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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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Poppy Freeman-cuerden

History
University of Birmingham

I am a second year PhD student studying early modern gender and animal history. My research examines women's relationships with animals, both physical and cultural, and how these relationships were affected by gender.

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Elsa Ball

Design
Nottingham Trent University

First year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University exploring the importance of hair to fashionable identies and using my background in Textile Design for fast fashion to explore implications this could have for sustainability and fashion.

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Camilla Pitton

Philosophy
University of Warwick

First year PhD student in philosophy working on neoliberal capitalism, gender and alterity.

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Ellen Addis

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I am a first year PhD student exploring the contributions that Hay Festival has made in shaping cultural and critical understandings of reading today and how this might be changing in a digital era.

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Annie Styles

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

English Literature PhD student examining the writing and events from Garsington Manor during WWI.

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Nathalie Cooper

History
University of Warwick

I’m a first year PhD researcher looking at the legacies of imperial violence in the Horniman Museum’s collections. My PhD is co-supervised with the Horniman Museum in London.

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Elisa Vecchi

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

I'm an archaeologist with international experience of fieldwork and a solid background in Mediterranean Archaeology. My current research focuses on the definition of ethnicity in the late prehistory with the use of the Ligurians as a case study.

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Francesca Farnell

History
University of Warwick

I'm a first year PhD student at the University of Warwick, exploring women's involvement in supernatural phenomena during the English Reformation and issues of agency and oppression that lie therein.

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Mutsa Mhende

History
De Montfort University

First-year PhD student at DeMontfort University, excavating and bringing voice to the regional archives of Black life, history, and culture in the Midlands. Situated in memory studies, postcolonialism, and community-based research

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Zach Dawson

Music
University of Birmingham

Zach Dawson is a composer based in Birmingham. He produces notated electronic music for keyboards and other solo instruments. He is part of the electronic music ensemble 7balcony and co-curates the experimental concert series Post-Paradise Series.

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Victoria Mcmillan

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

1st year PhD researcher at NTU. My research explores the role heritage can play in sustainability through a more holistic, place-based approach.

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Kathryn Collinson

Media
De Montfort University

First year PhD student at De Montfort University, interested in film audiences, reception, and genre cinema.

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Paul O’shea

History
University of Leicester

First year PhD student studyinng friendship in three Nazi concentration camps with a focus the role of gender and specifically masculinity in both the relationships of male prisoners, and the functioning of camp society

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Charlotte-rose Kennedy

Linguistics
Nottingham Trent University

Second year PhD researcher based at Nottingham Trent University. Critical Discourse Analysist researching the representations of the pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrations in the national daily UK press, and their democratic implications.

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Alessandro Carabia

Classics
University of Birmingham

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Guy Young

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My research, in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, looks at sub-genres of life-writing and the presentation of spaces and places in Warwickshire associated with the life of Shakespeare.

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Bethany Seaman

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I'm a first year PhD student investigating the representation and reception of medicine in late medieval literature and Shakespeare. I'm interested in the intersection between medicine, material culture, and the body.

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Daniel Boucher

Music
University of Birmingham

Musicologist and cultural historian, specialising in nineteenth and early-twentieth century German opera.

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Charlotte-rose Kennedy

Linguistics
Nottingham Trent University

Critical Discourse Analysist researching the representations of the pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrations in the national daily UK press, and their democratic implications. Second year PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University.

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Marcus Spencer-brown

History
University of Birmingham

In am a first year PhD student specialising in coinage of the Late Roman Empire and the political messages it presents.

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Annette Willoughby


Nottingham Trent University

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Andy Rogers

Archaeology
University of Leicester

First year PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Research interests include colonialism in the Americas, Indigenous archaeologies, archaeological theory and posthumanism.

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Blanca Jove Alcalde

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

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Blanca Jove Alcalde

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

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Theodore Reeves

Archaeology
University of Birmingham

First year PhD student specialising in British Iron Age Marsh-forts

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Serin Quinn

History
University of Warwick

I'm a first year doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick, researching the introduction and assimilation of the tomato and other New World foods into English and Italian diets in the early modern period.

