Graduate researchers

Corey Cribb

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Corey Cribb

PhD candidate in Screen and Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Corey Cribb specialises in film theory and the continental philosophy of film. Focusing on the film-philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Luc Nancy, his research considers the potential of modern cinema to perpetuate the non-mediated transformation of the world and occasion the ontological renewal of thought, bodies and ways of being-in-the-world. In part, this involves a consideration of the palpable influence of Maurice Blanchot’s literary ontology upon these thinkers, and the subsequent question of why Deleuze and Nancy maintain that the marked passivity (or worklessness) of modern cinema harbours unprecedented potential for ontological change and the restoration of belief in a world from which we are said to be absent. Beyond the notion of worklessness as “the most essential - the most romantic and the most modern - gesture in romanticism” (Watt, 2017, pp. 18), Corey’s research connects with the concerns of the ERCC by seeking to show how some of the most ground breaking developments in film theory today bear the influence of debates which can be traced back to German Idealism.

Email: ccribb@student.unimelb.edu.au

Todd Dearing

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Todd Dearing

PhD Candidate in English Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide

Todd Dearing’s work focuses on Romantic conceptions of human imagination, creativity, and genius and their relationship to contemporary literary criticism. He is currently completing his doctorate thesis on William Blake and the daimon as a literary trope, through a study of Blake’s magnum opus, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion as an allegory for literary practice. His broader research interests include German and English Romantic literature, art, and philosophy, post-humanism, contemporary literary criticism, and the links between cognitive science and literature.Todd is interested in the ERCC because it offers networks, events, and potential collaboration with scholars in areas of research similar to his own.

Email: todd.dearing@flinders.edu.au

Francesca Kavanagh

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Francesca Kavanagh

PhD Candidate in English and Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Francesca Kavanagh specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth-century women’s reading and writing practices with a focus on material culture. She is also interested in the gothic and cultures of celebrity and fandom from Romanticism to the present. Her current project examines practices of letter-writing, annotation, and commonplacing from a range of women writers throughout the long eighteenth century and pairs this archival material with fictional accounts of these practices by Samuel Richardson and Jane Austen to elucidate the ways in which women in the long eighteenth-century used these textual practices in the production of textual and virtual spaces of intimacy. She currently has a journal article forthcoming in The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies entitled "'Marianne Knight | Godmersham Park': Inscription as Community Interface in the Books of Jane Austen's Niece". She is interested in a number of the ERCC's current themes, including Actual Mixed and Virtual Realities and Worldliness, Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation, as well as opportunities for future collaborations.

Email: f.kavanagh@student.unimelb.edu.au

Samuel Watts

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Samuel Watts

PhD Candidate & Teaching Associate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

Samuel Watts researches and writes about the experiences of African Americans in the Deep South during Reconstruction. His focus is on how formerly enslaved people interpreted ideas of freedom and citizenship in violently contested urban spaces, while working to construct and maintain lasting communities and networks. Additionally, Samuel is broadly interested in the historical legacies of racial discourse in the US, Australia and beyond. He currently has a book chapter in peer-review, entitled: “Reconstruction Justice: African American Police Officers in Charleston and New Orleans,” in Freedom’s Gained and Lost: Reinterpreting Reconstruction in the Atlantic World, eds. Simon Lewis and Adam Domby (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019 - forthcoming). He is interested in a number of ERCC projects, most notably those focused on slavery, and has an ongoing interest in the legacies of Enlightenment thought in debates about race, citizenship and revolution.

Email: sjwatts@student.unimelb.edu.au