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MemberSandra Leonie Field

…2016. ‘What’s in a name? How a democracy becomes an aristocracy’, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 7 October 2016.

2015. ‘Contentious politics: Hobbes, Machiavelli, and corporate power’, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 20 November 2015.

2015. ‘The will of the people: multitude or mob?’, The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, 14 June 2015….

Assistant Professor Sandra Leonie Field is a political philosopher. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory; she approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza. She is the author of Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020). More broadly, she teaches and is interested in political thought, theory, and philosophy, both historical and contemporary; moral philosophy, both Western and non-Western; and social theory. Asst Prof Field is a committed teacher; she strives to connect philosophy and theory to students’ lived experiences. Student writing from her classes is showcased at http://equalitydemocracy.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg.  

MemberJennifer Mae Hamilton

Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a lecturer in literary studies at the University of New England, Armidale. From 2016 to early 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher funded by The Seed Box at Linköping University in Sweden and housed in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her project is called Weathering the City. Her first book is This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (2017). Prior to that she was adjunct tutor in environmental humanities at the University of New South Wales.   Together with Astrida Neimanis, she initiated the COMPOSTING Feminisms and Environmental Humanities Reading and Research Group at the University of Sydney in 2015 and co-convened Hacking the Anthropocene in 2017 and 2018.    

MemberDuncan McDuie-Ra

Professor Development Studies UNSW. Recent books Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway (2016: Amsterdam University Press),  Debating Race in Contemporary India (2015: Palgrave/Springer), Northeast Migrants in Delhi: race, refuge, and retail (2012, Amsterdam University Press). Associate Editor South Asia: journal of South Asian studies (Taylor and Francis), Editorial Board Asian Borderlands Book Series (Amsterdam University Press), editor in Chief ASAA South Asia Book Series (Routledge), committee Asian Borderlands Research Network.

MemberJohanna Mellis

I am an Assistant Professor of World history at Ursinus College, outside of Philadelphia. I teach courses in World and European history. My courses include “GOAL! Sport in World History, “Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe,” “Empire, Patriarchy, and Race: Power and People in Modern World History,” “Cold War in Europe: Gender, Labor, and Immigrants,” and “Oral History: Collecting All Voices.” My manuscript-in-progress, titled Changing the Game: Hungarian Athletes and International Sport during the Cold War, explores an uncharted, human aspect of Cold War cultural history: how Hungarian athletes shaped the sport world from 1948-1989. Hungary’s impressive sport history and geopolitical status – it became the third-strongest world sport power under Stalinism and later served the IOC as an intermediary with more contentious Communist countries – make the Hungarian sport community a compelling case study to examine Cold War international culture. The project examines the motivations and evolving relationship between the IOC and Hungarian sport leaders on the one hand, and sport leaders and Hungarian athletes on the other. It argues that international sport was not simply an arena for Communist repression and traditional Cold War cultural and diplomatic tensions to play out. Rather, the manuscript demonstrates how athletes, sport leaders, and the IOC engaged in sporting cooperation with one another in order to achieve their respective aims from the 1960s-1980s. Athletes influenced international sport through their increased agency vis-a-vis, and cooperation with, sport leaders, who in turned worked collegially with the IOC to shape its culture and international policies in order to benefit athletes at home. In one of the first Cold War analyses grounded in athletes’ experiences and memories, I situate their voices in the international sport world by triangulating thirty-five oral histories with Hungarian athletes, coaches, and sport leaders with archival documents from Hungary, Switzerland, and the US. Although typically portrayed as helpless victims or wily resistors, the experiences of Hungarian athletes demonstrate how they asserted agency by choosing to work with sport leaders to improve their lives. Changing the Global Gamedirects scholars of Eastern Europe, Sport History, and the Cold War toward Hungary and demonstrates that histories examining international culture and the Cold War must consider the ways in which people’s actions in the less-contentious Middle Bloc states navigated and shaped the creation of both. My research has been awarded numerous prestigious grants, including the Olympic Studies Centre’s PhD Research Grant, the North American Society for sport History Dissertation Travel Grant, and a Fulbright Grant. I have also received several Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to study Hungary.  

MemberNoriko Manabe

I am an ethnomusicologist and music theorist whose publications focus on two intersecting areas: 1) music and politics, particularly as it relates to social movements and war trauma; and 2) popular music in global context, exploring social and aesthetic processes of globalization and identity formation. My publications address intertextuality, musical metaphor, cyberspace, urban soundscapes, popular music analysis, the interaction of linguistics and music, and the music industry, particularly as it relates to hip hop, Japanese music, and Cuban music. Combining ethnography with music theory, I develop frameworks drawn from linguistics, political science, urban studies, literary studies, and financial analysis. I am the editor of a book series on Japanese popular music and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music.    Recent research topics include:

  • Urban space and its interaction with street performance and protests
  • Types of intertextuality in protest music and their relation to sociopolitical circumstances
  • The constraints placed on Japanese musicians and the roles they take in the antinuclear movement
  • Interaction of phonetics and meter with meaning in African American hip hop and Japanese rock 
  • Japanese identity as expressed by popular musicians outside Japan
  • Musical commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki