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Mercedes Camino

Professor of Hispanic and European Cultural History - Department of History

MercedesMercedes is a cultural historian who has worked on history of cartography, colonialism and twentieth-century European history. Some or her most recent publications are related to the '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 (2011, Palgrave). She is currently working on the cinematic memorialisation of World War II resistance fighters in various European countries, including France, Poland, Italy and Yugoslavia.

Agata Fijalkowski

Lecturer - Law School

AgataAgata 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 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.

Nick Hodgin

Lecturer - Department of European Studies

Nick’s interest in memory discourses has strongly informed his research, which hitherto has focussed on the ways in which the East German and National Socialist past has come to be represented. His interests in film, visual culture and memory studies extend to similar developments in other post-dictatorship societies and to different cultural arenas and historical periods including the American Deep South and Britain in the 1960s. He is particularly interested in the instrumentalisation of film, the ways in which certain films articulate master narratives, but also in counter narratives, in looking at the ways in which films (mainstream comedies, documentary films, amateur film) can subvert and challenge historical accounts. His current research includes work on Cold War documentary film culture, especially East German documentary film culture, and film and trauma in an international context for which together with a colleague (Amit Thakkar) he is currently editing a volume of essays

Sossie Kasbarian

Lecturer Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Sossie KasbarianSossie'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

Corinna Peniston-BirdCorinna's work on oral testimonies is centred on the relationship between memories and cultural representations. She is currently working on gendered commemoration, with a particular focus on British war memorials. Her interest in untraditional source materials has recently been reflected in a jointly edited collection with Dr Sarah Barber entitled History Beyond the Text: A Guide to the Use of Non-Traditional Sources by Historians (London: Routledge, 2008) which introduces research students to methodologies and theories of how to engage with sources ranging from the visual (photographs, film) to the oral (personal testimony), to the material.

Thomas Rohkramer

Reader - Department of History

ThomasThomas works on the history of Germany in the 19th and 20th century, modern Germany within Central Europe, and Kulturkritik in comparative perspective. Current research interests include films relating to National Socialism, hero cults in German history and the history of the life reform movement.

John Strachan

Lecturer - Department of History

John StrachanJohn'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's wide-ranging interests include responses to massive violations of human rights; and on this topic, his publications address the national and transnational struggles to prosecute Augusto Pinochet, and the "human rights turn" in Post-Pinochet Chile.  He has undertaken research on European anti-discrimination law, violence against women and quotas for women on corporate boards for the European Court of Justice (2011 and 2013), the European Court of Human Rights (2011 and 2013) and the European Union Parliament Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (2012 and 2013). He has written and/or edited 18 books, and has written over 90 articles and book chapters.  He has published articles in The Times, The Guardian, The Santiago Times (Chile), Open Democracy, The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Amnesty International (Chile) and El Mostrador (Chile).

John Welshman

Senior Lecturer - Department of History

John WelshmanJohn'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.

John's 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'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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