Residential Fellows

IAS Residential Fellowships enable outstanding international academics and research-focused artists, writers, public intellectuals and policy-makers, to pursue a month-long residency within the scholarly community of Loughborough University and its Institute of Advanced Studies. Hailing from a wide range of fields and disciplines, Fellows are engaged in work that contributes to the Institute’s active promotion of interdisciplinary knowledge, intercultural understanding and social responsibility.

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Residential Fellows during 2020-21.


Professor Songchun Moon - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - October 2020

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Songchun Moon received PhD in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. Since then, most of the journalists in Korea have referred him as the first PhD in Computer Science in Korea. The time he commenced to study computing was 1970 and it was the same time of year both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were motivated for their independent way of study for computer programming. He has an expertise especially in the area of distributed data processing and management such as Blockchain, enterprise data architecture and corporate data modeling, and in the area of cyber security and privacy as well. He is one of the founders in naming ‘CLOUD’ including Jim Gray by the initials of CLass/Object/Ubiquitous/Distributed in the days of paradigm of distributed computing.

He was a professor in computer science and business management as well for the past 40 years at KAIST. He alone authored 21 books. His span of teaching includes Cambridge University, Edinburgh University, Queen’s University of Belfast and Newcastle University. He has served and is still serving as the Director of EUROMICRO, European Society of Information Technology since 1991. He has been consecutively involved in charity and voluntary service activities for developing countries including Palestine, Kenya and Rohingya Refugee Camp under the auspices of UNHCR or Red Cross as a Goodwill Ambassador. In appreciation of contributions to the global society of the third world, the Republic of Korea has recently decorated him with the National Highest Medal for Distinguished Educators.

Dr Lenka Vráblíková - College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa - November 2020

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Lenka Vráblíková’s work lies at the intersection of cultural studies, gender studies, transnational feminisms, environmental humanities, critical theory, and modern and contemporary visual culture. Her 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. Lenka 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. In 2018, she was one of the 15 scholars who received The University of Leeds Women of Achievement Award. 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. Lenka’s work has been published in journals such as Australian Feminist Studies, Gender and Education, Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies and parallax. Forthcoming publications include an article ‘Othering Mushrooms: An eco-feminist intervention in European (neo)nationalisms’, an article on feminist interventions in Czech art schools, and a co-authored article with Motlatsi Khosi on collective decolonial reading.

Othering Mushrooms: IAS Lecture

Dr Alexandros Kioupkiolis - School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece - February 2021

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Alexandros Kioupkiolis is Associate Professor of Contemporary Political Theory at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has studied Classics (BA, University of Athens), and Contemporary Political Theory (MA, Essex University, DPhil, Oxford University). His research interests are focussed on radical democracy, the commons, social movements, and the philosophy of freedom. He has directed an ERC COG project on these topics (‘Heteropolitics’, 2017-2020) and has published numerous relevant books and papers, including the monograph Freedom after the critique of foundations (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and the co-edited collective volumes Radical democracy and collective movements today (Ashgate 2014, with G. Katsambekis). Recent publications include the papers ‘Commoning the Political, Politicizing the Common’ (Contemporary Political Theory 17.3, 2018), ‘Movements post-hegemony: how contemporary collective action transforms hegemonic politics’ (Social Movement Studies, 17.1, 2018), the co-edited volume The Populist Radical Left in Europe (Routledge 2019, with G. Katsambekis), and the monograph Τhe Common and Counter-hegemonic Politics (Edinburgh University Press 2019).

Dr Berit Greinke - College of Architecture, Media and Design; Institute of Experimental Textile and Fashion Design, Berlin University of the Arts - March - April 2021

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Berit Greinke is a junior professor in Wearable Computing at Berlin University of the Arts and Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF).

Her research focuses on engineering design methods and fabrication techniques for electronic textiles and smart materials, combining crafts with novel manufacturing technologies. Her work is multidisciplinary, informed by research and practice within design, art, physics, materials science and electronic engineering. She aims to foster a collaborative relationship between arts and engineering disciplines, fluidly crossing boundaries by producing designed objects, installations, performances and cross-disciplinary workshops.

