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Student profiles

Our student community is distinguished by breadth and diversity in the people and projects that make up M4C. Connecting across the Midlands, our students are part of a dynamic network of postgraduate researchers, with opportunities for collaboration throughout the doctoral experience.

This page offers a sample of student profiles, which are in development. A full list will be available in the coming months

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Roxanne Korda

Music
Birmingham City University

Roxanne is an opera singer, librettist and science disseminator. She has an MMus (Dist) Vocal Performance (RBC) and BSc (1st) Physics and Philosophy KCL. in 2017 she cofounded www.infiniteopera.com .

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Victoria Zoe Callus

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

First-year: creative-critical project exploring paper affect and literary innovation. Writer and occasional visual artist. Influenced by multilingualism and previous work in Film & Media.

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Andrew Judson

History
University of Nottingham

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David Osborne

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

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Lauren Sisson

History
University of Nottingham

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Emily Quigley

History
University of Nottingham

My research explores the portrayal of Matthew the evangelist in the writings of the Venerable Bede.

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Liam Hathaway

Media
De Montfort University

I am a third year doctoral candidate at De Montfort University, writing a thesis on killer bug films.

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Elizabeth Egan

History
University of Warwick

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Ela Wydrzynska

Linguistics
University of Nottingham

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Daniel Bilton

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

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Rachael Helen Banes

Classics
University of Birmingham

I am a second year PhD student whose research focuses on graffiti in the late antique east. My ultimate goal is to produce a catalogue of graffiti, as well as an analyses of the trends found within.

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Ashley Chhibber

Classics
University of Nottingham

I specialise in the Latin poetry of the early Roman empire, especially Virgil, Lucan and Statius.

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Alice Monypenny

Philosophy
University of Nottingham

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Emily Brady

Development Studies
University of Nottingham

My research looks at the contribution of African American women photographers to the long civil rights movement in the United States. I am interested in feminist networks, visual analysis, and intersectional histories.

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Natasha Stoyce

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

Natasha Stoyce is an AHRC-funded M4C doctoral researcher investigating the Great War work of the Scottish Women's Hospitals for the Serbian Army. She is fluent in English & Serbo-Croatian.

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Chris Mapp

Music
Birmingham City University

Chris is a bass player, improviser and composer living and working in Birmingham. His work falls somewhere between composition and improvisation, using sound, music and electronics to satisfy his own sonic curiosity.

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Kate Garland

Theology, Divinity and Religion
University of Nottingham

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Megan Doole

History
University of Nottingham

I am a building and historic site historian who concentrates on 'people and place'. MSt Building History (University of Cambridge), MA Heritage Education (Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln). I previously worked for the National Trust for 11 years.

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Kallina Krasteva-brailsford

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

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Emily Gray

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

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Rebecca Savage

Visual Arts
University of Birmingham

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Corey Mwamba

Music
Birmingham City University

I am a musician, arts programmer and presenter, and doctoral researcher from Derby. My research interests cover jazz and improvised music studies; practice research; and practice research methodologies.

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Giulia Manica

Media
University of Nottingham

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Samantha Topley

Music
De Montfort University

Sound artist using craft to investigate music, technology and textiles in participatory settings.

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Laura Dudley

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

I am a second year PhD student at University of Leicester studying restaged participatory art exhibitions. I also work at Derby Museums as a Project Coordinator, alongside acting as Co-Edtor in Chief for the Museological Review Journal in Museum Studies.

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David Russell

History
University of Leicester

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Sophie Campbell

Development Studies
University of Nottingham

Final Year PhD Student looking at Transatlantic Slavery commemoration at heritage sites. Co-supervised across Geography, History and American Studies (PhD formally in American Studies and History).

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Sophie Swoffer

Drama and Theatre Studies
De Montfort University

Sophie is a third year full time PhD student that uses feminist performance art practice to interrogate and uncover the potentials in subverting Laura Mulvey's theory of the male gaze.

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Matthew Holliday

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Elina Nahlinder

Visual Arts
University of Warwick

My research focuses on the presence of fine art objects in Swedish domestic settings around 1900, and investigates the role assigned to this type of visual art by means of considering contemporary discourses on the home, nationhood, and cultural reform.

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Elliot Newbold

Political Science and International Studies
University of Nottingham

Imagining Independence: The United States, Public Diplomacy, and Philippine Freedom in the Age of Decolonization, 1945-1960 (working title)

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Jodie Smith


University of Birmingham

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Adela Kratenova

Law and Legal Studies
Nottingham Trent University

I am a third year PhD researcher at the Nottingham Trent University with an interest in international trade and commercial law as well as contract law.

