Biographies of contributors

John Ball

  John Ball performs Indian music playing the tabla drum and the one hundred stringed santoor. Currently Musician in Residence at the University of Sheffield, John composes and performs with Indus, a group bringing together musicians from diverse musical traditions including Indian Classical, Western Classical and Jazz. He is also a member of Bandish - an ensemble combining Indian Classical music, Jazz and traditional West African sounds. John is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader and has worked for SAA-UK, Diversity and Chol. John studied music in Baroda, India with some of the finest Indian classical musicians including Sri Sudhir Saxena. John has recently been playing on tour with BBC 2008 World Music Award Winner Juldeh Camara and 10 piece eclectic band Rafiki Jazz.

John C. Barrett

  Currently Professor of Archaeology, John gained his BSc and DLitt from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and taught at the universities of Leeds and Glasgow before being appointed to Sheffield in 1995. He was Head of Department of Archaeology 2002-06 and Dean of Arts 2007-08. He is currently Acting Head of Department of Biblical Studies. His current research interests are concerned with later prehistory and the development of Darwinian evolution in the analysis of material cultural and social change. Previously he has worked on the development of archaeological field methods and their application in commercial archaeology; he designed the approach taken towards the excavation at Heathrow Airport in advance of the development of Terminal 5.

Kamal Birdi

Dr Kamal Birdi Dr Kamal Birdi has been engaging in research and practice in the areas of organisational innovation, learning and performance for over eighteen years at the University of Sheffield. As part of the ESRC's Centre for Organisation and Innovation, he has intensively investigated different methods of developing employee creativity. He has collaborated with public and private sector organisations, including Tetra Pak, Rolls-Royce and the BBC, and he has helped manage an inter-cultural arts and enterprise co-operative in Sheffield. He publishes internationally, and has presented his research in the U.S.A., Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Brazil and Portugal.

Tim Birkhead

Tim Birkhead Professor Tim Birkhead is professor of evolutionary biology. His scientific research is on sexual selection and the evolution of pre- and post-copulatory reproductive strategies in birds. He is committed to the public understanding of science and undergraduate teaching, and obtained a Senate Award for Teaching in 2007. He teaches undergraduate courses in animal behaviour and the history of science. Tim's recent book 'The Wisdom of Birds' (see: describes how we know what we know about birds, including the acquisition of song in birds.

Nicola S. Clayton

  Professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences for Clare College, Nicky Clayton's research lies at the interface between animal behaviour, experimental psychology and neuroscience. Nicky is interested in the evolution and development of cognition in animals and young children. She works mainly with members of the crow family (corvids) in a variety of species including jackdaws, rooks and jays. Nicky is also a keen dancer and is fascinated by the links between science and dance, as shown by Bird Tango, a film made by Cambridge Ideas for the university’s 800th campaign and available on YouTube. Nicky is also Scientific Advisor to the Rambert Dance Company and has been collaborating with the Artistic Director and Choreographer, Mark Baldwin, on a new work, 'The Comedy of Change', which will be performed at the Lyceum Theatre on 28-30 April 2010.

Martin Conway

BSc (London), PhD (Open University)

Professor of Cognitive Psychology Director of Institute Research area: Cognitive Psychology. Research group: Long Term Memory. Phone 0113 3435725 Email:

Martin Conway is a cognitive psychologist. His current research interests focus on autobiographical memory; impairments of memory following brain injury; disruptions of memory in psychiatric illness; changes in memory across the lifespan; the self and memory; motivation and memory; emotion and memory; expert legal testimony on memory.