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Lucia Antonia Dino Guida

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Lisa Deml

Visual Arts
Birmingham City University

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Rachael Davies

Dance
Coventry University

I am a first year PhD student at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, researching the work and legacy of Chisenhale Dance Space from 1977-88.

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Taylor Matthews

Philosophy
University of Nottingham

My research sits within the field of virtue and vice epistemology. Before starting my PhD at Nottingham, I studied for my MA at UCL and prior to that I gained my BA from the University of Reading.

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Maxwell Ayamba

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Nottingham

Maxwell is a PhD research student whose research interests transcends the trajectories of race, ecology and environmental Justice in the UK and; the genealogy of people of Black African ancestry and the natural environment in the UK

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Paul Shaw

History
University of Leicester

Born again historian after a career looking down a microscope. Fascinated by 'The Making of the English Landscape', I took the Masters in English Local History at Leicester. Researching into Anglo-Scandinavian medieval landscapes, settlement and farming

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Delaram Shadman Motlagh

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Imogen Worrall

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

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Jonathon Graham

Archaeology
University of Leicester

I am a first year PhD student at the University of Leicester exploring Late Neolithic (c.3000-2500 BC) communities in the Isle of Man, Orkney, and Yorkshite with posthumanist theory

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Amy Bromilow

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

First year PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham in the School of English department of Drama and Creative Writing.

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Carys Hughes

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Amirah Mohiddin

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

I am a 1st year PhD student exploring female heroism in Arabic fantasy literature and implementing this in my creative practice in the modern context of Islamic feminist and hybridity theories.

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Catherine Gower

History
Nottingham Trent University

First year PhD researcher looking into royal genealogical rolls and their use in fifteenth-century England.

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Annabelle Gilmore

History
University of Birmingham

I am a first year PhD student interested in the wide ranging effects of colonialism in eighteenth and nineteenth century history.

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Laura Smith

Theology, Divinity and Religion
University of Birmingham

I am a first year student doctoral student at the University of Birmingham researching discourses of female suffering in late antiquity.

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Jasmin Higgs

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

My research examines how to use interdisciplinary methods in determining the function of early runic writing.

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Catalina Imizcoz

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

I am an Argentinian researcher and editor, working within the field of exhibition studies.

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Eleanor Vivian

Theology, Divinity and Religion
University of Birmingham

PhD Candidate in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, considering the function of metaphor in the depictions of disability in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Dawn Newbery

Visual Arts
De Montfort University

1st year PhD student photography and sports history. Working in partnership with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.

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Caroline Butterwick

Languages and Literature
De Montfort University

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Gabriel Shelton

Visual Arts
University of Birmingham

I am a first year History of Art PhD student at the University of Birmingham studying Michelangelo's knowledge of human anatomy.

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Natasha Commissiong

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Birmingham

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Rebecca Hickman

History
University of Nottingham

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Cambridge in 2016, and an MPhil in Modern British History from the same institution in 2018. Professionally, I have been involved in several heritage projects in South Wales and Essex.

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Flora Perara

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I am a first year English Lit and Creative Writing PhD student at the University of Birmingham. My research explores issues of cultural diversity in the contemporary romance fiction industry, focusing on reader response and incorporating a romance novel.

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Jack Moss

History
University of Nottingham

Historian and former museum professional, in my first year of a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Boots Archive. My research focuses upon the history and culture of high-street shopping.

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Sumaiyah Kholwadia

Law and Legal Studies
University of Birmingham

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Giorgia Rizzioli

Visual Arts
Coventry University

PhD Student at Coventry University. I extensively developed my interest in conservation and valorisation of artistic practise. Specifically, I have been focusing on the relationship between painting art, moving images and extended media.

