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Centre membership includes staff, doctoral students and Honorary Research Associates from departments across Royal Holloway University of London, as well as a series of affiliate members who lead GeoHumanities work around the world within and beyond academia. 

Directors

 

Phil Crang- Geography

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Philip directs the Department of Geography’s Social, Cultural and Historical Geography (SCHG) research group. His interests are in the material cultures of place and mobility.

Harriet Hawkins - Geography

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Harriet is interested in the geographies of art works and art worlds. She works with artists to imagine and bring about new social-ecological futures.

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Advisory Board

 

Tim Cresswell - Trinty College, USA

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Tim is Dean of the Faculty and VIce President for Academic Affairs, Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA. Hel is completing a book about the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago and a collection of poems based on the British ballads collected by Francis Child.

Stephen Daniels- University of Nottingham

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My interests are interdisciplinary in scope, with a home in geography as a long established and fertile field of knowledge, imagination, practice and public engagement. My own work, in collaborations with art historians, has addressed the making and meaning of landscape, focussing on questions of imagery and design.

Sarah De Leeuw-  Northern Medical Program, UNBC.

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Poet and creative non-fiction author Sarah de Leeuw has a PhD in Cultural-Historical Geography; her work as an activist, scholar, and writer focuses on marginalized northern and Indigenous geographies, health and social inequities, and colonial violence.

Deborah Dixon- University of Glasgow 

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Deborah’s work is animated by an interest in the ideas, ethics, and politics of both poststructural and feminist frameworks, and is grounded via an examination of the monstrous, media and the marginal often through concerns with aesthetics and creative collaborative working practices.

Chris Gibson- University of Wollongong Australia

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Chris is the Director of the UoW's Global Challenges Programme. Opening up empirical and theoretical possibilities across the culture-economy divide is his central intellectual agenda. He is interested in how forms of material cultural production are embedded geographically, performed as work, and enabled technically, in networks of social and economic agents, in places and across physical distances.

Christoph Lindner-  Dean and Professor, Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon

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Christoph is interested in the Urban Humanities and is an interdisciplinary urban and cultural theorist whose work focuses on the interrelations between cities, globalization, and visual culture.

  

Members

 

Peter Adey - Geography

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Peter’s work explores spaces of security and mobility. Recent interests include verticality and the aerial, the materiality of air and the politics of evacuation.

Richard Alston - Classics

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Richard Alston’s interests focus on Roman urbanism, urban cultures, and social and cultural transformations. He also works on ideas of the Classical in the modern city.

Sarah Ansari - History

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Sarah's research interests include spatial approaches towards South Asia’s recent history, exploring how modes of citizenship rights worked across a particular set of national boundaries or spaces.

Geoff Baker - Music

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Geoff’s research explores the relationship between music and the city, above all in Latin America, in both the colonial period and the present day.

Rachel Beckles Wilson - Music

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Rachel’s research seeks intersections between history, geography, politics and performance; her current work is developing imaginative geographies and creative approaches to musical instruments in migration.

Daniela Berghahn - Media Arts

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Daniela is interested in migrant and diaspora cinema, especially in relation to European identities; new forms of exoticism in contemporary cinema in relation to destination tourism.

Melissa Blanco Borelli - Drama & Theatre

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Melissa is interested in transnational popular dance on screen, Cuban and Afro-Latin dance, embodied cultural expressions, and affective spaces of neoliberal capitalism. Of particular current interest is how an aesthetics of ‘cool’ moves through geographies of time and space.

Katherine Brickell - Geography

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Katherine is a gender and feminist geography scholar whose work centres on the domestic sphere and uses visual-oriented participatory research methods to understand its relationship to critical and lived matters of injustice and violence. She is currently building an agenda on feminist legal geographies.

Caroline Cornish - Geography

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Caroline is an Hononrary Research Associate at Royal Holloway and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Her research applies an object-focused approach to her research into the histories and geographies of museums and their collections, and the production of scientific knowledge.

Emma Cox - Drama & Theatre

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Emma is interested in migration, refugee-responsive theatre, indigenous performance and site-responsive remembrance, postcolonial museology and performance histories linked to human remains.

Ruth Cruickshank -  Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Ruth has research interests in food culture, consumption, globalization and post-war French fiction, film and thought. She is a founder member of the Global Cities and Visual Culture network.