Philip Davies

  Emeritus Professor Philip Davies was educated at Oxford and St Andrews, and joined the University in 1974. His major interests are in intertestamental and rabbinic literature and in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on that subject. In recent years, he has been researching ‘biblical history’ and the problems of analysing and explaining the biblical representations of the past and their relationship to modern historical knowledge of ancient Israel and Judah. His book Memories of Ancient Israel is an introduction to the practice of modern biblical history writing using the concept of cultural memory. Philip has been President of both the Society for Old Testament Study and the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Jessica Dubow

  Dr Jessica Dubow is the Co-Director of the 2010 Arts-Science Encounters and is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the University of Sheffield. With a background in critical and aesthetic theory, art history and philosophy, her interdisciplinary research ranges from work on Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and Maurice Blanchot to the writings of W.G. Sebald and the art of the contemporary South African artist and animated film-maker William Kentridge. She is the Principal Investigator of an AHRC Grant called ‘Archive of Exile’ and is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘Thinking Outside the City Walls: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought’ both of which focus on the aesthetics of spatial perception as it relates to the making of critical, intellectual thought. She is author of ‘Settling the Self: Colonial Space, Colonial Identity and the South African Landscape’ (2009) and has published widely in journals including, Critical Inquiry, New German Critique, Art History, Journal of Visual Culture and Interventions: The International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies.

Rachel Falconer

Rachel Falconer Rachel Falconer initiated the Arts-Science Encounters in 2009, as a tribute to a much-loved uncle, Jeremy Knowles, whose biography also features here. Jeremy had a clear idea of what a University should be – a centre for world-class research, a place to acquire a first-rate education, and an opportunity to share cultures, passions, and attainable dreams for a better future. The Encounters are a series of talks aimed to prove that all of these ideas are flourishing at the University of Sheffield. Rachel ran the first series in 2009, with the joint support of the Humanities Research Institute, the Faculty of Arts, and the Kroto Research Institute, as well as donations from all five University faculties. A grant from the EPSRC, under the headship of Professor Tony Ryan (Chemistry), and further support from the University’s Knowledge Transfer Fund, enabled the series to continue into 2010, under the co-direction of Rachel, and Jessica Dubow. Rachel is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature. She has published books on John Milton, Mikhail Bakhtin, Descents to Hell in contemporary literature, and the crossover phenomenon (Pullman, et al), as well as articles on a range of authors, genres and historical periods. A former classicist, she has wide-ranging interests in English and European literatures, from Virgil and Dante to contemporary writers. She is interested in concepts such as imagination, metaphor, memory and narrative identity, and she teaches courses in all these subjects at BA or MA level. Scientific or other disciplinary approaches to these concepts also fascinate her, and the Arts-Science Encounters have helped to expand her intellectual horizons beyond her own field of literary expertise. In August 2010, Rachel leaves Sheffield to take up a Chair in English at the University of Lausanne.

Jon Glover

  Jon Glover is a Research Professor in the School of Arts, Media and Education, University of Bolton. He is the programme leader for the MA in Creative Writing on which he has taught since 1997. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bolton and is an Honorary Fellow of the English Association and of the School of English, University of Leeds. He is the Managing Editor of the international magazine Stand. Stand was founded in London in 1952 and he started to help its founding Editor, Jon Silkin, in 1963. He became the Managing Editor soon after Silkin's death in 1997. He has written about modern poetry and the literature of War having edited, with Jon Silkin, the Penguin Book of First World War Prose. He is a poet and his third book of poems with the Carcanet Press, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, was published in September 2008. Ian McMillan on The Verb, Radio 3, called it his book of the year. He has supervised PhDs on Wilfred Owen and John Locke and is currently supervising creative PhDs involving both writing and writing about poetry and novels.

He is currently preparing a literary biography of the poet and critic Jon Silkin, a study of the culture of small magazines in the world of poetry and University communities. His next book of poems will appear from Carcanet in 2011.

Pamela Heaton

  Dr Heaton is a reader in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a leading world expert on perception and cognition in autism and has a special interest in musical and other talents in this group. In 2002 she was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for outstanding doctoral research contributions to Psychology for her thesis on music and autism. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and research events. She actively collaborates with researchers in the UK, Europe and North America and her research has been funded by the EU and the ESRC.

