Visiting Fellows

Taking a visiting fellowship at ILAS makes you part of a dynamic research community, with access to the unique Latin American and US Studies library collections, our wide range of academic events, and the opportunity to publish online for free through SAS-Space. In our experience, the most successful fellows are those who thrive in being part of an academic environment, and that is why we strongly encourage our fellows to run events to bring publicity to their research, to collaborate with other researchers at a variety of career stages, both within the Institute and across and the School, and to contribute to our scholarly networks. Whether you are considering a fellowship with us as part of sabbatical leave from your home institution, to supplement your thesis research as a doctoral fellow, or for any other reason, we hope that you will take full advantage of these academic and research opportunities.

 

Current fellows

Giuliana Borea

Dr Giuliana Borea
Research area: “New Art Worlds”?: The Differential Assemblage of Latin American Art and Paradoxes of Participation
Tenure: Aug 2017 - July 2018

Biography
Giuliana Borea received her PhD in Anthropology from New York University in September 2016. Her thesis, for which she received the Wenner-Gren Research Fieldwork Grant, explored the transformation of the Lima art scene in relation to Peru's political economy and changes in the larger art world. As part of her fellowship at ILAS, Giuliana will develop her doctoral thesis into a book manuscript, The Reconfiguring of the Lima Art Scene: Acting across Arenas. She maintains a close academic relationship with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where she is lecturer in the Department of Social Science and the Coordinator of the Visual Anthropology Research Group. Her courses have covered topics such as art and anthropology; museum theory and practices; material culture and materiality; urban anthropology; methodology and thesis seminars.

Into Goudsmit

Dr Into Goudsmit
Research area: Extractive industries, plurinational rights, the state, ritual and cognition, Andes
Tenure: Oct 2017 - Aug 2018

Biography:
Schooled as an anthropologist at Goldsmiths College (London) and moulded by 18 years in international development, Into has explored the shifting political and ritual relations between indigenous citizens, transnational mining companies, the state, social movements and landlords in ‘plurinational’ Bolivia. The first results of these explorations are synthesised in his recent book Deference Revisited: Andean Ritual in the Plurinational State (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Set in a context of violent mining conflicts his ethnographic findings suggest, among other things, the continuity of reciprocal yet asymmetrical relations between indigenous communities and the state. Into is currently engaged in historical and legal research putting into perspective these contemporary impressions. He is studying historical notions of the state and indigenous community in the Andes, and how such local sensitivities have enabled or frustrated indigenous citizenship.

Grace Livingstone

Dr Grace Livingstone
Research topic: Ethics and Foreign Policy. The extractive industries in the Andean Region: the role and responsibilities of foreign governments
Tenure: Oct 2016 to Jul 2018

Biography:
Grace holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.  Her doctoral thesis looked at British policy towards the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82, and considered how policy-makers weighed up commercial and geopolitical considerations with human rights concerns. Her current research project is: ‘Ethics and Foreign Policy. The extractive industries in the Andean Region: the role and responsibilities of foreign governments.’  It looks at the response of foreign companies and governments to social movement protest against oil, gas and mining projects in the Andean region of Latin America, and examines whether oil and mining companies influence British policy towards Latin America. It also gauges the impact of human rights campaigns on the policy-making processes. She is also a journalist, specializing in Latin American affairs. 

She was The Guardian’s correspondent in Caracas and has also reported for the BBC World Service, the Independent on Sunday and The Observer.  She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (2003) and America's Backyard: Latin America and the United States from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Drugs, (2009).   She has also contributed a chapter on ‘The United States and the Latin American Right’ to Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlum (eds.), Rightwing Politics in Latin America, (London: Zed Books, 2011) and a chapter on  ‘Drugs and Criminal Organisations’ to Pia Riggirozzi and Chris Wylde (eds.), The Handbook of South American Governance, (Routledge to be published in April 2017).

 

Jack Webb

Dr Jack Webb
Research topic: Ideas About Haiti and the Decolonisation of Jamaica, 1945–62
Tenure: Aug 2017 - Jul 2018

Biography:
Jack was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2016. His thesis, ‘Haiti in the British Imagination, 1847–1904’, examined the ways in which a range of Britons engaged with the imperial project thought about Haiti. The ‘Black Republic’ — to use the Victorian term — had the potential to threaten ideologies and practices of imperialism through its successful rejection of European colonialism. This thesis documents the various techniques of silencing deployed by British imperialists in their constructions of representations of Haiti. In keeping with this interest in ideas about different types of decolonisation, Jack’s latest research project, ‘Living with (De)colonisation: Memories and Experiences of Guyanese Migrants to Britain, 1945–2000’ involves conducting life-history interviews with Windrush-generation Guyanese migrants to Britain.

He has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Caribbean History and Book History, as well as contributed a chapter to an edited volume on the early history of the Royal Anthropological Institute (ed. by David Shankland). He is currently working on two book projects: Haiti in the British Imperial Imagination: The Mechanics of Silence, 1847–1915, to be published with Liverpool University Press in 2019; and the edited volume, along with co-editors Roderick Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen and William Tantam, Coming into the Cold: Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond (under review with SAS Publications).


Christopher Wylde
 

Dr Christopher Wylde
Research topic: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America
Tenure: Aug 2017 to Jul 2018

Biography:
To follow

 

 Benefits

The Visiting Fellowship entitles the successful candidate to:

Our fellowships are non-stipendiary and fellows are required to pay a bench fee, which is currently £2,600 per annum, or £1000pa if office space is not required. This bench fee will be calculated on a pro rata basis according to the length of visit.

During your tenure you are expected to contribute in a positive way to the scholarly life and community of the institute. This will include regular updates to the School Directory of Research and Expertise, a small contribution to our annual report, contribute to the Institute’s programme of events, to acknowledge the institute in any publications or other outputs that arise from this visit, and to produce a brief report of the activities conducted at the Institute once the tenure is finished. 

Tenure: one month to one year

Apply

Applications can be made any time of the year and should be sent to the ILAS mailbox, including:

  • a completed application form
  • an up to date CV
  • two references
  • a short statement of the research to be undertaken during the period of the proposed Fellowship and/or publications expected to result from it.

Funding

The Institute encourages prospective applicants for visiting and postdoctoral fellowships to seek funding from external sources, such as:

Former fellows

Dr Francesco di Bernardo
Research project: Individual Memory and Collective History in the Contemporary Latin American Novel
Tenure: September 2016 to May 2017

Dr Michelle Nicholson-Sanz
Research project: Staging Latin American Port Cities: Lima, Buenos Aires and Salvador da Bahia Seen through the
Theatre at the Dawn of the Bicentenary of Independence in Latin America
Tenure: September 2016 to February 2017

Dr George St Clair
Research project: Faith and the Brazilian Crisis: Middle Class Precarity in Sao Paulo
Tenure: October 2016 to September 2017

Dr Luciana Zorzoli
Research project: Trade unions and workers' organisations in Argentina
Tenure: January 2017 to March 2017

list of former Fellows can be found here.