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Membermaghiel van crevel

My fields of interest include (Chinese) literature and culture, language, language acquisition, and translation. My research specialization lies in contemporary Chinese poetry. I like to think of my research as three-dimensional: text (poems), context (socio-political surroundings) and metatext (discourse on poetry). Building on extensive fieldwork, it combines textual, historical, and sociological analysis to address questions for which beauty is not a way out, but a way in, and whose scope extends beyond poetry to other areas of culture.

MemberM Selim Yavuz

I earned a PhD degree in Musicology/Sociology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught “Composition Techniques in 20th century”, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition”, “Introduction to Sociology”, and “Social Thought in Movies” at various institutions and departments. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background. My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland’s religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. My research interests include extreme metal cultures, gaming cultures, and sociology of scientific knowledge among others.

MemberKathleen Brown

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.

MemberJason W. Moore

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things(University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network.

MemberRyan Lee Cartwright

I am an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. I’m affiliated with the graduate groups in Cultural Studies and Performance Studies, as well as the graduate Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Prior to my appointment at UC Davis in 2014, I was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow (2013-2014); a writer/researcher and then associate editor of MNopedia, a digital encyclopedia created by the Minnesota Historical Society (2011-2013); and a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History (2010-2011).

MemberBarry Torch

I am a social and cultural historian, currently a PhD candidate, concerned with what is easily phrased as the sociology and anthropology of intellectuals and their communities. I study the history of humanists in mid-to-late fifteenth-century Rome through the stories of their friendships, rivalries, enemies, collegialities, and employment. My research focuses on how wider behaviour, rituals, and actions affected the development of humanism and society in Rome. Working with the methods of social, cultural, and intellectual history, I tie together the social and intellectual worlds of Renaissance Rome, and more generally, Renaissance Italy. Future hopeful projects will continue to study intellectuals and academics moving to and living in early modern Rome, and the positions, jobs, and offices they occupied and negotiated with. I am also fascinated by the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, and how that concept developed. Other interests include historical and contemporary academics practice the crafts of their discipline, and how these disciplines developed over time and in particular social and cultural environments.

MemberLisa Baer-Tsarfati

I am a PhD candidate in history and Scottish studies at the University of Guelph. My research uses natural language processing and word embeddings (vector space modelling) to examine how language was used to exert control in early modern Scotland, placing particular emphasis upon gender and the construction and regulation of ambition. I am especially interested in computational methods of text analysis and the digital dissemination of historical research through mapping, visualizations, digital publication, and podcasting. My work explores the intersections between culture, power, society, discourse, gender, and change in the early modern world and has thus focused on themes of perception, identity and identity performance, gender, power, authority, and social control. It takes feminist and interdisciplinary approach to the study of history that draws upon sociological theory, literary analysis, and the digital humanities Further research interests include the creation of cultural identities in Scotland, the history of emotions, and literary, filmic, and gaming representations of the past.

MemberKendrick Oliver

I specialise in the history of the United States from 1945 to 1980.  In particular, I am interested in exploring modern American political, social and cultural responses to some of the larger questions of human existence.  This theme links my doctoral work on nuclear diplomacy with subsequent studies of memory and catastrophe, wartime atrocities, crime and punishment, religion and space exploration, and with my current research into the social and cultural history of the ‘big bang’ theory. I currently serve as chair of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS). I also co-convene the Institute of Historical Research’s North American History Seminar in London.