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Current International Visitors

Shashi Jayakumar


Head of Centre of Excellence for National Security

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20

Spring 2020

Dr. Shashi Jayakumar is Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also Executive Coordinator, Future Issues and Technology at RSIS.

Dr Jayakumar was educated at Oxford University where he studied History (BA 1997, PhD 2001). He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on topics relating to medieval history (the focus of his doctorate). He was a member of the Singapore government’s Administrative Service from 2002-2017. During this time, he worked at various Ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, Manpower, Information and the Arts, and Community Development, Youth and Sports. He was from August 2011-July 2014 a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research interests include extremism and terrorism (with particular reference to Southeast Asia), social resilience, and cyber, and aspects of Singapore history. 

Among his publications are The Big ideas of Lee Kuan Yew (ed., with Rahul Sagar, Straits Times Press, 2014), Terrorism, Radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism: Practical Considerations and Concerns (Palgrave, 2018), DRUMS: Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears (ed., with Norman Vasu and Benjamin Ang, World Scientific, 2018), and PAP (with Albert Lau, Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press, 2019).

Jayakumar was nominated by the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Sophie Lemiere


Political Anthropologist

Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20

February 2020

Sophie Lemiere is a Political Anthropologist and a Fellow for the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University.

In 2014, she received her PhD from Sciences-Po, France. Her thesis was the first study on the political role of gangs through umbrella NGOs in Malaysia. In 2007, her Masters research on the apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society was awarded the second prize for International Young Scholar from the ISIM, Leiden. She has held research positions at RSIS-NTU in 2011 then at ARI in 2012 and has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Columbia. She was awarded the postdoctoral Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) in 2017-2018 and subsequently the NUS-Stanford Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellowship in Contemporary Southeast Asia in 2018-2019.

Starting from September 2019, Sophie will be based at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University. She has also been awarded the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (National Endowment for Democracy-NED), in Washington, D.C (March to July).

Lemiere was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Joanne Liu


Physician and International President

Doctors Without Borders

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20

Jan-Feb 2020

Dr. Joanne Liu has served as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders since 2019. She is a paediatric emergency physician who has devoted her career to medical humanitarianism. Her role was built on a career in the field with MSF, and she has undertaken more than 20 missions since 1996, in Central Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East

Dr. Liu trained at McGill University School of Medicine, in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill.

Dr. Liu’s operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide. She is a staunch defender of MSF’s unique identity as a field-based organisation that does not compromise on cutting-edge care in crisis response work. As part of this commitment, Dr. Liu continues to practice medicine, both in the field with MSF, as well as hospital shifts in Montreal. She believes that quality-driven patient care should be equally applied across the global health arena.

She was nomindated by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.

Alain Schnapp


Professor Emeritus, Classical Archeology

Panthéon-Sorbonne University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20

Feb-Mar 2020

Alain Schnapp is Professor Emeritues of classical archaeology at the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His main interests are Greek iconography and cultural history of Antiquity. He has been Visiting Scholar or Visiting Professor in various universities and research institutes, including Princeton University, Stanford University, Getty research Institute, Churchill College (Cambridge), Universität Heidelberg, Universität Basel, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Morphomata Köln, Istituto Orientale  Napoli, Università di Perugia, Collegium Budapest, and the University of Aarhus.

Main publications:

  • A.Schnapp and P. Vidal-Naquet: The french Student Uprising, Beacon Press 1971
  • The Discovery of the Past, British Museum Press, Abrams, New York 1996
  • Le chasseur et la cité, chasse et érotique dans la Grèce ancienne, Albin Michel, Paris 1997
  • Alain Schnapp with L. von Falkenhausen, P. Miller, T.Murray (ed): World antiquarianism, comparative perspectives, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Was ist eine Ruine? Entwurf einer vergleichenden Perspektive, Wallstein, Göttingen 2014
  • Ruines, essai de perspective comparée, Les presses du Réel, Dijon, 2015
  • J. P. Demoule, D. Garcia et A. Schnapp(éd) une histoire des civilisations, comment l’archéologie bouleverse nos connaissances, Paris , La Découverte 2018

Schnaap was nominated by the Department of Classics

Nitza Tenenblat


Professor of Theater

University of Brasília

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20

Spring 2020

Nitza Tenenblat is an arist and currently teaches at the Theatre Arts Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of the University of Brasília, Brazil, where she leads the Criação em Coletivo para a CenaResearch Group. Its research projects include aesthetic, technical, political, and ethical aspects of production. Within this research group Tenenblat is a founding member of Coletiva Teatro a group theatre with residency at the University of Brasilia whereby practice as research results are further developed and aestheticized in her artistic practice as a theatre director. Within Coletiva Teatro she coordinates and directs activities such as artistic interventions, the presentation of articles and technical demonstrations, theatre workshops, story-telling sessions, and theater performances.

She completed her Masters Degree in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University of London (2002) and her PhD in Performance Studies with an emphasis in Studies in Performance and Practice at the University of California at Davis (2011). Recent directing credits of devised pieces with Coletiva Teatro include O Amor Que Habito, Uma Sonata Familiar (co-directed with Michael Rau and Luar de Contos). Her work has been successfully presented at local, national and international conferences and venues.

Tenenblat was nominated by Theater and Performance Studies.

Yfaat Weiss


Director of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History Culture–Simon Dubnow

Professor of Modern History and Jewish History

Leipzig University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20

Spring 2020

Yfaat Weiss is Director of the Dubnow Institute and is Professor of Modern History at Leipzig University and also Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, she was Director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (2010-17) and head of the School of History at the Hebrew University (2008-11). She also founded and directed the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa.

Professor Weiss studied history and modern German literature at the University of Hamburg, and received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, she served as Research Associate in the Department of History, LMU Munich. 1997 to 2006, she was initially Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor at the University of Haifa. Professor Weiss has been an Honorary Fellow of the Historisches Kolleg Munich from March to August 2017. She has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna (2003), the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2005–06), the Remarque Institute, New York University (2007), the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (2007–08); she was Visiting Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow at the Europe Center, Stanford University (2013) and EURIAS Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna (2014–15).

Weiss was nominated by the Department of German Studies and Taube Center of Jewish Studies.