She completed a diploma (BA) degree in Textile and Surface Design at Berlin Weißensee School of Art (2007), and an MA in Design for Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2009). She has gained a PhD at the Doctoral Training Centre for Media and Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London (2017), where she has worked with the Antennas Research Group on three-dimensional electromagnetic textiles. Between 2016 and 2018 she has worked as a research assistant and post-doc at Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts and at German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Her work has been shown internationally, and has been supported by, amongst others, the EPSRC (UK), MRC (UK), Leverhulme Trust and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Dr Jason Hawreliak - Centre for Digital Humanities, Brock University, Canada - April 2021

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Jason Hawreliak is an Associate Professor of Game Studies and the Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, where he teaches in the Interactive Arts & Science and Game Design programs. His research examines the semiotic and rhetorical affordances of interactive media with a focus on multimodality in videogames. He is the author of Multimodal Semiotics and Rhetoric in Videogames (Routledge, 2018) and co-founder of the online game studies periodical, First Person Scholar.

Dr Alpesh Kantilal Patel - Florida International University - May 2021

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Alpesh Kantilal Patel is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. His art historical scholarship, criticism and curating reflects his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, Arts Council England, Fulbright Foundation, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the author of Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (Manchester University Press, 2017) and a contributor to numerous scholarly volumes and peer-reviewed journals. In 2021, Intellect Press is publishing Storytellers of Arts Histories (co-edited with Yasmeen Siddiqui), an anthology of 32 original first-person narratives from an international, inter-generational group of emerging and senior archivists, artists, curators, and art historians. His current book project is tentatively titled “Transregional Entanglements: Sexual Artistic Geographies”. He has written over 50 reviews of exhibitions in Miami and throughout the world for magazines such as frieze, Hyperallergic, Artforum,, and Art in America. At Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery, he organized and edited the accompanying catalogs of the solo exhibitions mounir fatmi, Tom Scicluna, Paul Donald and Saravanan Parasuraman. Prior to arriving at FIU in 2011, he worked in the curatorial and directorial departments of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, both in New York City. Dr Patel received his PhD in Art History & Visual Studies from the University of Manchester and a BA in History of Art with distinction from Yale University.

Dr Cláudia de Souza Libânio - Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil - June 2021

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I am a senior lecturer in the area of management and innovation in healthcare, teaching and supervising students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. I’m a vice-coordinator for an Academic Master’s Degree Programme on Information Technology and Healthcare Management at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Brazil. In addition, I am a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Group, a member of the Editorial Board of the UFCSPA Publishing House and a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the same University.Moreover, I teach doctoral classes at the Design School at Unisinos University/Brazil, as an assistant lecturer. I am a researcher and have published more than 60 journal and conference papers, in Brazil and internationally. In 2017, I became a member of the Design Research Society (DRS) and assisted in the creation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG) called Global Health. Currently, I am a member of Global Health SIG DRS. Also, I am concluding my studies in Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership in the Health Programme at Harvard Medical School. I am specialized in design management and competencies applied to the healthcare and apparel sectors. Recently, I have been leading research on design strategies for health, aiming to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of users, particularly in Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs). At present, I am part of a group that is developing actions in Global Health Design against COVID-19.

Professor JC Gaillard - The University of Auckland - July 2021

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JC Gaillard is Professor of Geography at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa. He trained as a geographer with particular interest in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific. His work focuses on inclusion and power in DRR. It includes developing participatory tools for engaging minority groups in disaster risk reduction with an emphasis on ethnic and gender minorities, prisoners, children and homeless people. JC collaborates in participatory DRR trainings with local governments, NGOs and other civil society organisations. He also serves as editor of the journal Disaster Prevention and Management and was co-editor, with Ben Wisner and Ilan Kelman, of the Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Cathy Pearl - Head of Conversation Design Outreach, Google

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Cathy Pearl is Head of Conversation Design Outreach at Google, and the author of the O'Reilly book, ‘Designing Voice User Interfaces’. She has been designing and creating Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) for 20 years and is passionate about helping everyone make the best conversational experiences possible.

Previously, Cathy was VP of User Experience at Sensely, whose virtual nurse avatar helps people stay healthy. She has worked on everything from programming NASA helicopter pilot simulators to designing a conversational iPad app in which Esquire magazine's style columnist tells users what they should wear on a first date. She has an MS in Computer Science from Indiana University and a BS in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego