Welcome to our new staff!
We're pleased to welcome new teaching staff to our Sociology and Economic & Social History subject areas.
Janos Mark Szakolczai is a Hungarian criminologist with a background in sociology and philosophy. Born in London, he spent time in Ireland and worked in Italy until joining the School as a Lecturer in Criminology. His doctoral research interest is in the cultural dynamics of everyday secretive conducts, analysing elements of invisible ‘deviance’ and technological seduction to crime. He has written on secret surveillance; normalization of deviance; genealogy of private space; Parkour as urban subculture; and a cultural analysis of war rhetoric during COVID-19. He has also published three fiction novels and short stories both in English and Italian.
His current research is focused on surveillance, biopolitics and social control mechanism, particularly in relation to smart and automated technology within the ‘onlife’ ecology. His work method concentrates on hybrid ethnography (experimental offlife research methods) and genealogical research.
Dr Souvik Naha has joined the School as Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Post-colonial History. He obtained a PhD in History from ETH Zurich, where he examined the history of cricket in modern India, analysing the afterlife of colonialism in a decolonising society. This research has led to a book with Cambridge University Press (2022) that uses cricket to understand the making of everyday life in postcolonial India through the interplay of local and global forms of popular culture and identity. Prior to joining Glasgow, Souvik held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship at Durham University that helped him extend his work on decolonisation by examining cricket’s significance as a tool of reshaping Indo-British relationship after India’s independence, focusing on issues of race, mobility, migration, diplomacy, and environment. His current research examines how sport generated ideologies of race, ethnicity, masculinity and colonialism in the British Empire.
First published: 16 November 2021