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Visting Academics Fund 2016/2017

In order to support and encourage the flow of incoming and outbound visiting academics to and from the University from staff and international institutions and Kent staff, a new fund has been established with the support of Santander. This fund will be allocated to applicants from Kent Schools who submit an application which highlights new and beneficial research or collaborative impact.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017. Successful applications for funding will be allocated to applicants in tranches of £1,000. Please describe how, if successful, the resources will be deployed alongside existing funds from your school.

 

Humanities visits sponsored in 2016

School of Arts

Prof Anne W Eaton, University of Illinois, USA

Prof Eaton (University of Illinois) has made significant contributions to a wide variety of disciplines, including aesthetics, moral philosophy, film theory, feminist theory, and art history. Her visit will draw on her considerable expertise in all these areas and will hence benefit staff and students from different departments, most notably History of Art, Film, and Philosophy.

Dr Leo Sykes University of Brazilia , Brazil

Dr. Sykes is the Director of the acclaimed clown troupe Udi Grudi, which has toured extensively throughout Brazil and the rest of South America, and she currently teaches film acting at the University of Brasilia. The focus of the collaboration between Sykes and May will be the development of links between Kent’s Popular and Comic Performance research centre (PCP) and the University of Brasilia. Building on existing strengths within PCP around stand-up comedy and the British comedy industry, Sykes will bring her expertise in the Brazilian comedy industry and clowning to the centre. During her visit, Sykes will present on her research and practice for colleagues in the research centre and offer masterclasses.

School of Arts and School of Computing

Prof Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University, Canada

This visit will bring together the Schools of Computing and Arts, the Digital Humanities Forum (DHF) (chaired by the lead applicant), and Prof. Dean Irvine (leading scholar and DH industry practitioner) in an interdisciplinary exploration of key issues and opportunities within Digital Humanities (DH). The objective is to enhance DH scholarship within the University in line with the aims of Eastern ARC, and to promote collaborative funding bids to the AHRC and/or ESRC. An application to the international ‘Digging into Data’ (AHRC/ESRC) call will be specifically explored.

School of Architecture

Prof David Howes, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Professor David Howes is a leading scholar in the interdisciplinary topic of Sensory Research. His published seminal works in the field of Sensory Theory include the Empire of the Senses (Berg, 2004) and A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000 (Bloomsbury, 2014). He has been invited to give a keynote lecture in the interdisciplinary conference Sensory Theory, Methodology & Experience: contemporary and classical perspectives, co-organised by SECL and the School of Architecture.

School of History

Dr Rasmus Glenthoj of the University of Syddansk, Denmark

One of the most distinguished historians of modern Scandinavia and its position within the Europe’s political. Cultural and diplomatic landscape Deliver lectures and a graduate seminar introducing students of modern Europe in Canterbury to the oft forgotten northern reaches of the European Continent. Also to investigate joint research bids given Dr Rasmus track record in securing European funding.

School of History and Research Services

Professor Shaliza Ibrahim, of the University of Malaya

Professor Ibrahim is currently supporting the investigation of research collaboration between the University of Kent and the University of Malaya and wishes to explore opportunities with the School of History and processes for managing research services and Alumni with reciprocal offices at Kent.

Social Sciences visits sponsored in 2016

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Reserch

Dr Femke Roosma, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Dr. Femke Roosma's research is on the multidimensional aspects of welfare attitudes publishing a wide range of papers related to these issues. This project is a collaborative project across five different European countries, including Heejung Chung and Peter Taylor-Gooby as PI, which examines people’s attitudes on the future of the welfare state, using democratic forum techniques. Dr.Roosma will be of great benefit in analyzing the first rounds of our data.

School of Psychology

Gordon Hodson of Brock University, Canada

Drs. Dhont and Hodson have a relatively nascent yet very productive collaborative track record having published 5 papers since 2013 in the prestigious journal Current directions in Psychological Science. The visit will serve multiple purposes, firstly to analyze data and to write a manuscript. Second, to plan and write a draft for an ESRC grant submission. Finally the visit will provide a unique opportunity to schedule expert meetings with Postgraduate students.