Timothy Ingold

  Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology and Head of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Tim has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written extensively on comparative questions of environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, as well as on the role of animals in human society, on issues in human ecology, and on evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. More recently, he has been exploring the links between environmental perception and skilled practice, with a view to replacing traditional models of genetic cultural transmission with a relational approach focusing on the growth of embodied skills of perception and action within social and environmental contexts of development (Ingold, The Perception of the Environment, 2000). Tim’s latest research pursues three lines of inquiry: the dynamics of pedestrian movement, the creativity of practice, and the linearity of writing. His book Lines: A Brief History was published in 2007, along with two edited collections – Creativity and Cultural Improvisation (with Elizabeth Hallam, 2007) and Ways of Walking (with Jo Lee Vergunst, 2008).

Allison James

  Allison James, Director of ICOSS, is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth. As one of the pioneers of childhood studies in the 1970s she has carried out a wide range of empirical and theoretical research on children and childhood, most recently exploring children’s perceptions of hospital space and children’s perspectives on food. She is author of numerous books and articles, recent books include, European Childhoods (co-edited with A. L. James, Palgrave 2008), Key Concepts in Childhood Studies (co-authored with A. L. James, Sage 2008) and Research With Children 2nd edition (co-edited with P. Christensen, 2008).

Richard Jones

Richard A.L. Jones Richard A. L. Jones is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sheffield. He is an experimental polymer physicist with research interests in soft nanotechnology; he has also written extensively about the societal implications of nanotechnology and on the need to better connect public engagement with science with science policy making. He is author of Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life (Oxford, 2007). He also has his own blog at

Alexander Kelly

  Alexander Kelly is co-Artistic Director of the Third Angel Theatre Company. At the cutting edge of experimental theatre, Third Angel produced ‘Parts For Machines That Do Things’ in 2008: a show a show that ‘explores our relationship with, and dependence on, the complex technological systems that surround us. Systems beyond our technical understanding. Systems maintained by people as human, and fallible, as we are ourselves.’ Previous shows include: ‘The Expected Lifespan Of Dreams’ (Site Gallery, 2006), ‘Standing Alone, Standing Together (Millennium Galleries, 2005) and ‘Hurrysickness’ (2004). For more information about the ‘consistently excellent Third Angel Theatre’ (, see

Jeremy Knowles

  Jeremy Knowles, the dedicatee of the Sheffield Arts-Science Encounters, was an eminent chemist who carried out research at the boundary of chemistry and biochemistry. He was particularly interested in the rate and specificity of enzyme catalysis and the evolution of protein function. After starting his academic career at the University of Oxford, from 1974 he was based at Harvard University, where he became the Amory Houghton Professor of chemistry and biochemistry in 1979. He later served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, from 1991 to 2002, and from 2007 until his death in 2008. Jeremy was a serious scholar and administrator, but to suggest he was only that would miss his joie de vivre, for he was an excellent, light-hearted colleague with an impish nature. He had a passion for J. S. Bach and was an accomplished pianist and organist. His niece and god-daughter Rachel continues to organise these events in celebration of his exceptional life, and his love of chemistry and music.

Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy

  Dr Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy is a lecturer in the Department of Law, and Coordinator of the IAB Arts-Bioethics Network. A trained dancer, Chamu is interested in the role of arts in society, particularly in developing societies. Building upon her teaching and research in the law of Intellectual Property rights, she is interested in the challenges that traditional arts pose to the IP regime arising from issues of individual versus collective creativity and commercial versus cultural interests. From the bioethics perspective, she is interested in exploring the diversity of ethical thought which are expressed through the arts non-verbally and in a non-written form. She has presented her arts work at bioethics conferences since 2004. For 2010 she is working on ‘Arts and Development’. Collaborative activities are ongoing, and anyone interested are encouraged to contact Chamu:

Andrew Linn

  Andrew Linn was educated at the University of Cambridge where he took a BA in English and MPhil and PhD degrees in Linguistics. He is currently Professor of the History of Linguistics at Sheffield and Director of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. His research and publications fall into three broad areas of study: the history of language reform; the emergence of applied linguistics as a discipline; contemporary language planning and policy-making. Following the publication of his monograph on the life, work and influence of Johan Storm, he was elected a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Andrew is also a practising musician with two diplomas in organ-playing and a number of CDs and prestigious concert venues to his name.

