Professor Liam Selmer
University of Sydney, Australia
12 September - 17 November 2017
Nominated by Dr Paul Prescott, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies
Liam Semler is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Sydney and project leader of the collaborative partnership ‘Better Strangers’ which runs the open-access Shakespeare Reloaded website. His research focusses on the place of Shakespeare and Literary Studies in modern educational systems. He is author of Teaching Shakespeare and Marlowe: Learning versus the System (Bloomsbury, 2013) and co-editor of Teaching Shakespeare beyond the Centre: Australasian Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He also researches the form and meanings of the ‘grotesque’ in early modern English texts, theatre and visual arts. While at the University of Warwick he will be collaborating with Dr Paul Prescott and other colleagues on various initiatives around innovative approaches to Shakespeare pedagogy. This will involve exploring synergies between Prof. Semler’s collaborative project work and collaborative educational projects based at Warwick. He will also share his extensive archival research into the English textual record of the grotesque from 1500-1700.
Professor Helen Nesadurai
Monash University , Malaysia
10 October - 19 October 2017
Nominated by Professor Shaun Breslin, Department of Politics & International Studies
My research examines the origins of new sustainability norms through studying palm oil sustainability governance. Palm oil, a major global commodity, has gained notoriety as a driver of deforestation, carbon emissions and social conflict, as seen in its principle producing countries, namely Malaysia and Indonesia. During my fellowship, I hope to discuss three social mechanisms explaining the emergence and diffusion of hybrid norms addressing environmental and developmental concerns -- contestation, traceability practices, and brokerage – and their potential to legitimise the more encompassing global sustainability norms advanced by non-state actors (NGOs and corporations). The study is located within IR’s “agentic constructivist” approach that emphasises agents and their practices in the origins and consolidation of new norms.
Dr Oxana Palesh
Stanford University Medical Center, USA
24 October - 4 November 2017
Nominated by Dr Pasquale Innominato, Warwick Medical Scool
I direct the Stanford Cancer Survivorship Laboratory and I am also the Director of the Stanford Cancer Survivorship Research. I have over 10 years of experience conducting behavioral medicine research and randomized clinical trials involving interventions for stress, sleep, and health behaviors in cancer patients and post-treatment survivors. My clinical and research expertise are in the development of behavioral interventions for patients with chronic illnesses. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford and later a National Cancer Institute fellow at the University of Rochester, I conducted research on the relationship between dysregulation of the neuroendocrine stress response system, sleep problems, fatigue, and disease progression in traumatized and chronically ill patients. I have substantial experience in developing assessments for stressed populations (e.g., cancer patients and survivors, traumatized populations) as well as new measures.