Researcher Database

To be added to the Researcher Database, please email c.boyle(at) with your name, institution, and a brief description of your research interests along with keywords.

NameResearch Interests
Glenn Adamson
Head of Research, V&A
I led the V&A Research Department's activities, working closely with colleagues within the museum and in collaboration with scholars and institutions worldwide. I have written on craft history and theory, in books including Thinking Through Craft (2007), The Craft Reader (2010), and The Invention of Craft (2012); and have edited numerous publications including the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, the volume Global Design History (co-edited with Giorgio Riello and Sarah Teasley, 2011), and Surface Tensions (co-edited with Victoria Kelley, 2012).

Keywords: craft, material culture, design, futurology, utopias, architecture, museums, exhibitions
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus
Northumbria University
My research centres on twentieth-century literature and culture in Britain, and particularly on writing about the First World War in a variety of media (both literary and popular) from 1914 to the present. I am interested in how the war is remembered in and through literature, and more recently in how this extends to the secondary-school classroom. My main aim as part of our exploratory project “The First World War in the Classroom” is to investigate how canonical and non-canonical war texts are taught in British schools and how this teaching practice interacts with popular memory of the war. Other research interests include modernist and Edwardian fiction, literature and ethics, historical fiction, and the short story more generally.

Keywords: 20th century, education, English, Great War, memory studies, collective memory
Dr Catriona Pennell
University of Exeter
My research focuses on the social and cultural history of war, particularly the First World War. I am fascinated in the ways familial and local experiences of the war can help us understand the broader framework of this unprecedented global conflict. My first monograph “A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland” examines popular responses in Britain and Ireland to the outbreak of the First World War and was published with Oxford University Press in March 2012. My next project, funded by the British Academy, continues investigating Irish participation in the war by examining the home and fighting front experiences of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) divisions during the Somme offensives of 1916 and March 1918. My research feeds directly into my undergraduate level teaching via a Level 3 module “The First World War: Interrogating the Myths”. A unique aspect of this module requires students to plan and deliver an assessed 60-minute workshop to local Year 9 pupils on primary sources relating to the war. It was from this initiative that my interest in memory transmission in the classroom began.

Keywords: 20th century, education, History, Great War, memory studies, collective memory
Prof Andrew Thompson
University of Exeter
My research focuses on the relationships between British, Imperial and Global histories. One major strand of my interests has been the effects of empire on British private and public life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Another has been the study of imperial migrations, including the emigration of people from Britain to the 'new' world before 1945, and the immigration of people from Britain's former colonies after 1945. I have written about the history of colonial South Africa, informal empire in Latin America, and public memories of empire.

Keywords: immigration, humanitarian, colony, memory, legacy, future, multiculturalism, identity
Prof Paul Cooke
University of Leeds
Paul Cooke is Centenary Chair in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. His main area of expertise is German cultural studies. He has written on the legacy of both National Socialism and the GDR in contemporary German culture, with a particular emphasis on contemporary German film (Representing East Germany: From Colonization to Nostalgia; with Marc Silberman (eds), Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering; Contemporary German Cinema; (ed.) The Lives of Others and Contemporary German Film).

Dr Julian Manley
University of Central Lancashire
My research interests are focused around the psychosocial understanding of human thought and emotion through visual perceptions, whether these are ‘inner’ (subjectively in the mind and/or body) or ‘outer’ (objectively exterior) perceptions. Much of my current research is in the field of the socially engaged arts. This includes an ongoing reflection into the nature and meaning of the ‘psychosocial attitude’, psychosocial methods, contemporary philosophy and fields of enquiry, including the nature of the shared unconscious, the image-like value of the ‘language’ of dreams and unspoken ideas, the connections between emotion and the visual, the understanding of subjectivity and inter-subjectivity.

Keywords: psychosocial, affect, visual methods, socially engaged arts, intersubjectivity
Dr Martin Zebracki
University of Leeds
Dr Martin Zebracki is a cultural geographer in the Citizenship & Belonging research cluster in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He employs discursive and visual methodologies to examine his general research interests revolving around public art, space and place, representation, identity, power, gender, sexuality and embodiment in the empirical context of Western city spaces. Zebracki is currently advancing his research on socio-spatial inclusion and exclusion in contemporary public-art practices and on sexual citizenship. Moreover, Zebracki is the Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society—Institute of British Geographers’ Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG).

