ECHIC 2017 Conference Programme - inside/OUT

Wednesday 5th April - Scottish Parliament

14:00-16:00

 

Annual General Meeting

 

16:00-18:00

 

Networking meeting on the challenges facing humanities disciplines in universities today (by invitation only)

 

18:00-18:30

 

Tour of Parliament for ECHIC Delegates (registration required; please arrive by 17:30 at the latest)

 

18:30-19:30

 

Welcome Reception for ECHIC Delegates and guests (registration required; arrival by 18:00 at the latest)

 


Thursday 6th April - John McIntyre Conference Centre

9:00-9:30

 

Registration and refreshments

 

9:30-11:00

 

 

Plenary Lecture:

Professor JP Singh, Director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh

"From the Inside and Outside: Cultures of Diplomacy and Negotiation"

 

11:00-11:30

 

Break: Coffee and tea

 

11:30-13:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 1: Breaking our Chains: humanities disciplines, interdisciplinarity and the future of knowledge.

Chair: Dr Glyn Davis, Chancellor's Fellow and Reader, University of Edinburgh

Papers include:

  • Dr Marie-Pierre Bouchard, University of Toronto "Inside/Out Traditional Disciplines: How a Change of Methodology Can Modify the Way We Look at Global Cultural Dynamics and Markets"
  • Professor Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, University of Haifa, "Bridging over the Cartesian Divide"
  • Miranda Anderson, University of Edinburgh, "From Mind-forged Manacles to Mind-extending Marvels"

 

13:00-14:00

 

Break: Lunch

 

14:00-14:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Talks

More food for your mind including toolkits for promote interdisciplinarity in the humanities and social sciences and to probe the borders of Inside/OUT.

Chair: Dr Michael Wood, University of Edinburgh

  • Dr Martha McGill, University of Edinburgh, "Interdisciplinarity and the history of the supernatural"
  • Dr Carsten Dose, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, will explore the question "How did a humanities-friendly approach lead to the creation of new Institutes of Advanced Studies in Germany?"
  • Dr Demmy Verbeke, Leuven University, will speak about the role of academic libraries in scholarly communication
  • Nina Unković, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, will explore the question "Humanities in collaboration with non-academic sector: Is this possible?" - view bio

 

14:30-16:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2: The Value of the Humanities: Students, Universities, the marketplace and beyond.

Chair: Christine Wilson MA FRSA, British Council and IASH Advisory Board

Papers:

  • Zoe Bulaitis, University of Exeter. "How is the valuation of the humanities changing within the marketised higher education sector in the UK?"
  • Dr Justine Séran, "Out of the academic frying pan and into the political fire: from English Literature PhD to Minority Rights Advocate"
  • Dawn Marsh, University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, Valuing the BA: Can listening to the student voice rehumanise higher education?

 

16:00-16:30

 

Break: Coffee and tea

 

16:30-18:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brexit, Trump and the challenges of populism and authoritarianism in 2017: responses from the arts and humanities.

Allan Little, the renowned BBC broadcaster and a member of IASH's Advisory Board, will lead this session (which will also be open to the public) convening a panel of academics and thinkers who will probe the contribution of thinking from their disciplines and interdisciplinary fields to understanding better the challenges faced by liberal pluralist democracies and multicultural societies today. How can we best understand how political movements such as populism and nationalism can construct insiders and outsiders, and what might be the consequences for democracy in the future?

Panelists:

 

18:00-19:00

 

Reception (all welcome)

 

19:00 onwards

 

 

 

Conference Dinner (separately ticketed).

This dinner will also include a short after dinner speech from Hannah McGill, who is a freelance writer and critic, and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Hannah will talk about how Edinburgh has become 'the festival city', and talk about expectations for the 70th anniversary year of 2017.

 


Friday 7th April - John McIntyre Conference Centre

09:00-09:30

 

Registration and refreshments

 

09:30-11:30

 

 

 

Plenary Lecture:

Chair: Professor Jo Shaw, Director, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh

Professor Mireille Rosello, Professor of Cultural Analysis Studies, University of Amsterdam

"Outside/in: vulnerable communities"

 

11:30-12:45

 

 

 

 

 

Questions Inside and Outside the Academy: Dangerous Women?

