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21 July 2023

Arts & Humanities 2023 Institute Fellows announced

The inaugural Institute Fellows have been selected to pursue cross-disciplinary work within the new Digital Futures Institute or Global Cultures Institute.


Six academics have been awarded new Institute Fellowships from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. The Fellowship allows for staff to pursue a cross-Faculty programme of work for six months within one of the new interdisciplinary institutes at King’s – the Digital Futures Institute and the Global Cultures Institute.

Alongside the new Fellows, 19 new projects have been assigned microgrants to celebrate the new institutes and to further Arts & Humanities expertise in these fields.

I want to congratulate our inaugural Faculty Fellows – they are a brilliant example of how the diversity of work in arts and humanities can help us all answer some of the most pressing questions in society today. The institutes are designed as greenhouses of activity and I look forward to seeing these projects grow and come to life.

Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean - Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The inaugural Institute Fellows are:

Digital Futures Institute: Living Well with Technology

  • Dr Kate Devlin (Jan – Jun 2024)
      · Creative and Humanistic AI
  • Dr Brian Kavanagh (Jul – Dec 2023)
      · Using digital to engage new classical music audiences
  • Dr Anna Maerker (Jul – Dec 2023)
      · Disability in History and Culture, and the History of Palliative Care

Global Cultures Institute: Talking beyond boundaries

The microgrants are up to £1,500 and provide seed funding for projects aligned with the theme of the institutes and network – the list of awardees are as follows and are all for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Digital Futures Institute: Living Well with Technology

  • Dr Aqeel Abdulla – Digital Archive and Syrian Culture
  • Dr Giota Alevizou and Dr Michael Duggan - Communication infrastructures and students’ navigation of London as a digital city
  • Dr Daniel Chavez Heras – Future of Computational Moving Image Studies
  • Dr Munira Cheema - Emerging debates on the rise of nationalism in South Asia
  • Dr Martin Dinter - Untranslated and unedited texts from the Global South
  • Dr Jelena Dzakula – A novel way to regulate digital technologies
  • Dr Adelene Buckland - History of technologies designed to undertake infant care
  • Dr Jonathan Gray and Dr Maud Borie – Responding to ecological issues through collections of digital materials
  • Dr Christopher Holliday – AI and filmmaking practices
  • Professor Mark Shiel – Digital maps, VR and understanding Hollywood cinema
  • Dr Rush Stewart – Understanding algorithmic fairness
  • Professor Gonda Van Steen – Digital approaches to the decolonization movement

Global Cultures Institute: Talking beyond boundaries

  • Professor Btihaj Ajana – Refugee crises and economies of sympathy
  • Dr Priyanka Basu and Dr Lizzie Stewart – Moving Paradigms: Movement-based Approaches to Migration, Coloniality, and Fugitive Methods
  • Professor Erica Carter – Sudan Memory
  • Dr Bernard Geoghegan – Origins of computer graphics in planetary navigation
  • Dr Taushif Kara – Decolonisation and Global Islamic Studies
  • Dr Frederika Tevebring – Imagining Lost Origins: Migration, Diffusion and the Visual Politics of the Deep Past
  • Dr Flora Willson – Aida’s Afterlives: Sourcing Italian Opera in Late-19th-Century Cairo

Further information about the Fellows and the Projects can be found at the Digital Futures Institute and the Global Cultures Institute.

In this story

Kate Devlin

Reader in Artificial Intelligence & Society

Brian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Digital Innovation

Anna Maerker

Reader in History of Medicine

Erica Carter

Professor of German and Film

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Professor of English Literature

Zoe Norridge

Reader in African and Comparative Literature and Visual Cultures