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Stewart Campbell

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I am an experienced cultural leader with a proven track record of management in the arts, predominantly music. I’ve spent the past decade working as a director in the creative industries and higher education and voluntary sectors.

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Richard Burn

Music
Birmingham City University

My PhD explores how we perceive sound and to what extent technology may be used to support musical performance for people with a hearing impairment. I am completing my studies part-time, while also lecturing in Music Technology.

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Andrew Searle

History
University of Birmingham

The majority of my career has been in IT, until twelve years ago when I decided on a lifestyle change and became a part-time firefighter. At the same time I read for a Degree and then Masters in History.

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Pernille Nailor

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Kristen Horner


University of Nottingham

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Nathan Gubbins

Archaeology
University of Leicester

Archaeologist looking at the impact of new materialist philosophy on our understaning of change in prehistoric Britain.

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Jennifer Voss

Media
De Montfort University

Jennifer Voss is a part-time PhD candidate whose research focuses on actresses’ performance of emotion during the transition from silent to sound cinema in Britain and America.

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Rhiannon Cogbill

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

PhD student working on modernist medical humanities at the University of Birmingham.

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Edward Mckeon

Music
Birmingham City University

Ed McKeon is a producer of experimental music, lecturer and researcher.

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James Aitcheson

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

Novelist, medievalist, Anglo-Saxon and Norman specialist, creative writing tutor. Author of four novels, published in the UK, the US, Germany and the Czech Republic. PhD in Creative Writing candidate at the University of Nottingham.

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Natasha Bailey

History
University of Leicester

I am a historian of early modern Mexico, focusing on the relationship between indigenous Nahua alcohol producers and the early colonial state.

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Matthias Sperling

Dance
De Montfort University

My artistic doctoral research in dance evolves from my 20 years of professional practice as an artist, choreographer and performer. Please visit http://www.matthias-sperling.com/about.html for more details.

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Paul Adey

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

Practitioner of hip hop lyricism under the performance name of Cappo. My research aims to explore and artistically illustrate the occurrence of literary intertextuality in the rap lyrics of artists such as Rakim, Nas, Black Thought, and Kendrick Lamar.

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Ruby Hawley-sibbett

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Amy Wilcockson

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Laura Charles

History
Nottingham Trent University

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Sally Cooke

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

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Harriet Carter

Visual Arts
Birmingham City University

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Rachael Wickenden

Design
Nottingham Trent University

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Christopher Booth

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

Historical archaeologist from the UK currently working on the material culture of early modern apothecaries. I am interested in the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval science, technology, and medicine.

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Colette Davies

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Patricia Francis

Art and Design and Arts and Humanities
Nottingham Trent University

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Grace France

History
University of Birmingham

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Andrea Jaeger

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

Artist queering praxis as order from noise, non-representational power and sensuousness in photographic production.

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Charlotte James

Development Studies
University of Nottingham

I am in the third year of my PhD in American Studies researching the memory of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth through visual culture in the twentieth century.

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Emma Putland

Linguistics
University of Nottingham

I'm a sociolinguist currently researching how British media (namely newspapers and charities) depicts dementia, and exploring how this relates to the experiences and views of people with dementia and their supporters.

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Eleanor Cox

History
University of Nottingham

My research explores how a belief in the coming apocalypse may have impacted religious thought, culture and society in fourteenth-century England.

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Laura Dudley

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

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Jennifer Caddick

History
University of Nottingham

The Distribution of Royal Patronage to the Gentry in the Minority of Henry VI, 1422-1437

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James Opstad

Music
University of Birmingham

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Sahal Abdi

Archaeology
University of Leicester

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Jessica Murray

Dance
De Montfort University

Jess is a professional rhythm tap performer, teacher and tap jam host. She works collaboratively with musicians to create original performance work.

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Eloisa Rodrigues

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

My research focuses on analysing acquisitions of Brazilian art by public museums and art galleries in the UK

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Makiko Tsunoda

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

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Ben Salisbury

Classics
University of Birmingham

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Kerryn Wise

Drama and Theatre Studies
De Montfort University

Kerryn Wise is a movement-based artist, researcher, lecturer and performer based in the East Midlands, making work across dance, physical theatre, contemporary performance and digital technologies.

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Eleanor Hedger

Music
University of Birmingham

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Luke Butler


Nottingham Trent University

PhD Researcher based at Nottingham trent University. I use scientific imaging techniques and AI to study Maritime Southeast Asian manuscripts in partnership with the British Library.

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Jessica Venner

Classics
University of Birmingham

Doctoral researcher of Roman gardens, domestic space and identity.

