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Jason Lotay

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Jason Lotay

Jason Lotay is a Reader in Mathematics at UCL who works in geometry. He seeks to describe and understand certain notions of "best" shapes in higher dimensions, and his work has connections with theoretical physics and the shape of our universe.

Lilah Fowler

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Lilah Fowler

Lilah Fowler is a London-based artist who also works for the Slade School of Fine Art. Her sculptures, prints and other elements take on the combined form of intricate installations that question the common, mutable languages that shape how we interpret our surroundings.

Marta Jenkala

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Marta Jenkala

Marta Jenkala is Senior Teaching Fellow in Ukrainian at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), and also teaches Ukrainian at theUniversity of Cambridge. Her particular interests include the methodology of teaching Ukrainian grammar,as well as the development of language teaching materials, which she publishes at UkrainianLanguage.org.uk. For many years she has acted as examiner in Ukrainian, for both UK and international institutions, and is an experienced translator and editor.

Eszter Tarsoly

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Esztzer Tarsoly

Eszter Tarsoly is Senior Teaching Fellow in Hungarian at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES). She co-ordinates the Language Trails project. Eszter works as a language adviser and examiner for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre in London. She has been a course leader on UCL's Global Citizenship summer school programme on the Danube: Intercultural Interaction strand. Her PhD thesis explores social, cultural, and language typological factors that influence speakers’ attitudes towards language. She is also interested in language contact, endangered languages, and translation.

Ruth Austin

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Ruth Austin

Ruth Austin’s research and teaching interests are focused on twentieth-century literature and film with a particular interest in responses to literature and film to the First and Second World Wars as well as twentieth century dystopian and utopian writing. Currently Ruth is looking at the German Occupation of Paris during the Second World War and in particular at the way in which Cocteau’s work from the period can be seen to engage with the city under the curfew.

Helen Hackett

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Helen Hackett

Helen Hackett is a Professor of English Literature at UCL. She has published widely on early modern writing by and about women, and her research interests include representations of Elizabeth I, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and early modern prose fiction (especially Mary Wroth's Urania). Her most recent books are A Short History of English Renaissance Drama and Shakespeare and Elizabeth: The Meeting of Two Myths. She is currently working on a book called The Elizabethan Mind.

Nicolas Gold

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Nicolas Gold

Nicolas Gold is senior lecturer in Computer Science at UCL where he leads the Music Systems Engineering Research Team (MuSERT) and teaches computer music and software engineering. He studied at the University of Durham (BSc, PhD) and has previously worked at UMIST and King's College London.

Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva

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Ana Claudia Suriani da Silva

Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva joined UCL as a Lecturer in Brazilian Studies in September 2014. Her main research area is Brazilian literature and book history. She is interested in studying the relationship between the creative process of a text, its genre and means of publication. She has edited three works by Machado de Assis, and her monograph on Quincas Borba investigates the rewriting of the novel from its serial to book publication. Her current research focuses on the genesis of the fashion press in Brazil in the nineteen century. When she has some free time, she likes to write for children. Her first children’s book is a creative writing manual for young readers, to be called Pequeno Escritor, and will be published by Peirópolis, hopefully still in 2015.

Sylvia Morgado

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Sylvia Moragado

Sylvia Morgado is a writer, text & performance artist and journalist. She came to the UK six years ago to do an MA in Creative Writing. She writes poetry and micro-contos. 'Untitled', 'It Happens!', 'Título provisório', '23 seconds' in English and '23 segundos' in Portuguese are some of her titles.

Andre Laurentino

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Andre Laurentino

Andre Laurentino is writer, art director and copywriter, currently working for Ogilvy and Mather in London. He has published various shorts stories in Brazilian newspapers and magazines, wrote TV series that aired between 2000 and 2009 and was a regular columnist for O Estado de S. Paulo. His novel A Paixão de Amâncio Amaro (Agir, 2005) was published in Italy in 2012 by Comma Publishers.

