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Mercedes Camino

Professor of Hispanic and European Cultural History - Department of History

MercedesMercedes Camino has worked on history of cartography, early modern colonialism and film studies. During the last decade, she hasworked on the current 'memory boom' in Spain, and has completed a book about films dealing with the Spanish maquis, Film, Memory and the Legacy of the Spanish Civil War: Resistance and Guerrilla 1936-2010 (forthcoming 2011 from Palgrave). She is currently working on memorialisation of World War II resistance fighters in various European countries, including France, Poland, Italy and Yugoslavia.

Agata Fijalkowski

Lecturer - Law School

AgataAgata Fijalkowski has carried out research on the area of legal transition in Central and Eastern Europe, and has published on Polish developments. Her interest has recently focused on Romania and its approaches to transitional justice. This research was funded by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) and a British Academy Small Research Grant. Agata continues her investigation on developments in post-Communist states, in particular the ways in which the Communist legacy is addressed in respective de-communisation legal measures, which cause much controversy throughout the region.

Patrick Hagopian

Senior Lecturer - Department of History

Patrick HagopianPatrick Hagopian is interested in the way that conflicting versions of the past express the present-day investments of individuals and social groups. This interest naturally connects to another, on the emergence of consensus about the past - how memories of the past both shift and, within groups, converge over time, and hence how individual and collective memories interact. The main bodies of material with which he works are personal testimonies (particularly oral histories) and memorials, but he has also dealt with photography, museums, literary narratives, propaganda poster, and films.

Sossie Kasbarian

Lecturer Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Sossie KasbarianSossie Kasbarian’s research interests broadly span Diaspora studies; nationalism, identity and ethnicity in the Middle East; Middle Eastern minority communities. She is particularly interested in the nexus of friendship (individual and collective), memory and agency in civil society. She is co-editor of an upcoming special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice (2014) on Armenian-Turkish rapprochement within transnational civil society and has co-authored a paper (with Kerem Öktem) entitled ‘Subversive Friendships: Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space’.

Corinna Peniston-Bird

Lecturer - Department of History

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Thomas Rohkramer

Reader - Department of History

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John Strachan

Lecturer - Department of History

John StrachanJohn Strachan's PhD thesis was a study of the French settlers in colonial North Africa. Borrowing from Roland Barthes' 'Mythologies' and Pierre Nora's 'lieux de mémoire', it focused on the cultural links between metropole and colony and examined how these mythologies (or lieux) became creolised in a colonial setting. John is currently working on the relationship between historiography and empire and is particularly interested in the role of history and memory in colonisation.

David Sugarman

Professor of Law - Law School

David SugarmanDavid Sugarman has published a large number of books, articles and essays on legal history, corporate law, the legal profession, legal education, human rights and law and globalization. Currently, his principal research - Pursuing Pinochet: A Global Quest for Justice - analyses the local and transnational struggles since 11 September 1973 to bring former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to justice at home and abroad, and their consequences.

John Welshman

Senior Lecturer - Department of History

John WelshmanJohn Welshman's research interests are at the interface of contemporary history, social policy, and public health. He is a member of the Wellcome Trust's History of Medicine Funding Committee (2006-09), and his current work falls into four main areas:

  • the history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the period 1972-82, and its links with current policy on child poverty and social exclusion
  • the history of the concepts of unemployability and worklessness
  • the history of tuberculosis, medical examination, and migration, in both the UK and Australia
  • and the history of care in the community since 1948, especially for people with learning disabilities.

His book Titanic: The Last Hours of a Small Town, was published in 2012.

Ruth Wodak

Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies - Department of Linguistics and English Language

Ruth WodakRuth Wodak's main research agenda focuses on the development of theoretical approaches in discourse studies (combining ethnography, argumentation theory, rhetoric, and functional systemic linguistics); gender studies; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination. Ruth's research in the field of historical memory research has focused largely on the discursive construction of European Pasts while taking narratives on Post-war Austria as a point of departure.

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