2015 Visiting Fellows

Professor Carmel O'SHANNESSY, Mixed Languages, Language contact phenomena, language variation and change, child language acquisition, University of Michigan. "Local reactions: Documentation of Light Warlpiri and WarlpiriLocal reactions: Documentation of Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri".
Dates: Feb 1 - Feb, 17 and Mar 4 - April 15.
E: carmelos@umich.edu


Carmel O’Shannessy is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Sydney (Australia) and the Max Planck Institute forPsycholinguistics (The Netherlands) in 2007. Within the areas of language contact, endangered languages and language acquisition, her research focuses on the genesis and development of LightWarlpiri, a newly emerged mixed language in north Australia, and documentation of children’s bilingual acquisition of Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri. She has been involved with languages in remote Indigenous communities in Australia since 1996, in the areas of bilingual education and her current research.

Professor Jurgen LEONHARDT, Latin Philologie, Humanities University of Tuebingen Germany. To think about a sys-tematic approach, namely how global languages and national/regional languages form multilingual communication spaces.
Dates: 1-15 March 2015).
E: juergen.leonhardt@uni-tuebingen.de

Professor Volker GAST, Jena English and American Depts, Friedrich Schiller University. Negotiating the common ground: Annotation and comparative analysis of conversational transcripts from selected global and local languages.
Dates: 2 March - 10 April 2015.
E: volker.gast@uni-jena.de


Volker Gast studied general and comparative linguistics and Latin in Mainz. He graduated in 1999 with a thesis on Tzotzil, a Mayan language spoken in Mexico, on which he did some fieldwork. He obtained his PhD in Berlin in 2003, with a thesis on the syntax and semantics of intensifiers and reflexives in Germanic languages. Since 2009, he has been a professor of English linguistics at the University of Jena. His current research interests are mainly in the areas of linguistic typology, language documentation and semantics, with a focus on corpus-based methods. He is working on the multi-level annotation of texts from typologically diverse languages. Since 2012, he has been doing fieldwork on Idi, a language spoken in southern Papua New Guinea.

Professor Craig BRANDIST, Russian and Slovenic Studies, University of Sheffield, The Early Soviet Critique of Indo - European Philosophy.
Dates: 22 March - 22 May 2015.
E: c.s.brandist@sheffield.ac.uk


My research is currently focused on the intellectual environment in the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s, with particular reference to emerging theories of language and culture at that time.

I have long been interested in the interaction between Marxism, phenomenology, Gestalt Theory and various forms of linguistic and cultural theory within the specific context of early-Soviet Russia. Some of the figures with whom my research engages at present include Lev Vygotskii and his Circle, the Bakhtin Circle, N.Ia. Marr, I.G. Frank-Kamenetskii, O.M. Freidenberg, K.R. Megrelidze. Isaak Shpil´rein and Lev Iakubinskii. However, I am also interested in the changing institutional contexts within which these figures worked and the way in which the shaped the development of the fields to which they contributed.

Most recently I have been working on the relationship between the anti-imperial policies of the revolutionary movement and early Soviet state and the development of an ideology critique of the main trends in European philology and oriental studies. This has significant implications for understanding the origins of post-colonial scholarship and the way in which ideas such as 'hegemony' are employed today.

With this in mind, I have been researching the years Antonio Gramsci spent in Russia, which will result in a collection of articles and archival materials co-edited with Peter Thomas of Brunel University.

Dr Jose Esteban HERNANDEZ, Modern Languages, University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. Language, Identity, and Transnationalism in a Situation of Dialect Contact. Dates: 5 April - 30 May 2015.
E: vjhernandez52@utpa.edu


José Esteban Hernández (University of New Mexico, Phd Hispanic Linguistics) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas Pan American. His research interests include sociolinguistic variation, dialect and language contact, and discourse analysis and discourse markers. Most recently, he has focused on language and identity issues under language and dialect contact situations. He has authored and co-authored in venues such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Revista de Filología y Lingüística, and Southwest Journal of Linguistics. José Esteban Hernández has taught courses on the dynamics of language variation and change, and the sociolinguistics of U.S Latino communities.

