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Dr Lenka Vráblíková welcomed to the Institute of Advanced Studies as IAS Residential Fellow

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to welcome Dr Lenka Vráblíková (College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa) to Loughborough for the month of November as its second IAS Residential Fellow for this academic year.

Dr Vráblíková’s work focuses on the study of visual ethnomycology; the university and (anti)disciplinarity; gender and race in postsocialist art and art education, and the role of the body in deconstructive and feminist thought.

She completed studies in Fine Arts (BA at the University of Ostrava, MA at the Brno University of Technology) in the Czech Republic, and Cultural Studies (MA and PhD) at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Currently she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa. She is a co-founder of ن سوي ةال قرائ ات ش ب ك ة /Sdružení feministických čtení/Feminist Readings Network, an initiative that provides a trans-lingual and trans-national space to explore reading with feminist, queer, and anti-racist thought, art and pedagogy.

Dr Vráblíková will deliver an online lecture on Thursday 26 November 11.30am-12.30pm entitled ‘Othering Mushrooms: Migratism and its racist entanglements in the Brexit campaign’.

In this lecture Dr Vráblíková will argue that research on how forests, mushrooms and their foragers have figured in the formation of white heteropatriarchy is vital for contesting the re-emergence of the right-wing populism that, in Europe, is exemplified by events such as Brexit.

More information on the event is available here.

We will also be hosting a virtual IAS Friends and Fellows Coffee Morning for colleagues to meet Dr Vráblíková in an online informal gathering, all very welcome – we ask that those interested register their interest here.

Professor Marsha Meskimmon, IAS Director said: “We are pleased to welcome Lenka to the IAS and to be hosting such an interdisciplinary project, bridging the arts, humanities, social and environmental sciences, to explore important issues of social justice. We hope that colleagues from across our two campuses will engage with Lenka during her stay with us.”

Further information on the IAS Residential Fellows for 2020-21 can be found here.

This highly prestigious scheme provides the opportunity for outstanding international researchers to pursue an individual project within the scholarly community of Loughborough University through a month-long Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies. Colleagues are warmly invited to see the IAS Website for further information about Residential Fellows’ visits and how to engage with them.