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International Visitors: 2013-2014

Richard English

University of St Andrews

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014

April 2014

Richard English is the Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on political violence and terrorism, Irish and British politics and history, and the history and politics of nationalism and the state. His books include Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (which won the 2003 UK Political Studies Association Politics Book of the Year Award), Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (which won the 2007 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, and the 2007 Political Studies Association of Ireland Book Prize), and Terrorism: How to Respond (OUP, 2009). His latest book, Modern War: A Very Short Introduction, is published by Oxford University Press. Professor English's current research project is for another OUP book, Does Terrorism Work? A History. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Richard English was nominated by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

Zahera Harb

City University London

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014 

Ruth Garland Bowes International Visitor 2013-2014

May 2014

Zahera Harb is a Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at City University London. Her recent publications include Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (I.B.Tauris 2013) co-edited with Dina Matar and Channels of Resistance: Liberation propaganda Hezbollah and the Media (I.B. Tauris, 2011). She is a review editor for the Journal of Media Practice. Dr. Harb has eleven years' experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organizations. She started as a news reporter and distinguished herself in particular in the coverage of war operations in the battlefield of South Lebanon. She has worked as co-producer and presenter in Lebanese news programs. She also produced several documentaries for Lebanese TV stations and completed reporting assignments for BBC Arabic radio service, CNN world report and Dutch TV. Dr. Harb is an expert on Arab media, and her research interests include journalism ethics, conflict and war reporting, political communication and representation of Muslims and Islam in western media. She was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). In a video interview with the Stanford Humanities Center, Harb discusses the ways in which her experiences as a news broadcaster and journalist influence her academic research.

Seinosuke Ide

Kyushu University, Japan

Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014

March 2014

Seinosuke Ide is a Professor of Art Studies at Kyushu University in Japan. Professor Ide is the leading scholar of Chinese and Korean Buddhist art in Japan. Ide specializes in East Asian Buddhist paintings from China and Korea, dating from the 11th through 14th centuries. His interregional perspective allows for a new understanding of the circulation of pictorial objects in East Asia. Ide’s book Song and Yuan Buddhist Paintings in Japan (in Japanese) won the prestigious Kokka Prize in 2001. He has also authored three significant volumes on very different subjects: a book on Southern Song painting, primarily painting of the Imperial Academy (Nansō no kaiga, 1998), a volume on the Buddhist art of the Chinese port city of Ningbo (Ninpō no bijutsu to kai’iki kōryū, 2009), and a book on the role of advanced digital imaging techniques in art history (Light and Color, 2009). Professor Ide was nominated by the Department of Art and Art History.

Andreas Kilcher

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014

Bliss Carnochan International Visitor 2013-2014

June 2014

Andreas Kilcher is a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich. Kilcher is a prominent scholar of German-Jewish literature and culture, Kabbalah, and the European tradition of esotericism. He has written and edited a range of publications on the encounters between European and Jewish cultures from the sixteenth century through the present, with a focus on the twentieth century. His publications include Geteilte Freude: Schiller-Rezeption in der jüdischen Moderne (Munich, 2006), biographies of the writers Franz Kafka (Frankfurt, 2008) and Max Frisch (Berlin 2011) and numerous articles on German-Jewish literature, Kabbalah in modern Europe, and the relationship between knowledge and literature. Kilcher’s current project includes collaboration with colleagues at Stanford on the divergent constructions of Jewish ethnography in German-speaking and Russian-speaking territories. He was nominated by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Europe Center.

Alessandro Stanziani

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014

Aron Rodrigue International Visitor 2013-2014

November 2013

Alessandro Stanziani is a Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. He has written extensively on the relationship between serfdom and industry in Russia, the development of capitalism in France, the Inner Asian encounters between expanding Russian, Indian, and Chinese empires, and the development of indenture and various statuses of unfreedom in the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic world. Stanziani’s two most recent books, Rules of Exchange: French Capitalism in Comparative Perspective: Eighteenth to Early 20th Centuries (Cambridge, 2012) and Bâtisseurs d’Empire: Russie, Inde et Chine à croisée des mondes (Paris, 2012) are representative of Stanziani’s method of deep historical inquiry and broad comparison. Stanziani was nominated by the Department of History, and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).

Sreten Ugričić

Serbian writer and philosopher

Humanities Center International Visitor 2013-2014

October 2013

Sreten Ugričić is a writer, philosopher, and librarian. He served as Director of the National Library of Serbia 2001-2012. Ugričić is well known for his critical approach and his public engagement, both as writer and as national librarian. In January 2012, he was dismissed from the position by a political decision, accused of terrorism after publically supporting freedom of speech and of reading in Serbia. Ugričić was born and lived for 30 years in Yugoslavia. At the beginning of 2012, he was forced by political threat to leave Serbia and live abroad. Ugričić is the author of nine books and his prose has been selected in several anthologies of contemporary Serbian literature. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Macedonian, and Slovenian. Ugričić is a member of the Serbian PEN Club and co-President of the Selection Committee of World Digital Library (WDL). Before coming to Stanford Ugričić was a writer in residence at the Literaturhaus Zurich, Switzerland. During the academic year 2013-14, Ugričić will be a visiting scholar at the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREEES), co-funded by the Scholar Rescue Fund. While in residence, Ugričić will pursue the project "Meady-rade."