Lucky authors selected for the Book Sprint

Nine authors, amongst them PhD students, researchers and post-doctoral researchers, are warming engines for next week!

Initially we wanted to recruit only 6 authors, but we got so many good applications that we just couldn’t say no to! So I am pleased to present to you the lucky 9 and their brilliant ideas, that are going to make history here at Sussex next week:

Alexa, completed her PhD in History at Sussex in 2016. She now holds a position as Research Fellow in Historical Criminology in the Department of Sociology here at Sussex, where she is working with Primary Investigator Lizzie Seal on her two-year Leverhulme-funded project ‘Race, Racialisation and the Death Penalty in England and Wales, 1900-1965’. Alexa is interested in writing about visual representations of homes, for example crime scene photographs, documentary and street photography, and scale plans and models.

Myles is a PhD researcher at the Department of History, Art History and Philosophy. Myles wants to write about the relationship between the home and people’s identity. As a historian he’d also like to look at the historical importance of having one’s own home.

Carina worked with live performance and events production for many years, before starting her research. Carina finished her PhD in 2016 at the School of Media and Film and is still teachingat Sussex. In this book she wants to explore how we construct our identity and how the process may open up vulnerabilities that can enhance a sense of ‘meaning’ within the context of the rise of right-wing identity politics.

Ketan is a PhD researcher in the School of Law at Sussex and a legal consultant for Plan B Earth. He proposed to write about home in the context of legal belonging, mainly based on two sources: environmental and migration law. Hi wants to focus on the idea that legal belonging constitutes a kind of ‘exclusionary inclusion’.

Eduard is a PhD researcher in Math here at Sussex and is interested in the application of mathematics to other fields. He is specialised in the Bayesian framework for parameter identification, that aims at tuning the parameters in a mathematical representation of a theory to the observations from the real world. In parallel to his PhD, Eduard works on projects to apply these tools to problems in social sciences. He would like to write about the use of these mathematical tools to study Twitter data related to the concept “Home”. In particular, performing a study of the language and concepts in the home-related tweets, and investigating the time patterns in the usage of home-related hashtags.

Naomi is a PhD researcher in the Department of Art History. Her research focuses on popular photographic culture and travel to the East in the period of 1860-1910. She wants to write about the exploration of the world from the home and how people travel from home using the stereoscope as well as how does this armchair travel change people’s idea of home.

Olga is a PhD researcher in Media and Film and has proposed to write a chapter focused on a notion of home in the socio-political context of Cuba, where the home is also a public space. She will explore the intersection between home, gender identity and belonging within the landscape of a transgender person and their families in Cuba.

Tom is one of the Hive Scholars and has worked in the field of education for over 15 years. He is doing PhD part-time in the School of Media, Film & Music researching the notion of ‘home’ (specifically Brighton) through various media and senses, especially sound. His chapter will consider theories of space and place in a broad philosophical sense.

Marianela is a sociologist and a PhD researcher in Migration Studies, she is also one of the Hive Scholars. Her chapter will be focused on the construction of home and belonging in transnational social spaces as experienced by international migrants.


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