• Miranda Anderson, University of Edinburgh
  • Sarah Arens, University of St Andrews
  • Georgina Barker, University of St Andrews
  • Alison Bartlett, University of Western Australia
  • Daan Beekers, Utrecht University
  • Ali Emre Benli, University of Minho
  • Sarah Bernstein, University of Edinburgh
  • Saskia Beudel, University of Canberra
  • Amy Blakeway, University of Kent
  • Sarah Brazil, Université de Genève
  • Abigail Buglass, Trinity College Oxford
  • Samuel Cohn, University of Glasgow
  • Alexander Corrigan, University of Edinburgh
  • Jeremy Davies, University of Leeds
  • Rachel Delman, University of Oxford
  • Ariel Ducey, University of Calgary
  • Rémy Duthille, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
  • Angela Esterhammer, University of Toronto
  • Daniela Fargione, University of Turin
  • Olivia Ferguson, University of Edinburgh
  • Massimo Fichera, University of Helsinki
  • Daniel Finch-Race, Durham University
  • Elizabeth Ford, University of Glasgow
  • Giovanni Gellera, University of Lausanne
  • Peter Graham, University of California
  • Ahsan Ridha Hassan, writer
  • James Kelly, University of Exeter
  • Allison Kidd, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • Jung-Hwa Kim, Seoul National University
  • Isabel Kusche, Aarhus University
  • Shu-Fang Lai, National Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Chris Langley, Newman University
  • Virginia Langum, Umeå University
  • Cheryl Lousley, Lakehead University, Orillia
  • Jeanette Lynes, University of Saskatchewan
  • Marion Maisonobe, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse
  • Diego Maria Malara, University of Edinburgh
  • Giacomo Mantovan, University of Leiden
  • Robin Mills, University College London
  • Christine Muscat, independent scholar, Malta
  • Sugata Nandi, West Bengal State University
  • Jemina Napier, Heriot-Watt University
  • Laura Nicolì, Instituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples
  • Greg Palermo, Northeastern University
  • Owen Parry, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Anna Pilz, Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society
  • Frances Poet, playwright
  • Mariagrazia Portera, University of Zagreb
  • David Purdie, University of Edinburgh
  • Yvonne Reddick, University of Central Lancashire
  • Virginia Richter, University of Bern
  • Nicole Rigillo, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Simon Roberts, University of Johannesburg
  • Lisa Rosner, Stockton University, New Jersey
  • William Sharpe, Barnard College, New York
  • Kathryn Simpson, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Max Skjönsberg, University of York
  • Stephanie Sodero, Lancaster University
  • Frank Stahnisch, University of Calgary
  • Elizabeth Stainforth, University of Leeds
  • Vekkal John Varghese, University of Hyderabad
  • Joseph Walton, Leicester University
  • Megan Ward, Oregon State University
  • Margaret Watkins, Saint Vincent College
  • Yan Shaoxiang, Capital Normal University, Beijing
Elizabeth Ford


  • Former Fellow Professor Martha Nussbaum is awarded the third Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture, following Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve in 2017.
  • Susan Manning Workshops include: a performance of Princess Dashkova: the Woman who Shook the World, written and produced by Dr Georgina Barker; Experiments in Thought; and Exploring Digital Public Spaces.
  • IASH participates in the Being Human Festival. Events include Bloodscape (by Dr Stephanie Sodero); Theatre and Surveillance in East Germany (with Peter Arnott); Data, Democracy and the Digital (featuring Dr Isabel Kusche and Dr Nicole Rigillo).
  • Visiting Research Fellow Professor Jemina Napier organises a workshop for Deaf Studies researchers in the UK and Europe.
  • Former Fellow Dr Richard Sezibera is appointed Foreign Minister of Rwanda.
  • Visiting Research Fellow Dr Theodore Koutmeridis is awarded the Henry Duncan medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • genderED celebrates its first anniversary with a showcase of gender and sexualities studies research and teaching projects from across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • IASH launches a new Fellowship scheme for 2019-2020, the Library Fellowship, in association with the Centre for Research Collections.
  • Arctic Oil, by IASH-Traverse Creative Fellow Clare Duffy, receives its premiere at the Traverse Theatre in October.
  • IASH participates at the Edinburgh Book Festival by sponsoring Jo Swinson: Eliminating Gender Inequality.
  • Professor Lord Stern presents the 2018 Fulbright Legacy Lecture on The best of centuries or the worst of centuries? Leadership, governance and cohesion in an independent world.
  • IASH alumni meet in Budapest as part of the NetIAS/EURIAS 2018 General Meeting.
  • The Institute hosts a Pop-Up Forum on Hostile Environments: Immigration, Racism and the State in response to the Windrush scandal.
  • IASH supports Spy Week at the University of Edinburgh with a lecture by Mark Laity (Director of Communications at SHAPE – NATO’s Military HQ); and a discussion with authors Denise Mina and Mick Herron.
  • IASH continues its partnership with Scottish PEN for a symposium as part of International Women’s Day. The theme is Resistance and featured speakers include Scots Makar Jackie Kay MBE, Sim Bajwa, Caroline Bowditch, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Beth Banerjee-Richards and Alice Tarbuck.
  • Dr Margaret Watkins presents the fourth Enlightenment Lecture on Hume’s Sceptical Hope.

