Previous Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Alberto Gabriele

25 May 2014 – 8 June 2014

Alberto Gabriele is Assistant Professor at the English and American Studies Department at Tel Aviv University. A graduate of New York University’s Comparative Literature Department, as well as of the University of Florence’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Department, he is the author of Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print: Belgravia and Sensationalism, which has been included in the select list of ʻworks of referenceʼ of the Societé pour lʼHistoire des Medias.

His research interests include global Victorian studies, the relation between text and image, particularly pre-cinema and silent film, and book history. His next book is Pre-cinema and the Literary Imagination, an exploration of visual culture and the challenges to the tradition of pictorialism, from the baroque age to the twentieth century avant-garde.

A recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and of a one-year fellowship at NYU’s Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge, Alberto Gabriele is a member of the editorial board of The Yearbook of Moving Image Studies. He convened an international conference at Tel Aviv University in December 2013, Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity, for which he also organised and introduced the closing event at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque, a screening with live musical accompaniment, of the silent film Amerikanka, partly written by Viktor Shklowsky. He is editing a collection of essays partly deriving from the conference. Alberto has also worked as a film critic reporting from the Venice Film Festival and has collaborated with the Pordenone Silent Film Festival Le Giornate del Cinema Muto.

Dr Gabriele is currently in Australia investigating the global dissemination of Victorian print culture in the 1860s-70s through the network of agents set up by the London-based publisher John Maxwell in twelve countries. His essay “Cheap Editions of French and British Books, Muquardt and the Nineteenth Century Transnational Book Trade” will appear in the collection Historical Networks of the Book Trade edited by Catherine Feely and John Hinks.

Associate Professor Robert Cummings

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7 February 2014 – 7 March 2014

Robert Cummings serves as Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric and Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. His research focuses on Open Educational Resources generally, and more specifically on teaching with Wikipedia in Higher Education as an Open Educational Practice.

In 2006 he earned the PhD in English from the University of Georgia, with a focus on the connections between rhetoric, composition, and digital technology. His first book was the co-edited volume Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom with Matt Barton, (University of Michigan digitalculturebooks, 2008). His most recent book is Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt UP, 2009), which won the Modern Language Association Mina Shaughnessy award for outstanding scholarly book in the fields of language, culture, literacy, and literature with a strong application to the teaching of English.

In 2013 he led the development of an English composition course specification for the Personalized Learning Consortium of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. Along with Pete Forsyth of Wiki Strategies he received a 2013 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to fund the development of Open Educational Resource information on Wikipedia. Similarly, he has served the Wikipedia community and Wikimedia Foundation as a frequent consultant on matters pertaining to higher education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wiki Education Foundation of US and Canada. His current research continues to focus on how network knowledge is reshaping higher education and redefining the cultural value of rhetoric.

Dr. Cummings's visit to SLAM is facilitated by a U.S. Fulbright Specialist Award. While here, he will work with Dr Frances Di Lauro from the Writing Hub on introducing the concept of teaching with Wikipedia at all levels and subjects of study through multiple talks, developing capacity for faculty to teach with Wikipedia through workshops, and supporting both faculty and students in their engagement with Open Educational Resources and Practices. He will also give a talk on the current landscape of Open Educational Resources, xMOOCs, and the advent of personalised learning, and will present a "How I Write" talk in the Writing Hub's quarterly seminar series.

Associate Professor Ursula Plesner

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10 – 21 February 2014

Ursula Plesner is Associate Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. She graduated in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, New York, and obtained a PhD in Science Communication from Roskilde University. She has been a visiting scholar at University of California San Diego and Stanford University.

Ursula’s research interests revolve around the role of new communication technologies in the ordering of the social, as well as on the role of communication technologies and communication practices in the production of knowledge and innovations, and in strategy. She believes that engagement with these empirical themes can add new perspectives to the understanding of communication technologies. Throughout her career, she has approached these themes empirically through qualitative studies of, for instance, the organisation of political protest on the internet, the interactions of professionals in mass media productions covering social science, and the strategic organisation of innovation processes in relation to the use of virtual worlds for professional communication. Her work has been published in journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Qualitative Inquiry, Journalism – Theory, Practice & Criticism, and Convergence – The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and in 2013, her co-edited anthology Researching Virtual Worlds – Methodologies for Studying Emergent Practices was published by Routledge.

While at SLAM, Ursula will be working on her development of a comprehensive framework for analysing innovation communication, and she will be writing up an ethnographic study from a small company working with innovation in new communication technologies. The ambition with reporting on this empirical research is to refine our understanding of the constitutive role of communication in innovation processes. She will engage in conversations with scholars from the Department of Media and Communications, hoping to benefit from the department’s focus on digital cultures and technologies.

Dr Natasha Moore

Dr Natasha Moore

1 October – 15 December 2013

Dr Natasha Moore graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge, in 2012 with a PhD in Victorian poetry, and has been splitting her time since between a Learning & Teaching role at the University of New South Wales and a number of research opportunities in the UK/Europe and the US. Her doctoral research linked a series of long poems from the middle of the nineteenth century in a concerted movement towards the representation of modern, everyday life in verse in the face of a doubly 'novel' age. Her next major project is a literary-biographical study of Anglo-Irish poet, critic, diarist, and prolific correspondent William Allingham (1824-1889). This project includes a strong archival component; Natasha recently undertook a short-term research fellowship at the University of Illinois, working on their extensive Allingham collection, and has also visited archives at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the British Library, in pursuit of Allingham material.

The manuscript for her first book, to be entitled The Unpoetical Age: Modern Life and Victorian Long Poem, is currently being read by Cambridge University Press. She also has articles forthcoming on the Victorian epic, Coventry Patmore, and George Meredith. Over the course of the fellowship she will be supplementing archival work already carried out with background research in Fisher's collections in order to produce an article on Allingham’s editorship of Fraser’s Magazine during the 1870s.

During her time in SLAM, Natasha will be working alongside Associate Professor Vanessa Smith, in particular on the topic of nineteenth-century friendship and masculinity. She will be presenting at the ISAANZ 'Ends of Ireland' and Macquarie University’s 'Liberty & Limits' conferences in early December, and offering a graduate master class on the reading of long narrative poems, and the form's curious resurgence over the last few decades.

Professor Catherine Middleton

Professor Catherine Middleton

14 October – 1 November 2013

Dr Catherine Middleton holds the Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society, and is a Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the development and use of fixed and mobile communication infrastructures, including mobile phones and broadband networks. Her work is published in management information systems and communications policy journals and has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Infrastructure Canada and Statistics Canada. She co-edited Management of Broadband Technology Innovation: Policy, Deployment and Use New York, (Routledge, 2014).

Catherine is an active contributor to policy consultations in Canada and internationally, most recently participating in hearings to develop a code of conduct for Canada's mobile phone providers and giving testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology Study of Broadband and Internet Access Across Canada. Catherine was a "Big Thinking" speaker in 2010, offering insights to Canadian parliamentarians about what is needed to develop a digital society for all Canadians and held a Statistics Canada Fellowship in 2007 for work analysing Canadian Internet use data. Catherine is the Leader of the New Media Challenges and Opportunities research theme in the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence project, and leads GRAND's Digital Infrastructures project. She also has an interest in infrastructure that enables research and academic collaboration and is a member of the Board of Directors of CANARIE, Canada's advanced research and innovation network.

While at SLAM, Catherine will be working with Gerard Goggin and colleagues in the Department of Media and Communications on issues related to the development of mobile broadband, looking at questions of consumer expectations of mobile broadband availability, and policy mechanisms that could improve mobile broadband accessibility and affordability.

