I earned my BA with Honors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and my MA and PhD in English from Indiana University Bloomington. My PhD dissertation, “Fantasy behind Play: A Study of Emotional Responses to Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, The Caretaker and The Homecoming,” initiated my work in reader-response oriented theory, criticism, and pedagogy and developed into my broader scholarly and pedagogical interests in theory and criticism. For several decades I have taught courses in English and theater at universities and colleges in the United States and engaged in scholarly pursuits here and abroad. My research on the criticism of Harold Pinter’s work advanced significantly when I participated as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in the NEH Summer Seminar New Directions in Literary Study, directed by Professor Ralph Cohen, at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. Supported by an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, I began my work on my book Pinter in Play: Critical Strategies and the Plays of Harold Pinter (1990; Duke UP, 1995). Following the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, Harold Pinter’s support for Václav Havel, and subsequent political developments in the Czech Republic (discussed in chapter 8 on “Cultural Politics” and updated in my preface to the paperback edition of Pinter in Play), I studied Czech as a visiting scholar in the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University and traveled to Prague multiple times to do research on Czech productions of contemporary plays by Pinter and other playwrights writing in English. During the spring of 1997, I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, hosted by the Czech Theatre Institute, and a research associate at Charles University, in Prague. I also made many trips to London, to do research in the Harold Pinter Archive at the British Library and to attend theatrical productions and related events pertaining to Pinter and other playwrights. My teaching and research, including my regular participation in MLA Annual Conventions, led to my becoming a charter member of the Society for Critical Exchange (founded in 1975) and a founding Life Member of the Harold Pinter Society (founded in 1986; now called the International Harold Pinter Society), both Allied Organizations of the MLA. As founding Bibliographical Editor of The Pinter Review, I compiled the “Harold Pinter Bibliography” from 1987 through 2011, when it was published in conjunction with the Pinter Society by the University of Tampa and the University of Tampa Press. Having participated in MLA workshops on Digital Humanities (see my profile on DH Commons, linked below in “Projects”), I am exploring the feasibility of developing a searchable digital database for my “Harold Pinter Bibliography” compiled for The Pinter Review. A selected list of my publications (including 14 installments of the bibliography) appears below and in the CV section of my (archived) website, which I hope to update and re-locate to a new hosting service in the future. My academic interests include: Dramatic literature, criticism, and theory; Global politics and the cultural impact of contemporary drama and media; Human rights issues pertaining to cultural studies; Digital pedagogy and scholarship; Archival studies; and Critical bibliography.
Researching vintage brass bands from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. Their formation, histories, pictures, contesting, memorabilia, recordings, publications etc. All material is made available for all to access via the IBEW archive: http://www.ibew.co.uk. I am collating primary and secondary material about the history of bands across the world. I recently completed the historical directory “Brass Bands of the British Isles”, with nearly 20,000 bands since 1800 (available, together with my other publications, from https://gavinholman.academia.edu), and am currently working on brass and cornet bands of the USA. Various other works on brass band history and culture have been published, including the Brass Band Bibliography – a comprensive listing of published materials about the worlds of brass and military bands. Previously Head of IT Operations at the British Library, with expertise in computer management, digital libraries, archiving, project management and review.
I graduated in Musicology at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2001, studying part of my degree at the Music Department of the Royal Holloway (University of London), In 2002 I won a doctoral scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education to do my PhD at the Department of Archeology and Anthropology at the Institució Milá i Fontanals (Spanish National Research Council). This period of study also included a research stay at the Music Department of the University of Texas at Austin, USA (2004). I completed a PhD in anthropology at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2008. My dissertation explored the musical practices of the Cuban diaspora in Barcelona. In 2011 I moved to Lisbon (Portugal) where I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia (INET-MD) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa thanks to a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. More recently I have been working as a research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. I have been presenting my research regularly in national and international conferences. In 2012, I published my first monograph (Cubaneando en Barcelona. Música, migración y experiencia urbana) in the distinguished collection “Biblioteca de dialectología y tradiciones populares” of the CSIC’s Publications Department (Madrid). I have giving lectures and courses in many European universities, including University of London, INCIPIT-CSIC, Universidad del País Vasco, Universitat de Barcelona, etc. Since 2012 I have been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Music Department of the Faculdade de Ciềncias Sociais e Humanas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). I have extensive experience in the organization and management of research and development activities. I was appointed appointed member of the Board and secretary of the SIBE-Spanish Society for Ethnomusicology (2006-2014). I am also an active member of several international learned societies in the fields of anthropology and music studies (SEM, ICTM, EASA, SIBE). I have contributed to several national and international research projects, participating in the creation and scientific coordination of the research network LXnights, based at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2013 I was appointed as editor of TRANS-Transcultural Music Review, a leading scientic journal in the field of music studies in the Spanish-speaking world. I am also member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia and Archiv für Textmusikforschung. My scientific judgment is often required by different national and international institutions to evaluate academic work.
I am an Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. My research focuses on the material-discursive practices of scholarly research and communication. In my work I critically analyse alternative models of scholarly communication such as open access publishing and living, liquid and remixed books: publishing experiments that try to challenge ideas of authorship, the fixed text, copyright and originality, as well as the system of material production surrounding the book. I try to engage with these new forms both in theory and in practice, where I perform my own research in an alternative, digital, and open way, by publishing it online as it develops, and by experimenting with different, remixed, multimodal and multiplatform versions of my work. In this way I want to rethink the way we do research and how we publish it to avoid uncritically repeating what have become our dominant scholarly practices.
I write books about — and teach classes on — children’s books and comics.
Stefano Villani is Associate Professor in Early Modern European History at the University of Maryland, College Park (associate professor at the University of Pisa until 2010). He has worked on the Quaker missions in the Mediterranean and published numerous articles and books in this area: Tremolanti e papisti (1996); Il calzolaio quacchero e il finto cadì (2001); A True Account of the Great Tryals and Cruel Sufferings Undergone by Those Two Faithful Servants of God, Katherine Evans and Sarah Cheevers (2003). More recently he has worked on the religious history of the English community in Livorno and on the Italian translations of the Book of Common Prayer and has published an intellectual biography of one of the Nineteenth-Century translators: George Frederick Nott (1768-1841). Un ecclesiastico anglicano tra teologia, letteratura, arte, archeologia, bibliofilia e collezionismo (Rome 2012). He has co-edited with Alison Yarrington and Julia Kelly the Proceedings of the conference ‘In Medias Res: British-Italian Cultural Transactions – British Academy Colloquium 3: Travels and Translations (Amsterdam/New York 2013).