Arts Lab Advisory Board

Professor Geoffrey Crossick (UK)

Geoffrey Crossick is Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, and formerly Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board, where he was responsible for seeing it through to full research council status alongside the seven existing research councils on 1 April 2005. A historian specialising in the social history of Britain and continental Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Professor Crossick’s research and publications have focused particularly on the petite bourgeoisie of shopkeepers and master artisans, and on urban history. He is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Professor Marjorie Garber (UK)

Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is also Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She is senior Trustee of the English Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, and served until recently as the President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. A graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. 1966; hon. D. 2004) and of Yale University (Ph.D. 1969), she has taught at Yale, at Haverford, and—since 1981—at Harvard. The scope of her work is both broad and deep—her topics range from animal studies to literary theory, but her work has mostly been centered on Shakespeare. Her newest book, Shakespeare and Modern Culture (Pantheon, Dec 2008), focuses on the reciprocal relationship by which modern culture makes Shakespeare and Shakespeare makes modern culture. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about the humanities, and on a new book about literature and its place in life.

Professor Poul Holm (Ireland)

Poul Holm is Professor of Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin and Academic Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the research institute for the arts and humanities.

He has been a Senior Curator at the Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Esbjerg, Denmark; Professor at the University of Southern Denmark; Rector of the University of Roskilde; and chairman of the Danish Research Council for the Humanities. He is former President of the European Society for Environmental History.

His doctoral thesis examined the impact of war on everyday life in Norway, Sweden and Denmark between 1550 and 1914. He has published on fisheries history and marine environmental history; coastal communities and culture; and the Viking settlements in Ireland. He is currently chair of the global History of Marine Animal Populations project, HMAP, which is a 10-year project aiming to understand human impacts on ocean ecology.

Professor Mary Jacobus (UK)

Mary Jacobus is the Director of Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), which supports dialogue across disciplinary boundaries.

She was formerly a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, from 1971 to 1980. In 1980 she moved to Cornell University, where she held the John Wendell Anderson Chair of English and Women's Studies. In 2000 she returned to the UK as Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, where she is also a Professorial Fellow of Churchill College. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, and the AHRC, and is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. 

Her  past work has focused on Romanticism, feminist criticism and theory, and Continental and British psychoanalysis. She has written widely on literature, feminism, psychoanalysis, as well as visual culture, and is currently working on the artist Cy Twombly. Besides her  commitment to feminism and to the Humanities, she is passionately committed to fostering disciplinary change, and to promoting the role of Humanities Centres and Institutes of Advanced Study in the global academy. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Her work is both literary and interdisciplinary, and is currently energized by the range of projects and disciplines represented at CRASSH.

Professor Joep Leerssen (Netherlands)

Joep Leerssen is Professor of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam.

He is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Joep Leerssen has served on various juries for academic awards and academic review boards and has advised, or refereed for, various research funding bodies including the Royal Irish Academy, the Austrian and the Finnish Academy of Sciences, the European Science Foundation and the British, Dutch, Flemish and Irish funding authorities and research councils. He served as director of the Huizinga Institute (Dutch National Research Institute for Cultural Studies) from 1995 until 2006. He held the Erasmus Lecturership at Harvard University in 2003, and was awarded the Spinoza Prize in 2008.

His research interests focus on the relations between cultural (literary) praxis and political (national) ideologies. His work moves in four contiguous fields: Irish intercultural history, the theory of national stereotyping; the history of romantic nationalism in Europe; the history of the humanities.

Professor Jerome McGann (USA)

Jerome McGann is John Stewart Bryan University Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, an American Philosophical Society Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as well as grants from the Getty Foundation and the Delmas Foundation. Jerome McGann is the first winner of the Richard W. Lyman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Humanities Computing from the National Humanities Center.
He taught at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, and the California Institute of Technology before becoming Commonwealth Professor and then the John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia. His former appointments also include President of the Society for Textual Scholarship, and President of the Society for Critical Exchange. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London.

His research interests focus on the History and Theory of Texts in the 19th and 20th century, in particular the literature of the Romantic era, the New Historicism in literary criticism, revisionary theory and practice of textual editing, and the digital humanities.

Professor Clifford Siskin (USA)

Clifford Siskin is Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature at New York University and the Director of 'The Re:Enlightenment Project' at New York University and the New York Public Library.

He has been the George Delacorte Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, the A.C. Bradley Chair at the University of Glasgow, the Waynflete Lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and Chair of English at SUNY Stony Brook. He is also co-editor, with Anne Mellor, of the Palgrave-Macmillan monograph series in "Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print."

Clifford Siskin's research subject is the interrelations of literary, social, and technological change, with a particular emphasis on print culture: both its historical formation and its current remediation in the face of the electronic and the digital. Links between past and present inform all of his work, from his sequencing of the genres of subjectivity (The Historicity of Romantic Discourse, Oxford) to his recovery of literature's role in the formation of the modern disciplines (The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain 1700-1830, Hopkins). His latest book asks when and how the central genre of Enlightenment became the thing that we now love to blame: the SYSTEM (forthcoming from Chicago).

Ravi Vasudevan (India)

Ravi Vasudevan is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), and Co-director of Sarai, the Centre's research programme on media experience and urban history.

He has taught Film Studies at universities in India and the USA, and held fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Princeton, and he will be Smuts Fellow at Cambridge from 2011. He is editorial advisor to Screen, co-founder of BioScope, a journal of South Asian screen studies, and has edited Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (2000).

Ravi Vasudevan's research interests focus on the history and theory of film and media experience. He also undertakes film curations regularly for Sarai. In 2003, he curated the film series ‘Selves Made Strange: Violent and Performative Bodies in the Cities of Indian Cinema’ for the exhibition 'body.city' on contemporary Indian arts at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.