…Leiden University Institute for Area Studies…
University Lecturer in Assyriology at Leiden University specializing in the social and economic history of the Ancient Near East and in the theory of collective identity.
Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, SOAS, University of London
I am a historian of central and southern Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and I work at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Primarily my research looks at the history of the mining industry and I mostly research and write about the Zambian Copperbelt. My main areas of interest are histories of labour, race and global connections. Currently, I am a researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden and before this I was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa.
In 2020, Brac University appointed Philippe Forêt professor and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Philippe is the co-director of the multi-campus Working Group in the environmental humanities of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH). Philippe’s PhD degree in geography is from the Division of Social Sciences of the University of Chicago. He went to the University of California at Berkeley for postdoctoral training. Between 2002 and 2007, he worked at the Institute of Cartography of the Department of Civil Engineering of ETH. These past two decades, Philippe has been successively assistant, associate, visiting, and full professor in environmental studies and in Asian studies. His key assignments since 2013 have been conducting research at the frontier of science and nurturing a dialogue between science and society. Philippe has supervised team projects in environmental studies, in human geography, on modern and contemporary Asia, on climate research, on energy and climate policy, and on Sino-European exchanges in the arts and sciences. He has been since 2017 a member of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians University.
Michael Allan is editor of Comparative Literature and associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. He is affiliated with Cinema Studies, Arabic, Middle East Studies, New Media and Culture, African Studies, and Comics Studies. His research focuses on debates in world literature, postcolonial studies, literary theory, as well as film and visual culture, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. In both his research and teaching, he bridges textual analysis with social theory, and draws from methods in anthropology, religion, queer theory and area studies. He is the author of In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton 2016, Co-Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book), and is at work on a second book, Picturing the World: The Global Routes of Early Cinema, 1896-1903, which traces the transnational history of camera operators working for the Lumière Brothers film company. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of World Literature, Philological Encounters, Syndicate Lit, and Middle East Topics & Arguments. He was elected a member of the executive committee for LLC Arabic (2017-2021) and a delegate of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Comparative Literature (2019-2021) for the Modern Language Association. He was a EUME Fellow at the Forum for Transregional Studies in Berlin (2011-12, 2017-2018), a Townsend Fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities in Berkeley (2006-7), and a Presidential Intern at the American University in Cairo, where he worked with its Institute of Gender and Women’s Studies (2000-1). For two summers (2011-12), he was the site director for the CLS Arabic Program in Tangier, Morocco.
John Meade lives in Phoenix, AZ where he teaches at Phoenix Seminary. He has coauthored The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming Nov. 2017) and he has edited the materials for A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22-42 to be published by Peeters late this year or early next for the Hexapla Institute. He plans to continue researching in the areas outlined under “Projects” below. He teaches and mentors students at the seminary, recognizing the holistic nature of education as character formation. His courses include Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; the Hebrew Language sequence from Introduction to Exegesis (Isaiah, Job, Proverbs); electives in Biblical Theology, Formation of the Biblical Canon, Readings in the Septuagint, and Readings in the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon.
Mark Turin (PhD, Linguistics, Leiden University, 2006) is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter, and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. From 2014-2018, Dr. Turin served as Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and from 2016-2018, as Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Before joining UBC, he was an Associate Research Scientist with the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University, and the Founding Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. He continues to hold an appointment as Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prior to Yale, Dr. Turin worked a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. At UBC, Dr. Turin is an Associate Member of the Department of Asian Studies an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Asian Research.
Reinier studied history at Leiden University. He has a master’s degree (specialist subject: reception of antiquity) and took part in the Crayenborgh honours class 2003.