Mariagrazia Portera: “It would not be an exaggeration to say that, if I look back at my months at IASH, I have the feeling that my research stay in Edinburgh signalled a turning point in my academic career, in terms of chances to develop new ideas, to extend and consolidate my network of academic relationships, in terms of amazing staff and structures and – last but not least – in terms of self-confidence: it helped me to gain more confidence in myself and my abilities as a researcher.”

Alison Kidd: “Immediately at IASH, I found myself surrounded daily by a remarkably accomplished group of interdisciplinary scholars. Through organised events and engagement at the Institute and in casual conversation, this group of fellows significantly transformed my approach to the humanities more broadly by introducing me to diverse theories and observations beyond my own field, and challenging me to think, discover, and learn. This experience was unparalleled, and I know that it will significantly influence my own methods and approach to scholarship henceforth. While I will truly miss being a part of this academic community, I know that the connections that I made while here will serve as vital, foundational resources for years to come.”


Dr Miranda Anderson, “Distributed Cognition and the Humanities”

Dr Rakesh Ankit, “In hands of a ‘Secular State’: Meos in the aftermath of India’s Partition, 1947-50”

Dr William Bainbridge, “Travels into Fairyland: Reginald Farrer and Garden Geographies”

Dr Georgina Barker, “The Unheroines of Elena Shvarts”

Professor Alison Bartlett, “Walking Feminist Heritage”

Dr Sarah Bernstein, “Difficult Women & the Common Good: Towards a Literature in Commons”

Dr Saskia Beudel, “Narrative Through Interviews with Environmental Scientists”

Dr Amy Blakeway, “The Rough Wooings and the Burghs”

Dr Sarah Brazil, “Sacred Comedy in Early English Drama”

Dr Laura Cariola, “Presentations of Borderline Personality Disorder in the UK press: a corpus-assisted study”

Dr Jamie Chambers, “Towards a Folk Cinema”

Dr Alex Corrigan, “Mede and Napier”

Dr Jeremy Davies, “The Anthropocene Epoch and the Geologic Time Scale”

Professor Ariel Ducey, “Surgery and Responsibility in the Wake of Transvaginal Mesh”

Dr Rémy Duthille, “The British People and French Revolutionary Festivals”

Dr Ilda Erkoçi, “Mapping Literary Albania”

Professor Angela Esterhammer, “The Late-Romantic Information Age, 1820-1830: Speculation, Improvisation, Identity”

Dr Daniela Fargione, “Anthroposceneries”

Dr Massimo Fichera, “The Foundations of the European Union as a Polity”

Dr Daniel Finch-Race, “London’s Ills in Émile Verhaersen’s Verse”

Dr Giovanni Gellera, “The Idea philosophiae moralis (1679) by James Dundas: A new voice from seventeenth-century Scotland”

Dr Katherine Goktepe, “Acting Theory and Democratic Sensibility in Eighteenth Century London”

Dr Freya Gowrley, “Collage before Modernism: Art, Intimacy and Identity in Britain and North America”

Dr Abdellai Hajjat, “How does the French State tackle everyday racism?”

