Visiting Speakers

Melissa Dickson

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
St Anne's College University of Oxford

Melissa Dickson obtained a BA with first class honours, MPhil, and University Medal from the University of Queensland, Australia, and then completed her PhD at King’s College, London in 2013. She came to Oxford in March 2014 as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives, a five-year, interdisciplinary research project based at St Anne’s College. Her work on this project focuses upon those diseases, anxieties, and pathologies derived from the Victorian soundscape and new understandings of the auditory experience. She is interested both in the effects of sound upon the mind and the literary and cultural imagination, and in the use of controlled sounds, silence, and music as counters to an increasingly problematic urban cacophony.

Adriana Feld

Professor of Secondary and Higher Education
National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, Buenos Aires

Adriana Feld holds a Ph.D in Social Sciences, an Science, Technology and Society, and is Professor of Secondary and Higher Education at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specializes in socio-historical studies of science in Argentina. She published her first book in 2015, entitled Ciencia y Política(s) en la Argentina: 1943-1983. Recent articles include Sociologie des sciences: divers objets, diverses approches, divers agendas. Un regard depuis l'Amérique latine in Revue Sociologies Pratiques, published in 2014 and La science en débat en amérique latine. Perspectives « radicales » au début des années 1970 in Argentine Revue d'Anthropologie des connaissances published in 2012. Both of these articles were co-authored by Pablo Kreimer,

Céline Frigau Manning

Associate Professor
University of Paris 8 - Institut Universitaire de France

Céline Frigau Manning is Associate Professor in Performance Studies and Italian at the University of Paris 8 and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, she has been a researcher at the Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) and a resident scholar at the Villa Medici. In 2015, she was awarded a major five-year research grant entitled "Clinic of the Singer" by the Institut universitaire de France to investigate the relationships between music, opera, and the medical sciences in the nineteenth century. 

Kathy Fry

Postdoctoral Research Associate
King's College London

Kathy Fry is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London, working as part of the European Research Council-funded project ‘Music in London 1800-1851’. Her research focuses on musical culture in nineteenth-century Britain and Germany, and intersections between music, literature and social theory. She holds a BA in Music from the University of Cambridge, an MA in critical theory and PhD in musicology, both from King’s College London. Her PhD thesis, ‘Nietzsche and Wagner: Music Language, Decadence’ (2015), analysed Nietzsche’s writings about music (Wagner in particular) within the context of his wider philosophies of language and culture, drawing comparisons with surrounding debates about Wagnerism, as well as with contemporary theories of language in post-structuralism. Her work is published in Opera Quarterly, Cambridge Opera Journal and forthcoming in The Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

Steve Fuller

Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology
University of Warwick

Steve Fuller graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science. He currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., 1985, University of Pittsburgh), he is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his more than twenty books. His most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity, or 'Humanity 2.0'.  He has spoken in over 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. He was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. He was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Socal Epistemology in 2011, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, the leading 'ecomodernist' think-tank and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the leading 'transhumanist' think-tank. His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages. Since 2013, he has been a member of Edge, the 'third culture' at the edge of knowledge, contributing to its annual questions.

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden is an assistant professor of Music History at the University of North Texas. Her work brings the combined methodologies of history and anthropology to archival work on eighteenth-century music, particularly of the French Revolution.

Ruth Gilligan

Lecturer in Creative Writing
University of Birmingham

Ruth Gilligan is an Irish writer, journalist and university lecturer born in Dublin, Ireland. Her fourth novel, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, is based around the history of Irish Jews and was published by Atlantic Books in July 2016 (UK/Ireland). It received very favourable reviews, including numerous comparisons to James Joyce and Colum McCann. It will be published in 2017 in the US by Tin House and in Israel by Penn Israel.

Erik Goldner

Associate Professor
California State University, Northridge

Erik Goldner is an associate professor of History at California State University, Northridge. He is interested in the ways in which money, power, and war interacted in early modern France, and his scholarship focuses on the politics and culture of corruption in the age of Louis XIV.