Amy Cutler - Geography

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Amy is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the GeoHumanities. With a background in English and Geography, she researches the intersections of language, poetry and landscape, in particular the forest.

Fabrizio De Donno - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Fabrizio is interested in the cultural history of Italian orientalism and colonialism, as well as in the contemporary literature and film on the Horn of Africa.

Veronica della Dora - Geography

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Veronica’s research spans historical and cultural geography, the history of cartography and Byzantine studies with a specific focus on sacred space and the geographical imagination.

Klaus Dodds - Geography

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Klaus works on the imaginative and material geographies of the Polar Regions. He has published widely and worked in an official capacity for UK government and Parliament. He also writes on cinematic geopolitics.

Felix Driver - Geography

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Felix Driver is an historical geographer working on the cultural history of museum collections, visual cultures of exploration, and popular geographies in print and film.

Gwilym Eades - Geography

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Gwilym is interested in mappings and their politics, indigeneity and the use of GIS in interpretive scholarship.

Sasha Engelmann- Geography

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Sasha explores creative experiments with atmosphere, the elemental, and the limits of sensing. Over the past two years she carried out site-based ethnography and collaboration with Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin. In a new book manuscript she is developing a notion of cosmological aesthetics: an aesthetics expressed in ecologies of practice that reach for distant, cosmic and imperceptible entities and spaces.

Simone Gigliotti- History and the Holocaust Research Centre

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Simone is interested in experiences of displacement during and after the Holocaust. She uses historical, geographical and visual sources to reconstruct embodied cartographies of survival.

David Gilbert - Geography

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David’s interests are focused on the histories and cultures of big cities, particularly modern London. Recent work has examined the fashion industry and suburban religious identities.

Helen Gilbert - Drama and Theatre

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Helen is interested in the theatre and performance of marginalised cultures, new materialism, indigeneity, site-specific arts and activism, and contemporary performance in the Anth.

Sophie Gilmartin - English

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Sophie's work focuses on 19th Century Literature, most recently questions of women writing at sea and navigation. Past work includes the place of geography in 19th education, and the micro-gepgrahies of the body in the Victorian novel.

Robert Hampson - English

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Robert is interested in Joseph Conrad; literature and empire; place and space; cosmopolitanism, nationalism and transnationalism; practice-based research.

Julian Johnson- Music

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Julian's interests include the history and philosophy of music, and he works on music, aesthetics, nature and environment.

Innes M. Keighren - Geography

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Innes has research interests that span geography, book history, and the history of science. His work focuses particularly on the circulation and reception of knowledge.

James Kent - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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James is interested in Cuban visual cultures and the representation of the city in film and photography. His practice-led photographic research focuses on Havana, Cuba.

Bryce Lease - Drama and Theatre

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Bryce is interested in performance, urban space, the public sphere, concepts of pluralism and the political, collective memory, gender and sexuality, formations of counterpublics and East and Central European theatre.

Ruth Livesey - English

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Ruth is interested in mobility and locality in 19th century literature, including the idea of the ‘stage coach nation’ and novels as portable place.

Anna Morcom - Music

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Anna is interested in migrant and diaspora cinema, especially in relation to European identities; new forms of exoticism in contemporary cinema in relation to destination tourism.

Oli Mould - Geography

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Oli's interests cover a range of areas of the urban humanities, especially questions of urban creativity, activism and politics.

Sofie Narbed- Geography

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Sofie is interested in the geographies of dance and bodily practice, particularly in relation to Latin America. Her work seeks to bring about collaborative dialogues that might interrogate questions of the postcolonial, the transnational, and the contemporary.

Helen Nicholson - Drama and Theatre

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Helen is interested in the spatialities of amateur theatre and in questions of place, affect and community in contemporary theatre and applied performance.

Sophie Nield - Drama and Theatre

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Sophie is interested in questions of theatricality, space and representation in political life and the law, and in the performance of ‘borders’ of various kinds.

David Overend- Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance

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David joined RHUL in 2016 as Lecturer in Drama and Theatre. His research is often practice-based and focuses on performance, socio-spatial relationships, and contemporary mobility.

Janet Owen - Geography

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Janet is an Honorary Research Associate interested in the multi-sensory collecting journeys of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, as case-studies in developing museum collection narratives.

