Dr Fiona Handyside is studying how girls are portrayed by French women film makers and the response of teen girl audiences, both in France and in the UK
While girls have long been subjects of study, there is increasing feminist interest in the depiction of girls in contemporary media, as they provide a vivid and accessible way to consider the legacies of feminism and the possibilities for females in a world in which gender roles are shifting and audio-visual media is ubiquitous.
Insights gained from her own experience as a professional singer will inform Anne Desler’s analysis of roles played by star castrato ‘Nicolini’ and enable a rethinking of traditional views of eighteenth-century opera
To the modern viewer, period caricatures offer little indication of the acting prowess of star castrato Nicola Grimaldi (1673–1731), known internationally by his stage name ‘Nicolini’, depicted below in the role of the warrior prince Idaspe, who like Goliath strangles a lion with his bare hands.
Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb works on the algorithms which make it possible to extract information reliably and efficiently from imaging data
‘Injustice’ is a more useful concept for making global environmental comparisons that ‘justice’, argues Alice Mah, based on research in polluted industrial regions in China, Chile and Canada
How did Oscar Wilde learn his craft as a playwright? Josephine Guy is reviewing archives relating to Lady Windermere’s Fan and Vera in the light of research into the late nineteenth-century theatre industry to find out
How did the global geopolitical climate of the late nineteenth century affect its visual aesthetics and perception of violence? Sean Willcock is looking at images both ‘high’ and ‘low’ to find out
What can the pollen and stains found in medieval manuscripts tell us about how they were used? Kathryn Rudy is collaborating with environmental and forensic scientists to find out
Sondra Hausner is studying the life of Hindu ascetic Papal Baba to give ethnographic insight into the changing meaning(s) of Hindu nationalism in India since 1947.
Des Fitzgerald is investigating the implications of contemporary interest in the relationship between our physical environment and our mental state.