Dr Rhodri Lewis

Dr Rhodri Lewis

2 – 30 September 2013

Dr Rhodri Lewis is Tutorial Fellow in English, St Hugh’s College, Oxford and University Lecturer in English at University of Oxford. He is also the Director of Graduate Studies for both the English Faculty and the Humanities Division. He has published widely across early modern literary and intellectual history, paying particular attention to relationship between literature and the histories of language, science, and religion; his interests also include textual criticism and the history of the book.

Dr Lewis’ recent books include: William Petty on the Order of Nature: An Unpublished Manuscript Treatise (MRTS, 2012), and Language, Mind and Nature: Artificial Languages in England from Bacon to Locke (CUP, 2007; rev. 2012). He is currently at work on two monographs and two edited editions. The monographs are: a book titled Shaping Fantasies: Shakespeare and the Early Modern Mind and another on the emergence of the ‘man of letters’ in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is editing (with Daniel Andersson and Sophie Weeks) volume 5 of the Oxford University Press edition of Francis Bacon's complete works, which comprises the De sapientia veterum (1609) and Bacon's early philosophical writings to about 1611. He is also editing (with William Poole) the correspondence of John Aubrey; this is one of the core components of Oxford’s cross-disciplinary ‘Cultures of Knowledge’ project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Dr Lewis has held visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library (2011) and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin (2006-07), as well as a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2010-11).

During his time at university he will be a Visiting Fellow at the Medieval and Early Modern Centre (within SLAM) where he will continue work on his Shakespeare project and contribute to the Centre’s research events including the symposium on ‘Science and Medieval and Early Modern Literature’ in late September.

Dr Stefan Solomon

Dr Stefan Solomon

July – December 2013

Dr Stefan Solomon is tutor in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, and tutor in the School of the Arts & Media at the University of New South Wales. He was awarded a PhD in film and literature from UNSW in 2012, and at present is revising his thesis – Faulkner, Form, and the Anxiety of Cinematic Influence – for publication as a book. This project focuses on the screenwriting career of William Faulkner, and its influence on several of his postwar novels and shorter works. Stefan argues that Faulkner’s work in Hollywood is crucial to understanding his late style, and that by attending to the vast amount of screenplays to which Faulkner contributed, we can gain a more robust appreciation of his oeuvre in its entirety.

Over the course of the six-month fellowship, Stefan – in consultation with Dr Sarah Gleeson-White – will rewrite his thesis as a monograph. He will also continue to edit a collected volume of essays – William Faulkner in the Media Ecology – with Professor Julian Murphet (UNSW), which is currently under review. In July, he will present his research at the AAL Modern Soundscapes conference, and will later develop this work for publication as a journal article.

Professor Mary Luckhurst

Professor Mary Luckhurst

End January – mid April 2013

Mary Luckhurst is Professor of Drama and co-founder of the cutting-edge Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, UK. She was a member of the English and Related Literatures Department at York for ten years, the UK’s highest ranked department for literary research. She gained her BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and has an Msc in Politics from the London School of Economics. She is a theatre scholar, director and writer of distinction, and has authored and edited over ten books on dramatic literature and theatre-making processes. Her most recent books are on the playwright Caryl Churchill (Routledge, 2013), several of whose plays she has directed; and on the working processes of actors who have played real people (Palgrave 2010).

She has won many awards, grants and fellowships for her productions and scholarly research. Having won a Higher Education Academy Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to theatre research and training and been named one of the UK’s best teachers, she has been made a Higher Education Academy International Scholar for 2013 and is seen as one of the UK’s leading experts in innovative theatre research.

At the University of Sydney she will be working on a volume of essays on Theatre and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press), following the influential conference she directed with Dr Emilie Morin in 2011; and exploring collaborative possibilities in this area between the Universities of York and Sydney. She will also be working on a collection of essays examining under-researched aspects of acting such as ethics and actor training, the commodification of emotion memory, and actors and the importance of the fetish. She looks forward to being in conversation with colleagues in SLAM, especially Ian Maxwell and Paul Dwyer.

Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim

Sun Sun Lim

19 November – 18 December 2012

Dr Sun Sun LIM is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. She holds a PhD and an MSc (Distinction) in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their Internet and mobile phone use. Her recent research has focused attention on understudied and marginalised populations including young children, youths-at-risk and female migrant workers. She also conducts research on new media literacies, with a special focus on literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s Internet skills. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Asia including in China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. She has articles published and forthcoming in flagship international journals in the field including the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Computers in Human Behaviour, New Media & Society and Feminist Media Studies. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Children and the Media, Mobile Media & Communication and Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. Her fellowship will focus on: ‘Mobile Communication in Asia’.

While at SLAM, Sun will collaborate with Prof Gerard Goggin on a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication entitled “From SMS to Smartphones: Tracing the Impact of the Mobile Phone in Asia”. She will also share her latest research on the use of social media by juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk, and parental mediation of children’s video game play through seminar presentations and other discussions.

For more information on Sun Sun Lim, check out her academic profile at

Dr Bridgette Wessels

Bridgette Wessels

6 August – 28 August 2012

Dr Bridgette Wessels is Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-digital Worlds and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the cultural shaping of digital media in everyday life, public sphere, public services, new media, identity, and in arts and culture. Her fellowship is funded through the University of Sheffield competitive fellowship funding scheme. The theme of the fellowship is to explore: ‘The dynamics of inclusion and participation in the digital economy: comparing Australian and UK contexts’.

Bridgette will work Dr Kathy Cleland in the area of ‘augmenting participation in the cultural sphere’ based on her current project with the Courtauld Gallery and Institute (DCMS funded). She will also work Dr Justine Humphry on the use of mobiles by excluded groups including homeless families and young people drawing on two previously EU funded projects on exclusion and mobile phones. She will be giving a seminar paper called ‘Exploring human agency and digital systems: services, personalisation and participation’ while she is with us.

More information on Bridgette Wessels is available on her academic profile.

Dr Elizabeth Pender

Elizabeth Pender

June – December 2012

Elizabeth Pender gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2010. She is currently finalising the revision of her thesis for publication as a book, ‘The Task of Reading: The Modernist Novel as Critical Subject’. The book offers sustained readings of novels by Djuna Barnes, John Rodker, and Mina Loy, each of whose fiction has remained peripheral to accounts of modernism. The book develops strategies of reading these novels, considering all three as works that have been resistant to models of reading arising from more familiar examples of modernist prose. It addresses how the task of reading these modernist novels is in tension with the tasks of criticism as they are currently constituted. Elizabeth has an article forthcoming in the journal Parataxis: Modernism and modern writing on Mina Loy and concepts of literary value (‘Reading Modernism: Mina Loy’s novel Insel’).

During the six-month period of the Visiting Research Fellowship, Elizabeth will be working on preparing the book for publication, in consultation with Dr Melissa Hardie. In September, she will give a paper to the First International Djuna Barnes Conference, London. Early in the Fellowship, Elizabeth will submit an article on the reception of John Rodker’s Adolphe 1920.

Matthew T. Hemlers

Matthew T. Hemlers

February – July 2012

Matthew T. Helmers has recently completed his Ph.D. on homosexual panic in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester. Matthew's research combines queer theory and deconstructionism to generate a cultural history of homosexual panic in post-1900 U.S. literary theory, law, and psychiatry. He argues that homosexual panic provides a key, if often overlooked, way of understanding the interactions between knowledge, sexuality and fear that characterize the evolution of homosexuality in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Matthew’s essay, “Possibly Queer Time: Paranoia, Subjectivity, and ‘The Beast in the Jungle’,” won the Leon Edel Prize for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar in 2011.

During his six-month residency in SLAM, Matthew is supported by a generous Endeavour Award, part of the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program. Professor Annamarie Jagose is supervising him for this period while he works on a book-length project, “Homosexual Panic,” and develops for publication two articles on critical legal approaches to homosexual panic, one focused on the U.S. homosexual panic defense, and the other on the Australian homosexual advance defense.

Matthew is also a member of the steering group for the School’s graduate Queer Theory Reading Group.