Hannah Platts- History

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Hannah is interested in multi-sensory approaches to domestic space. She works with architects and anthropologists to explore how ancient Roman housing was employed to construct personal and group identities.

Giulinana Pieri - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Giuliana is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to Italy and Italian Nationality, textual and visual representations of the Italian landscape and the discursive construction of Italian identity.

Al Pinkerton - Geography

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Al's research interests focus on media, communications and critical geopolitics. He has recently been developing the idea of 'creative geopolitics', in particular 'creative statecraft’. He also recently undertook a 6,000 mile expedition ‘Into No Man’s Land”.

Tina K Ramnarine - Music

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Tina researches the politics of music, the anthropology of cultural encounters and arts responses to global challenges (environment, endangered languages, social justice).

Cecilie Sachs-Olsen- Geography

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Cecilie is interested in the urban humanities, and in particular how participatory art can be used as a framework to analyse, question and re-imagine urban space and politics. Her work revolves around practice-based research with her urban performance collective, zURBS.

Danielle Sands - Comparative Literature

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Danielle’s interests include animal studies, posthumanism, representations of non-human life in C20 and C21 philosophy and literature, environmental ethics, and the Anthropocene.

Jo Shapcott - English

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Jo is a poet whose interests include poetry and science and poetry and the environment, she has collaborated with geographers on work around writing place and environment.

Jenny Sjöholm - Geography

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Jenny is EU Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Fellow in the GeoHumanities (2017-2018). She works on developing new perspectives on art and culture in a global economy.

Efi Spentzou - Classics

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Efi is interested in gendered notions of home, nomadism, exile and encounters in literature. She is editing a volume on the production of space in Latin literature.

Rachael Squire- Geography

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Rachael’s interests lie at the intersections of the elemental, material and geopolitical. More specifically, she focuses on issues pertaining to depth, the subterranean, and the geographies of extreme environments. Rachael is also interested in experimental methodologies.

Henry Stobart - Music

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Henry's research focuses on indigenous music, music-video production, media piracy, and heritage issues in the Bolivian Andes. His background is as a performer, working widely with the Early/World Music ensemble SIRINU.

Shzr Ee Tan - Music

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Shzr Ee’s interests include Sinophone musical cultures and media, cosmopolitanism, nostalgia, gender and the politics of music. She is also interested in indigeneity and Southeast Asia.

Varyl Thorndycraft- Geography

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Varyl is a geomorphologist interested in land-art and landscape-inspired contemporary music. He is on the British Society for Geomorphology’s ‘Visualising Geomorphology Working Group’.

Weipin Tsai - History

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Weipin is interested in Chinese modernisation and its engagement in globalisation from the 19th century, particularly the geographies of information, including postal networks and newspapers.

George Vassiadis - History/Hellenic Institute

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George is interested in recording the history of the Greek communities of Turkey and Egypt and documenting the built heritage of the multiethnic cities of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Katie Willis - Geography

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Katie's research interests include concerns with gender, migration, place and belonging especially in the Global South. Her recent work includes an ESRC funded network with colleagues in Social Work and Media Studies exploring unaccompanied and separated children seeking asylum.

Agnes Woolley - English

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Agnes’ research interests include contemporary and postcolonial literature, theatre and film, with a focus on concepts of migration, diaspora and globalisation. Developing her interests in postcolonial ecocriticism, Agnes is currently working on the ethics and politics of climate change and the relationship between literature and activism.

Libby Worth - Drama and Theatre

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Libby’s research interests span dance and theatre with particular current focus on site-specific performance, transnational mobility of dances and dance scores (folk and amateur), performer training and somatic practices.

Sarah Wright - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Sarah's current work explores childhood and nation in world cinemas, considering ideas of nation, transnationalism, belonging and encounter. She is also interested ways to locate the voice in world cinemas.

 

Affliate Members 

 

James Dixon, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

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James is MOLA's Research Coordinator. He has active research interests in art and archaeology, public archaeology, urban regeneration and multi-disciplinary, site-responsive field practice. He received his PhD in Creative Arts from UWE in 2011 for a thesis public art and the ongoing regeneration of central Bristol, 1940-2010.

Philip Hatfield - Lead Curator for Digital Mapping at the British Library

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Phil is interested in digital mapping, North American geographies and geographies of photography. He also researches the history of polar exploration.

