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MemberRebecca De Souza

…Institut für Romanische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin…

I am an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung postdoctoral research fellow at the Freie Universität, Berlin, where I am working on neomedievalism in Iberia as well as in postcolonial Hispanophone contexts and diaspora. I completed my DPhil, “Medievalism and literary afterlives: a diachronic study of the Siete infantes de Lara” at the University of Oxford.

MemberMartin Konvička


2014-, Freie Universität Berlin

Doktorstudium (Ph.D.): Sprachwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland, Qualifikationsarbeit (Arbeitstitel): Obligatoriness and its implications for a theory of grammatical status, Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Ferdinand von Mengden (Freie Universität Berlin), 28. IV. 2014 bis heute

2015, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci

„Kleiner Doktorgrad“/Rigorosum (PhDr.): Niederländische Philologie, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Olomouc, Tschechien, Qualifikationsarbeit: De opkomst van de Nederlandse grammatica: een verhandeling over grammaticalisatieprocessen in het Nederlands, Betreuer*innen: Prof. Dr. Matthias Hüning (Freie Universität Berlin) & Dr. Agata Kowalska-Szubert (Uniwersytet Wrocławski), 18. VIII. bis 2. XII. 2015

2010–14, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci

Masterstudium (Mgr.): Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie (mit Auszeichnung abgeschlossen), Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, O…

I am currently working on my PhD in linguistics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In my research, I focus on grammar theory, obligatoriness, grammaticalisation and other related language change processes. Moreover, I am also interested in the applications of evolution theory in linguistics, history of linguistic thought, and translation studies. I have taught undergraduate courses on English and German historical linguistics, introduction to linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and Sprachbund phenomena.

MemberAnita Traninger

Anita Traninger is Professor of Romance Literatures and Vice Director of the Dahlem Humanities Center at Freie Universität Berlin. Her areas of research include the history of rhetoric and dialectics, transcultural entanglements of literature and discourses of knowledge from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, theories of gender and institutions as well as media history. She has been a fellow in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, a visiting scholar at Oriel College at the University of Oxford and a Global Humanities Senior Fellow at Harvard University.

MemberRob Boddice

Rob Boddice works at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. An historian of science, medicine and the emotions, he is the author of The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and the editor of Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave, 2014). His forthcoming books include Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The History of Emotions (Manchester University Press, 2017). Boddice is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

MemberDavid Amelang

…2007-2011: B.A. in English Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2012-2013: M.A. in Early Modern English Literature, King’s College London
2013-2016: Ph.D in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe, Freie Universität Berlin and University of Kent…

I am an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Department of English Studies of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I also currently serve on the board of directors of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS). My research focuses on the study of early modern drama, and more specifically on the comparison between the dramatic literature and theatrical cultures of Shakespearean England and Golden Age Spain. I hold a joint Ph.D. in Early Modern European Literature and History from the University of Kent and the Freie Universität Berlin supported through an Erasmus Mundus grant of the Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) Programme. I have also worked as a DRS HONORS post-graduate researcher and lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Institut für Englische Philologie of the Freie Universität Berlin. I am currently preparing a monograph titled Playgrounds: Urban Theatrical Culture in Shakespeare’s England and Golden Age Spain, which compares the dramatic cultures of early modern England and Spain in terms of infrastructures, physical arrangements, and production techniques, and explores the causes and consequences not just of the visible differences, but also of the remarkable similarities between the two theatre systems.

MemberKathleen Brown

…M.A, English Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

M.S, Education, University of Pennsylvania

B.A, English & Sociology, University of Vermont…

Kathleen Brown is an incoming doctoral student in American Culture at the University fo Michigan. She recently finished a master’s degree in English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis, “The ‘Abnormal’ and ‘Unreal’: Examining the Premature Death of Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast,” seeks to understand why Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War account, based on her lived experience, was labeled as unreal by her publisher and summarily rejected. Her research interests include lost and found radicalism, historical memory, and women and writers of color in the antifascist movement. She is particularly interested in the writers at the margins of the Spanish Civil War and the transnational networks that sustained them.

MemberNikos Pegioudis

Nikos Pegioudis is an art historian. He has received his PhD from the Department of History of Art at University College London (UCL) in 2015 with a dissertation titled ‘Artists and Radicalism in Germany, 1890-1933: Reform, Politics and the Paradoxes of the Avant-Garde’. In 2017-2018 he obtained a DAAD fellowship for a postodoctoral research project at the Freie Universität Berlin which was titled ‘Cultural Transfer in Architecture and Urban Planning: German Architecture and the Making of the Architect’s Profession in Greece, 1930-1950’. He has written various articles on the history of art, design and architecture in peer-reviewed academic journals and volumes. His main research interests are in German and Greek visual culture, architecture, the sociology of the avant-garde, politics of artistic professions, artistic labor and economic precarity.

MemberDaniele Salvoldi

I hold a PhD in Egyptology from University of Pisa. Currently, I am am adjunct assistant professor at the American University in Cairo (Introduction to ancient Egyptian architecture) and at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (History and Theory of Architecture 1; Architecture of Egypt: Time and Place). From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität Berlin, working on an Historical GIS of Nubia. Enjoying a short term scholarship (British Academy 2011) granted by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei I compiled the complete catalogue of William John Bankes’ Egyptian Portfolio in the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and made a photographic record of it. In 2009 I discovered Alessandro Ricci’s lost travel account and I am currently working on a scientific edition of the text to be published by AUC Press.

MemberKate Driscoll

2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellow at ​​Freie Universität Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective,” Project: “Opera without Borders: The Multicultural Libretto in the Age of Nations” 2020-21 Ahmanson Research Fellow for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts at UCLA, Project on pilgrimage guides and geopolitical representations of the eastern Mediterranean in Italian epic poetry Research interests: early modern literature and culture (specializing in Italy); the relationship between art and diplomacy; women’s and gender studies; opera and performance studies; cultural transmission, translation, and transnationalism