MemberDeborah Sugg Ryan

…BA (Hons) History & Theory of Art, University of Essex, 1986 (Class I)

PhD, ‘The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition and Suburban Modernity, 1908-51, Department of Cultural Studies, University of East London, 1995…

I have been Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at University of Portsmouth since 2016. I was previously Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design and Head of Histories and Theories in the Fashion and Textiles Institute at Falmouth University. I started my career as a curator at the V&A Museum in 1987 and curated ‘Ideal Homes’ for the Design Museum in 1993. I went on to lecture at University of Wolverhampton, University of East London, University of Ulster and Loughborough University, joining Falmouth University in 2007. I have also held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in Cultural and Historical Geography at Royal Holloway. I was academic convener of ‘The Politics of Design’, the Design History Society annual conference, University of Ulster, 2004. I was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Design History from 2004-2010. I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. My research is on the experience of modernity in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on design and visual culture, spectacle, space, performance and communities. I am currently working on Kitchen for Reaktion’s Objekt series. My monograph Ideal Homes, 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism was published by Manchester University Press in 2018. I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to support this research in 2012-13, for which I also undertook a programme of knowledge exchange activities with Media 10 Limited, owners of the Ideal Home Show. I have published several articles on the revival of historical pageants and spectacle in Britain, the US and the British Empire in the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the work of pageant master Frank Lascelles. My most recent paper on this subject ‘Spectacle, the Public and the Crowd: Pageants and Exhibitions in 1908’ is in The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design and Spectacle in Britain, 1901-1910, eds. M. Hatt & M. O’Neill, Yale University Press, 2010. I am currently developing a research project on vintage brands, events and subcultures.

MemberEmma Dwyer

I develop research projects and studentships with collaborative partners in Higher Education and the wider archaeology sector for MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), the only archaeology unit that is a UKRI Independent Research Organisation. I was previously Business Development Executive (Heritage) at the University of Leicester, developing collaborative research, consultancy, CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and contract research projects between organisations in the heritage sector and academic staff in the Schools of Archaeology & Ancient History, History, Arts, and Museum Studies. These knowledge exchange activities ensure that teaching and research into heritage and the historic environment continues to inform, and be informed by, professional practice. I undertook my PhD at Leicester’s Centre for Historical Archaeology, in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History, where I contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Historical Archaeology. Before coming to Leicester I was Senior Archaeologist in the Built Heritage department at MOLA and previously worked for archaeology units across Britain. I am a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and Hon. Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.

MemberTatjana P. Beuthe

My research centres on the archaeology of Egypt, Sudan, and the Ancient Near East. Specific interests include administrative systems and manufacturing industries in these regions, burial customs over time, and the development of ancient architectural landscapes. I employ a primarily non-iconographic approach by examining artifacts from a holistic perspective through find locations, the origins of raw material, and use-wear. The motifs and appearance of objects are considered in conjunction with findings from these analyses.

MemberAnna Viola Sborgi

Anna Viola Sborgi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). Her current research  project investigates post-2000 representations of housing across film and literature, focusing in particular on the role of tower-block and high-rise living within London’s skyline as a space for social and economic negotiation. She previously worked on the representation of gentrification in East London from the 1980s to the present. She co-edited the special issue “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, <i>Other Modernities</i> N. 20 (2018). Her recent publications include a chapter on the representations of the Grenfell Tower Fire, in <i>After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response</i> (Pluto Press, 2019) and one on “Housing problems: Britain’s housing crisis and documentary” will be published in<i>Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe</i> (Edinburgh UP, July 2020). She taught a range of modules across Film and Literature as a sessional lecturer at The University of Genoa and King’s College London. Her research has focused on film and television and on the relationships between literature and visual culture. She has published journal articles and presented at conferences on different subjects, from British film and television to literary and visual portraiture in Modernism. She was the lead organiser of the Cities in Crisis symposium at King’s College London in November 2016 and she co-chairs the Space and Place workgroup at NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies). She is an editorial board member at Mediapolis.

MemberMartin Brown

Dr Brown holds a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Surrey, and a M. A. in central and eastern European studies from the School Of Slavonic and East European Studies (S.S.E.E.S.) at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.), and a member of the New Diplomatic History Network.He is the Associate Dean for Research at Richmond, and a section editor in History for the Open Library of the Humanities.The primary focus of his recent research has been European diplomatic history. He is currently studying British foreign policy during the era of Détente leading up to the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.

MemberJosef Meri

Born in the United States Prof. Meri hails from a Jerusalemite family. Meri is presently a faculty member of the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. He is also Faculty Associate (non-resident) at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, U.S.A. From 2014-2015 he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Jordan. During the 2013-2014 academic year Meri served as 8th Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich. From 2011-2014 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University. From June 2010-March 2013 he was Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University and served as Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe and has lived in Oxford, London, Cambridge, Munich, Amman, Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem. From 2005-2010 he lived in Amman, where he oversaw a major Qur’anic exegesis project at the Jordanian Royal Court. He previously held visiting appointments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Meri is a historian of interfaith relations in the Middle East in past and present, a historian of religions, and a specialist in medieval Islamic history and civilisation. Prof. Meri’s research interests include: Muslim-non-Muslim relations in the medieval and modern Middle East, Pilgrimage and the Veneration of Saints and Relics in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; Ritual in Islam and Judaism; Popular Religion; History of the Jews of Arab Lands. His teaching interests include: Ritual in Islam and Judaism; Pilgrimage in Islam and Judaism; Medieval Islamic History and Civilisation; Travel, Hajj and Ziyara; History of Sacred Places in the Middle East; the Jewish communities of the Islamic World; Bibliographic Methods in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Autobiographical Writings of Middle Eastern Jews, Christians and Muslims. Prof. Meri served as Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations (2016), a major academic resource for the academic study of Muslim-Jewish Relations. His publications include: (ed.) Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View (Leiden: Brill, 2017), (ed.) Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (reissue with updated bibliographies and new preface) (Abingdon, Oxon. and New York: Routledge, 2017), and a new revised translation of Al-Ghazali, The Correct Balance (2019). His forthcoming publications include: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) and A History of Interfaith Relations in the Middle East and Mediterranean (Toronto: University of Toronto Press). He previously served as Founding Advisory Board Member (Islamic Studies), Oxford Bibliographies On-line (2008-2010), General Editor of Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2002-2005), Series Editor of the Great Tafsirs of the Holy Qur’an series (Fons Vitae Publishers, USA with Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan)(2005-2010), Section Editor (Islam) of Wiley-Blackwell’s Religion Compass (2005-2010) and Book Review Editor (Medieval Islamic and Jewish Studies), Speculum, published by the Medieval Academy of America (2007-2012) and Founding Editor of Intertwined Worlds (2010-2013), an e-platform dedicated to the academic study of Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish-Christian Relations.

MemberIan Rodwell

My doctoral research explores the connection between those liminal and marginal spaces in our organisations and storytelling. To what extent do these sites (physical but maybe virtual) attract storytelling? Are some sites more conducive than others? What is the range of stories told and how are these stories used? Does this bring consequences in terms of spatial design, working patterns and collaborative behaviours? My evolving interests and preoccupations can be tracked at

MemberIvan Sablin

Ivan Sablin leads the Research Group “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC), at the University of Heidelberg. His research interests include the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, with special attention to Siberia and the Russian Far East, and global intellectual history. He is the author of two monographs – Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911–1924 (London: Routledge, 2016) and The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922 (London: Routledge, 2018) – and research articles in Slavic Review, Europe-Asia StudiesNationalities Papers, and other journals.