Rita Marcalo

  Rita Marcalo works as a performer, artistic director, choreographer, writer and lecturer. Her work has been commissioned by various organisations in Yorkshire, and nationwide by Essexdance and Dance Digital. She has been published in a variety of publications and lectures part-time at York St John University. Marcalo has won several national awards (Creative Futures, Interact, Awards for All, Lisa Ullman, CETL Fellowship). Internationally she has an Erasmus Award (Portugal) and an ELIA Award (Holland). She is associate artist of the Theatre in the Mill (Development Lab) and Dance Digital, and she also belongs to Yorkshire Dance’s LIFT programme.

Robert McKay

  Robert McKay has taught here at Sheffield since 1998, in that time teaching a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the cultural representations of animals and humans’ relationships with them. He has published a number of essays and chapters on animal ethics in contemporary fiction, tackling writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Angela Carter, Alice Walker and Margaret Atwood and on animal ethics in literary criticism and theory. In 2000 he convened Millennial Animals, one of the first major international conferences in the field of “animal studies”, and he co-founded The Animal Studies Group with 7 other UK academics in that year. Their Killing Animals was published by University of Illinois Press in 2006. He is currently working on a book project called Animal Ethics in Cold War Literary Culture.

Felix Ng

  Dr. Felix Ng is Lecturer in Glaciology in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield. A former visiting research fellow at MIT and the University of Washington in the USA, Felix is interested in the large-scale interactions between glaciers and the environment. His research uses mathematical models to explain observations and their underlying physical mechanisms. Fieldwork and collaborations have taken him to the polar regions and high mountains. His recent subjects of study include the internal layerings of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, glacial floods on the Silk Road, and the polar ice caps on Mars. He likes teaching and enjoys the fact that his students teach him as much as he tries to teach them at Sheffield.

Lawrence Parsons

Lawrence Parsons Lawrence Parsons is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. He has recently been studying music skills such as singing, dueting, improvising, dancing, fine pitch and rhythm perception, and piano performance, in the context of other human capacities like language, reasoning, mathematics. Larry has discussed his work in a wide variety of international contexts including: TV Asahi Brain Science Documentary (Tokyo, 2005); BBC Radio 4, the Material World, and PM (2005); BBC-4 TV (2006); BBC Radio 3, BBC 1 TV (2008); the Times of London, Times Sunday Magazine, and Educational Supplement (2007, 2008); Scientific American (2008) Spanish magazines Quo and science TV program REDES (2008). He was a panellist for the 2006 Reith Lecture given by Daniel Barenboim, in residence at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies (2009), and lectured at the World Science Festival in New York City (2009). He was chief scientific advisor for Notes and Neurons (2009), a documentary film which was broadcast worldwide and won the Grand Prize at the international science film festival Parisscience and the International Association for Media In Science Prize at the 4th International Science Film Festival of Athens.

Adam Piette

Professor Adam Piette has taught at the Universities of Paris XIII, Geneva, Lausanne and Glasgow before coming to Sheffield in 2006. He is the author of Remembering and the Sound of Words: Mallarme, Proust, Joyce, Beckett (Oxford University Press, 1996), Imagination at War: British fiction and Poetry, 1939-45 (Macmillan, 1995), and The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). He has taught creative writing at MA level, helping found and run the Edwin Morgan Centre for Creative Writing in Glasgow, and launching the creative writing pathway here at the University of Sheffield last year (as well as founding the student writing magazine Route 57). He edited a special issue of Translation and Literature on translation and modernism, contributed a poetry section to the journal The Reader, has co-edited a collection of essays on the poet Peter Robinson for Salt with Katy Price, and is co-editor, with Alex Houen, of the poetry journal Blackbox Manifold.