Dr Nina FISCHER, The Global Language of Holocaust Memory.
Dates: 10 April - 10 June 2015.
E: nina.fischer@uni-konstanz.de


Nina Fischer is currently a visiting fellow at the Humanities Research Centre. Previously, she has held fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the ANU Centre for European Studies. She also served as project manager and research fellow of the ‘History & Memory’ research group at Konstanz University.

Nina’s research areas include Memory Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. She is writing a book about cultural representations of Jerusalem from the late 19th century until today and while at the HRC, she is preparing a project on the uses of Holocaust memory in relation to Aboriginal Australian suffering.

Memory Work: The Second Generation. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (Memory Studies Series, in production).

Special Issues
Entangled Pasts: Transnational Memories in Australia and Germany. Special Issue of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 4, No. 1 (2013): 3-11, co-edited with Jacqueline Lo and Kate Mitchell.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Facing the Arab ‘Other’?: Jerusalem in Jewish Women’s Comics.” Comic Studies 6, No 2 (forthcoming 2015) (Special Issue: Comics by Jewish Women).

“Landscapes of Scripture and Conflict: Cultural Memories and the Israeli West Bank Barrier.” Landscapes 15, No. 2 (2014): 143-155 (Special Issue: Landscape and Conflict).

“Writing a Whole Life: Maria Lewitt’s Holocaust/Migration Narratives in ‘Multicultural’ Australia.” Life Writing 11, No. 4 (2014): 391- 410. (Special Issue: Displaced Women: Eastern European Post-War Narratives in Australia).

“Graphic Novels Explore an (Un-)Holy Land.” Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 6 (2013): 73-107. (Special Issue: Travels to the “Holy Land”: Perceptions, Representations, and Narratives). 

“Searching for a Lost Place: European Returns in Jewish Australian Second Generation Memoirs.” Crossings: A Journal of Migration and Culture 4, No. 1 (2013): 31-50.
“Introduction: Entangled Pasts.” Crossings: A Journal of Migration and Culture 4, No. 1 (2013): 3-11, (with Jacqueline Lo and Kate Mitchell).

“Re-inscribing Holocaust Memory: Ruth Klüger's still alive as American Jewish Autobiography.” Holocaust Studies: A Journal of History and Culture 18, No. 3 (2012): 37-75.

“‘And I did want to pass’: Reading Canadian Second Generation Holocaust Memoirs as Migration Texts.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly for Language, Literature and Culture 59, No. 2 (2011): 109-122 (Special Issue: Crossroads: Canadian Cultural Intersections).

“Investigating (in) multicultural Jerusalem: Jonathan Kellerman‘s The Butcher‘s Theatre.” Religion and the Arts, 5, No: 1-2  (2011): 111-129 (Special Issue: Jerusalem).

Book Chapters

“Seeing and Unseeing the Dome of the Rock: Conflict, Memory and Urban Space in Jerusalem.” In Where Peace and Conflict Take Place: Analysing Peace and Conflict from a Spatial Perspective, edited by Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (in press).

“Das Schweigen und das Kind: Der Holocaust in der israelischen Gesellschaft in David Grossmans Momik.” In Schweigen edited by Jan and Aleida Assman. München, Paderborn: Fink, (2013): 167-191.

Professor Jennifer TUCKER, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, History of Art, University of York.
Dates: 15 May - 15 July 2015.
E: jtucker@wesleyan.edu


Jennifer Tucker received her BA in Human Biology (Neuropsychology of Vision, Perception, and Memory) from Stanford University, her Master’s in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, and her Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University.  She currently is Associate Professor of History at Wesleyan University, and a member of the core faculty of the Science in Society Program and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. 

