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2017 Visiting Fellows

In 2017, the HRC is joined by eighteen scholars spanning eight different countries and eleven key disciplines. To keep up to date with their research whilst at the Centre, join us for our weekly Seminar Series.


Fellow Summary (by surname)

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Fellow Biographies (by date of arrival)

Note: Some information is excerpted from the website of the respective Fellow's home institution.

Dr Steven HOWE


University of Lucerne, Switzerland



Narratives of Transgression: Film, Crime and Legal Culture in Weimar Germany


7 February - 30 April

Steven Howe is Senior Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. His research interests include German and European Romanticism, early-twentieth-century German literature and film, as well as interdisciplinary themes at the intersection between law and the humanities. His publications include: Heinrich von Kleist and Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Violence, Identity, Nation (2012), Unverhoffte Wirkungen: Erziehung und Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists (with Ricarda Schmidt and Seán Allan, 2015) and Recht und Kultur (edited with Jessica C. Lai, 2015). He is currently working on a project exploring representations of law, crime and justice in the films of the Weimar era in Germany.

Professor Greg HORSLEY


University of New England, Australia

Classics and Ancient History


Welcome, Stranger? Attitudes to Outsiders in Mediterranean Antiquity


13 March - 4 June

Greg Horsley is a Professor of Classics and Ancient History in the School of Humanities at UNE. His research interests include Greek literature (especially drama) historians, social and political history, inscriptions especially from Asia Minor, as well as papyrology and palaeography, religious cults in the Hellenistic world, and the early Christian movement.



University of the Free State, South Africa

International Studies


The Australian Convict as Stranger: Policing Mobility in the Global Nineteenth Century


15 April - 20 June

Chris Holdridge is an NRF Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Group, University of the Free State (South Africa) and an honorary Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies, Monash University (Australia). His current book manuscript, Settler Protest and the End of Britain's Convict Empire, 1838–1868, examines political agitation and lobbying for constitutional reforms in the British settler antipodes of Australia and the Cape Colony, South Africa.

Associate Professor Elena ISAYEV


University of Exeter, UK

Classics and Ancient History


Between Hospitality and Asylum: from Homer to Kant and the UN


17 April - 10 July

Elena Isayev is an historian who uses the ancient Mediterranean, and in particular Italy, as a way to explore migration, belonging and the construction of place. Her research and teaching interests range from histories of pre-Roman groups in Italy, through material remains (Lucania 2006), to deconstructing theories of generation conflict and youth in republican Rome (in Historia 2007). Currently she is focusing on ancient mobility and spatial perception (Migration Mobility and Place, forthcoming, Cambridge), a project that was made possible by a Fellowship at the Davis Center in Princeton and the AHRC.

Associate Professor Paola ZAMPERINI



Northwestern University, US

Chinese Literature & Gender Studies


Dangerous Romances. The Stranger in Chinese
Narratives, Past and Present


1 May - 1 July

Paola Zamperini is the founding chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests span pre-modern Chinese Literature, Gender Studies, Chinese History, Fashion Theory, Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism, and contemporary Chinese fiction, cinema, and popular culture. To date, she has written and published extensively about prostitution, female suicide, pornography and spiritual resonance in pre-modern Chinese literature.

Dr Mélanie LAMOTTE




Cambridge University, UK



Before Race Mattered. Ethnic Prejudice in the French Empire, c.1635-1767


14 May - 30 June

Mélanie Lamotte is currently a Newton Trust/Moody Stuart Research Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is preparing a book for publication based on her doctoral research, with the title Before Race Mattered. Ethnic Prejudice in the French Empire, c. 1635-1767. This will be the first book envisioning French Atlantic and Indian Ocean territories together, through the use of comparisons and the consideration of trans-imperial networks. It will also provide a much-needed assessment of ethnic prejudice during the early phase of French colonisation.

Professor Dean KOTLOWSKI


Salisbury University, US



The Right to Remain Strange: American Indian/Aboriginal Policy in the United States and Australia, 1960-1992


28 May - 19 August

Dean Kotlowski is a Professor of History at Salisbury University in Maryland, USA. He has published numerous articles on and chapters on US political and diplomatic history. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar at De La Salle University in Manila (2008) and at the University of Salzburg, Austria (2016).

Associate Professor Paul MAGEE


University of Canberra, Australia

English and Creative Arts


The Strange Nationality of Contemporary Poets


29 May - 19 August

Paul Magee is author of Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press), Cube Root of Book (JLP 2006), also in verse, and From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press, 2000), which is an ethnographic monograph. Paul is Chief Investigator on the ARC-funded discovery project Understanding Creative Excellence: A Case Study in Poetry (2013-5), and has published widely across a number of scholarly fields, including creative writing scholarship, psychoanalysis and Marxian thought. Paul teaches poetry at the University of Canberra, where he is Associate Professor.