One strand of IASH Edinburgh’s mission is to be a place in the University where the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ meet. In 2016, the Institute launched a major digital initiative aimed towards that goal—The Dangerous Women Project. The idea that women are dangerous individually or collectively permeates many historical periods, cultures and areas of contemporary life (despite, and in some instances in response to, explicitly feminist movements). We therefore asked “what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?” and curated 365 responses from a broad range of academic and creative perspectives, publishing them on a specially designed website.

This session will explore the Project’s successes online and offline; the practicalities of developing a project of this type; and the potential for such initiatives as ways of ‘doing’ public humanities.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Patricia Erskine, Head of Stakeholder Relations and Policy Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Penny Fielding, Grierson Professor of English Literature (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Peta Freestone - IASH Administrative Manager and Dangerous Women Project Manager (University of Edinburgh)
  • Lorna Hill, doctoral candidate (University of Stirling) and doctoral artist in residence (Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities)
  • Professor Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology and Assistant Principal Community Relations (University of Edinburgh)

 

12:45-14:00

 

Farewell Lunch

 


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Short biographies of speakers

Miranda Anderson

Miranda Anderson is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and the initiator of the AHRC-funded project ‘A History of Distributed Cognition’ (www.hdc.ed.ac.uk). Recently claims have been made in philosophy of mind and cognitive science that the mind is distributed or extended across the brain, body and world. The HDC project explores the historical nature of this notion through an examination of philosophical, scientific and cultural works from classical antiquity to the mid-twentieth century and has a four volume series forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (2018). This expands on the research interests of her book The Renaissance Extended Mind (2015), which was the outcome of a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, and which similarly explores parallels (and contrasts) between recent philosophical theories on the extended mind and analogous ideas in philosophical, scientific, cultural works and literary works circulating between the fifteenth and early-seventeenth century.

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Dr Marie-Pierre Bouchard

Marie-Pierre Bouchard est actuellement stagiaire postdoctorale au Département d'études françaises de l’Université de Toronto. Ses recherches, principalement axées sur l’émergence et la canonisation de certaines littératures dites périphériques au sein du système littéraire mondial, s’inscrivent dans le courant droit et littérature et réfléchissent aux questions liées aux dynamiques existant entre production, institution et réception des écritures de la violence dans le contexte international contemporain. En 2010, elle s’est vue octroyer une bourse d’études supérieures du Canada Vanier et, depuis 2011, elle est l’une des principales collaboratrices du groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire « Réfugié(e)s et Déplacé(e)s : Droit, Littérature et Migration ». Son plus récent article, « Topographie de la perte. La Fabrique de cérémonies de Kossi Efoui ou l’antéthèse d’une certaine cartographie de la mémoire volontaire d’un continent », vient de paraître dans la revue Études littéraires.

Marie-Pierre Bouchard is a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the French Department of the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. from the Université du Québec à Montréal's Faculty of Art in 2015 and has been a Vanier Scholar since 2010. Her researches mainly focus on the emergence, integration and canonization mechanisms of peripheral literatures in the World literary system and are influenced by the law and literature critical movement. Since 2011, she has been one of the founding members and a main collaborator of the interdisciplinary research project "Out of Place: Law, Literature and Migration" and her most recent article, « Topographie de la perte. La Fabrique de cérémonies de Kossi Efoui ou l’antéthèse d’une certaine cartographie de la mémoire volontaire d’un continent », has recently been published in Études littéraires.

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Zoe Bulaitis

Zoe Bulaitis is a final year PhD Candidate in English Literature at the University of Exeter. Her thesis focuses on articulating the value of the humanities within the context of contemporary higher education policy. She is most interested in tracing the widespread adoption of neoliberal approaches within British policymaking over the past thirty years. Although contemporary in its discussion of the value within the academy today, Zoe's thesis has deep roots in Victorian policy and debate. The expressions of liberal education found in the writings of Matthew Arnold and J.S. Mill continue to inform and inspire her project.

