Previous Visiting Research Fellows

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.