Laura Price, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

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Laura is a feminist cultural geographer who is interested in the geographies of making, particularly knitting. She currently writes educational resources for GCSE and A Level Geography.

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David is Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, with particular interests in infrastructure networks such as traffic and time distribution. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Helen Scalway - Geography

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Helen is interested in finding innovative ways of understanding relationships through visualisation of spatialities, particularly in contested situations such as those produced in stressed ecologies.

Evelyn Wilson - Co-Director The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE)

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My practice involves creating and curating platforms, methods and activities that enable encounter, conversation, collaboration and frisson between researchers, artists, creatives and others around issues of mutual concern.

  

Postgraduate members

 

Keith Alcorn - Geography and History

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Keith is researching the ways in which plants from British colonies became part of the British landscape in the 19th century.

Bergit Arends - Geography and Drama and Theatre

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As a curator, Bergit works collaboratively with visual artists in studying their formulations of environmental change through the uses of archival, fieldwork, and expeditionary methods.

Nelly Ben Hayoun - Geography

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Nelly’s practice lies in the design of extreme experiences for public outreach and education. She argues for the Design of Experiences as a political practice and outreach method that forces social actions in space exploration.

Bethan Bide - Geography with the Museum of London

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Bethan's doctoral research focuses on tracing the impact of post-war austerity on the cultures and materials of London fashion.

Clare Booker - Geography

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Clare is interested in art and airports, and in particular the use of different often digital viewing technologies for knowng airport spaces.

Jeremy Brown - Geography with the British Library

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With a background in classics and art history, Jeremy is currently working on the social, artistic and material positions of maps in the Grand Tour.

Miriam Burke - Geography

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Miriam is interested in exploring and developing creative projects that cultivate community engagement with environmental change.

Hattie Coppard - Geography

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Hattie is interested in the ephemeral geographies of play and the insights artist’s methods of enquiry can bring to an understanding of playing and place.

Jareh Das - Geography with the Arts Catalyst

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Jareh is interested in examining how pain operates within performance art practices and (performing) spaces, alongside addressing the resistance and complexities associated with theorising this emotion-phenomenon-feeling.

Tania El Khoury - Geography and Drama and Theatre

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Tania is interested in the political dimension of interactive live art in the time of uprisings and political change.

Jan Faull - Geography and British Film Institute

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Jan is interested in the relationship between historical geography and media culture. She works on interpreting and re-assessing the role of early expeditionary film.

Cara Gray - Drama and Theatre

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Cara is interested in the geographies of amateur creativity. Specifically, she works with amateur theatre-makers to investigate the spaces and processes of their craft.

Belinda Hawkins - Geography and Botanic Gardens Conservation Intenational

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Belinda is interested in the new arts of the botanic garden and the redesign of these spaces in the context of climate change, biodiversity conservation and cultural diversity.

Natalie Hyacinth - Geography and Music

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Natalie is interested in the geographies of spirituality and sound. Her research involves participatory ethnography with a diverse range of faiths in Ealing, West London.

Lucy Mercer - Geography and English

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Lucy is interested in how ecological philosophy can inform literary criticism and poetic practice. She is a poet who also collaborates with artists to produce a variety of work.

Ben Murphy - Geography

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Ben's doctoral research intertwines photographic practice and geography to reflect on how human activity and intervention affects atmospheres within spaces and creates a sense of place.

Benjamin Newman - Geography and Royal Geographical Society

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Ben is a postgraduate researcher collaborating with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He is interested in the geographies of knowledge, science, and travel.

Flora Parrott - Geography

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Flora is a Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence, her artwork explores materiality and methods of representing physical experience of place.

Huw Rowlands- Geography

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Huw is interested in performances of colonial-Indigenous first contact encounters in different times and places. He is seeking to understand their role in contemporary societies.

Noeme Santana - Geography and the Science Museum

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 Noeme is a photographic historian interested in social and commercial networks of photographic practices in the nineteenth century.

Joy Slappnig - Geography

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Joy is interested in the geographies of exchange and encounter. Her PhD project researches Indigenous contribution to the map collection of the Royal Geographical Society.

Katherine Stansfeld - Geography

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Katherine is interested in using creative visual practice as a research methodology.

Katie Young - Geography and Music

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Katie is interested in the relationship between cinemas and the production of space in colonial and post-colonial West Africa, with research in Tamale, northern Ghana.

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