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MemberKatalin Straner

I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.

MemberKristin Marie Bivens

I am medical rhetorician and technical communicator. I teach writing at Harold Washington College — one of the City Colleges of Chicago. There, I am an Associate Professor of English and a member of the City Colleges of Chicago Institutional Review Board (IRB). I am a Newberry Library scholar-in-residence for 2018-2019, a 2018 recipient of a Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) research grant, and an associate editor for the Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication book series.

MemberKaren O'Donnell

I am a Practical and Systematic Theologian whose research interests are particularly focused on the body and taking the embodied experience seriously in theology. This informed my doctoral research which was focused on trauma and its impact on faith as lived theology. It also informs my current research in Digital Theology in which I am concerned with approaches to digital spaces that negate or abstract real bodies and their digital experiences.

MemberSally Barnden

I am a postdoc at KCL, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Collection.’ Before rejoining KCL in September 2018, I taught at Central School of Speech and Drama, Brunel University and Queen Mary University of London. My PhD thesis, titled ‘Still Shakespeare: Performance, Photography and the Limits of the Shakespearean, 1850-2016,’ was examined in July 2016. A version of it is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press as Still Shakespeare and the Photography of Performance. ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Collection’ uses the holdings of the Royal Collection and Royal Archives as the basis for a material culture driven look at the interwoven histories of two hegemonic institutions – Shakespeare and the royal family. Having done my PhD on Shakespeare and photography, I come to this from an interest in theatre archives, their authority and their relationship to the live. The Royal Collection sometimes functions as a performance archive; meanwhile, Shakespeare’s plays, particularly his English histories, have often been treated as a kind of alternative archive for royal history. This project will create a website (whose pilot version is here) and an exhibition (projected autumn 2021). I am also planning a book based on this research, with the tentative working title Shakespeare and the Royal Actor.  

MemberDerek Johnston

Derek Johnston lectures on broadcast media at Queen’s University, Belfast, providing the historical and theoretical spine to the BA Broadcast Production and the MA Media and Broadcast Production. His research is predominantly in media history, particularly the history of fantastic genres such as science fiction and horror in British television, radio and film. This research has led to a growing consideration of the significance of time in relation to broadcasting. The key outputs from this research to date have focused on seasonality, whether that be the seasonal appropriateness of the horror genre in different national contexts, or the wider questions of the relationship between media and the seasons.

MemberCaroline Wilkinson

I received my MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis and my Ph.D. in English, with Creative-Writing dissertation, at University of Tennessee where I am a post-doctoral lecturer. I study poetics and the Victorian Novel with an emphasis on place, the environment, and labor. My articles have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies. My fiction and poetry explore the rural landscape and labor, subjects I see as underrepresented in contemporary writing. My current novel project, Present Blusters, explores the hidden past of the Hudson Valley through the story of a woman who, after getting Lyme disease, sees ghosts on the rundown estate where she lives. One chapter is forthcoming in Witness, while another has appeared in cream city review as the winner of the A. David Schwartz Fiction Prize.

MemberPeter Verheyen

Peter D. Verheyen is a Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. He was formerly Head of Preservation and Conservation and began his involvement in conservation and the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. After interning in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany he completed a formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Further conservation studies were held at the Professional School for Book Restoration of the Centro del bel libro Ascona in Switzerland in 1987. He was Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. In Chicago he worked as assistant conservator at Monastery Hill Bindery and to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries where he also led several digitization projects. He is past exhibitions and publicity chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L and the Book Arts Web, also publishing The Bonefolder: e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. He was awarded the Guild’s Laura Young Award for service to the organization in 2009, and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. For a complete record of his professional activities please view his Curriculum Vitae online.