Caoimhe Costigan (May 2017)
My name is Caoimhe Costigan, and I am a MSc in Development Practice (MDP) candidate at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, having previously completed a B.A. in International Development and East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Having grown up in Luxembourg and lived in Malta, England, Hong Kong and Ireland, I very much enjoy being in multicultural environments and learning from people from diverse backgrounds.
I am driven by a broad interest in international socio-economic inequality and by the interconnected nature between climate change adaptation and mitigation and gender equality. Last summer I conducted research with the Rehabilitation of Arid Environments (RAE) in Baringo County, Kenya, allowing me to develop my interest in environmental sustainability, land rehabilitation and women’s empowerment in rural dryland areas, which will also be the basis of my MSc dissertation. Currently in Rome to complete an internship with the Research and Impact Assessment Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), I hope to expand my quantitative research skills and learn more about the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of an international, policy-oriented development organisation.
Vincent Browne (April–May 2017)
My name is Vincent Browne, I am a second year student of the M.Sc. Development Practice in Trinity College Dublin, with a B.A. from University College Dublin in English and History. The focus of my studies has been in food security, climate change, and gender studies, as well as historical contexts for international development efforts.
My past research has included work in Dar es Salaam, researching e-learning programmes focusing on raising climate change awareness. I have a personal interest in Anglo-Irish and modern American literature, as well as broader interests and studies in the histories of Europe, Christianity, Islam, and how history and culture can shape human behaviour in a rapidly changing world. I believe my background allows me to bring a contextual understanding to my work in international development, and this allows for a more nuanced viewpoint of the political and social issues that influence policy and culture.
Magnus Haglund (March 2017)
My name is Magnus Haglund. I am a writer, critic and musician. Since 2010 I teach creative art writing at Konstfack, Stockholm and HDK, Gothenburg. I have published the following books: Den nakna staden (The Naked City), Åke Hodell, Musikens frihet och begränsning (The Freedom and Limitations of Music) and Lyssnare, en essä om ljud och konst (Listeners, an Essay on Sound and Art).
Together with Sara Michaëlsson, I have curated exhibitions, catalogues and magazine issues for Röda Sten Art Center, Stockholm New Music and Paletten. Since 2010 we are the editors for the yearly catalogue for the Stena Foundation. Together with the sound artist Isak Eldh I run the conceptual pop and disco project The Marble Fauns; we have done music for theatre productions at Nationaltheatret, Oslo and Backateatern, Gothenburg, and have created The David Bowie Museum, a collaborative project at the art space Skogen in Gothenburg in 2013.
I have a special interest in the situationist tradition, finding new ways for the psychographical methods of walking and stalking the city. In connection with this I’ve experimented with the possibilities of the essay, not only as a form of writing, but as a tool for combining sounds and conceptual patterns. In 2017, two new books will be finished, one on the Swedish composer and conductor Wilhelm Stenhammar, the other one called Tecknen finns överallt (The Signs are Everywhere), a collection of essays on art.
Sara Michaëlsson (March 2017)
My name is Sara Michaëlsson, and I have an academic background in Italian and Literature at the University of Gothenburg. My main topics have been the writings of Italo Svevo and Carlo Emilio Gadda. Alongside with my former job as a journalist and art critic at the daily newspaper Göteborgs Posten, I have worked with translations from Italian, English, French and Norwegian, for example books and essays by or on Federico Fellini, Italo Calvino, J F Lyotard, Jean Paul Sartre, Ian Sinclair, David Toop, Mark Oliver Everett, Tom McCarthy and Jenny Hval.
In collaboration with Magnus Haglund I have worked with a large number of projects in the fields of Art, Music and Literature, in which I have participated both in the role of curator and editor as well as writer. Since 2010, we are the editors and writers of the yearly catalogue for Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture. Each catalogue portrays, in an extensive way, the grant recievers from different artistic fields chosen that year and provides, in addition, a survey of some of the science and research based projects that the foundation supports. This work gives us a rare opportunity to investigate the artistic process and the links and connections between art and science.