Marcus du Sautoy

Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the second holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. A Fellow of New College, Oxford, and winner of the 2001 Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Professor du Sautoy regularly writes for The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. He presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006 and has also written numerous academic articles and popular books on mathematics, including the bestseller The Music of the Primes, which was also televised on BBC Four in 2005. His latest book Finding Moonshine was published in February 2008. Marcus du Sautoy’s research interests include understanding the world of symmetry using zeta functions, a classical tool from number theory. Commenting on his new appointment, Professor du Sautoy said: 'For me, science is about discovery but it is also about communication… I am passionately dedicated to giving as many people as possible access to the exciting and beautiful world of mathematics and science that I inhabit. I want to reveal why it is such a powerful way to understand the world. A mathematically and scientifically literate society is essential given the huge role science now plays in our world.'

Rod Smallwood

  Rod Smallwood has always worked with one foot in engineering and one in medicine, starting with a summer job at the Ontario Cancer Institute when he was an undergraduate in physics. He was employed by the NHS for twenty five years during which he set up new diagnostic services for which he had to develop the equipment; planned new hospital departments; and set up the national training scheme for physical scientists in the NHS. He eventually moved to the Medical School at the University of Sheffield. Work on cancer screening instruments lead to an interest in cellular behaviour, so he moved again to Computer Science (but still in post at the Medical School) to pursue interests in computational modelling of cellular interactions, particularly those concerned with development of tissues, and with wound healing. Invitations to speak at conferences allow him to talk about research, travel, dining, photography, and (sometimes) getting away into the hills.

Sean Spence

  Sean Spence is Professor of General Adult Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to the Homeless Assessment and Support Team (HAST) and the Sheffield Care Trust, and a Founder member of the European consortium for Psychological Research on the Detection of Deception. Sean and his team are particularly interested in mapping the neural correlates of deception in the human brain. Their research shows that deception invokes the function of ‘higher’ brain systems, and incurs a different signature (an increased response time), which can be distinguished from the signature of a truthful response. Sean has featured in interviews for the Sunday Times (2005), BBC 1 TV (‘Culture of Deceit’, 2006), Channel 4 (‘Lie Lab’, 2007), BBC Radio 4 (Frontiers, 2007), and has attracted comment in an international spectrum of journals including Science (2005), Nature (2006), Wired (2006) and Scientific American (2007). In summer 2007, the work of Sean Spence and his research team formed the basis for a documentary series on Channel 4 TV, called 'Lie Lab’.

Brendan Stone

  Dr Brendan Stone is a cross-disciplinary academic in the School of English, whose research and teaching cuts across various disciplines including English Literature, Critical and Social Theory, Medicine, Social Work, Psychology, Sports Science, and Occupational Therapy. His research interests centre on the relationship between narrative and human identity, with a specific focus on first-person accounts of distress and trauma. His work in this area is interdisciplinary and sits on the borders of the Arts and Humanities and the Social and Health Sciences. He runs innovative courses in which social work and medical students collaborate in research work with service-users, carers, and NHS patients, and use artistic means to convey their findings. He is a Senior Fellow for The Institute of Mental Health, and a Governor to the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. He has been a user of mental health services for over 30 years, and his work often combines both academic and personal knowledge.

Carmen Szabo

  Dr Carmen Szabo has recently joined the Theatre Department at Sheffield after teaching at University College Dublin. She studied English and Spanish, then completed an MA in Irish Cultural Studies, all at the Babes-Bolyai University at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and a PhD at University College Dublin She now studies companies such as Théâtre du Soleil, Complicite, Frantic Assembly and Mummenschanz as well as practitioners such as Jacques Lecoq, Ariane Mnouchkine and Eugenio Barba. Carmen has also just completed an MA in Shakespeare and Education at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Currently she is working on two book projects: one mapping the development of one of the most important Irish physical theatre companies, Barabbas Theatre Company; and the other looking at nineteenth century burlesques of Shakespeare.

