Fayaz S. Alibhai
Fayaz is Outreach PhD Student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Alwaleed Centre. His research explores the participation of Muslims in the public sphere, focussing specifically on Edinburgh.
Tess is currently in her second year of a practice-led Art PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is centred around strategies of ritual in artistic practice as a means of facilitating spaces of constructive dialogue and engagement with the realm of evil; as well as exploring language and its limits in regards to verbalisation of the taboo. Her practice extends across a range of media such as printmaking (in which she was originally trained), sculpture, installation, collage, stop-motion animation, sewing and embroidery.
Sophie Cooper is a first year doctoral candidate in the History department. Her research focuses on the different forms of nationalism which emerged in the Irish diaspora during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Joseph Curran is a first year PhD student (History, Classics, and Archaeology) examining philanthropic networks in nineteenth-century Edinburgh and Dublin. He is particularly interested in how people’s ‘everyday’ activities shape their identities. He is really looking forward to engaging with diverse views through the 'At Home In Scotland' project.
Phil is a historical geographer in the first year of a PhD on the ‘Geographies of Enlightenment Edinburgh’. His research is concerned with understanding the complexity of social life in eighteenth-century Edinburgh, and with ‘placing’ the scientific and philosophical knowledge produced in the period.
George Jaramillo is a 2nd year PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh studying cultural geography. George’s research interests focus on the historic rural mining landscapes of the southern Peak District. He looks at the historic development and current cultural perceptions by the villagers who live in the region. He uses an ethnographic and immersive approach to the landscape threading narrative and built form into one.
Sarah Laurenson is in the first year of her PhD on the craft and culture of jewellery in Scotland in the nineteenth century. She works as part of a team at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology on a Leverhulme funded project, 'Artisans and the craft economy in Scotland, c. 1780 to 1914'. Her research considers how material things contain memories and ideas of place, and she is delighted to be exploring these themes as part of the 'At Home in Scotland' project.
Iris Marchand studied cultural anthropology, human geography and international development studies in the Netherlands. She recently passed the viva examination for her PhD research in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests include ethnicity and nationality, place, space and belonging, voluntary and involuntary migration and – more generally – traveling.
Mei-Ling McNamara is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker covering issues of human rights and social justice. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh in Trans-Disciplinary Documentary Film where her project explores the political, legal and psychological impacts faced by survivors of forced labour in Britain.