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William Noble

History
University of Nottingham

In my research I use several Midlands case studies to examine how local identities were connected with conceptions of ‘race’ and immigration, and how these in turn contributed to popular perceptions of ‘decline’ in the period c.1958-1981.

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Amber Vella

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

I am a first year PhD student at the University of Leicester, researching the experience of pregnancy between 1714 and 1837.

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Maialen Maugars

Visual Arts
University of Warwick

I am a first year CDA student at the University of Warwick and my project focuses on Birmingham Museum’s Renaissance and Baroque decorative art collection.

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Elaine Goodey

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the publications of police detectives from 1880-1930.

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Stephanie Limb

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

Poet and essayist

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Louisa Petts

Dance
Coventry University

First year doctoral researcher exploring community dance practice and it's potential to improve social wellbeing amongst older adult populations.

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Imogen Kaufman

Media
University of Nottingham

Hi! I'm a first year collab doc at Nottingham Uni, looking at identity, gender and videogames.

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Isabel Cawthorn

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My research examines memory in the 19th-Century Spanish short story

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Kathryn Bullen

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

Second year PhD researcher, investigating the impact of language, history, and landscape on place-names on the Isle of Axholme in Lincolnshire. Viking and Anglo-Saxon enthusiast.

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Bruce Forman

Music
Birmingham City University

Researching the musical language of Olivier Messiaen, and his role as a church organist. I studied for a BA in Theology before taking an MA in Music as a mature student and now researching towards the PhD

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Amelie Doche

Languages and Literature
Birmingham City University

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Alex Riggs

History
University of Nottingham

My research focuses on the 1980s American left, particularly the Democratic Presidential Primary campaigns of Ted Kennedy (1980) and Jesse Jackson (1984/1988).

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Kendall Cowle

Visual Arts
Birmingham City University

Current PhD candidate within the school of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University. My research focuses specifically on developing new understandings of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) though the use of photography.

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Zack Ditch

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

I am a first year PhD student, whose project intends to explore the socioeconomic dimensons of regional drag performance scenes in the Midlands (namely Nottingham), sitting between theatrical, sociological and gender-based research.

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Ross Davidson

Music
De Montfort University

I am conducting practice-based research into the effects of applying an electroacoustic compositional approach to the soundtrack of narrative film, wherein the boundaries between sound design and music are dissolved.

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Lucy Holehouse

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Meredith Laing

Archaeology
University of Leicester

A former solicitor now returned to my first love - archaeology! Researching children in the Bronze and Iron Age.

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Liam Rogers

Media
University of Warwick

First year PhD student at the University of Warwick researching posthumanism, technology and embodiment in science-fiction film and television.

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Zoltan Pallag

Archaeology
University of Leicester

I'm a classical archaeologist. My main interest is the art and archaeology of the Roman empire and late antique art. I'm particularly interested in late Roman visual and material culture and the ancient and modern biographies of museum objects.

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Imogen Knox

History
University of Warwick

University of Warwick doctoral researcher investigating early modern expressions of suicide and self harm in supernatural narratives across early modern Britain.

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Christopher Griffin

Languages and Literature
University of Warwick

First year doctoral researcher of contemporary anglophone literature. Focusing on the intersection of neoliberalism, the novel, and the aesthetics of 'the secret'.

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Dani-louise Olver

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

I am a first year PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University, investigating contemporary Indigenous school stories from the perspective of Tribal Critical Race Theory.

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Annelise Edwards-daem

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

I am a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University with research interests in women's writing, dolls, ventriloquism studies, gender studies, feminism, the Gothic and posthumanism.

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Lauren Eglen

History
University of Nottingham

'The Heart of the Collective': Black Women's Activism and Freedomways Magazine, 1961-1985

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Matthew Carter

History
University of Nottingham

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Robert Francis

Media
University of Nottingham

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Rita Gayle


University of Birmingham

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Graham Ashurst

History
University of Nottingham

A Contrarian in Search of Tradition- Post-War American Education and the Career of Diane Ravitch

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Susan Bishop


University of Leicester

I study social and cultural histories. My primary objective is to add minority perspectives and hidden voices to 20th Century British history. I am also interested in the connective possibilities of Oral History theory and the History of Emotions

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Ian Sergeant

Media
Birmingham City University

Ian Sergeant has an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from the School of Art, Birmingham City University.

