ST ANDREWS MEMBERS:
Mark Harris has written on an Amazonian werewolf as a cosmopolitan in disguise; on embodied knowledge; and Amazonian peasants as New World rebels.
Daniel M. Knight writes on the everyday consequences of the Greek economic crisis, concepts of time and temporality, neoliberalism and neocolonialism, and renewable energy. He has books on “History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece” (Palgrave, 2015) and “The Anthropology of the Future” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Daniel has edited collections on “Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe” (Routledge, 2017), “Alternatives to Austerity” (Anthropology Today, 2017) and “Orientations to the Future” (American Ethnologist, 2019). He is co-editor of “History and Anthropology” journal.
Stavroula Pipyrou writes on minority governance, publishing a monograph The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) where she presents a theory of “Fearless Governance”. Her recent three-year Leverhulme project, “An Intergenerational Analysis of Forced Child-relocation in Italy”, looked at the silenced stories of displacement in Cold War (1950s) South Italy shedding light on a hitherto overlooked historico-political period of turmoil. Stavroula has also published on irony, secondhand clothes markets and civil society (Italy) as well as dance, performance, Pontian refugee identity, and death (Greece). Stavroula is the Founding Director of the Centre for Minorities Research at St Andrews, an interdisciplinary platform aimed at comprehensively researching the complex challenges facing minorities in Scotland and beyond.
Nigel Rapport has been interested in cosmopolitanism as a form of global liberalism, that is, as a form of political and moral philosophy which recognises the universal existence of the individual human actor –‘Everyone’–and his or her rights to freedom of expression, conscience, world-view and life-project. Cosmopolitanism offers an emancipation from the ‘despotism of custom’, to borrow John Stuart Mill’s phrasing, and holds out the promise that the individual might be the author of his or her identity, free from the histories, traditions, classificatory schema, cosmologies, revelatory claims, and politicking of cultural communities. See Nigel Rapport’s writings with an explicitly cosmopolitan theme.
Adam Reed has written on interpreting personality in London (JRAI, 2002), men’s fiction writing (Ethnos 2002, American Ethnologist 2004), Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading (Manchester University Press, 2011), and the anthropology of character (special section of Social Anthropology 2018, PMLA 2019).
Huon Wardle‘s work has been centrally concerned with developing cosmopolitanism as a theme in anthropological inquiry. This includes writing on Kantian Common Sense, on imaginative extraterritoriality, on the ethnography of cosmopolitanism and on the meaning of cultural openness as a subjective and socio-cultural phenomenon. See Huon Wardle’s writings. In 2014 Huon Wardle won the Royal Anthropological Institute’s J.B. Donne Prize for his essay ‘The Artist Carl Abrahams and the Cosmopolitan Work of Centring and Peripheralising the Self’.
Laura Jeffery is currently researching and writing on the situation of the Chagos islanders.
Morten Nielsen is currently researching and writing on time and temporality, vernacular architecture, materiality, personhood, urban aesthetics and political cosmologies in Mozambique and Brazil. He explores the situation of individuals living in nation-states that fail them, and the imaginative transcending of their proximate conditions.