School of Anthropology and Conservation

Prof Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, The Ohio State University, USA

Professor Guatelli-Steinberg is a world-renowned skeletal biologist who focuses upon teeth to address questions about growth, development, and life history in primates and fossil hominins. The visit develops out of an existing and recent collaboration between her, and three core members of academic staff in the SBRC (Drs Mahoney, Skinner and Deter). This collaboration is research-based, and includes grant writing, and recent peer-reviewed academic journal publications (2016).

Dr Adrian Treves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Drs. St John and Humle are organising a symposium, to be held at the University of Kent in May 2016, and entitled ‘Human-wildlife coexistence: Interdisciplinary perspectives on a complex problem’. The aim of this event is to promote the work of SAC and to bring together leading academics and students undertaking research within this theme. Adrian Treves, founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, has agreed to be a plenary speaker at this event. This is exciting for many reasons: Adrian is internationally renowned for his work on carnivore ecology and human-wildlife conflict, thus securing his attendance at our event will likely encourage broad participation

School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Djordje Stefanovic of Saint Mary's University Canada

Dr Stefanovic will: participate on the drafting of joint ESRC proposal on Peace Processes and the Public Opinion ; present a special issue on peace processes and durable returns currently under review in International Migration involving PhD students and faculty from Kent including Dr. Dinsmore (School of Law) (day 2); contribute to a draft ERC application and book manuscript with Dr.  Loizides resulting from four collaborative grants and surveys in Bosnia, Iraq and Cyprus (day 3); and finally revise and present a new paper to be submitted to World Politics with Dr. Morgan-Jones and Loizides (day 4).

Sciences visits sponsored in 2016

School of Biosciences

Dr. Eleni Gentekaki , Mae Fah Luang University (MFU), Chiang Rai, Thailand

The visit will be the venue for spearheading long-term collaboration between the two laboratories. Dr. Tsaousis’s expertise is in cell biology and biochemistry and Dr. Gentekaki is a classical protistologist with experience in microbiota research and genomics.

The grant will provide the opportunity for projects that will bridge these disciplines. Currently, both researchers study the human microbiome. Dr. Gentekaki is part of a research unit focusing on the human microbiome and which comprises two other lecturers from MFU; Dr. Siam Popluechai and Dr. Niwed Kullawong

Dr Leonor Gallardo of the University of Madrid, Spain

Dr Ellis and Dr Vernet have a long standing collaboration examining the effects of Y-linked genes in sperm production. Dr Vernet is a world expert in histological and immunochemical analysis of testis sections, and will visit Kent in order to examine testis samples using novel antibodies raised by Dr Ellis.  This will allow tracing of the histone modifications associated with DNA damage repair and cell death in relation to quality control checkpoints during spermatogenesis.This data gathering is necessary to finalise a paper for submission to Development (Impact Factor 6.5) and also to pump-prime for future collaborative grant applications to the BBSRC. 

School of Sports & Exercise Science

Dr Leonor Gallardo of the University of Madrid

Dr. Leonor Gallardo will be invited for a 2 weeks research stay in our School to collaborate in an existing external fund that Dr. Pappous has obtained from Kent FA and in order to prepare a joint application to scale up this current project by jointly submitting an application to another external funder. The existing project which Dr. Pappous runs, aims to explore the decline in football in its 11x11 version and is funded by Kent FA.

School of Computing and School of Arts

Prof Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University, Canada

This visit will bring together the Schools of Computing and Arts, the Digital Humanities Forum (DHF) (chaired by the lead applicant), and Prof. Dean Irvine (leading scholar and DH industry practitioner) in an interdisciplinary exploration of key issues and opportunities within Digital Humanities (DH). The objective is to enhance DH scholarship within the University in line with the aims of Eastern ARC, and to promote collaborative funding bids to the AHRC and/or ESRC. An application to the international ‘Digging into Data’ (AHRC/ESRC) call will be specifically explored.

 

 

 

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