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Yvonne O’dell

Archaeology
University of Leicester

Final year PhD researcher at the University of Leicester, currently researching affect theory, new materialism, and post humanism, with a focus on the colonial Caribbean.

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Rachel Small

Archaeology
University of Leicester

My research considers the influence of humoral theory, a medical doctrine, on early modern diet, combining archaeological and historical evidence.

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Daniel Johnson

History
University of Leicester

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Lauren Parsons

History
University of Leicester

I'm a 2nd year PhD researcher and I specialise in British approaches to seeking compensation for the Holocaust.

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Stefania Zardini Lacedelli


University of Leicester

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Lucrezia Gigante

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

I am a first-year PhD Candidate in the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester with an interest in participatory practices and engagement strategies in art museums and galleries.

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Charlotte Johnson

History
University of Birmingham

Charlotte Johnson is a first year M4C PhD student. Her project ‘Imperial Connections: re-examining Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire' is a CDA co-supervised by the National Trust.

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Hannah Dennett

History
University of Warwick

My collaborative History PhD examines the lives of Black, Asian and mixed-race children received into the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital, alongside financial connections of the founders and governors to colonial trade and the British Empire.

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Eleanor Cook


Coventry University

I am a second year PhD researcher at Coventry University researching public art and ideas of home in post-war Coventry.

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Helen Hopkins

Languages and Literature
Birmingham City University

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Robert Frost

Development Studies
University of Nottingham

Doctoral student, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

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Jessica Hodgkinson

History
University of Leicester

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Jill Robinson

Media
Birmingham City University

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Clare Matthews

Visual Arts
University of Birmingham

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Tomos Evans

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Matilda Blackwell

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Natalie Grace

History
University of Nottingham

I started my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2018, having also completed my BA and MA in History there. Research interests include early modern print, witchcraft, gender, and the Reformations.

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Roxanne Ablett

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

Roxie is an AHRC M4C-funded doctoral researcher focusing on the collection, dissemination and reclaimation of Nigerian folklore. She received her BA and MRes degrees from and is undertaking her PhD at Nottingham Trent University.

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Emanuele Podda

Languages and Literature
University of Warwick

Emanuele Podda is a French Studies PhD student at the University of Warwick. His area of study is French intellectual, constitutional and international history in the first half of the 20th century

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Abbey Rees-hales

Visual Arts
University of Birmingham

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Jayde Martin

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My name is Jayde Martin, my main areas of research include posthumanism, digital cultures, science-fiction, and literature and science. Drop me an e-mail if you're interested in collaborating on projects relevant to any of the above!

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Benjamin Scott

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

I am a first year PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University, investigating the relationship between representations of labour in contemporary Francophone film and neoliberalism.

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Nadine Tauchner

History
University of Leicester

I am a PhD Candidate at UK's oldest institution for the research of the Holocaust, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the University of Leicester. Before starting my doctorate, I received a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Journ

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Ben White

Classics
University of Nottingham

Second year PhD researcher in Classics and Archaeology. My interests pertain to how people move, interact and feel in urban space and the consequences for historical socio-political developments.

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Samantha Ford

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Collaborative Postgraduate Doctoral Researcher working with Big Cat Advertising Agency to explore the creativity of figurative communication in advertising and its impact on consumer behaviour.

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Nora Battermann

Archaeology
University of Leicester

Zooarchaeologist focussing on human-animal relationships.

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Joshua Caldicott

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Liam Sims

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

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Ronan Love

History
University of Warwick

First-year History PhD student researching financial policy, the politics of public debt, and the theory and practice of sovereign power in the French Revolution.

