Visiting Fellows ~ 2016-2017

Melissa AronczykMelissa Aronczyk, Rutgers University

Melissa Aronczyk is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. She writes and teaches about issues related to media, identity, and public life. (CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow, September 2016 – August 2017)

Florian StollFlorian Stoll, Bayreuth University, Germany

(CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, October 2016 – September 2017)

Celso VillegasCelso Villegas, Kenyon College

Celso M. Villegas is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. A specialist in comparative-historical analysis and democratization, his book project is on the relationship between the middle class and the civil sphere in the Philippines, Venezuela, and Ecuador. (CCS Visiting Fellow, Spring 2017)

Pavel PospěchPavel Pospěch, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Pavel Pospěch is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology of the Masaryk University, Czech Republic. His work focuses on the problems of order and incivility in public space.  He has been studying the interplay of order and disorder in shopping malls, in urban public space of the post-1989 Czechoslovakia and in Vienna, where he spent a year as a visiting researcher at the Technical University. In his work, he employs cultural-sociological and interactionist approaches, building on the work of Erving Goffman. He also publishes regularly in the field of rural sociology. He has published in Space and Culture (2016), Journal of Rural Studies (2014), Czech Sociological Review (2013; 2016) and in other journals, as well as in edited books Order and Conflict in Public Space (Routledge, 2016) and Public Space: between reimagination and occupation (Routledge, 2016). Pavel is the author of two books in Czech. He is an editor of the journal Social Studies. (CCS Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Spring 2017)

Anna DurnovaAnna Durnova, Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria

Anna Durnová holds PhD in Political Science and in Comparative Philology.

Anna works currently on the project “Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions” that is funded by the Austrian Excellence Funding Program Hertha Firnberg.

This project – which she will work on during her stay at the Center - uses the famous story of the Viennese gynecologist Ignaz Semmelweis to advance a new concept of understanding politics through emotions. Emotions are key to politics because they frame the establishment of “truth” that supplies policies with meanings and practices. Emotions are neither causal factors nor urges that motivate actions: the Negotiating Truth project defines emotions as performed experiences of values and beliefs that are inherent in discourses but that also affect them.

She is also Forum Editor of Critical Policy Studies (CPS). Formerly, Anna was a visiting research fellow at the Universities of Essex (2012), Paris (2007), and Prague (2009). In 2012, she was a Visiting Professor at the Masaryk University of Brno. (CCS Visiting Fellow, Spring 2017)

Erik HannerzErik Hannerz, Lund University, Sweden

Erik Hannerz is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden. Erik received his Ph.D. at Uppsala University in 2014. His main research interest is subcultural groups, and particularly the cultural sociological refinement of the concepts of subculture and mainstream, he has also published on urban sociology and ethnography. Erik’s most recent book on how punks in Sweden and Indonesia define and live out punk—Performing Punk—was published in Palgrave MacMillan’s Cultural Sociology series in 2015. He is currently working on a four year project funded by the Swedish foundation for humanities and social sciences on how graffiti writers perceive and make use of urban space. (CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow, January 2017)

Anna LundAnna Lund, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Anna Lund is an associate professor at the department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University in Sweden, where she is co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. Lund uses cultural sociological perspectives to study a variety of empirical fields, often using ethnographical methods.  (CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow, February - May 2017)

Juan LiJuan Li, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China

Juan Li is an associate professor in College of Communication & Journalism, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. Her research focuses on media narrative, cultural power and the construction of the social community.
(CCS Visiting Fellow, February 1 2017 - January 31, 2018)

XiShe Xi, China Agricultural University, Biejing, China

Xi is a second year PhD student at College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University. She also received her master and bachelor’s degree there. Participated the program ‘Education in Rural China’, her current research interests lies on cultural and educational sociology, and her work focuses on education phenomena, especially the distribution adjustment policy taken place in China’s rural areas, in perspective of cultural sociology. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, September 2016 – August 2017)

Lars E.F. JohannessenLars E.F. Johannessen, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

Lars E. F. Johannessen is a Ph.D. candidate at Centre for the Study of Professions, Norway. His dissertation is a fieldwork study of how nurses work to make sense of patients and their complaints in Norwegian emergency medical services. Lars received a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2013. In addition to his PhD, he is currently working on a book project about the use of analytical tools in qualitative analysis. He has published several papers on the cultural analysis of disease and his research interests include medical and nursing culture, ethnography, valuation, narrative analysis, and the sociology of health and illness. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, Spring 2017)

Rebecca CarrRebecca Carr, Trinity College Dublin

Rebecca Carr is a third year Ph.D. student at the School of Literature, Languages, and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She earned B.A.s in Psychology, and Film, Literature and Drama, and an M.Phil. in Textual and Visual Studies. In her undergraduate dissertation, Defamiliarisation in the Arts of War (2013), she examined the technique of defamiliarisation in four works from the twentieth century: a photomontage, a sound-text poem, a play, and a graphic novel to explore the leverage of different modes of artistic expression. For her M.Phil. dissertation, The Rise of Tattoos in Postmodernism (2014), she analysed the prevalence and evolving significance of permanent body art in the twentieth century. Rebecca continues to research expression through various media in her doctoral thesis, the function of myth in post-communist Southeastern European cinema and how it addresses cultural trauma. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, Spring 2017)

RomeroMichelle Vyoleta Romero Gallardo, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso) Mexico

Doctoral candidate member of the tenth cohort (2014-2017) of the doctorate in research in social sciences with a major in sociology at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso) Mexico. Her research interests include cultural sociology, sociology of religion and ethnic studies. Her doctoral dissertation discusses the influence of ethnicity in the attribution of authentic membership within religious communities. She is a member of the Research Network on Islam in Mexico (RIIM). (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, October 2016)