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Cesare Cuzzola

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

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Rob Fitt

History
University of Birmingham

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Mark Ferguson

Music
University of Birmingham

Wildlife sound recordist and composer.

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Stacey Kennedy

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Researching women's art networks in the African contemporary art world. Interdisciplinary work combining Anthropology/ Art History/ African Studies/ Sociology. Field research: Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa.

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William Gildea

Philosophy
University of Warwick

My research examines which psychological capacities moral rights are based on, in order to develop a new account of the moral status of humans and animals.

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Alan Morton

Visual Arts
University of Leicester

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Julie Hurst-whitehouse

History
University of Leicester

Project Manager and PhD student passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and finding ways to make oral history more trauma informed

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Sophie Almond

History
University of Leicester

I am a second year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Leicester, studying the history of the Medical Women's Federation (MWF).

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Michele Piscitelli

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Historian and Language tutor

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Chiara Marabelli

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

I am an archaeologist and museum professional. I am very interested in objects, their multiple stories, and the relationships and interactions between objects and people in the museum space.

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Hannah Spruce

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

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Alexandra Hewitt

History
University of Birmingham

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Christopher Rouse

History
University of Birmingham

I’m a medievalist working on the representations of East Asia in European world maps. My research draws on narrative, spatial and postcolonial theory to explore how maps incorporated the space, time and agency of Asia into a Latin Christian worldview.

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Laura Farr Rozada

Music
Birmingham City University

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Frederick Lloyd Williams

History
University of Nottingham

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William Green

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Giulia Lorenzi

Philosophy
University of Warwick

Hi, I am a PhD student based at the University of Warwick. I work in philosophy of auditory perception. The aim of my actual research is explain how music perception is a special case of audition.

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Josh Webb

Classics
University of Leicester

My research explores Ancient Greek warfare and the military tradition of individual poleis beyond Athens and Sparta

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Andrea Brondino

Languages and Literature
University of Warwick

Hi! My research focuses on Italian contemporary literature; it investigates the literary practices of irony displayed in several genres (e.g. autofiction) and by different authors (e.g. Wu Ming) in reaction to the exhaustion of postmodernism.

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Selina Schmidt

Linguistics
Birmingham City University

PhD researcher of English Linguistics based in Birmingham, UK

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Maria Grazia Aurora Campisi

Music
University of Birmingham

Musicologist, pianist and clarinetist investigating opera and its complex merger of art forms in the 20th century: "death" of a genre or cultural transformation?

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Nathalie Muller

Visual Arts
Birmingham City University

Independent curator and writer

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Caroline Ridler

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

PhD student in Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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Akvile Stuart

Music
Birmingham City University

Musicologist and pianist examining the life and musical legacy of the neglected early 20th century Russian composer Alexei Stanchinsky.

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Matt Mcginn

History
University of Nottingham

My research uses oral history methodology to consider the relationship between regional identity and football in Galicia, Spain.

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Emma Sheppard


University of Warwick

My collaborative doctoral study is with the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The focus of my research is on the life and work of the prolific and pioneering theatre director Michael Bogdanov.

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Jessica Sutherland

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

​My research develops a victim-perpetrator model of the moral responsibility of child soldiers. I explore how endorsement of action can establish a degree of moral responsibility under certain conditions, and use this to argue for the potential dual

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Luis Freijo Escudero

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Tamsin Parnell

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

Examining national and transnational identity construction in Brexit Britain using corpus-based critical discourse analysis and qualitative interviewing.

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Rebecca Wheddon

History
University of Nottingham

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Thomas Lockwood-moran

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham based. Interested in queer everything - theoretically and materially. Thesis title - Queer Resistance(s): Contemporary Caribbean Communality - more info whithin profile.

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Mikel Herran Subinas

Archaeology
University of Leicester

My research explores how women played a key role in the social and religious transformation of medieval Islamic Spain. For this I focus on the domestic spaces and activities through assemblage theory. I also dabble in public engagement.

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Niall Gallen

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I am a researcher of representations and responses to technology in culture. Currently I am investigating the overlap between accelerationism, the writing of J.G. Ballard, and the work of artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Gheorghe Williams

Drama and Theatre Studies
University of Birmingham

Drama and Theatre Arts, Birmingham University

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Harriet Clark

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Francesca Leveridge

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Jane Kisbey

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

My research focuses on how we can best characterise psychopathy. I argue that people diagnosed with psychopathy lack the ability to care about their future selves. I investigate the connection between future self-interest and moral responsibility.