Beyond research, Zoe is a passionate educator and was delighted to be shortlisted for 'Best Postgraduate Teacher' at the University of Exeter in 2015, winning second place overall, and best in the College of Humanities. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her sincere commitment to investigating the potential of critical thinking for making a meaningful change in the world is reflected in the classroom. 

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Dr Glyn Davis

Dr Glyn Davis is Chancellor's Fellow and Reader in the School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Glyn is the Project Leader of 'Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures', a pan-European three-year history project funded by HERA, and involving partner research teams in Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK (www.crusev.ed.ac.uk). Glyn is the co-author of 'Film Studies: A Global Introduction' (Routledge, 2015) and the co-editor of 'Warhol in Ten Takes' (BFI, 2013). He is currently completing a book entitled 'The Exhausted Screen: Cinema, Boredom, Stasis'.

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Dr Carsten Dose

Carsten Dose is Managing Director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg.

Dr. Dose joined Freiburg University with the launch of its university-based IAS in 2008. In this function he was in charge of the expeditious establishment of the institute and its fellowship programmes. Together with the scientific director, he is responsible for the institutes’s strategic planning and budget, its staff and for securing third-party funding. He oversees public relations of the institute and represents the institute to local, national and international partners.

He was actively involved in preparations for the inaugural conference of the UBIAS-network in 2010 and has been the network’s coordinator until 2016.

From 2001 to 2008, Carsten Dose worked for the German Council of Science and Humanities, an advisory body to the national and state governments on all matters of higher education and science policy.

Carsten Dose studied sociology at Frankfurt University and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Darmstadt, where he was a member of a DFG/GRC-research training group focusing on science and technology studies from a social sciences perspective.

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Professor Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan (D.Phil. Oxon) is Professor of English at the University of Haifa, Israel and is currently serving as Academic Head of the Haifa University Library and Editor-in-Chief of Haifa University Press. Her research interests converge on the intersection of Culture, Writing, and Subjectivity, allowing for forays into philosophical, ethnographic, autobiographical, and historical writings and their relation to fictional texts. Her recent book, Between Philosophy and Literature: Bakhtin and the Question of the Subject (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013), explores Bakhtin’s philosophical work as a potential foundation for a broad humanistic project, and reconstructs a theory of subjectivity that intersects with the thought of Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas to whom she relates as the “Exilic Constellation”.

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Dr Patricia Erskine

Patricia Erskine is Head of Stakeholder Relations & Policy Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and has recently developed the College’s Public Engagement Strategy. She manages several of the University’s collaborative relationships with Edinburgh’s major festivals and cultural organisations, including co-ordination of the University’s digital arts programme. She supports a number of engagement projects in the College, typically those involving multiple Schools and external partners. She is a member of the IASH Management Group with a particular interest in supporting its public humanities work. Over the last ten years, Patricia has worked in a number of engagement roles in the University, including as engagement director of Inspace, a laboratory that explored the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice.

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Professor Penny Fielding

Penny Fielding is Grierson Professor of English. Her academic research is English and Scottish Literature 1750-1920 and she has published a number of books and articles. Her current research is in the relations of Literature and Espionage. She is director of the public festival of espionage fiction and history Edinburgh Spy Week and curated a week of posts for the Dangerous Women Projects by spy novelists and historians.

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Dr Peta Freestone

Peta Freestone completed an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Melbourne and studied as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in 2009-2010, returning in 2014 as a Visiting Research Fellow, before taking up her post at IASH in June 2014. Between 2006-2014, she worked in various project management and researcher development roles at the University of Melbourne, and won a University Excellence Award for innovation in 2013. A published author, her most recent research interests focus on the writing process in both creative and academic contexts. Her management of the public engagement project The Dangerous Women Project saw her win a College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science's staff recognition award for Most Effective University Community-building Initiative in 2016.

