Staff from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies will discuss the benefits and challenges of researching beyond one's home nation.
Ting Chang: Ting is a Canadian scholar working in the field of European art history. After completing her BA and MA degrees in Canada she obtained a Commonwealth Doctoral Fellowship to pursue her PhD at the University of Sussex. She had a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford Brookes before teaching at McGill in Montreal and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She has been working at Nottingham since 2012. Her research concerns intercultural contacts, particularly between France, Japan and China in the nineteenth century.
Par Kuramaswami: Par is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and Director of the Centre for Research on Cuba. After completing her BA, Par studied and lived in the US before settling back in the UK. She came to study Cuba through the happy coincidence of starting her first academic post at the University of Wolverhampton, which was formalising a collaboration with the University of Havana. Since then, she has worked at several universities, in a range of departments; immediately before starting at Nottingham, she founded and developed the Spanish subject area at the University of Reading.
Gillian Roberts: Gillian is a Canadian scholar working in the field of Canadian Studies. After her undergraduate and MA degrees in Canada, she moved to the UK in 2000 to do her PhD in English, on Canadian literature and literary prizes, at the University of Leeds. She returned to Canada in 2005 for a postdoctoral fellowship before moving back to the UK in 2006. Her research interests include the Canada-US border, postcolonial film adaptation, and representations of settlement in Canada since the Idle No More movement.
Monica White: Following completion of a BA in Russian and East European Studies at Wesleyan University, Monica lived in Russia for two years before embarking on a PhD at Cambridge. Her research focuses on the history, culture and religion of the Byzantine Empire and the early East Slavs from c. 800-1453.