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Grace Owen

History
University of Birmingham

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Natalie Mason

Music
University of Birmingham

Musician, educator and composer researching international music-making in local communities and schools, inspired by her work with the 'Multicultural Music Making' music education project.

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Robin Diver

Classics
University of Birmingham

Robin is a third year PhD researcher in classical reception and children's literature. She looks at adaptations of sexual violence in children's anthologies of Greek myth.

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Fraser Logan

Philosophy
University of Warwick

First-year PhD in Philosophy specialising in Nietzsche's conception of freedom. Previous degrees in politics & international relations, international political theory, and continental philosophy.

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James Cull

Drama and Theatre Studies
De Montfort University

James Cull is a multidisciplinary artist based at DMU exploring interactivity, horror, video games and installation art. I completed my BA and Masters at DMU, and continue to collaborate, research and develop alongside other artists at the university.

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Laura Parsons


De Montfort University

I am a Collaborative Doctoral Award student working with Leicester City Council to find new ways of measuring and articulating the value of hidden culture.

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Dan Powell

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

Prize-winning author of short stories. Debut collection of stories, Looking Out Of Broken Windows, shortlisted for the Scott Prize and longlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Prize.

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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

My research explores​ residential mobility and settlement from the Middle Neolithic to the Middle Bronze Age, focusing on Lincolnshire and the Fens and using stable isotope analysis of faunal and human remains.

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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

My research is about the post-1650 history of Wollaton Hall country house heritage site.

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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 candidate at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. I am also a recent Fine Art Graduate with an interest in museums, participation, contemporary and historical art practice and photography.

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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

Practice-based researcher in painting practice. Harriet's research is situated between the School of Art and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with focus on moving between the auditory and the visual.

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Rachael Wickenden

Design
Nottingham Trent University

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Christopher Booth

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

Historical archaeologist currently working on the material culture and sensory experience of early modern apothecaries. I am interested in the history and 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

My research explores the organisation Moral Re-Armament, which operated from 1938 onwards to revive Britain's Christianity, fight communism & immorality, and promote a life led by Four Absolute standards of Purity, Honesty, Love and Unselfishness.

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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

History
University of Nottingham

Research on 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 people with experience of dementia represent their experiences and how they relate these to a range of visual and linguistic portrayals in the media.

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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 sound artist.

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Stacey Kennedy

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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

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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 a 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

Interested in contemporary (C21) women's writing and American/Canadian studies, my doctoral research examines how US & Canadian women writers deploy the discourses of psychopathy.

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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

Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician, deemed a 'Rising Star' by BBC Music Magazine. Classical Music Magazine considered her debut album ‘The French Reverie’ (2018): 'a model for young artists making their recording debuts'.

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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 in 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 British and European identity construction(s) in Brexit Britain using corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis and qualitative interviewing.

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Rebecca Wheddon

History
University of Nottingham

My research specialises in the manipulation of political language and rhetoric in the reign of Henry VII

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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. I am currently investigating the fascinating links between accelerationism, the writing of J.G. Ballard, and the work and miliue of artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Gheorghe Williams

Drama and Theatre Studies
University of Birmingham

I am based at the University of Birmingham, and my PhD research investigates the role of the Gothic in contemporary political theatre and performance.

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Harriet Clark

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

PhD researcher studying the regionalism and co-rulership practices of medieval Norway and how those practices were perceived according to the Old Norse histories.

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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

Researching homelessness under the Labour Governments 1997-2010. I spent ten years running projects for street homeless people in the 1980s and 1990s. 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

Mother of Literary Dragons. Doctoral Researcher in Medieval and Early Modern Arthurian literature.

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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 importance of letter-writing for the imperial family. Using family collections from 1790-1920 it explores how families communicated between Britain and India during periods of separation.

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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 LLB Law modules at Birmingham City University.

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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

Researching queerness and transness in the novels of William Godwin and his circle

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Judith Vocker

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.

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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).