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Celia Blake

Senior Lecturer in Law

University of West Indies

Humanities Center International Visitor 2016-2017

February 1 to February 28, 2017

Celia Blake is an attorney-at-law and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. With a Master of Laws and a PhD in linguistics, she specializes in two distinct academic streams: forensic linguistics (the study of the confluence of language and the law), and insolvency, corporate law, and financial regulation. 

Published in both areas of academic specialization, Blake has spent the last 15 years developing new research on the impact of linguistic factors on the administration of justice within Commonwealth Caribbean contexts. A key focus of her research has been the role language rights play in improving the situation of Creole vernacular speakers in the English-dominant legal system. As Chair of the International Centre for Caribbean Language Rights Research, she was instrumental in formulating a language rights policy charter which sets out model rights for speakers of Caribbean Creole languages.  In 2015, she presented at the inaugural Faculty of Law symposium on linguistic disenfranchisement in the legal system, and she has most recently presented at the Society for Caribbean Linguistics Conference 2016 on issues of language and credibility in the judicial process in Jamaica.

As part of her contribution to catalysing language reform in the justice system, Blake has developed courses in language and the law aimed at both linguistics and law students.
She has also published on insolvency law reform in Jamaica, as well as financial regulation and financial regulatory governance in the Caribbean. In addition to teaching and research, Blake has held several public service and international appointments including Commissioner at the Financial Services Commission, director at the Bank of Jamaica, and legal consultant to the Government of Uganda. 

Blake was nominated by the Department of Linguistics.

Frank Cogliano

Professor of American History

University of Edinburgh

Bliss Carnochan International Visitor 2016-2017

March 13 to April 10, 2017

Frank Cogliano is Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former president of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, he holds history degrees from Tufts University and Boston University. Cogliano also serves as Dean International (North America) at the University of Edinburgh. In that capacity he helps to develop and implement the university's strategy and relationships in the United States and Canada. He makes regular appearances on the BBC to discuss American history and politics. 

Cogliano's research focuses on the political and intellectual history of the early United States. His most recent book, Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy was published by Yale University Press in 2014. He is currently working on several projects: a state-of-the-field assessment of the current historiography on the American Revolution; as well as a book-length consideration of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. He is also currently revising the third edition of his book, Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History (Routledge) which will appear in 2017.

Amr Hamzawy

Human rights activist and public intellectual

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2016-2017

January 2017

Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, the Hague, and Berlin. He was previously a senior associate in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace between 2005 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as the research director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon. He has also served on the faculty at the American University in Cairo and Cairo University. Between September 2015 and June 2016, Hamzawy was a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
His research and teaching interests as well as his academic publications focus on democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world.
Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly after being elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the January 25, 2011, revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Shorouk and to the all Arab daily Al-Quds al-Arabi. 
Hamzawy was nominated by the Department of Political Science.
Chiara Lepora

Physician and Researcher, Médicins Sans Frontières

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2016-2017

Mid April to Mid May 2017

Chiara Lepora was trained as a medical practitioner at the Universities of Pavia and Lisbon and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked in emergency medicine both in Italy and France before joining Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) in 2002.  Lepora has worked as a field doctor and in a variety of coordinator and management positions in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Somalia, Chad, Cameroon, and South Sudan, including coordinating Women’s Health activities in Darfur, Sudan, in 2004. She recently joined the International Committee of the Red Cross to work as a Detention Doctor in Algeria.  

Lepora has published widely on global health and humanitarian ethics, with articles in the American Journal of BioethicsJournal of Applied Philosophy, and Journal of Political Philosophy, among others. Her book, On Complicity and Compromise (co-authored with Robert E. Goodin, Oxford 2013), looks at the many ways individuals and organizations, including doctors and humanitarian aid groups, can become tied up in the wrongdoing of others. That book was the subject of dedicated symposia in the Journal of Medical Ethics and Criminal Law and Philosophy.

Lepora taught Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver for a year before returning to MSF, where she managed MSF’s interventions in the Middle East between 2011 and 2015.  Partially based on those experiences she coauthored with Goodin a paper on “Guaranteed Rotation in Office: A ‘New’ Model of Democracy,” Political Quarterly (2015), which was the subject of a symposium in the subsequent issue of that journal. 

Lepora was nominated by the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford.

Tania Murray Li

Professor of Anthropology

University of Toronto

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2016-2017

April to May 7, 2017

Tania Murray Li teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia. Li received her PhD from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Her publications include Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007), and many articles on land, labor, development, resource struggles, community, class, and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia.  

Li’s recent research examines the social and political impacts of oil palm in Indonesia, and the comparative history of unfree work in Asia's plantations. Her larger research project concerns transitions out of agriculture at a global conjuncture characterized by an expanded relative "surplus population" and limited access to paid work. 

Li was nominated by the Department of Anthropology.

Aleks Pluskowski

Associate Professor of Medieval Archaeology

University of Reading

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2016-2017

October 24 to November 17, 2016

Aleks Pluskowski is associate professor of medieval archaeology at the University of Reading, and leads the Medieval Social Archaeology research cluster. He has taught medieval archaeology and zooarchaeology at Reading since 2007, having completed a PhD and a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and sits on the committees of the Medieval European Research Community and the Society for Medieval Archaeology. He has been involved in excavations of medieval sites across Europe.

Pluskowski's research focuses on the relationship between nature and culture in medieval Europe, and his early publications included Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages (Boydell, 2006), Breaking and Shaping Beastly Bodies: Animals as Material Culture in the Middle Ages (Oxbow, 2007), and The Ritual Killing and Burial of Animals: European Perspectives (Oxbow, 2011). In the last decade his research has focused on the frontiers of medieval Europe, particularly those associated with crusading, colonization, multi-cultural encounters, and religious transformations. Following a series of pilot studies in Poland and Estonia, Pluskowski was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council for the Ecology of Crusading project (2010-2014), bridging multi-disciplinary scholarship across Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The results are currently being published. His book The Archaeology of the Prussian Crusade: Holy War and Colonisation (Routledge, 2013) was the first on the topic in any language. Following successful pilot studies in Spain in 2015 and 2016 in collaboration with the University of Granda, he is currently preparing a new research program focusing on southwestern European frontiers. He is also involved in the Torcello Abitata project (Ca’Foscari) and Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (Stanford), exploring related themes of colonization and environmental exploitation.

Pluskowski was nominated by the Stanford Archeology Center.