of exile and displacement in the ancient biographical texts of Plutarch, examining how exile was viewed during the early Principate and how it is was used as a characterizing tool in contemporary literature.

Xun Liu is a PhD candidate based in The Centre for Asian Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She is the recipient of TCD&CSC Joint Scholarship. Her research takes a close look at the Chinese classical novel of the 18th century, precisely The Dream of the Red Chamber from a semantic perspective. Xun holds a B. A. in English Language and Literature and an Mphil. in Comparative Literature.


16th May 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Professor Michael Cronin & Professor Bronwen Walters

Professor Michael Cronin received his BA from Trinity College Dublin, his MA from University College Dublin and his PhD from Trinity College Dublin for a dissertation on ludic elements in the prose fiction of Réjean Ducharme and Gérard Bessette. He taught in the Université of Tours, the École Normale Supéreiure (Cachan) and was Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies at Dublin City University. He is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy, the Academia Europaea and is an Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Professor Bronwen Walter (Anglia Ruskin University)Bronwen’s research focuses on Irish migration to Britain and the wider experiences of the Irish diaspora. Her current interests include multi-generational Irish identities in England, Newfoundland and New Zealand, and whiteness.


23rd May 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Li-Kung Chen & Paola Oru

Li-kung (Ken) Chen is a PhD candidate in law and a holder of Postgraduate Research Studentship in the School of Law. His research interests lie in public law, legal philosophy, and especially where they intersect with political and moral philosophy. His current research concerns the idea of the continuity of states in legal and political thinking, examining how, if at all, a state can be properly understood as an entity that persists over time. He co-convenes the Irish Jurisprudence Society’s Workshop Series. Ken read for his LLB at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, LLM at University College London, and MSt in Legal Research at the University of Oxford. .

Paola Orrù is a PhD student in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on the early career of Mario Praz and his influence on the birth of Comparative Studies in Europe.


30th May 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers : Lan Li (Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, 2016-2019) & Jessica Foyle

Lan Li is trained as a historian of science and received her PhD in Science, Technology, and Society Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research centers on visualizing the body across cultures, with emphasis on forms of medical exchange across Asia and Eurasia. Lan uses cultural studies and personal narratives to rethink how we understand nervous physiology in the skin and in the body beyond the brain. As a PSSN scholar, Lan’s collaborations include projects on nerve damage, aging, and pain. These collaborations have introduced new questions in her own historical research on numbness. As a documentary filmmaker, Lan is involved with producing short films about medicine and health among immigrant communities in the United States and has further collaborated with scholars and physicians in India, Brazil, and China.

Jessica Foley works as an artist, researcher and teacher. She is a co-founding member of the Orthogonal Methods Group and is currently writer-in- residence at CONNECT, the Science Foundation IrelJessica Foleand Centre for Future Networks and Communications. The Centre is spread over ten institutions in Ireland and has over 200 researchers and 40 industry partners. The Orthogonal Methods Group are unique in this context, bringing creative arts practices, critical pedagogy, feminist STS, new media scholarship and anthropology into productive tension with science and technology research and industry.

Since 2013, Jessica has pioneered a research-creation method called Engineering Fictions with engineering researchers and artists. Engineering Fictions, and its twin Stranger Fictions, is a writing workshop that embraces the power of fiction and writing to foster and exercise creativity, honesty, diversity and ethical courage in Science and Technology research and industry.

Working contingently with people and contexts, materials and texts from across the worlds of contemporary art and design, education and engineering, Jessica’s work focuses on opening up possibilities for embodied criticality and creative thinking and practices in ways that can support processes of change, healthy relations of difference and the enlargement of generosity and community. Jessica’s transdisciplinary practice is informed by her education in Graphic Design (B.Des. LSAD), Art and Design Education (H.Dip. LSAD), Contemporary Art (MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD) and Telecommunications Engineering (PhD. CTVR/TCD).


6th June 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers :  Shamus Khan & Tarun Khaitan

Professor Shamus Khan is chair of the sociology department at Columbia University.Khans works is primarily within the areas of cultural sociology and stratification, with a strong focus on elites.He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton 2011); The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013, with Dana Fisher), and is completing Exceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (Princeton, forthcoming). With Dorian Warren, He is the director of a Russell Sage Foundation working group on “The Political Influence of Economic Elites;” and also serve as the principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic archives to uncover the character of their subscribers from the 1870s-present. In addition to his primary focus, he also writes in the areas of gender theory, deliberative politics, and research methodology. He recently served as an opinion columnist for Time Magazine and continues to write about sociology in the popular press.

Tarun Khaitan works on constitutional law and human rights law. He is Fellow in Law at Wadham College, Oxford, and is currently on special leave for four years from 1 September 2017. During this period of leave, he is a Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and is developing a new project on how to make democratic constitutions more resilient to erosion by populist or authoritarian governments.


13th June 2018 | 11:00

 Speakers :  Miriam Cummins & Ning Jiang

Miriam Cummins is a PhD candidate in the School of Creative Arts and an IRC Postgraduate Scholar. Her research examines the intersection of religion and gender in contemporary British theatre within a postcolonial framework in order to determine if the new post-secular landscape allows for a renegotiation of the identity of the colonizer and the colonized on a more equal basis. Miriam is currently a teaching assistant in the Department of Drama. Her research interests include post-secularism and gender in performance, as well as postcolonial theatre.

Ning Jiang is a PhD candidate working on Chinese character acquisition strategy in higher education

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