Her research interests include British history during the long nineteenth century, the history of science and technology, Victorian visual culture, history and theory of photography, early science film, feminist science and technology studies, and the visual culture of Victorian environmental law.  Her first book, Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science (Johns Hopkins University, 2006, released in paperback, 2013) explores the history of debates over photography and visual objectivity in Victorian science and popular culture from planetary astronomy and meteorology to bacteriology and spiritualism. She has published numerous articles and essays on subjects ranging from the historical relationship of law and image, visual history and the archive, photographic evidence in Victorian law, street photography, news pictures, the relationship between gender and genre in nineteenth-century European scientific and medical illustration, the significance of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in the history of photography, graphic methods, and science cinema from 1831 to 1940, and the significance of the railway station in the creation of photographic networks. She was guest editor of the special theme issue of History and Theory on “Photography and Historical Interpretation” (Dec. 2009). As a US-UK Fulbright Scholar in the History of Art at the University of York she completed her second book-length project, “Identity after Photography: The Great Tichborne Trial in the Victorian Visual Imagination.” This study, currently under review, excavates hundreds of photographs, engravings, and other visual materials that circulated around the time of the high-profile trial in order to show both the impact of new nineteenth-century media upon the conduct of legal proceedings and some of the factors that led to the trial’s emergence as a dominant subject of Victorian visual culture. Her next major project, “Science Against Industry: Photographic Technologies and the Visual Politics of Pollution Reform,” which she will undertake at the College of the Environment and (May/June) as a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University in 2014-15, traces the historical roots of the use of visual evidence in environmental science and pollution reform, focusing especially on visual representation in chemical climatology and the presentation of visual exhibits in Victorian courtroom debates over air and river pollution.

Jennifer serves in a number of editorial roles including editor of the “Image, Technology, History” feature of History and Technology journal, co-editor of a new book series on photography and history published by Bloomsbury Academic Press (London), and member of the Radical History Review editorial collective. Her research and teaching have been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research, SSRC and ACLS Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Research Stipend, Clark Art Institute Visiting Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowship, NSF Grant, Johns Hopkins University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a British Marshall Scholarship. In 2009-2010, she was in residence as a Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor of History and Science/Technology Studies at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and in 2012-2013 she served as Interim Director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Collaborative events she has helped organize include “Eye of History: The Camera as Witness” and “Science a Moving Image” and the 2014 AALAC Symposium, “Visual Studies in the Liberal Arts,” held at Smith College. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.

Dr Oisin KEOHANE, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. How to do things with 'Anglobalisation': Towards Linguistic Justice. Dates: 18 May - 30 June 2015.
E: oisin.keohane@utoronto.ca


Oisín is a specialist in the philosophy of language and arts, phenomenology, critical theory, and political philosophy. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universities of Johannesburg (2012) and Edinburgh (2013). His work focuses on philosophical nationalism, theories of translation, linguistic justice and English as a world language, and cuts across several disciplines, including philosophy, sociolinguistics, translation studies, film studies and politics.

His research can be divided into four main areas: 1) conceptualising English in the age of Anglobalisation, 2) conceptualising the ‘global/globe’ in contrast to the ‘worldly/world’ in light of the work of Kant, Heidegger, Derrida and Sloterdijk, 3) the problem of linguistic justice (by both building on, and critiquing, the work of Van Parijs, who has provided the first systematic treatment of this theme), and 4) how best to react to the Anglobalisation of philosophy itself.

Dr Jock Onn WONG, Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. 'Meaning as a Challenge in the Understanding of ‘Global’ English.
Dates: 8 June - 11 July 2015.
E: jockonn@gmail.com


Research interests include semantics, pragmatics, language universals, and the relationship between langauge and culture. Taught courses in semantics, pragmatics, cross-cultural communication, and academic English. Research interests lie in the relationship between language and culture (with focus on Singapore English and Anglo English) and language pedagogy. Joined the National University of Singapore as a post-doctoral fellow with the Department of English Language and Literature (July 2006 - June 2008). Joined the Centre of English Language Communication as a lecturer, first teaching academic English to post-graduate students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Currently teaching in a program called 'Ideas and Exposition'. The idea is to use content to teach writing. My module is called 'English, Singlish and Intercultural Communication'.

Dr Manav RATTI, Dept of English, Salisbury University. The Languages of Justice: Postcolonialism, Law, and Literature.
Dates: 12 June - 11 August 2015.
E: manav.ratti@linacre.oxon.org


Dr Manav Ratti is Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University in Maryland, USA. His research interests are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, including postcolonial and literary theory, global literatures, and South Asian literary and cultural studies. His current project examines the intersections between law and literature, with a special focus on justice and human rights as represented in literature from diverse postcolonial contexts, including Australia, India, and South Africa. He is the author of The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature (Routledge, 2013; paperback 2014), which he presented at the Ottawa International Writers Festival in 2013. Ratti has served as a Fulbright Scholar at New York University, Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, and was recently a Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been educated in the UK (Oxford D.Phil. and M.St.; Cambridge M.Phil.) and Canada (B.A., University of Toronto). For more information and sample publications, see http://www.manavratti.com.