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Dr Scott Hames

Scott Hames is a lecturer in English at the University of Stirling, where he chairs the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies. He has published widely on contemporary Scottish writing and literary nationalism, particularly James Kelman, Alasdair Gray, and the cultural politics of Scottish ‘vernacularity’. He edited The Edinburgh Companion to James KelmanUnstated: Writers on Scottish Independence, and the International Journal of Scottish Literature (with Eleanor Bell and Ian Duncan). Reviews and commentary have appeared in Soundings,OpenDemocracy and the London Review of Books. He is currently completing a monograph on Literature and Devolution: Scottish Politics and Literary Culture 1979-2014, partly based on the findings of a two-year research project on ‘Narrating Scottish Devolution’ funded by the British Academy. A podcast based on this project was featured by the Guardian’s Scotland blog last year. (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/scotland-blog/2016/feb/26/nobodys-dream-stories-of-scottish-devolution)

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Lorna Hill

Lorna Hill is in her final year of AHRC funded doctoral research at Stirling University. Her PhD in Creative Writing focuses on the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian crime fiction, with a particular focus on texts written by female authors. Lorna has shadowed poet Valerie Gillies at Maggie’s Cancer Centre, Edinburgh, where Valerie promotes healing and personal growth through writing workshops and journaling. Lorna also teaches creative writing to undergraduates at Stirling University. Lorna holds a certificate in Extending and Deepening Facilitation Skills from Lapidus Scotland, which promotes writing for wellbeing.

Lorna runs a bibliotherapy project at Women’s Aid East and Midlothian as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities doctoral artist in residence scheme. The women’s collaborative work, A Dangerous Woman, was published by the Dangerous Women Project in March 2016.  This poem was then shortlisted, in the best blog category, in The Write to End Violence Awards late that same year.

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Professor Juliet Kaarbo

Juliet Kaarbo is Professor of International Relations with a Chair in Foreign Policy at the University of Edinburgh.  She is founding co-director of Edinburgh’s Centre for Security Research.  She previously held posts at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on political psychology, leadership and decision making, group dynamics, foreign policy analysis and theory, parliamentary political systems, and national roles and has appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, Political Psychology, Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of International Relations and Development, and Leadership Quarterly.   In 2012, Professor Kaarbo published Coalition Politics and Cabinet Decision Making:  A Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy Choices (University of Michigan Press) and in 2016 she co-edited Domestic Role Contestation, Foreign Policy, and International Relations (Routledge). She is Associate Editor of the hournal Foreign Policy Analysis, since 2013.

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Dawn Marsh

Dawn Marsh is a doctoral candidate in Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where she is also employed as a senior tutor in Student Learning, Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning. She has a background in psychology, philosophy and education, and has served as a lay member on a health and disability research ethics committee. Her research focuses on undergraduate education, particularly transition and academic skills development; the work of tertiary learning advisors; intellectual history; and the value of the liberal arts and humanities. She has previous worked in local government and tertiary administration, community news journalism, and school and public libraries.

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Professor Lesley McAra

Lesley McAra holds the Chair of Penology and is Assistant Principal Community Relations at the University of Edinburgh. A former Dean of the Law School, she co-founded and convenes the Leadership Foundation for Women in the Legal Profession.  Lesley’s writing and teaching focuses on:  youth crime and justice; comparative criminal justice; and the impact of multi-level governance on crime control and penal process. She is Director (with Susan McVie) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a longitudinal programme of research on pathways into and out of offending for a cohort of 4,300 young people. In 2013, Lesley was joint recipient of the Howard League Research Medal which celebrates high quality research from ‘new thinking’ and ‘radical researchers’ who have changed penal policy and practice.  This was followed in 2016 by the Chancellor’s Award for research impact.

Lesley served on the Consultation Group for the Dangerous Women Project and also contributed a post written in collaboration with her daughter, Catriona McAra, about their suffragette ancestor, Charlotte Augusta Leopoldine Marsh.

