2016 Visiting Fellows











Comparative Literature Studies, British and Irish Literature, North American Literature, Literature in French

"Liberal trust in the age of catastrophe: imagining social order in English and French fiction, 1902-1953"

1 - 31 August

John Attridge is Senior Lecturer in English in the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales. He completed  His PhD at the University of Sydney in 2007 and taught at the Université Paris 7 before starting at UNSW in 2009. His research is on the cultural history of European modernism, and has particular research interests in Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Henry James and Marcel Proust. My essays on Conrad, Ford, James and Flann O'Brien have appeared in journals such as ELH, Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity and The Times Literary Supplement.

Professor Deirdre COLEMAN


18th and 19th century literature, science, and cultural history; abolitionism, women's writing, travel, colonialism, natural history, racial ideology, the gothic

May - June

Deirdre Coleman completed Honours in English at the University of Melbourne before going to Oxford University where she graduated with a BPhil (1979) in Victorian literature and a DPhil (1986) on Coleridge's journalism. Since returning to Australia she has taught at the Universities of Wollongong, Adelaide and Sydney. While at the University of Sydney she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision. In 2007 she returned to the University of Melbourne as the Robert Wallace Chair of English, and served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2010-2013. She is currently completing a biography of the entomologist Henry Smeathman (1742-86) entitled The Flycatcher: Science, Slavery and Empire in the Age of Reason.

Professor Dan EDELSTEIN


Eighteenth century France, with research interests at the crossroads of literature, history, political theory, and digital humanities

“The Myth of Revolution”

9 July - 6 August

Dan Edelstein is Professor of French and, by courtesy, History, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages  Stanford University. His first book, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009) examines how liberal natural right theories, classical republicanism, and the myth of the golden age became fused in eighteenth-century political culture, only to emerge as a violent ideology during the Terror. Edelstein's second book entitled The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2010) explores how the idea of an Enlightenment emerged in French academic circles around the 1720's. In addition, he has published articles on such topics as the Encyclopédie, antiquarianism, Orientalism, the Idéologues, political authority, and structuralism.

Professor Peter HALLWARD


Recent and contemporary political philosophy, theories of democracy, popular empowerment and political change; conceptions of political will; recent French Philosophy, especially Sartre, Foucault, Deleuze, Badiou, Ranciere; contemporary critical theory; existentialism; theories of globalization; postcolonial theory

"The Will of the People"

2 July - 7 August

Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in the UK. After working in the French Department at King’s College London 1999-2004, Peter joined the CRMEP in 2005.

Peter's research interests include political philosophy, recent and contemporary French Philosophy (especially Sartre, Foucault, Deleuze, Badiou, Rancière), contemporary critical theory, and postcolonial theory. His books include Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment (2007), Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation (2006), Badiou: A Subject to Truth (2003), and Absolutely Postcolonial (2001).

Peter is currently completing a book entitled The Will of the People, alongside brief studies of Rousseau, Marx and Blanqui.

Assoc. Professor Ulrich Timme KRAGH


Literary and critical studies of classical, medieval, and modern Asia, theory of history, form and authority, University of Copenhagen

"Trope and Narrative as Discursive Forms of Authority in Asian Historical Consciousness"

1 November - 30 December

Ulrich Timme Kragh is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at Copenhagen University in Denmark. He completed his PhD in Tibetology and Indology at Copenhagen University and Hamburg University in Germany. 

During his time at the HRC, he will formulate new methodologies drawn from classical rhetorical Asian traditions, which are suitable for the study of deep textures of narrative and tropes in pre-colonial as well as post-colonial Asian historiographies.

Professor Joel KUIPERS


Linguistic anthropology; ethnography of speaking; ethnoscience; ritual; gender; nationalism; politics of culture; medical anthropology. Regional focus: Indonesia

"Pious Communication in Islamic Java: Qur’anic Arabic and Changing
Indonesian systems of authority"

1 - 31 May

Joel Kuipers is a linguistic anthropologist at George Washington University and interested in the role of language in the description and interpretation of social life, particularly how authoritative discourse shapes institutionally defined activities in clinics, courtrooms, classrooms and religious settings. He is Director of Graduate Studies for the Anthropology M.A. program and Director of GW's Discourse Laboratory.

Professor Donald MACRAILD


8 - 24 July

Don MacRaild is Professor of British and Irish History having previously held chairs of History at the Northumbria University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that, he held lectureships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. Don is a Lancastrian with Scottish roots on both sides of his family and was born and raised in the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness. He is a leading authority on the Irish Diaspora and has has produced ten books or pamphlets and over forty articles and chapters.