Philip Thomas

  Philip Thomas is a writer and an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Bradford University. He worked as a full-time consultant psychiatrist in the NHS for over twenty years, leaving clinical practice in 2004 to focus on academic work. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health in the University of Central Lancashire. His academic interests include philosophy and its relevance to diversity in society and medicine. He has worked closely with survivors of psychiatry, service users and community groups, and until recently he was chair of Sharing Voices Bradford, a community development project working with the city’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities. He is co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network, and has published over 100 scholarly papers as well as three books, most recently Postpsychiatry, with Pat Bracken.

Jeremy Till

Jeremy Till is an architect and educator. He has recently been appointed as Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, moving from the University of Sheffield where he was Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture. His extensive written work includes Architecture and Participation and Flexible Housing (with Tatjana Schneider), which was winner of the 2007 RIBA President’s Award for Research. His most recent book, Architecture Depends (MIT Press 2009), has been widely reviewed and discussed. It was also awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Research, making Jeremy the only person to receive this prestigious award twice. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects best known for their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Straw House and Quilted Office), which has received extensive international acclaim and multiple awards. In 2006 he curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Lizz Tuckerman

Lizz Tuckerman is a freelance multimedia fine artist whose work is influenced by her career in biomedical science. After graduating in zoology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, she specialised in cytogenetics working in research at the universities of Newcastle, Cambridge and Birmingham. She has a research based MSc in Clinical Genetics and a PGCE. An autoimmune eye disease that appeared after the birth of her second child prompted a major change in direction. Between 1992 and 2008 she investigated the role of immune cells and molecules in recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure. At the same time she obtained a first class fine art degree, developed her art practice, and undertook a starter studio course at Persistence Works, before establishing her own studio. Interested in the fluidity of identity, the role of memory, community and place, she utilises transparent surfaces, digital imagery, various objects, slide projection and transfer techniques in the construction of her work. An author on over 30 scientific publications, she has produced art work with some of her science colleagues (see Commissioned by the Arts Council, her recent study ‘Hybrid’ documents art and science collaboration in the Yorkshire region. Lizz continues to organise art-sci collaborations, some of which are featured here (see Events from Hybrid sidebar, on the Encounters homepage).

Mike Vanden Heuvel

  Mike Vanden Heuvel is Professor of the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He teaches modern drama and theory ranging from Shakespeare to the European and American avant-garde. He is author of Performing Drama/Dramatizing Performance: Alternative Theater and the Dramatic Text and Elmer Rice: A Research and Production Sourcebook , as well as numerous essays on theatre pedagogy, dramatic literature, and dramatic theory. Current research interests focus on interdisciplinary studies of theatre and science, on which he has published extensively. He is completing a manuscript on theatre and the sciences of energy tentatively entitled ‘”Congregations Rich with Entropy”: Performance and the Emergence of Complexity.’

Andrew Vincent

Andrew Vincent joined the Department in January 2001 as Professor of Political Theory. He was formerly Professor of Political Theory at Cardiff University, where he was also Co-Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre. He received his first degree from the University of Exeter and his PhD from the University of Manchester. He has been Visiting Fellow on several occasions at the Australian National University and also Visiting Professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now Director of the Centre for Political Ideologies (in Sheffield University, set up jointly with a Centre in Oxford University) and is also a Director of the Political Studies Association Specialist Groups in Political Ideologies and British Idealism.

Benjamin Ziemann

  Benjamin Ziemann is a Reader in Modern History at the University of Sheffield. He gained his PhD from the Universität Bielefeld in 1996. In 2000 he was awarded with the Bennigsen-Foerder prize, which allowed him to conduct a research project on the history of opinion-polling in the Federal Republic of Germany. He has published widely on the history of opinion polling and on the ‘scientising of the social’ in general. This is also the subject of his award-winning monograph about the ‘scientization’ of the Catholic Church in the Federal Republic, published in 2007. One of his long-standing research interests is historical peace research. Benjamin has been a member of the Arbeitskreis Historische Friedensforschung (Working Group for Historical Peace Research) since 1995. He is also a founding member of the European Network of Peace Historians, and co-director of the Centre for Peace History in Sheffield, launched in 2009.