Keywords: cultural geography, public art, sexuality, identity, space, place
Dr Amy Burge
University of Edinburgh
My research interests are in cross-period studies of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in popular literature and narratives. My current research project, "You shouldn't believe everything you read in Medieval Teen [magazine]", challenges the assumed modernity of discourses surrounding sexualisation today by comparing relationship advice offered to young people in the late Middle Ages with that available in the twenty-first century. I am interested in considering more deeply how historical ideas about sexuality, as presented in conduct literature, might continue to shape contemporary narratives. I have previously conducted research in representations of Christian-Muslim relationships in the popular romance literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Middle Ages, twenty-first century, gender, sexuality, popular literature, narrative, discourse, conduct, religion, race, ethnicity.
Dr Emma Cunliffe
Durham University
Dr Cunliffe works on monitoring damage to and protecting cultural heritage during both peace and conflict, focussing in particular on Syria. Her PhD used satellite imagery to investigate damage to case study areas in Syria during peace time, and she now works to monitor and document the damage occurring. As such, she is a member of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield. Her other interest is in the relationship between people and their heritage, in particular the links between heritage and well-being, and the effects and ethics of separation from that heritage.

Keywords: archaeology, heritage, well-being, damage, Syria
Dr Ben Davies
University of Portsmouth
My research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and theory, specifically conceptualisations and representations of time, temporal structures and the relations between past, present and future. I have written and presented widely on time and temporality in literature and theory; my last book publication was the co-edited volume Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). My key area of expertise is in narrative temporality, and I am at present developing ideas about literary prequels and the complex temporality of this form. I recently set up the Time and Temporality Network, which brings together academics and postgraduates working on time and temporality across all disciplines.
Prof David Martin-Jones
University of Glasgow
My research engages with film and culture, exploring a broad range of cinemas from around the world. I have been analysing cinematic temporalities since my doctorate. Accordingly I have worked extensively on the intersections between cinema and philosophical issues like memory, identity and history in a globalized world. This research is evident in such works as Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity: Narrative Time in National Contexts (2006), Deleuze Reframed (2008), Deleuze and World Cinemas (2011) – shortlisted for the BAFTSS annual book award – and Deleuze and Film (2012). In other related works, such as Scotland: Global Cinema (2009), my research has turned to global developments in film tourism which I consider in terms of heritage tourism more broadly.

Keywords: cinema, film, time, philosophy, Deleuze, memory, history, identity, film tourism, heritage tourism.
Dr Nela Milic
University of the Arts
Dr. Nela Milic is an artist and an academic working in media and arts, and is a Senior Lecturer for Contextual and Theoretical Studies in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Keywords: memory, narrative, mapping, archives, city, participation, space
Dr Julie Ackroyd
Open University
Dr Julie Ackroyd is the current (2017) Research Fellow at the Science Museum London, she is working on the reinterpretation and display of the Giustiniani medical chest for the new Medical Gallery which is due to open in 2020. Her book 'Child Actors on the London Stage: Their Education, Recruitment and Theatrical Success' was published in 2017 by Sussex Academic Press. She has been a judge for the play section of the Olivier Awards, for the Society of London Theatres, and has taught for the Open University in Classics, Arts and Humanities and Literature since 2009, where she is also an Honorary Associate of the Classics Department.

Keywords: Medical Research, Museum Studies, Early Modern Education, Early Modern and Modern Theatre, Early Modern Social History, Gender
Dr Liz Gloyn
Royal Holloway, University of London
My research explores the intersection between Latin literature, the Roman family and ancient philosophy. I'm also interested in classical reception, particularly how the contemporary world engages with and uses the ancient world, often to explore issues it finds difficult or to imagine its own future through nostalgic invocations of the past. My book, The Ethics of the Family in Seneca (CUP 2017), argues that the family played a key role in how Stoicism envisaged the individual's moral development. My current project explores how popular culture imagines the ancient monster.