Professor Alan THOMAS, Department of Philosophy.Tilburg University. Linguistic Justice: A New Liberal Framework.
Dates: 22 June - 20 August 2015.
E: alanpthomas@mac.com


Educated at King's College, Cambridge, Harvard University and Oxford University Professor Thomas is Professor of Ethics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He was formerly a Visiting Research Professor at Tulane University (Murphy Fellow, 2009-2010), a Visiting Scholar in the philosophy department at UBC, Vancouver,(2007-2008) and a lecturer/senior lecturer at the University of Kent (1998 - 2009). He previously taught at the universities of Oxford, Keele, Birmingham and King's College, London.

Dr Annabelle MOONEY, Dept of Media Culture and Language University of Roehampton, London UK. Working on her current research focusing on the language of money, Participating in Symposium being organised by Professors Wiezbicka and Goddard.
Dates: 21 June - 4 August 2015.
E: a.mooney@roehampton.ac.uk


Annabelle is a Reader in Sociolinguistics at the University of Roehampton in London. Her most recent research argued for a universal frame for human rights, focusing on the body, the globe and human language (Ashgate, 2014). She has also published on representations of gender, the language of religion, HIV and quality of life, globalization and public announcements on public transport. She teaches sociolinguistics including language and gender, language and law and narrative. She also teaches on Language, Society and Power, and has recently completed (with Betsy Evans) the fourth edition of the associated textbook (Routledge, 2015). Her current research looks at the language of money, particularly from a lay perspective. Using cognitive metaphor theory and data from informants, she is working with Dr Evi Sifkai in order to find out what money is.

Dr Felix AMEKA, African Languages and Cultures Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, The Netherlands. Screen Memories: “Development means eye-red”: Cultural meanings in Glocalised Ghanaian Englishs.
Dates: 13 June - 4 September 2015.
E: f.k.ameka@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Primary research interests are the quest for the meaning of linguistic signs and exploring their use in social interaction. I am also interested in how and why languages vary and chagne over time and space, also in the reflexice relation between language, culture and cognition. I am concerned with questions of how cultural factors and cognitive processes as well as contact shape meanings and structures of languages. I work with primary data collected using ethnographic and experimental methods. My empirical specialisation is West African languages, mainly Kwa languages and other languages of wider communication, namely, Hausa and Fulfulde. My focus is on Gbe, i.e. Ewe, Gen Aja and Fon; Ghana-Togo-Mountain languages, especially Likpe; Guang and Akanic languages.

Professor Don KULICK, Comparitive Human Development, University of Chicago, Chicago.USA. An extended discussion of and engagement of his research on a small isolate Papuan language in PNG.
Dates: 1 August - 30 September 2015.
E: Dkuli ck@uhicago.edu


I am an anthropologist committed to ethnographic fieldwork as a method and as a way to approach and extend theories about interaction, social life and subjective understanding. I have conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. My writing addresses topics such as the language socialization of children, language death, the anthropology of literacy, indigenous forms of Christianity, reflexive epistemology, prostitution, queer theory, transgender, language and sexuality, fat, and ethics and disability.

My most recent book, Loneliness and Its Opposite: sex, disability and the ethics of engagement (written with Swedish historian Jens Rydström), is in press and will be published by Duke University Press in February 2015.

As part of my longstanding involvement with vulnerable populations, I have become interested in animals and the species boundary. I teach a course on animals and have written an article about fat pets.

I spent most of 2009 back in Gapun village, Papua New Guinea, and I have recently completed a grammar and dictionary of the moribund language spoken there, titled Tayap Mer: Grammar and Dictionary of a Papuan Isolate Language. I am currently working on a new monograph about Gapun titled The End: how a language dies.

Professor Dominic THOMAS, French and Francophone Studies, University of California. "Global Migration and Global Languages".
Dates: 15 October - 15 December 2015.
E: dominict@humnet.ucla.edu


Dominic Thomas is Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA. His teaching and research interests include contemporary French politics, globalization, and sub-Saharan African culture and politics. Thomas was the recipient of a German-American Fulbright Commission Award  for Germany and Belgium in 2011 and recently a Research Professor at Humboldt University (Berlin). Publications include Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism (2007) and Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism (2013).

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