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Hannah McGill

Hannah Mcgill is a film critic, writer and broadcaster based in Edinburgh. She writes a monthly cinema column for Sight and Sound magazine, covers arts and current affairs for numerous other outlets, and is a regular contributor to review programmes on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4. Between 2006 and 2010 she was the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, during which time she was awarded Women in Film and TV UK's New Talent Award and named one of Variety's top 50 women to watch in the worldwide entertainment industry. She also writes fiction, lectures in film history and film journalism, and co-authored the non-fiction volume THE 21ST CENTURY NOVEL (Edinburgh University Press) about contemporary publishing and authorship

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Dr Martha McGill

Martha McGill is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, with a thesis entitled ‘Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland’. She is now revising her thesis for publication as a monograph, while also working on a new project, ‘Angels in Early Modern Scotland’. Her research explores how changing conceptions of the supernatural reflect on Scottish religion, natural philosophy, folk culture and national identity. She also works as a tutor and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, teaching a range of courses on early modern history (Scottish, European and global), as well as on modern Scottish history.

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Professor Mireille Rosello

Mireille Rosello teaches at the University of Amsterdam (in the department of Literary and Cultural Analysis and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis). She focuses on globalized mobility and queer thinking. Her latest works are a special issue of the journal Culture, Theory and Critique (on “disorientation”; coedited with Niall Martin 2016); an anthology on queer Europe, What’s Queer about Europe? Productive Encounters and Re-Enchanting Paradigms (coedited with Sudeep Dasgupta; Fordham University Press, 2014) and a collection of articles on multilingualism in Europe (Multilingual Europe, Multilingual Europeans, ed. László Marácz and Rosello; 2012). 

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Dr Justine Séran

Dr Justine Seran was awarded a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 for an interdisciplinary doctoral thesis on Australian Aboriginal and Aotearoa/New Zealand Maori women’s writing that engaged with theoretical frameworks drawn from postcolonial, gender, disability, and trauma studies. She recently completed a Project Assistant internship funded by an Erasmus + scholarship at the advocacy office of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in Brussels. In this role, she undertook research, training, and lobbying activities at the European institutions on behalf of UNPO members, regional minorities, indigenous peoples, and unrecognised territories. She is currently looking for opportunities in the non-profit sector.

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Professor JP Singh

J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh.  Singh has authored five single-authored books, three edited books, and published dozens of scholarly articles.  His latest book is:  Sweet Talk:  Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, 2017).  His book Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012.  His current book projects is Development 2.0:  How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming).  He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations. He created and is Editor of the journal Arts and International Affairs. He also served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

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Nina Unković

Name: Nina Unković

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Marie Curie Fellow

Host Institution: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Return Host Institution: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Split, Croatia

Contact number: +38640975409; +385919132575

Email: Ivana.Unkovic@ff.uni-lj.si

            inunkovic@gmail.com

website: http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/raziskovanje/Predstavitve_projektov/IvanaUnkovic

Nina Unkovic is an art historian and conservator for cultural monuments, assistant professor and a Postdoctoral researcher.

From 2005-2013 she has been working as a conservator at the Croatian Conservation Institute, where she has led 25 projects. During that period she has also worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts, University of Split, Croatia.

She has written her PhD thesis titled “Cultural Heritage Conservation in Dalmatia (Croatia) between the Two World Wars” in the Art History program of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Currently she is a Postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow Researcher working at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana where she conducts an international project titled “Comparison of Croatian and Slovenian conservators Ljubo Karaman and France Stele in the context of Vienna School of Art history”.  Currently she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Fine Arts Academy in Ljubljana, teaching the course of “History of monument Conservation”.

She is a member of three Scientific Committees, and has experience on the organization and conduction of international conferences. She is the co-ordinator of the International Summer School and Workshop “Building Technologies and Preservation of Cultural Heritage”, a collaboration between the University of Ljubljana, Cairo and Budapest.  