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Thomas Wood

History
University of Birmingham

My research explores the significance of serpents and dragons in early modern Germany, and how these potent symbols were employed in the religious upheavals of the Reformation.

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David Christie

History
University of Birmingham

I have degrees in both history and biology and a history MA from Birmingham. I spent ten years running projects for street homeless people. I write poetry and have published a utopian novel.

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Tiffany Bale

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

My project researches costume labour in the UK's film and television workforce, focusing on issues of equality and gender. I have trained and worked as a costume maker, and am embracing the new challenge of a PhD.

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Humma Mouzam

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Medieval Arthurianist. Mother of Literary Dragons. 2nd year Doctoral Researcher.

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Vasiliki Louka

Archaeology
University of Leicester

Forensic anthropologist and M4C PhD student with an interest in skeletal trauma and violence in armed conflicts.

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Lorna Giltrow-shaw

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Fiona Walpole-trumper

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

Artist-researcher with an interest in bereavement theory it's application within contemporary fine art.

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Darren O’brien

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

Darren O'Brien is an artist Researcher, exploring post humanism and the animal turn, through the praxis of the Walkies as Method.

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Lucy Prior

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

My research examines rising anxiety rates in UK young people aged 16-24. I consider current conceptions of anxiety and the relation between social media and anxiety rates in youth.

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Ellen Smith

History
University of Leicester

My research considers the ways that letters, diary-writing, and drawing were at the heart of the imperial family. Using family collections from 1790-1920 it explores how families communicated when separated between Britain and India.

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Lucretia Mccarthy

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

My research focuses on women's contemporary and experimental life writing, touching upon themes of identity, feminism, autotheory, new media, and oversharing.

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Oresta Muckute

History
University of Leicester

I am a first year CDA student, studying the narratives of loss in the witness testimonies of war widows and maimed soldiers during the English Civil Wars and how they compared across England, Wales and Ireland

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Margherita Riso

Archaeology
University of Leicester

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Tuesday Goacher

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

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Laura Marie Clark

History
University of Birmingham

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Michael Lane

Law and Legal Studies
Birmingham City University

Michael is a Midlands4Cities (AHRC) funded PhD student investigating the impact of the UN's Universal Periodic Review on human rights in the UK. He also teaches on the Constitutional and Administrative Law module at BCU.

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Daniel Blanco

Music
Birmingham City University

Resident composer and co artistic director of Infinite Opera, exploring how to create new opera that is relevant to society by interdisciplinary work and collaboration.

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Jessica Cretney

History
De Montfort University

Researching the built environment of Nazi concentration camps as deliberately created spatial experiences, linked with the modernist ideological drive for architectural efficiency, functionality and standardisation.

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Steve Atkin

Law and Legal Studies
Nottingham Trent University

I am researching the extent to which aspects of the legal systems of the UK and Republic of Ireland uphold the rights of disabled persons

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Laura Ewart

History
Nottingham Trent University

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Daniel Sheppard

Media
Birmingham City University

Daniel is a PhD candidate in the Birmingham School of Media, funded by Midlands4Cities. He has written for Horror Homeroom and Screening Sex, presented at various international conferences, and is currently preparing essays for several edited collections.

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Federica Mirra

Fine Art History, Theory and Practice
Birmingham City University

Sinologist interested in investigating contemporary Chinese artistic responses to the unprecedented urbanization in China to raise awareness of this phenomenon’s social implications and envision future urban imaginaries.

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Simon Clewes

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My research looks at male-male desire in the Gothic writing of William Godwin and his circle, including Mary Shelley, William Godwin Jnr, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Joanna Baillie, exoloring how authors worked to critique homophobic politics of the time.

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Judith Vocker

Political History
University of Leicester

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Claire Going

Languages and Literature
De Montfort University

My project looks at whether short stories printed in British magazines during and in the aftermath of the First World War can be considered a therapeutic tool for readers suffering from the emotional or psychological effects of war.

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Catrin Fear

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

My research explores the impact of lead use in medieval Britain from the environmental impact, social and medicinal impact through to identifying poisoning in the skeleton. I also research cave archaeology and palaeoanthropology.

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Amy Hondsmerk

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

My research looks at how video games are suited for use as an interpretative tool in museums. I’m focusing on game mechanics, narrative, emotion/affect, and how game structures can create and unpack arguments. I also dabble in coding. SAF rep for NTU.

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Peter Haysom

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

My PhD in Portuguese & Lusophone Studies considers regionalism and regional identity in modern Portuguese fiction. I hold a B.A. in Modern & Medieval Languages (Cambridge) and an M.A. in Portuguese Literature (Porto).