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MemberPeter Ferry

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of Stavanger, Norway. I am currently working on a book project for Routledge on beards and masculinity in American literary history. Previously, I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland (2015-2017). My project focused on the transnational flâneur and masculinity in early American Literature. My PhD thesis (Queen’s University Belfast, 2013) was published as Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction with Routledge in 2015. I have published a range of articles on such topics as New York flâneurs, Freud and masculinity, fatherhood, and the sociological value of studying men and masculinities.

MemberNarasimhananda Swami

Name                                                                   : Swami Narasimhananda Specialisation:  Indian Studies, Indian Philosophy, Sociology of Religion, Translation Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion. Present Address                                          : Advaita Ashrama PO Mayavati, Via Lohaghat Dt Champawat, Uttarakhand India. Pincode 262524 Mobile: 9330526514 Email:  narasimhananda@gmail.com Present Work: Monk of Ramakrishna Order since May 1997. Editor of the journal Prabuddha Bharata or The Awakened India since August 2014. Languages Known (Expert Knowledge): English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Bengali  Other Current Involvements: Visiting Faculty, Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University. Editor, H-Celebration on H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Member, Editorial Board, Reading Religion. Member, International, Interdisciplinary and Interreligious Research Group on ‘Consciousness Studies’, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Roma, Italy. Member, American Academy of Religion (AAR).

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.

MemberJonathan Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is spending this year as a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies.  Ordinarily he serves as University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he chairs its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also is the past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.  Author or editor of more than thirty books on American Jewish history and life, his American Judaism: A History won six awards including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. Sarna is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Jewish Research. His most recent books are When General Grant Expelled the Jews and Lincoln & the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell), which has just appeared in a Hebrew edition.