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Dr Demmy Verbeke

Demmy Verbeke received his PhD in Classics from KU Leuven in 2005. He subsequently worked as project manager for a heritage organisation in his native Belgium and as post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, the University of Warwick and KU Leuven. In 2012, he made the switch to the KU Leuven Libraries and has since been playing a central role – first as head librarian of the Faculty of Arts and now as head of Artes – in the reorganisation of library services for the arts and humanities. His current research focuses on library management (particularly in the field of research libraries), digital scholarship in the humanities and scholarly communication.

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Dr Harry Weeks

Harry Weeks is a Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Visual Cultures at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh (2015-16), and was awarded a PhD from The University of Edinburgh in 2014. His thesis, entitled ‘“A Unique Epochal Knot”: Negotiations of Community in Contemporary Art’, examined how art practices since 1989 have contributed to a rethinking of the concept of community. Harry guest-co-edited a thematic selection of papers on the subject of 'Mediating Collaboration' in the Spring 2016 issue of Tate Papers. He is working towards a book based on his doctoral thesis, tentatively titled ‘Community and Art after Community Art’. He is co-convener of the KEYWORDS series of public events on art and language.

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Dr Keith Williams

Keith Williams is reader in the English and Film programme at the University of Dundee and chairs the Scottish Word and Image Group. His doctorate was on literary reportage in the 1930s and its relationship with the wider documentary movement. He is the author of many publications on writing and inter-mediality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, including British Writers and the Media, 1930-45 (1996) and H.G. Wells, Modernity and the Movies (Liverpool UP, 2007). He is currently completing a study of James Joyce and Cinematicity: Before and After Film and is also supervising several AHRC-funded PhD projects in the same area. Dr Williams was also co-organiser of Dundee’s programme of events as Scotland’s hub for ‘Being Human’, the AHRC’s national festival of the Humanities, themed around ‘H.G. Wells@150: Hope and Fear’.

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Christine Wilson MA FRSA

Christine has been with the British Council for over 12 years, and on the Board of IASH since 2011. As Head of Society Research, Christine leads a programme to develop a portfolio of cross-sectoral research at the British Council. She directs the Next Generation research series, focusing on amplifying the voice of global youth on issues such as democracy, gender equality, skills, education and entrepreneurship, justice and civil society. She is the Director of the Hammamet Conference, an international platform for dialogue and progress in relations between the UK and North Africa. This annual conference brings together new and established leaders from the worlds of business, civil society, media and government to engage in dialogue, build new relationships and identify solutions to critical issues. She has also curated knowledge-sharing exhibitions on football in development, and on the SDGs, and previously led the British Council's social enterprise programmes.

Christine is currently finishing an MSc in Social Research, specialising in research in conflict and post-conflict states, with a particular focus on the role of women in peacebuilding.

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Laura Wise

Laura Wise is a Research Analyst for the Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh. She has an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast and a BScEcon in International Politics and the Third World from Aberystwyth University. Her research interests currently focus on inclusive political settlements and peace agreements, particularly regarding ethnic and national minorities in post-conflict South-Eastern Europe. She has published on these issues in the academic journals ‘Contemporary Southeastern Europe’ and ‘Synthesis: Journal of Humanities and Social Affairs’. She has also written analysis and opinion pieces for online outlets including Transconflict, the Dangerous Women Project, E- International Relations, Asfar, and Balkanist.

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Dr Michael Wood

Michael Wood is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh and a former Susan Manning Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He holds both an M.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages and an M.Phil. in German from the University of Oxford. In 2011, he began his PhD at the University of Edinburgh where his research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He completed his PhD in 2014 with a thesis studying the works of the East German dramatist Heiner Müller, and a book based on his doctoral research, entitled Heiner Müller's Democratic Theater, is to appear with Camden House in June 2017. He has published on both recent and contemporary German drama and performance and is currently co-editing two volumes: one on Anglo-German cultural exchange in the long 18th century; and another on 'second-tier' writing in the German Enlightenment. At present he is working on a project analysing the role of Anglo-German exchange (with a specific emphasis on German drama) in the artistic development of Walter Scott.

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