Research Fellows

Research fellows are established researchers with a significant record of achievement. In making awards, the Institute hopes that prospective Fellow’s engagement with IES will be sustained over time. Research Fellows are entitled to use of shared office space in the Institute, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events, and competitive access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). In return, we expect research fellows to participate as fully as possible in the life of the Institute. This may include, for example, leading or contributing to IES research initiatives, applying for research grants to be held in the Institute, participating in the IES network of seminars and events, organising/attending conferences at IES, contributing to summer schools. We expect the Institute to be credited in publications and public appearances, and that Research Fellows should be physically present within the Institute as often as possible, contributing actively to the intellectual and research environment.

Current Research Fellows

Jad Adams

Jad Adams' work in literature and literary biography includes Madder Music, Stronger Wine: A Biography of Ernest Dowson; Kipling, a biography of the poet, and Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle. He has published widely on women writers of fin de siecle and is currently engaged on a long-term research project titled 'Decadent Women: Lives of the Lost Generation' which aims to recover the biographical details and literary reputations of some of the forgotten women writers of the 1890s. www.jadadams.co.uk

Dr Karen Attar

Karen Attar (B.A. Syd.; Ph.D. Cantab; M.A. LIS UCL) is the Curator of Rare Books and University Art at Senate House Library, University of London. Her interests are in the history of libraries and collecting, in which she has published widely, and in bibliography. Her major publication is the third edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (2016). She is currently editing the diaries of the University of London Library kept during the Second World War.

Professor Laurel Brake

Laurel Brake is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Print Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. Her main research interests are in nineteenth-century literature, book and media history, and gender. She publishes articles, writes and edits books, has co-edited a dictionary (DNCJ: Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism), and collaborated on a free digital edition of periodicals and newspapers (Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition www.ncse.ac.uk/‎). Books include Subjugated KnowledgesWalter Pater, and co-edited volumes on W T Stead and on the News of the World . Her current projects are Ink Work (a biography of Walter and Clara Pater), and an edition of Walter Pater’s selected journalism. 

Professor Philip Davis

Philip Davis is Professor of Literature at the University of Liverpool. He is the Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Skills.

Dr David Pearson

David Pearson retired from a long professional career in libraries and archives in February 2017 and is now concentrating on work as a book historian. He has published extensively on aspects of provenance, private libraries and bookbinding and his projects currently in hand include a directory of book ownership in 17th-century England. He teaches regularly on the Rare Book Schools in London and Charlottesville. He is a Past President of the Bibliographical Society and is appointed Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford for 2017-18.

Dr Samantha Rayner

Samantha Rayner is the Director of the Centre for Publishing at University College London. She teaches and writes on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. She has also taught extensively on English Literature courses and have specialisms in Medieval and Arthurian texts.

Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou

Angeliki Spiropoulou (MA; PhD Sussex) is Associate Professor of Modern European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University, Greece. She has authored the monograph Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin (Palgrave-Macmillan 2010), and co-authored History of European Literature 18th-20thC (Hellenic Open University 2008). She has edited or co-edited the volumes: Walter Benjamin: Images and Myths of Modernity; Culture Agonistes: Debating Culture, Rereading Texts; Contemporary Greek Fiction: International Perspectives, and an issue on 'Gender Resistance' for EJES. She has recently contributed to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism, and the volumes 1922: History, Culture, Politics (Cambridge UP) and Sentencing Orlando (Edinburgh UP). She is currently working on modernist historiographies and co-editing a volume on Modernism and History with Jean-Michel Rabaté. She is on the Executive Committee of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies.

 

 

Associate Research Fellows

Dr Graham Foster

Dr Cynthia Johnston