Dr Petar Bojanic (2009) is a research fellow at the “Centre for Modern Thought” at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) as well as the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade. After having completed his PhD, “The war (last) and the institution of Philosophy”, under the supervision of Jacques Derrida and Etienne Balibar, he taught at the University of Cornell (USA), Aberdeen (UK) and the University of Belgrade. He is the author of the following books: Carl Schmitt and Jacques Derrida (1995), Figures of sovereignty (2007), Provocations (2008), in addition articles on Rosenzweig, Levinas, Benjamin (on the themes of war and violence). Interests: Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Ethics of War, German Idealism and Marx, Phenomenology, Jewish Philosophy
Melissa Moyer (2009) Profesora Titular (Tenured Associate Professor), English Department, Facultat de Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Melissa Moyer's research interests over the past fifteen years have for the most part centred on the broad area of bilingualism and multilingualism related to Spanish and English. I have undertaken research on bilingualism from a syntactic, a pragmatics, a conversational and a sociolinguistic perspective. I am currently principal investigator of a research team in Barcelona for a new project starting this December on multilingualism in public, private and NGO organizations. The goal of this project is to see how the institutional organizational philosophies and institutional ideologies may contribute to the way multilingualism is developed and practiced within these institutions. We are presently undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in a health clinic (public), and language classes for adults (ngo) and we hope to obtain permission to carry out fieldwork in a private multinational enterprise dedicated to providing communication services.
Melissa Moyer will be giving lectures and sharing research interests with students and colleagues from the Departments of Applied Linguistics and Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. One of the purposes for visiting Birkbeck College is to take up a comparative research project with Dr. Penelope Gardner-Chloros and Dr. Li Wei on code-switching in Chinese-English, Greek-English and Spanish-English immigrant groups. They have worked closely in the past to develop the LIDES project of bilingual corpora.
Ward Jones (2009) Associate Professor in Philosophy and Editor of Philosophical Papers, Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University, South Africa.
Dr Jones is an esteemed philosopher who has worked primarily in the area of epistemology. His current project, however, is a book about the social responsibilities of philosophers and in particular, the responsibility to make at least some of their work connect with matters outside the academy. Once at Birkbeck he is keen to make contact with those in the department who have an interest in feminist philosophy, and to be involved in the Birkbeck Gender Group. He also has a live research interest in philosophy and film, and is co-editor of a forthcoming collection, Ethics in Film (OUP).
Sarah Dunant (2009) organised a roundtable event called Talking Books . is a writer, broadcaster and critic. She has written eleven novels, four of which have been short listed for awards, three screen plays and edited two books of essays.She worked for many years with the BBC in radio and television, producing and presenting arts documentaries and magazine programmes , most notably The Late Show on BBC 2 (1989 - 1996) and Night Waves (Radio 3 1996- 2004). For several years she presented the BBC television’s coverage of the Booker Man prize for fiction. She was a founding patron of the ORANGE PRIZE for women's fiction, and writes and reviews for many British newspapers including The Times, The Observer and the Guardian, and sits on the editorial board of The Royal Academy’s art magazine. She has taught at Goldsmith College in London and Washington University at St Louis and lectures regularly to American students in Florence. Her recent novels The Birth of Venus ( set in Florence in 1490’s ) and In the Company of the Courtesan ( Venice 1550’s ) have been international best sellers and the final volume of the Renaissance trilogy (tentative title The Ecstasies of Santa Catarina) will be published next year (2009)
Dr Istar Gozaydin (2009) Professor of Law and Politics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University.
Proposed research - An effort to understand transnational religious alliances: the Gülen movement in the United Kingdom. Please click here for an outline of the research proposal.
Dr Stephanos Stephanides (2009) Professor in Comparative Literature, Dept. of English Studies. Dean, School of Humanities since 2004. University of Cyprus.
Eluned Summers-Bremner (2008) Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, has published Insomnia: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books, 2008), Ian McEwan: Sex, Death and History (Cambria Press, 2008), and is currently working on A History of Wandering (Reaktion Books) along with other projects on trauma, affect and reading, and the literature of the Second World War.
A History of Wandering - Throughout history people have wandered: in their thoughts, in search of love or religious insight, as the result of demonic or divine affliction, or simply as a way of life. Other agents and beings also wander: the planets, demons, ships, traumatic events and credit rates, to name a few. In seven chapters (Errancy, Origin, Others, Story, Sorrow, Chance, and Home) this study tracks wandering from the ancient world to the present, seeking to comprehend its role in undermining, and supporting, social norms. While inevitably understood in reference to what it is not--the straight and narrow path, the programme, the assumed normalcy of a settled home--the practice of wandering offers more than an idealised or denigrated counter to the way of righteousness and safety. For when wandering is considered in physical, intellectual, ideological and memorial forms, it becomes possible to understand its history as the practice of paradox, where unfixed or unconscious movement meets its limits in the need to grasp and understand. As a recurrent form for human imagining as well as a physical activity, wandering may indicate what different cultures and eras share structurally, and improve our grasp of the principles of human belonging. Whether through generative error, serendipitous discovery, creative daydreaming or the oscillatory pattern of financial development--where credit wanders virtually according to cycles in which commodities or money are most mobile--wandering’s elusiveness endures, and thus ensures its continuing fascination.
Professor Sonia Kruks (2007) - Ambiguity and Embodiment: The Political Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir.
Professor Kruks' research will contribute towards her new book which will be the first full-length study of Beauvoir’s contributions to, and significance for, political philosophy and theory. Beauvoir’s conception of human existence as at once free yet also situated and embodied, and her consequent insistence on the ambiguity of human action, inform a distinctive mode of political thinking.
Sonia Kruks is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, where she teaches Political Theory. Her research interests concern the political and social thought of the French existentialists, and she is currently working on a manuscript on the political philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir. Her publications include The Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty (Humanities Press), Situation and Human Existence: Freedom, Subjectivity and Society (Routledge), and Retrieving Experience: Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics (Cornell University Press), as well as numerous articles. While at BIH she will be working on a manuscript on the political philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir.
Andrew McKinnon (2007) - theatre director, whose research will involve preparation for his new ‘theatre of personal archaeology’ piece for 2009. Provisionally entitled Madame Blavatsky Chokes the Bishop, this physical theatre piece will address issues of cult-based homophobia deriving from 19C predictions of the imminent rise of master-races.
Dr Denise Arnold (2007) - Visualising textile routes: a preliminary exploration of Andean textile domain ontology. She will be working on a project which will explore changing socio-cultural and economic transactions (and thus the persistent linking of sociospheres with biospheres and the geosphere), by focussing on the movement of cloth, and the movements and transactions embedded in cloth.