Visiting Research Fellows

Associate Professor Ursula Plesner

Ursula Plesner

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.

Associate Professor Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

7 February – 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.

Professor Catherine Middleton

Catherine Midlleton

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 Natasha Moore

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.

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

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

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.