Humanities Members

DrotnerChair: Kirsten Drotner, Chair of Media Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture, Media Studies at the University of Southern Denmark

Professor Kirsten Drotner is a leading scientist and director of research in media studies, ICT studies and digital museum studies and founding director of the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials (DREAM). She currently serves as board member of the Danish Research Council for Independent Research, and has previously served as chair of the Danish Research Council for the Humanities, as member of the HERA Network Board and Joint Research Programme Board, the ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities, the Programme Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences in EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, and the NWO Spinoza Prize Committee. Kirsten Drotner is Knight of the Order of Dannebrog and an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Academia Europaea and the International Communication Association, and recipient of the Association’s Applied Research Award.

Bakro-nagyMarianne Bakró-Nagy, Head of the Department for Finno-Ugric and Historical Linguistics at the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Professor Marianne Bakró-Nagy studies the history and sociolinguistic status of highly-endangered Finno-Ugric languages in Siberia. She has written extensively on the history of unwritten and undocumented languages, such as Mansi and Khanty. She has also been the Head of the Finno-Ugric Department at the University of Szeged, where she currently teaches Finno-Ugric and Historical Linguistics. She has recently finished an ESF project on the better analysis and documentation of endangered languages and is currently working in an FP7 project ‘Innovative Networking in Infrastructure for Endangered Languages’.

BrownBruce Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Design, University of Brighton, United Kingdom

Prior to his current position, Professor Bruce Brown was Dean of Brighton University’s Faculty of Arts for 20 years. Recently he was also appointed by the Funding Councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to lead the quality assessment of arts and humanities research produced by UK universities for the Research Excellence Framework. In the past he was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and has advised several organisations. He is Editor of the MIT press journal Design Issues, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

de CallatayFrançois de Callataÿ, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris/Sorbonne, France

Professor François de Callataÿ is a specialist in Greco-Roman history, focusing on ancient economy and, more specifically, on quantification of ancient coinages. He was Head of the curatorial departments of the Royal Library of Belgium and now teaches at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He was awarded the Francqui Prize 2007, the highest scientific award in Belgium. A Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and the AcademiaEuropaea, as well as corresponding member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of the Institut de France, he also serves as the permanent representative of the General Secretary at the Union Académique Internationale.

Ola ErstadProfessor Ola Erstad, Head of Department at Dept. of Education, Oslo University, Norway

Professor Erstad is an internationally leading researcher with a focus on digital literacy but firmly rooted in the wider social and cultural context of learning beyond the technological aspects. Taking into account the mission of Science Europe his international experience as a researcher as well as leader, organizer, editor and interaction with policy makers will be an asset for the Committee.

KaiserfeldThomas Kaiserfeld, Professor of History of Ideas and Sciences at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden

Professor Thomas Kaiserfeld teaches history of science and technology. He studies the founding of various organisations – over the past three to four centuries – for the transfer of knowledge and research result to users. He recently finished a project on ’Big Science’ as collaboration across boundaries and is now working on expertise and institutional models for renewal of agriculture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Having gained his scholarly experience in a number of countries, he was also Director of the Department of History of Science and Technology at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden between 2007 and 2010.

KelleherMargaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin, Ireland

Professor Margaret Kelleher is a leading critic in the fields of Irish literary culture and literary history, and most recently has worked in the area of digital literary studies. She is the current Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures and former Board Member of the international Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes and previously of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She was also a Member of the ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities.

Professor Kerstin Lidén, Head of Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden

Kerstin Lidén is Professor in Archaeometry. Ever since her PhD , she has been working on the interface of Archaeology and the Life Sciences, in particular, Biology and Chemistry. The focus of her research is on laboratory analysis and she has published extensively on diet analysis and dietary patterns. Professor Lidén is the Archaeology representative in the Swedish Quaternary Association and a member of the Swedish national committee for Geological Sciences. She is a member of numerous high-level policy committees including, as from 2005, the Research Policy Committee of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

mondalaLorenza Mondada, Chair of General Linguistics and French Linguistics at the Department for Linguistics and Literature, University of Basel, Switzerland

Professor Lorenza Mondada’s research deals with social interaction in ordinary, professional and institutional settings, within an ethno-methodological and conversation analytic perspective. She has directed and participated in several European research projects, been invited professor to a number of universities and extensively published as well as co-edited various collective books. She has been a member of the national committee for Linguistics at the CNRS and she is currently vice-President of the Division of the Social Sciences and the Humanities of the National Science Foundation in Switzerland.

Puente_1Cristina de la Puenta, Scientific Co-ordinator of the CSIC Humanities and Social Sciences Centres, Madrid, Spain

Dr Cristina de la Puente has been Tenured Scientific Scientist of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Spanish National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) since 1999. She obtained her PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1994 and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Orientalisches Seminar in Tübingen. Her areas of expertise include the history of al-Andalus, Islamic religiosity in al-Andalus, theory and practice of Islamic law, and the history of slavery in the Western Islamic world. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a project on Sexuality and Family Structures.

schaefferJean-Marie Schaeffer, Research Director at the CNRS and Director of Studies at the EHESS, Paris, France

Professor Jean-Marie Schaeffer teaches philosophy and philosophical aesthetics at the EHESS in Paris. His fields of studies also include arts and literary aesthetics. He has been Director of the Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage EHESS/CNRS (2002-2010); Vice-President for Research at EHESS and member of the Directing Team of the Laboratory of Excellence Création, Arts, Patrimoines in Paris (2011 – ). He is serving on numerous evaluation/planning panels in France (ANR, IUF, IEA Lyon, IEA Strasbourg) and abroad (FU Berlin, FNRS, NRCC).

SintonenMatti Sintonen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki and Associate of the Finnish Centre of Excellence for the Social Sciences, Finland

Educated in Helsinki and Oxford, Matti Sintonen has been Professor of Philosophy of Science at Tampere University as well as Professor of Philosophy of Social Science at Helsinki University. He was the Founding President of the European Philosophy of Science Association and served in its Steering Committee (2006-2010). He has been a Member of the Council for the Study of Culture and Society at the Academy of Finland, as well as a Member and Core Group Member of the ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities.

TollebeekJo Tollebeek, Professor of Cultural History, University of Leuven, Belgium

Professor Jo Tollebeek has published work on university history, the history of historiography, and the history of the humanities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was elected Member of the Royal Historical Commission of Belgium, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea. He was visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and distinguished Fellow of the KB National Library of the Netherlands.

VisserAnthonya Visser, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Anthonya Visser is Full Professor of German Language and Literature at Leiden University (Netherlands). Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Marburg, Visiting Lecturer at Tonji University in Shanghai and Visiting Professor at Emory University in Atlanta. Her work has always paid attention to theoretical questions concerning the position of literature in relation to other means of producing meaning and human understanding. More recently, her research focus has been on identity topics and cultural remembrance. Visser is a member of the Humanities Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

WestShearer West, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Professor Shearer West is the author or editor of nine books on aspects of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century art. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Yale University twice, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society, and was a member of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel in History of Art. She was previously Director of Research at the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Head of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham.


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