WHO’S HERE? Introducing new CRASSH Fellows

As CRASSH fellows interact at the heart of our vibrant interdisciplinary research environment, it becomes clear not only how much they gain from access to Cambridge research resources, but also how much they bring to Cambridge – the lively intellectual traffic that energises an international university. 

WHO'S HERE? A brief introduction to new Fellows joining CRASSH this autumn term. Find out more about CRASSH's Fellowships Programme and the application process.


Filip Bialy

Filip Bialy

I am a Visiting Fellow from 2020 – 2021 and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas 2020 and Lent 2021.

My current project is entitled 'Artificial Intelligence and Democracy: Rethinking the Concept of Autonomy in Normative Political Theory'. My research lies in the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence governance and concerns the AI value alignment problem: how to make sure that AI technologies will not be adverse, but beneficial for humanity? To the field that has been thus far dominated by computer scientists and - more recently - by ethicists, I want to introduce an innovative perspective of normative political theory. My aim is to address the challenges AI poses to personal autonomy, political agency, and legitimacy of democratic institutions. I endeavour to link this topic to a broader, agonistic understanding of politics as an open-ended struggle for freedom and equality for all.

I am a political scientist with broad interests in contemporary normative political theory. In my academic work I try to challenge methodological boundaries between humanities, social sciences and technical studies. I hold a Master’s Degree in political science and journalism, a PhD in political philosophy, and a postgraduate diploma in Big Data and data processing. In 2019 I was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I published a book on the concepts of agonistic democracy (2018) and co-edited a book on popular culture and ideology (2020).

My home institution is the Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

• Work-in-Progress Seminar 11 November 2020




Bronwen Everill

I am a Cambridge Early Career Fellow and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2020.

My project is entitled 'Maritime Household Economies in Pre-Colonial West Africa' and I will be writing about the occupational structure and changing household economics of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Freetown. 

I am based at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, where I am the Class of 1973 Lecturer in History. 

I'm the author of Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition (Harvard UP, 2020) and Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Palgrave, 2013). 

• Work-in-Progress Seminar 21 October 2020


Josephine Hoegaerts

I am a Visiting Fellow from 2020 – 2021 and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2020 and Lent Term 2021.

The title of my research project is 'CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire'. It explores how vocal sound helped shape politics in the long nineteenth century, both in the representative context of parliament and in the interaction between London and Paris with colonial hubs of political speech in Kolkata and Algiers.

I'll be spending my time at CRASSH mainly working on the educational aspect of the project, trying to find out how young men from Britain and South-Asia were taught how to 'speak properly' in preparation for their roles as representatives, civil servants and (sometimes) as agitators for social and political change.

I am an Associate Professor European Studies and the Principle Investigator of CALLIOPE (ERC Starting Grant) at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland.


• Work-in-Progress Seminar 24 November 2020



Emily Kate Price

I am a Cambridge Early Career Fellow and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2020.

The title of my project is 'Thinking Feeling: Fortune and Misfortune in Medieval Song'. It asks how song helps people to know and understand the contingency of their own existence in the Middle Ages and beyond.

I’m a Lecturer in French and Fellow at Robinson College, University of Cambridge.



Dominic Walker

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and will be at CRASSH from 2020 to 2023 with funding from both the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust

My work starts from the premise that, beginning in the 1870s, mainstream economics has methodically curtailed the role of language and, as a result of that, the participation of the humanities in the production of economic knowledge. Economists and policymakers might still freely commandeer literary techniques to make their ideas legible and persuasive to the general public, but they are able to overlook unwelcome discursive interventions on the grounds that mathematics, not language, is the definitive criterion of economic validity. 

During my time at CRASSH, I hope to develop a new, genealogical way for the humanities to prevail on modern economic thought by addressing the literary activities of influential economists. My hypothesis is that, much as J. M. Keynes thought that politicians and businesspeople "believe themselves to be quite exempt from […] defunct economics", modern economics is more rooted in vestigial literary thinking than it is generally prepared to acknowledge.


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Posted: Thursday 17 September 2020

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WHO’S HERE? Introducing new CRASSH Fellows

A Fellows Work-in-Progress Seminar at CRASSH

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