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Durham University

St Mary's College

Visiting Fellows 2019-20

Professor Lia Bryant

IAS Fellow at St Mary's College (October - December 2019)

Lia Bryant is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Economic and Cultural Sociology and is Director for the National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing, University of South Australia. She has held multiple leadership roles including Acting Head of School and Associate Head of School: Research. She teaches applied social research and critical and creative research methods. She has been a visiting research fellow at Tufts University, Boston, USA and the following Swedish Universities: Linkoping University; Mid-Sweden University and Umea University. During her stay at Durham University, Dr Bryant will be working on a book focused on The Gendering of Hope: Rural Women and Carescapes.

Professor Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez

Zurbarán Centre Fellow at St Mary's College (October - December 2019)

Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez is lecturer in History of art and visual culture at the University of Valencia (Spain) where he earned his PhD with a thesis about vanitas in the Hispanic baroque culture. His research focuses on the connections between visual and culture in different contexts but mainly in the baroque era. His works deal with the continuity of past in contemporary visual culture and the historiographic models that explain such connections. He is also interested in historiography of art, neo-baroque theory and art, scopic regimes of modernity and postmodernity, photography as identity tool and contemporary iconoclasm. He is the director of Colección Pigmalión, a series of Ediciones Sans Soleil, an independent publishing house specialized on visual culture.

Professor Megan Perry

Visiting Research Fellow at St Mary's College (January - March 2020)

Megan Perry is a Professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University (USA) and the co-director of the Petra North Ridge Project. Her primary research inetersts involve investigating human skeletal remains to assess ancient disease, diet, and mobility patterns, in addition to mortuary practices of ancient populations in 1st to 6th century A.D. Jordan. At Durham University she will be working with faculty from the Department of Archaeology to explore the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of borderland regions in two roman provinces: Britannia and Arabia. Roman Britain contained one of Rome's materially significant borders, marked by the Hadrian and Antonine walls. Roman Arabia, on the other hand, represents a less tangible, more fluid border zone marked by a dispersed fortification system. The provincial residents' diverse experiences will be tracked via human skeletal evidence of disease, diet, mortality, and mobility to generate a synthetic bioarchaelogical perspective of Rome's frontier environments, in addition to parsing out causes for patterns observed in our data.

Dr Laura Pfunter

Visiting Research Fellow at St Mary's College (January - March 2020)

Laura Pfunter is a Lecturer in Ancient History at Queen's University Belfast. She was previously a Postdoctural Scholar in Classics at the University of California, Davis. Her main research areas are the history and material culture of the Roman Mediterranean, andcient urbanism, and Greek and Latin historiography of the Roman era. Her first book, Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily (Austin 2019), examined the Roman-era history and archaeology of the island of Sicily, and especially the development of its urban communities under the Principate. She looks forward to working with colleagues in Classics and Ancient History at Durham as she develops a new research project on 'War and Peacemaking in the Roman West in the First Century BC'.

Mr Santiago Garrido Rua

Zurbarán Centre Fellow at St Mary's College (January - March 2020)

Santiago Garrido Rua is a filmmaker, writer and editor who works on mainstream commercial cinema, art house cinema, television, video and the internet. He has taught Film, Media Arts and Technologies in taught and research programmes in various universities in Barcelona and also at primary and secondary school level in Sardinia since 2002. He trained with iconic Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna, attending his famous Taller (workshop) in 2001 and collaborating in major projects which have included the films Yo soy la Juani/My Name is Juani (2006), advertisements for Spanish television and the posthumous documentary BigasxBigas (2016) based on over 600 hours of video diaries which he edited and directed. He has recently completed the restoration and edition of Mouche d’amour, an unfinished videoart piece produced by Bigas Luna that will be premiered in Spain in 2020 before touring exhibitions around the world. Santiago’s current focus is on visual technologies (including virtual and augmented reality), image narratives and audio-visual language pedagogy.

Dr Mary Ilidis

St Mary's College Visiting Women's Fellow (April - June 2020)

Dr Mary Iliadis is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and Newsletter Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to examine, critique and impact legal policy concerning victims' rights and role in criminal trials. Informed by international and comparative contexts, Mary explores the rights and protections afforded to victims of sexual violence across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, and explores how access to justice is negotiated for victims. Mary's recent work focuses on mechanisms of victim participation in criminal trials and explores prospects for private counsel for victims. More broadly, Mary researches prosecutorial discretion and gender and family violence as a global crime problem. Mary also conducts research in the areas of newsmaking and digital criminology, and is co-authoring a book titled Criminology and the Media: International Comparative Perspectives and Experiences, with Dr Mark Wood (University of Melbourne) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University).

Mary has published in leading criminology and law journals, and her first book, Adversarial Justice and Victims’ Rights: Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims, will feature in Routledge's Victims, Culture and Society series. Mary has advised on law reform internationally and her research findings have gained significant traction in government circles, including in Sir John Gillen's Review on The Law and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland. In February 2019, Mary was announced as a Semi-Finalist for The Bridge Create Change Award which forms part of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards in Victoria, and in June 2019, Mary received a St Mary's College Visiting Women's Fellowship at Durham University.

Professor Tatiana Sanchez

St Mary's College Visiting Women's Fellow (April - June 2020)

Dr Tatiana Sanchez-Parra is an assistant professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies Pensar at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex, where she also obtained a Masters in Human Rights. Prior to her postgraduate education in the UK, she completed a Masters in Social Anthropology at the University of Los Andes, Colombia, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Tatiana’s latest work develops at the intersection of feminist socio-legal studies, medical anthropology, and critical studies on political transitions, where her research addresses narratives about people born as a result war-time sexual violence during the Colombian armed conflict. Tatiana is currently working on her book ‘Born of War in Colombia: Narratives of Unintelligibility, Contested Identities, and Memories of Absence’.

Professor Amaya Alzaga Ruiz

Zurbarán Centre Fellow at St Mary's College (April - June 2020)

Amaya Alzaga Ruiz is Lecturer in Art History at the U.N.E.D. (National University of Distance Education), where she was a predoctoral fellow. She has been tied to this centre since 2001. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid, Alzaga received a grant from the Ministry of Culture to catalog the collection of Italian painting at the Museo Cerralbo in Madrid, where she also worked as a cataloger of painting at an auction house. Her doctoral thesis (“Doctor Europaeus” mention) on the Spanish painter Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (1841-1920) and the artistic milieu of his day in Paris and New York won the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. Alzaga has had held research fellowships at various institutions around the world such as the Wildestein Institute in Paris, the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich and The Hispanic Society of America in New York. In 2017 she was invited researcher at the INHA (Paris). Her main areas of research include the artistic, literary and critical fate of 17th century Spanish painting, art collecting in Europe and the United States in the late 19th century and Spanish painting of the 19th century, subjects about which she has given lectures and has had several articles published in art history journals. Alzaga has been a member of seven R&D project teams (the last two and Principal Investigator) and is Editor of Cartas Hispánicas, an open-access journal published by the Museo Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid).