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MemberSusan Hollis Merritt

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.

MemberAnne Fuchs

Anne Fuchs studied German and English Literature at the University of Konstanz, Trinity College Dublin and the Freie Universität Berlin. Her PhD examined the role of humour in the works of the Swiss writer Robert Walser. Between ‌1992-2010 she was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Modern German Literature and Culture at University College Dublin where she co-founded the UCD Humanities Institute in 2002, funded by the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions in Ireland (PRTLI 3). From 2002 – 2007 she was Principal Investigator of the five-year Research Programme “German Memory Contests since 1945”, funded by PRTLI3. In 2005/6 she received an IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship, which enabled her to carry out research for her fourth monograph Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse. The award of a UCD Senior Fellowship in 2010 helped her to complete her research on After the Dresden Bombing: Pathways of Memory, 1945 to the Present. In 2011 she accepted the Chair and Professorship of German at the University of St Andrews before moving to Warwick in January 2012. She was a Fellow of the Max Planck research group Memory and History, University of Constance and guest researcher at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Kolleg, Universität Konstanz in 2014. She returned to UCD in September 2016 to assume the Directorship of the UCD Humanities Institute. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and in 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.Research interests
Memory studies (in particular German politics of memory since 1945); German literature in the 20th and 21st centuries; German-Jewish literature; Modernism; the cultural history of walking; time and temporality in the digital era.Her current research concerns the experience of historical acceleration at the beginning of the 21 century. The inability to determine the speed of social and economic developments through conventional legislation and planning in western democracy was underlined by the events in the wake of the financial crash of 2008. Indeed, the premium placed on speed and the constant drive towards innovation raise the question of how cultural connectedness to places and traditions can be assured under such radically new conditions. She was co-organiser (with Jonathan Long, Durham University) of an international conference on Faster than Light? Historical Experience, Placed Identity and Memory in the Age of Historical Acceleration which was held at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick from 7 – 9 March 2012. And The Longing for Time: Ästhetische Eigenzeit in Contemporary German Literature, Film and Art, held at the Kulturiwssenschaftliche Kolleg, Universität Konstanz , 15-17 May 2014 in collaboration with Prof. Aleida Assmann.

MemberAnna P. Sokolina

  Anna P. Sokolina is an architect, historian, and curator, International Archive of Women in Architecture IAWA Board Honorary Advisor and Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture Advisory Board member. Her research is focused on women’s narratives in architecture and on transformative trends in architecture that ignite a cross-disciplinary discourse. Other areas of study – Paper Architecture, architecture and utopia, architecture and spiritual science, architecture genealogies of memory, twentieth-century built environments in Europe and the United States. Sokolina holds a PhD in Theory/History of Architecture and Landmarks Preservation (1992) from VNIITAG, the central academic branch of Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences. She graduated from Moscow Institute of Architecture (1980) and New York University SPS (2001), interned at Guggenheim Museum New YorkCooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Public Design Commission of New York City at the Mayor’s Office, contributed for 9 years at Metropolitan Museum of Art Education Department, and Morgan Library NYC, and worked as Curator of Exhibitions at Tabakman Museum in Hudson, NY. During her t-track as architecture faculty at Miami University she curated Cage Gallery, served on Council on Diversity, REEE Curriculum Committee, and Havighurst Advisory Committee. As artist, she participated in 19 exhibitions, 5 of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; her 104 artworks are housed in 23 public and private collections. IAWA at Virginia Tech holds a collection of her professional records, dissertation thesis and boards, artwork, and correspondence with the IAWA Founder (Series VI), as well as over 25 collections of women architects that she solicited for the archive. First independent woman curator from post-communist Moscow (1992–94) she brought Paper Architecture exhibitions under contract with Moscow Association of Young Architects, to Germany and France with support by Senate Berlin, Grün Berlin GMBh, École d’architecture de Strasbourg, and Bürgerhaus Gröbenzell; and was first female lecturer from Russia invited by European Academy of the Urban Environment EA.UE Berlin in cooperation with UNESCO in the Program “Sustainable Settlements”; in 2016–20 she served as the first SAH Liaison elected to SHERA Board. Sokolina published over 90 research papers, presented at 83 academic conferences, received 17 academic awards, and is affiliated with 14 professional societies. Among her publications — Architecture and Anthroposophy that she edited (M: KMK hardcover editions 2001, 2010, M: BDN electronic publication 2019), and Milka Bliznakov Scholar Report: Life to Architecture (2019). Her book Design Code of the Utopia is in progress, as well as essays for other edited volumes. As editor, she initiated the anthology Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture (2021/22) envisioned as a catalyst for empowering university courses, and dissertation-into-book project of the IAWA founder M. Bliznakov, In Search for a Style: The Great Experiment in Architecture 1917–1932.

MemberErik Malcolm Champion

UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, and Professor at Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, in the Humanities Faculty of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on virtual heritage sites and facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of Curtin University and other institutions throughout the world.   My recent books are Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage for Routledge’s Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series, Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011), editor of Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012) and co-editor of  Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2017).