Ingrid Berg (March–April 2017)
I am Ingrid Berg, an archaeologist and culture historian with a PhD from Stockholm University, Sweden (2016). I have studied archaeology and anthropology at Lund University (Sweden), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), and at Bilkent University (Turkey). I have worked as a field archaeologist in Peru, Denmark, Portugal and Great Britain. For the past decade I have been involved in archaeological excavations and survey projects in Greece. During my years at Stockholm University, I have belonged to the interdisciplinary Graduate School for Studies in Cultural History (FoKult).
In my research, I take a particular interest in the ethnography of archaeological practice, in the construction of archaeological self-imagery, and in the politics of belonging in academia from a critical gender perspective. I also work on the political situatedness of international engagements in classical archaeology. In addition, I am interested in the representation and mediation of historiography within the humanities at large.
Camilla Annerfeldt (November 2016–April 2017)
My name is Camilla Annerfeldt, and I am a PhD candidate in history at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. My research project – Costume as a Social Marker in Early Baroque Rome – focuses on power configuration and social etiquette, and seeks to elucidate the ways in which people of different socio-economic classes in early Baroque Rome used clothing as a token to accentuate their social standing.
I am an art historian from the beginning, and by combining written contemporary sources – such as costume books, inventories, criminal records, sumptuary legislations and letters – with paintings and other artworks, my project is placed within the socio-cultural field of history. In general, my research interests lie in the fields of art history, the history of costume, the history of ideas, cultural history, sociology, material culture as well as the history of consumption.
Igor Guardiancich (October 2016–January 2017)
I am Igor Guardiancich, a political scientist with a PhD from the European University Institute (2004–2009) with a working history in academia (Central European University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Michigan, University of Southern Denmark) and in several International Organizations and NGOs (European Commission, International Labour Organization, European Trade Union Institute, etc.).
My research interests lie at the intersection of political science, economics, the history of ideas and sociology, including, among others, European social policy, welfare states in Central and Eastern Europe, political economy of transition and integration. I have published in various international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, Regulation & Governance, etc. My book Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: From Post-Socialist Transition to the Global Financial Crisis was published in 2012 by Routledge. With the International Labour Organization I edited two volumes on social dialogue in the EU, the latest (co-edited with Oscar Molina) is forthcoming in late 2016.
Vladimir Mihajlović (October 2016)
I am Vladimir V. Mihajlović, an archaeologist from Belgrade, Serbia. I work as a research assistant at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Currently, I am also working on my PhD thesis at the University of Belgrade. The thesis (entitled Luigi F. Marsigli and the reception of classical heritage in Serbian archaeology) is focused on production, and subsequent transmission and reception, of archaeological knowledge.
In general, my research interests lie in the field of archaeological theory and history of archaeology, including, among others, Balkan and Central European studies, relations of archaeology and text, as well as archive archaeology.
Diederik Burgersdijk (October 2016)
I am a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Radboud University, The Netherlands, and chairman of the Dutch Classical Association. My PhD (2010) was on a thesis about the late antique series of imperial biographies the Historia Augusta, and continued working on a commentary on Nazarius’ speech to Constantine the Great in 321 AD. In 2016, I published my Dutch monograph entitled De Macht van de Traditie, about the traditional nature of Roman emperorship from Augustus to the time of Constantine, and the reassessment of Roman emperorship from a Christian perspective (especially Rome) from that era onwards.
In all my work, I try to combine analysis of literary art with material and artistic evidence. Another field of interest is life and politics in the Eastern part of the empire, especially the legacy of Alexander the Great, Sicily, Palmyra and Constantinople, about which I have published several articles and edited books, and have given a series of lectures. In 2015, the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Sicily and the Sea, presently in Palermo, appeared under my co-editorship.
Michael Grieve (October 2016)
Michael Grieve is a British photographer, writer, and educator currently based in Berlin. After completing a BA and MA at University of Westminster, he became a reportage and portrait photographer for publications worldwide and represented by Agence VU. For five years he was the deputy editor of 1000 Words contemporary photography magazine and is a regular writer for the British Journal of Photography.
He was a senior lecturer of photography at Nottingham Trent University, a lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Warsaw and a lecturer at Berliner Technische Kunstschule, teaching documentary, portrait and the history of photography. He is the founder and director of Berlin Foto Kiez (www.berlinfotokiez.com) In 2017, The Foriegner [sic], the first photobook of a trilogy will be published: www.michaelgrieve.co.uk.