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Mercedes Camino, Professor of Hispanic and European Cultural History (History)
Mercedes Camino has worked on history of cartography, early modern colonialism and film studies. During the last years, she has been researching the current 'memory boom' in Spain, and has completed a book about films dealing with the Spanish maquis, Film, Memory and the Legacy of the Spanish Civil War: Resistance and Guerrilla 1936-2010 (forthcoming 2011 from Palgrave).
Agata Fijalkowski, Lecturer (Law)
Agata Fijalkowski has carried out research on the area of legal transition in Central and Eastern Europe, and has published on Polish developments. Her interest has recently focused on Romania and its approaches to transitional justice. This research was funded by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) and a British Academy Small Research Grant. Agata continues her investigation on developments in post-Communist states, in particular the ways in which the Communist legacy is addressed in respective de-communisation legal measures, which cause much controversy throughout the region.
Patrick Hagopian, Senior Lecturer (History)
Patrick Hagopian is interested in the way that conflicting versions of the past express the present-day investments of individuals and social groups. This interest naturally connects to another, on the emergence of consensus about the past - how memories of the past both shift and, within groups, converge over time, and hence how individual and collective memories interact. The main bodies of material with which he works are personal testimonies (particularly oral histories) and memorials, but he has also dealt with photography, museums, literary narratives, propaganda poster, and films.
Corinna Peniston-Bird, Lecturer (History)
Thomas Rohkramer, Reader (History)
John Strachan, Lecturer (History)
John Strachan's PhD thesis was a study of the French settlers in colonial North Africa. Borrowing from Roland Barthes' 'Mythologies' and Pierre Nora's 'lieux de mémoire', it focused on the cultural links between metropole and colony and examined how these mythologies (or lieux) became creolised in a colonial setting. John is currently working on the relationship between historiography and empire and is particularly interested in the role of history and memory in colonisation.
David Sugarman, Professor of Law (Law)
David Sugarman has published a large number of books, articles and essays on legal history, corporate law, the legal profession, legal education, human rights and law and globalization. Currently, his principal research - Pursuing Pinochet: A Global Quest for Justice - analyses the local and transnational struggles since 11 September 1973 to bring former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to justice at home and abroad, and their consequences.
John Welshman, Senior Lecturer (History)
John Welshman's research interests are at the interface of contemporary history, social policy, and public health. He is a member of the Wellcome Trust's History of Medicine Funding Committee (2006-09), and his current work falls into four main areas: · the history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the period 1972-82, and its links with current policy on child poverty and social exclusion · the history of the concepts of unemployability and worklessness · the history of tuberculosis, medical examination, and migration, in both the UK and Australia · and the history of care in the community since 1948, especially for people with learning disabilities. He is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Titanic: The Last Hours of a Small Town, to be published in 2012.
Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies (Linguistics)
Ruth Wodak's main research agenda focuses on the development of theoretical approaches in discourse studies (combining ethnography, argumentation theory, rhetoric, and functional systemic linguistics); gender studies; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination. Ruth's research in the field of historical memory research has focused largely on the discursive construction of European Pasts while taking narratives on Post-war Austria as a point of departure.
Charlotte Baker, Lecturer in French (Department of European Languages and Cultures)
Charlotte Baker is interested in the literal and metaphorical inscription of the body, which is the focus of her current research on Francophone Guinean writer Williams Sassine. She is also co-editing Postcolonial Slavery, a volume of papers which examine the legacy of slavery in France and her former colonies.
Robert Crawshaw, Senior Lecturer (European Languages and Cultures)
Robert Crawshaw's work on memory relates to the interaction among literature, identity, history and social change. It incorporates the relationship between personal and collective memory and its implications for historiography, particularly with reference to writing by migrants. Most recent outputs include a guest edited special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication on The Intercultural Narrative and published papers on Ismaïl Kadare, W.G. Sebald, Pierre Nora and the Mancunian writer Joe Pemberton, as part of the 'Moving Manchester' Project. Robert is currently working on a paper on 'Kadare and Kosovo'.
Andrew Dawson, Senior Lecturer (Politics, Philosopy and Religious Studies)
Andrew Dawson: I research and publish in the area of religion and society, with particular attention to Brazil. (My doctorate concerned the Roman Catholic Church during the military dictatorship in Brazil and I've been conducting fieldwork in Brazil ever since.) My last book, New Era - New Religions (Ashgate, 2007), examines the rise and spread of new religiosity in Brazil and my next book, Summoning the Spirits (I.B. Tauris, 2010), is an edited collection treating spirit possession in contemporary contexts.
Allyson Fiddler, Professor of German (European Languages and Cultures)
Allyson Fiddler's work demonstrates that the Carinthia plebiscite of 10 October 1920 continues to function as part of the 'narrative' (Stuart Hall) of the region's and of Austria's national identity and examines some of the ways in which it has been mobilised to political effect. In analysing the continuing endurance of the 10 October celebrations, the discussion focuses on a number of cultural responses which provide a strong critique of the predominant nationalist use of the plebiscite.
Charlie Gere, Reader in New Media Research (LICA)
Charlie Gere has long been interested in issues around hominisation, technicity and memory, particularly as found in the work of Andre Leroi-Gourhan, Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, some of which are discussed in his book Art, Time and Technology, especially Derrida's bringing together of interior and prosthetic or hypomnesic memory in Archive Fever and Stiegler's distinction between genetic, epigenetic and epiphylogenetic memory.
Andrew Jotischky, Professor of Medieval History (History)
Andrew Jotischky's current interests are in cultural and religious interactions in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, and particularly in the Latin construction of subaltern religious and ethnic identities. Related to this is an interest in textual memory in medieval religious communities, which formed the basis of an earlier book on 'invented traditions' in the Carmelite Order.
Aristotle Kallis, Professor in European Studies (History)
Aristotle Kallis's main research interest is interwar fascism. He has studied Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, both individually and in comparative terms. Furthermore, he has researched fascism in generic terms - as an intellectual phenomenon with various national permutations - and explored its links to indigenous nationalist traditions. His research on fascism has also extended to different areas, such as totalitarianism, propaganda, eugenics and genocide.
Derek Sayer, Professor of Cultural History (History)
Derek Sayer is interested in both individual memory and what is often, in his view wrongly, called 'collective memory' in so far as the operation of memory contributes to the formation and stabilization of imagined individual and social identities. He analyses memory as an assemblage of signifiers, using paradigms drawn from poststructuralist theory (primarily Derrida and Lacan), rather than in relation to a 'real' past. Derek has explored this in The Coasts of Bohemia (Princeton UP, 1998) and a more experimental work, Going Down for Air: A Memoir in Search of a Subject, which combines 'memoir' and theoretical reflection (Paradigm, 2004).
John Urry, Distinguised Professor of Sociology (Sociology)
John Urry has long had interests in how societies 'remember' their past and especially the role of travel and tourism in those remembering practices. In The Tourist Gaze (1990/2002), Consuming Places (1995) and Performing Tourist Places (2004) these themes are explored in the context of 'heritage industry' debates, family and friendship photography and various other memory practices that centre upon 'place'. Current interests are though more in the 'future' with the examination of scenarios of various dystopic futures surrounding global climate change.
Stephen Constantine, Professor (History)
Bogdan Costea, Lecturer (LUMS)
Lucy Suchman, Professor (Sociology)
Yoke-Sum Wong, Lecturer (History)
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