Dr Nadia ATIA


Queen Mary University of London, UK



The Question of the Stranger: Australian Nursing Narratives in the Middle East (1914-1921)


5 June - 30 July

Nadia Atia has lectured in World Literature at Queen Mary University of London since 2012. My research examines the literature and cultural history of the First World War outside Europe. Her first monograph, World War I in Mesopotamia: The British and the Ottomans in Iraq (IB Tauris, 2016) explores how ideologies of race and empire shaped the ways in which British travellers, archaeologists, servicemen and women from different classes and professional backgrounds interacted with and represented the region now known as Iraq, in the early twentieth-century.

Associate Professor Liang LUO 羅靚


University of Kentucky, US

Chinese Studies


A Strange New Woman—The White Snake in Three Keys


8 June - 11 August

Liang LUO is an associate professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Kentucky. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations from Harvard University and an M.A. in comparative literature and world literature from Beijing Normal University. She is the author of The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China (University of Michigan Press, 2014). Her recent writings on intermediality, the politics of performance, and the dialectics of dancing and writing can be seen in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Trans-Humanities, and Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. She has done interdisciplinary and multilingual research at Tokyo University, Stockholm University, Stanford University, Ewha Woman's University, and Fudan University in the past, and she is very excited to the part of the Humanities Research Centre here at ANU. She is a board member of the European Foundation Joris Ivens in Nijmegen, The Netherlands and serves on the editorial board of Trans-Humanities, published by the Ewha Institute for the Humanities in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently working on two book-length projects, The Humanity of the Non-human: Gender, Media, and Politics in The White Snake (book and digital project) and The International Avant-Garde and Modern China (book and documentary film project).

Professor Karen REDROBE


University of Pennsylvania, US

Art History and Media Studies


Undead: Animation, Temporal Strangers, and the Contemporary Art of War


21 June - 16 August

Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and chair of the department of the History of Art. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. For several years she served as a senior editor of the MIT journal Grey Room, and is now a member of its editorial board. She is also a member of the PMLA advisory board.

Professor Rajeswari SUNDER RAJAN


New York University, US



Cast Out: Women and the Politics of Impiety


1 July - 31 August

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan is Global Distinguished Professor of English at NYU. Sunder Rajan’s work spans debates about the relationship between gender, postcolonialism and culture in the context of post-Independence Indian nationalism. A volume of essays, Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, jointly edited with Professors Supriya Chaudhuri, Josephine McDonagh, and Brian Murray is forthcoming (Routledge, 2017).

Dr Vanessa AGNEW


University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Anglophone Studies


Right to Arrive: Reenacting Encounters Between Strangers and Hosts


20 July - 20 September

Vanessa Agnew is wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisberg-Essen. Her research interests include Anglo-German cultural history, biology and the history of science, historical reenactment and travel writing. Her most recent book is Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds (Oxford UP, 2008).




European University Institute, Italy



Cosmopolitanism in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Concepts, Networks and Practices


4 September - 26 November

Simon MacDonald is a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Insitute. He is a cultural and transnational historian of European and global interaction and exchange from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. His interdisciplinary research and teaching revolves mainly around the history of cosmopolitanism during the eighteenth century, exploring intellectual debates, cross-cultural transfer, and transnational groups.

Professor Amy SMITH




University of Reading, UK

Classics and Archaeology


Encountering Strangers in Classical Athenian art: The Case of the Pan


17 September - 30 November

Amy Smith is a classical archaeologist, with a primary interest in iconography and its many manifestations, especially in politics and religion. She is also the curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading, a research associate of the Beazley Archive, University of Oxford, and an editor of Digital Classicist, an online scholarly community and research hub. 

Professor Margaret FERGUSON




U.C. Davis, US



Myths of Hymens


19 September - 30 November

Margaret Ferguson is a is a Distinguished Professor of English at UC Davis. Ferguson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and also served that year as President of the Modern Language Association, to which she remains an active contributor. Her areas of interest include Early Modern literature, literacy studies, and feminist theory in English, French, and Italian. She has published extensively on these topics, and is a member of numerous advisory boards for journals spanning literary and cultural theory.

Professor David SIMPSON


U.C. Davis, US



States of Terror: History, Literature, Theory


19 September - 30 November

David Simpson is a Distinguished Professor of English at UC Davis. His areas of research interest are Romanticism and literary theory. He is a member of the editorial board of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism and of Modern Language Quarterly. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Situatedness; or Why we Keep Saying Where We're Coming From (Duke UP, 2002), 9/11: The Culture of Commemoration (UChicago P, 2006); Wordsworth, Commodification, and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity (Cambridge UP, 2009); and Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger (UChicago P, 2013).

Associate Professor Rachel HURST


St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

Gender Studies and Anthropology


Settler Fantasies and Colonial 'Before and After' Photography


Dates TBA

Rachel Hurst is an Associate Professor at St. Francis Xavier University. In Hurst's own words, her research interests lie in the relationships between embodiment, (visual) culture, and power, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and decolonial thought.  She is the author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (MQUP, 2015) and co-editor of Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013).

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