Updates from the Fellows: Autumn 2023

Sep 29, 2023 | Fellows, IAS News, Transformations (Issue 10)

We’re pleased to share the following news from the IAS alumni community

Professor Simon James (Associate Fellow)
The Durham-led ‘Shy bairns get nowt’ project will see Classics, Education, English and Psychology professors combine their expertise to support the teaching of oracy in primary and secondary schools in North East England.

Professor Susanne Braun (Associate Fellow)
IAS Associate Fellows Professor Susanne Braun, Dr Karolina Nieberle, Dr Janey Zheng, and Professor Olga Epitropaki are leading an international grant project on the role of leader identity dynamics. International collaborators include colleagues from Bar Ilan University in Israel and Oakland University in the United States. Over the next four years, the team will undertake a four-part study series that accumulates knowledge of how leader identities can change in the short and long run, under threat and impostorism experiences, and how they can be rebuilt by engaging in sense-making activities. The studies feed into a development intervention for leaders. The research is funded by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Dr Nikita Chui (2022/23 Fellow)
Has recently returned from a conference on technological threats to peace at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at Vatican City. It shared some of the work developed with Durham colleagues from the IAS Major project Enabling Responsible Space Exploitation.

Professor Philippa Collin (2022/23 Fellow)
Has several recent publications including:

  • Collin, P., Gordon, F. (2023) ‘Children and Young People Contesting Citizenship’  in Wyn, J., Cahill, H., Cuervo, H. (eds.) Handbook of Children and Youth Studies. Singapore: Springer.
  • Bessant, J., Collin, P., Watts, R (2023) ‘Blah, Blah, Blah … [not] business as usual’: politics through the lens of young female climate leaders’, Australian Journal of Political Science
  • Collin, P et al. (2023) Guidebook for Youth Engagement in Health Research, Wellbeing Health and Youth CRE.   https://why.org.au/index.php/resources/guidebook-youth-engagement-health-research
  • Collin, P., Bessant, J. & Watts, R. (forthcoming) ‘When we can’t vote, action is all we have’:  Student Climate Politics, Rights and Justice’ in Wright, K., & Mcleod, J (eds.) Children, Youth and Activism. Emerald.

Professor Barbara Risman (2016/17 Fellow)
Will take up a visiting Fellowship at the Sciences Po, Paris in 2024. Her research project is a cross-national study of people who reject gender categories.

Dr Francesca Fulminante (2017/18 Fellow)
Has published The Rise of Early Rome (2023, Cambridge University Press) which was partially written during her IAS Fellowship recently published.

Professor Julia Prest (2016/17 Fellow)
Has published Public Theatre and the Enslaved People of Colonial Saint-Domingue (2023, Palgrave Macmillan).

Professor Nicholas Aroney (201617 Fellow)
Has received an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to investigate constituent power in federal constitutions. The research will build on themes that Professor Aroney explored during his IAS fellowship (for example, in this paper and this book). The research will explore the ways in which federal constitutions are adopted and approved by ‘the people’ of the country – both the multiple peoples of the constituent states and the singular people of the federation. A clearer understanding of these issues will influence the way governments and the courts apply and interpret federal constitutions. It will also contribute to discussion about the roles of the people(s) in constitutional amendment and reform.  More information about the project is available here.

Professor David Martin-Jones (2012/13 Fellow)
Has published an anthology: Contemporary Screen Ethics: Absences, Identities, Belonging, Looking Anew (2023, Edinburgh University Press, 2023).

Professor John Dupre (2006/07 Fellow)
Has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Professor Dupre gave the Gifford Lectures earlier in the year, which was a series of six lectures on the topic “A Process Perspective on Human Life”, at the University of Edinburgh.
He has been awarded the David L. Hull Prize of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology honouring “an extraordinary contribution to scholarship and service that promotes interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social studies, and biology.


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