Professor Nicole MOORE


Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature), Comparative Literature Studies

"Towards a Biography of Dorothy Hewett"

1 April - 30 June

Nicole Moore is Associate Professor in the English Program at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADFA, University of New South Wales and her main research interests are in Australian literature, broadly defined, with a specific focus on the history of book censorship and literary publishing. She is the author of The Censor's Library: Literary Censorship in Twentieth-Century Australia (forthcoming with University of Queensland Press) and co-author (with Marita Bullock) of Banned in Australia, an electronic bibliography of literary titles banned in Australia from 1901-1973.

Professor Cynthia NEVILLE


Medieval Scottish history, Social history, Cultural history, Religious history, Medieval English legal history

"Mercy, justice and royal authority in later medieval Scotland"

1 October - 30 November

Cynthia J. Neville holds the George Munro Chair in History and Political Economy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she teaches medieval history. She has published extensively on various aspects of the legal, social and political history of northern England and Scotland in the period 1100-1500. Her books include Violence, Custom and Law: The Anglo-Scottish Border Lands in the Later Middle Ages (Edinburgh, 1998), Native Lordship in Medieval Scotland: The Earldoms of Strathearn and Lennox, c.1140-1365 (Dublin, 2005), which won both the Margret Wade Labarge prize from the Canadian Society of Medievalists and the Agnes Mure Mackenzie Scottish History Book of Year Award from the Saltire Society, Scotland and Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland, published in 2010 by Edinburgh University Press, which was short-listed for the Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year Award. She recently completed, with Grant G. Simpson, an edition of the written acts of King Alexander III for the Regesta Regum Scottorum series (Edinburgh, 2013). Professor Neville’s current research explores the subject of royal pardon in Scotland in the later medieval period.

Professor Carole NEWLANDS


Augustan and post Augustan poetry; late Antique and Medieval poetry, in Roman and medieval art, and in the reception of classical textsch, University of Colorado, USA

"Scotland and the Classics"

1 September - 30 October

After being awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of California Berkeley in 1984, Carole Newlands was appointed James Hutton Assistant professor at Cornell University.  In 1988 she took up an appointment at UCLA as an Assistant Professor,  then as an Associate Professor. After teaching between 2000-2009 as a full professor at UW-Madison, she was appointed Professor of Classics at CU Boulder. Her research interests include classical and  Medieval Latin literature and cultural and reception studies. She is the author of over forty articles on classical and medieval topics, and she has published several books. Her new work involves travel in the imperial Roman world and the role that the Classics played in Scottish culture.

Assoc. Professor Davide PANAGIA


Multidisciplinary interests across the humanities and social sciences including democratic theory, the history of political thought, interpretive methodologies, cultural theory, media studies, aesthetics, literary studies, and visual culture

"Ranciere's Sentiments"

1 - 30 July

Davide Panagia is a political theorist at University of Califrnia, USA and specializes in the relationship between aesthetics and politics, with an ongoing curiosity about the diverse ways in which the sensation of value is generated and assembled in political societies.

Much of  his research is informed by the traditions of moral sentimentalism from the long eighteenth century to the present, especially as regards theories of association and assembly formation in the writings of David Hume, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Rancière. His current work on “#datapolitik” explores how emerging media alter the forms of power and thinking that occupy everyday living. He is also a member of UCLA’s Center for Global Digital Cultures. Prof. Panagia has published three books: The Poetics of Political Thinking (Duke UP, 2006), The Political Life of Sensation (Duke UP, 2009), and Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).

Professor Patricia PLUMMER


Literature and culture of the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on Orientalism, travel writing and transcultural spirituality, postcolonial and gender studies as well as popular culture.

“Challenging Authority? Gender, Identity and Power in Contemporary Popular Culture: A Comparative Approach”

23 February - 20 April

Patricia Plummer is Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She has been senior lecturer at the University of Mainz and interim professor at the universities of Koblenz and Landau. Together with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Diversity Management and the Essen Centre for Gender Studies she is implementing Diversity Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Patricia Plummer is currently editing the proceedings of an interdisciplinary symposium on transcultural Western encounters with Japan which she hosted in 2012; she is also writing a book on women, art and theosophy in early twentieth-century Australia.

Professor David WORRALL


Georgian Drama, William Blake and Romantic period sub-cultures..

"A Longitudinal Study of British Stage Censorship, 1737-1832"

15 July - 15 September

David Worrall is professor of English at Nottingham Trent University and currently ANU Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre. His new book, Celebrity, Performance, Reception: British Georgian Theatre as Social Assemblage will be published by Cambridge University Press in October 2013.  David Worrall has held grants and Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, AHRC, British Academy, Huntington Library and Folger Shakespeare Library.



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