Nara Vidal

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Nara Vidal

Nara Vidal is a writer and has been living in the UK for 13 years. She has an MA in Arts and Business from the London Metropolitan University. She is the author of several children’s books and has just published her first collection of short stories for adults, Lugar Comum (Pasavento, 2015)

Hugh Stevens

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Hugh Stevens

Dr Hugh Stevens is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL. His areas of specialisation include the writings of Henry James and D.H. Lawrence, sexuality, and the history of homosexual identities. He is author of Henry James and Sexuality, co-editor of Modernist Sexualities and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Literature.

Emma Pett

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Emma Pett

Emma Pett is the Research Associate on the AHRC project 'Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s,' directed by Melvyn Stokes. Emma has considerable experience of audience research, having previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Universities of Bristol and South Wales. Her PhD (Aberystwyth) was funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the British Board of Film Classification, and explored audience responses to Asian Extreme Films in the UK. She has published in Participations: International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, Cine-Excess eJournal, and has a forthcoming chapter in Controversies: Histories and Debates in Film Controversy (BFI/Palgrave Macmillan).

Amita Murray

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Amita Murray

Amita Murray is a creative writer whose work focuses on migration, mobility, memory, and stretched belongings between Britain and South Asia. Her short stories have been published in The Front View, Writing Disorder, Brand, Inkspill and other literary magazines, and she is the author of two novels, The Pre-Raphaelite Seamstress and Confessions of a Reluctant Embalmer. Amita is currently a Leverhulme funded Artist in Residence at UCL’s Department of Geography at UCL, where she is working with Dr. Tariq Jazeel and other members of the Department.  During her residency, she is working on a novel that links Bloomsbury’s educational institutions to the last days of colonialism in India. The residency will more broadly stimulate explorations of the potential for creative writing to analytically engage place, memory and belonging in social sciences and humanities research. She is currently running a writing workshop for staff and PhD students, whose work can be seen on the blog http://encountersroom108.blogspot.co.uk/ Amita will also be running writing workshops for UCL’s Urban Lab and Stadtkolloquium during her residency. You can find her on Twitter at @AmitaMurray

Tariq Jazeel

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Tariq Jazeel

Tariq Jazeel teaches in the Department of Geography at UCL, having worked previously at the University of Sheffield and the Open University. His research lies at the intersections of human geography, postcolonial theory and South Asian studies. Together with Amita Murray, a Leverhulme funded Artist in Residence at the Department of Geography, Tariq is involved in a project that explores the relationships between text (particularly creative writing) and place. Part of this project involves a creative writing workshop, called ‘Encounters 108’, involving a wide constituency of people at UCL Geography. Examples of their writing are available on the Encounters blog.

Vieri Samek-Lodovici

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Vieri Samek-Lodovici

Dr Vieri Samek-Lodovici is a Reader in Linguistics at the Department of Italian. Like other theoretical linguists, he is interested in understanding which components of human language are universal, i.e. present across all human languages. His current research concerns the interaction of prosody and syntax, i.e. how intonation affects word order and vice versa. He is about to publish a book with Oxford University Press entitled The Interaction of Focus, Givenness and Prosody. A Study of Italian Clause Structure.

Ellen Pilsworth

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Ellen Pilsworth

Ellen Pilsworth is in the first year of her PhD, looking at how 'Volkslieder' (folksongs) around 1800 reflect on real issues that affected the lives of the 'Volk', such as poverty, hunger, and war. She studied German and English (BA) at the University of Oxford, then spent 10 months at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg on a research project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, studying the romantic folk-song collection 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1805-10). She then got her MA at the University of Cambridge in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse literature before coming to UCL to start her PhD. As is clear from her studies so far, her research interests range from the medieval to the modern. Follow her on Twitter @ellen8989

Barbara Lester

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Barbara Lester

A native speaker of German, Dr Lester gained her degrees from Birkbeck College University of London and UCL. She is a Teaching Fellow at UCL, formerly also at Royal Holloway University of London, working on German language and literature. Her special areas of interest are 19th century Realism, Thomas Mann and Günter Grass. Her doctoral dissertation was on ‘Function and Dysfunction: The depiction of family occasions in selected works of German fiction from Gotthelf to Grass'. She is a member of the Goethe, Fontane and Storm Societies.

