MemberMargaret Galvan

Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She is currently at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Her published work, which analyzes visual media culture through intersectional archival approaches, can be found in journals like WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Australian Feminist Studies and in collections like The Ages of The X-Men (2014) and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (2016).

MemberMarina Gerzic

ECR based at UWA. Lover of all things Shakespearean. I work for the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions as its National Administrative Officer. I also work as the Executive Administrator for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Inc., as the editorial assistant for the academic journals Parergon and Shakespeare Bulletin. My current research project, Reimagining Richard III: From Bosworth to Shakespeare and Beyond examines the cultural afterlives of Richard III, and analyses how these works interpret and visually embody Richard and his disability. This project links the study of early modern dramatic literature, performance, reception and adaptation studies, with medievalism/early-modernism, and the study of medieval history, disability and royalty.

MemberBehnam M. Fomeshi

Specializing in comparative literature, Behnam M. Fomeshi is interested in Iranian studies, American studies and in particular the intersection of the two. He is also highly experienced in literary theory, with experience in teaching and considerable expertise in Persian language, literature and culture. He lectured at various national and international conferences, symposia, colloquia, and workshops. He has taught courses on various genres as well as study skills. Behnam is a fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research on Whitman and Persian poetry. In addition to a Humboldt fellowship, he has received several grants including two for research at the University of St Andrews and Leiden University. His works have been widely published and his monograph, The Persian Whitman: Beyond a Literary Reception was released with Leiden University Press in 2019. Behnam would like to keep in touch with scholars of Persian and American literature from around the world. Any piece of information regarding the presence of American literature in Iran (e.g. an early translation of American literature into Persian) is highly appreciated.   کوچکترین نکته ای دربارۀ «پذیرش ادبیات امریکا در ایران»، برای نمونه ترجمه های نخستین از آثار نویسندگان آمریکایی به فارسی، به پژوهش من کمک شایانی خواهد کرد. پیشاپیش از عزیزانی که در این باره مرا راهنمایی بفرمایند سپاسگزارم.

MemberTully Barnett

I am a Lecturer in English and Creative Industries, and am a Chief Investigator for the project Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia.  I have an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellowship for the project “Digitisation and the Immersive Reading Experience”. I serve on the boards of the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities and the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres.  I am the co-author of What Matters? Talking Value in Australian Culture (2018) with Julian Meyrick and Robert Phiddian which is now available for free download.

MemberUmberto Grassi

Among many other things (!) I identify as a historian specializing in the history of religion and sexuality in the Early Modern Mediterranean world. I graduated and completed my PHD at the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on homosexuality in Renaissance Italy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa within the FIRB project “Beyond the Holy War” I moved to Australia for 2 and a half years, where I worked at the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research associate for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. The current research project brought me to the United States, at The University of Maryland, where I am staying for two years before going back to the University of Verona, the Institution that is carrying out the action. I am enjoying a wonderful time at UMD’s History Department, a welcoming and stimulating work environment that is helping me focus on my research objectives and understand how things works in a US University. When I will be back to Italy, I will continue my work within PoliTeSse (Politics and Theories of Sexuality), the first institutionalized research center working on Gender and Sexuality studies in Italy.

MemberRick De Vos

I conduct research in the area of anthropogenic extinction, particularly in terms of its cultural significance and the way that extinction is articulated and practiced.  I have published essays in Knowing Animals (2007), Animal Death (2013), Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations (2017), and in Animal Studies Journal (2014-2017).

MemberKathleen B. Neal

Political culture fascinates me, and in particular the design and deployment of rhetoric for political effect. I study this in the context of 13th-14th c. English royal administration and its domestic and diplomatic interlocutors. I am also interested in the question of women’s power, and especially their participation in diplomatic exchange. Currently completing my monograph on royal letters in the reign of Edward I, and about to begin work on a new project injustice and advice with my colleague Prof. Constant Mews. Cover image: Lincolnshire County Archive BNLW 1/1/55/1, c.1230-1250 (image, K. Neal).

MemberGwyn McClelland

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. An oral historian, I conduct research engaging with religious discourses in memory and history. Interested in emotion in testimonial narration, I have explored how trauma studies intersects with feminist theology, with insights for memory studies. My PhD project, which resulted in a monograph published in 2020, discussed how the atomic bombing of Nagasaki marginalised an already discriminated-against community, the Catholics. Interviewing nine Catholic survivors of the bombing, I found that the ancestors of these interviewees were ‘Hidden Christians’, who had returned to Catholicism after two-hundred and fifty years of persecution by the shogunate. I am currently co-editing a book for a project in the area of Cultural Histories of Sense, tentatively entitled ‘Olfactory Cultures of Asia’. Other work includes a project on religious fundraising in history and another entitled ‘Loves and Loyalties in Imperial Japan’. I am preparing to launch new fieldwork in the boundaries of the Nagasaki region, which I intend to use in a comparative project in East Asia, most likely compared to Korea and China.