Dr James Kelly, “Irish Orators and Scotch Reviewers: Oratory and persuasion in post-Napoleonic Britain”

Dr Allison Kidd, “Decor versus Utilitas: Ideology and Pragmatism in the Procurement and Production of Architectural Sculpture in Late Antiquity”

Dr Chris Kitson, “‘Say I Dreamed It in the Workshop’: The Literary Thought Experiment”

Dr Theodore Koutmeridis, “Corporate Inequality and Disadvantage in the Workplace: Payroll evidence from a large financial sector firm”

Dr André Krebber, “‘Owlet Moths…[with] Hair like Hungarian Bears’: Recovering Animal Particularity and Environmental Uncertainty”

Dr Chris Langley, “Begging for an audience: acts of kindness in early modern Scotland”

Dr James Leveque, “Nations of the Non-Dream: Counterculture and the Modular Problem in Burroughs and Trocchi”

Dr Adam Linson, ” Unveiling the shared cognitive basis of improvisation in music and beyond”

Dr Cheryl Lousley, “Disposable Bodies, Disposable Ecologies: Mourning, Memory and the Extractive Industries in Contemporary Canadian Fiction”

Dr Jeanette Lynes, “Walking a Tightrope: The Hazards and Joys of Research in Creative Writing”

Dr Marion Maisonobe, “Cities and Scientific Visibility in the UK: The Case of Edinburgh”

Dr Giacomo Mantovan, “Embodiment and Discipline: The Process of Becoming a Tamil Tiger”

Professor Edward Mendelson, “Why Auden thought we must, or must not, love one another or die”

Dr Sugata Nandi, “Insubordinate Enchantment: Indian Magic in Britain c.1800-1940”

Professor Jemima Napier, “Can the kids just be kids? Hearing kids’ and deaf parents’ views on sign language brokering”

Dr Laura Nicolì, “David Hume’s Natural History of Religion and the French: comparing Enlightenments”

Dr Anna Pilz, “The Wooded Isle: Trees, Inheritance, and Estates in Irish Writing”

Frances Poet, “STILL – a theatrical exploration of pain and the human condition”

Dr Mariagrazia Portera, “Habitual behaviour and the environment: Why aesthetics matters”

Professor Virginia Richter, “Banal Geopolitics: The Beach in Modernist Literature”

Dr Nicole Rigillo, “Dark Socials, Dark Publics: Encrypted Messaging Platforms for Citizen Governance in Bangalore, India”

Professor Lisa Rosner, “The Moon, the Menon, and the Meaning of Plants”

Professor William Sharpe, “Walk This Way–No, *This* Way”

Dr Kathryn Simpson, “Boundaries of gender: ‘petticoat governments’ and the role of women in nineteenth century European expeditions of Africa”

Dr Max Skjönsberg, “Hume and the Jacobites”

Dr Elizabeth Stainforth, “Exploring the Shifting Landscape of UK Digital Public Spaces: A Cultural Policy Analysis”

Dr Vekkal John Varghese, “Reclaiming Wilderness to Civility: Land Reclamation, Agrarian Migrations and Modernity in South India”

Dr Joseph Walton, “Marvellous Moneys”

Dr Megan Ward, “Imperial Collections: A Scottish Missionary, A Bemba Chief, and The Scramble for Africa”

Dr Margaret Watkins, “Hume’s Essays: Beyond Progress and Decline”

Ahsan Ridha Hassan and the Lord Provost, November 2018
Collage Montage Assemblage conference, April 2018
Scene from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
David Purdie as Joseph Black in "Princess Dashkova: The Woman Who Shook The World", November 2018
Lord Stern delivers the 2018 Fulbright Legacy Lecture
Sarah Brazil and Ilda Erkoci, Jan 2018 (image by Jemma Neville)
genderED image: this image of the embroidered rug is used under a Creative Commons license: CC-BY-NC-2.0. The image was created by Flickr user Mark Heard and can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/heardsy/3148813728/in/ photolist-5Nfsc1-5NfuBS-5NbfzV-5NftoW
Louise Chappell and Steve Yearley
Jemina Napier BSL interpreting for BBC News, 16 November 2018
Jemina Napier BSL interpreting for BBC News, 16 November 2018
Richard Sezibera's tweet, 26 October 2018
The vennel at Hope Park Square
Katie Graham and Sarah Thew, 208 interns
Frances Poet
Dominic Hinde leads a podcasting training session
Susan Manning Workshop: "Experiments in Thought"
The Meadows from IASH (image by Jemma Neville)
Medical Humanities
Medical Humanities
Scene from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Scene from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Scene from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Scene from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Princess Dashkova in "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Curtain call from "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
The cast of "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018
Prof. Frank Stahnisch relaxes after performing in "Princess Dashkova, the Woman Who Shook The World", 29 November 2018