Jeffrey Bowersox

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Jeffrey Bowersox

Jeff Bowersox is a historian of modern Germany whose research focuses on cultural contact in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany, with a particular interest in the intersections of colonialism, race, and nation. His first book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2013) uses commercial products, education, and reform efforts aimed at young people around the turn of the twentieth century to understand how empire became a normal part of metropolitan German culture. He has published various other articles and chapters on German colonial culture, including pieces on education, youth literature and organisations, colonial exhibitions, and the African diaspora in Germany. His current research focuses on black entertainers in Germany before the jazz age. Their performances and their reception by Germans help us see the production of racialized ideas of Germanness as well as their limits in an era of globalising popular entertainments.

Judith Beniston

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Judith Beniston

Judith Beniston (B.A., M.A., D.Phil.) studied at Jesus College, Oxford and at the University of Trier before joining UCL German Department in 1994.Her main research interest is in Austrian literature and cultural history, with particular emphases on drama and theatre history, and on the period 1890-1945. She has published a study of the revival of Catholic drama that accompanied the rise of political Catholicism in Austria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has written articles on numerous aspects of Austria's theatre culture, especially during the First Austrian Republic. From 2003 to 2010, she co-edited the annual journal Austrian Studies with Robert Vilain and has guest-edited the 2013 issue with Deborah Holmes. She is a co-investigator of the AHRC-funded project 'Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)', which runs 2014-2018: principal investigator Andrew Webber (University of Cambridge); co-investigator Robert Vilain (University of Bristol).

Rachel Kapelke-Dale

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Rachel Kapelke-Dale

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Rachel Kapelke-Dale has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master's from the Université de Paris VII. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies in the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, UCL, where she is studying under the supervision of Dr. Lee Grieveson and Dr. Melvyn Stokes. Her Ph.D. dissertation examines the characters played by European women stars of various nationalities in Hollywood from 1929-1941, and studies how representations of transnational, cosmopolitan women shifted during a moment of geo-political uncertainty and isolationism.

Rebecca Harrison

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Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca works on nineteenth and twentieth-century British film. Currently, she is writing a book on the cultural history of the cinema and the railways, which includes research on early film distribution, 1930s cinema trains and portable projectors during the Second World War. Her next project will explore the history of film policy, production and exhibition in the UK’s four constituent nations to re-evaluate the myth of ‘British’ national cinema. She is convenor of the Writing Lab in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, and teaches on the MA in Film Studies programme, at UCL. She completed her PhD in Film Studies at UCL in 2014.  

Rene Weis

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Rene Weis

Professor Rene Weis FRSA teaches Shakespeare in the Department of English at UCL. His biography of Shakespeare, with particular reference to Shakespeare’s Stratford, appeared from John Murray in 2007. He has edited Romeo and Juliet for the Arden Shakespeare, King Lear for Longman, and Henry IV Part 2 for Oxford. He has also written books on history and human rights and is the London University Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Catherine Keen

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Catherine Keen

Catherine Keen is a specialist on Dante and the literary culture of medieval Italy. After completing doctoral and postdoctoral research at Cambridge, she taught at the Universities of Leeds and Bristol before moving to UCL. Catherine is especially interested in the relationships between poetic and political cultures in the cities of Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and is currently researching the representation of exile and civic exclusion in early Italian poetry. A new project, inspired by working with UCL Library’s Special Collections of early printed books, will examine the early transmission history of Dante’s Vita Nova (New Life) in manuscript and in print.

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