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Visiting Research Fellows and Visiting Research Scholars

Each year the College elects one or more Visiting Research Fellows and Visiting Research Scholars. Visiting Research Fellowships are intended for persons of high academic distinction; The position of Visiting Research Scholar is intended for persons at least five years beyond their doctorate.

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 Visiting Fellows  2019-20


The Hon. Justice Brian Preston (Michaelmas Term)

Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for nearly 30 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 129 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia and Africa. He is a member of the interim governing council of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment. Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of the Australia and New Zealand. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Macquarie University in 2018. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and Southern Cross University. While at Corpus Christi, Justice Preston will be working on a book project investigating the law making role of judges in the context of Australian environmental law.

Professor Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba (Hilary Term)

Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba is Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Art in Warsaw. Her main area of research is Latin music theory of the 14th-16th centuries, which has included producing critical editions of music treatises , among others Musica speculativa by Johannes de Muris (1992), two anonymous Prague organ treatises from the early 15th century (2001) and treatises from the Tabulatura Joannis de Lublin (2015). She led an international project Notae musicae artis covering musical notation in Polish sources in 11th- 16th centuries (2001). Together with Michael Bernhard she co-edited multi-volume Traditio Iohannis Hollandrini (2010-2016).

She received a M.A. in musicology and classical philology from the Warsaw University. She did PhD and Dr.Habil. degree at the Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Art. She studied at Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, Université de Poitiers (1982-83). She obtained a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Exeter (1985) and a research grant from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (1987 and 1989). While at Corpus Christi she will be working on a project examining glosses to Boethius De musica transmitted in manuscripts preserved in Oxford.

Professor Catherine Conybeare (Trinity Term)

Catherine Conybeare is delighted to return to Corpus, where she read Literae Humaniores before going on to complete her doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is now Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Conybeare is fascinated by cultures of Latin over the longue durée, and has recently started a book series on that theme with Cambridge University Press. Her research centres on late antiquity, and especially the writings of Augustine of Hippo. She has written four monographs, including The Irrational Augustine (2006) and The Laughter of Sarah (2013), and more than sixty articles and reviews on such topics as aurality, touch, violence, and the self. While at Corpus, and during two preceding terms at All Souls, she will be writing her next book, Augustine the African, which argues for the significance to Augustine’s theology and life of his African origins and domicile. Other projects include completing an essay collection co-edited with Simon Goldhill, which explores the interdependence of theology and classical philology, and organizing an NEH-funded conference, ‘Reconsidering the Sources of the Self’, in collaboration with José Luis Bermúdez. She currently holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.


Visiting Scholars 2019-20


Professor Sidney Shapiro (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms)

Sidney Shapiro is the Frank U. Fletcher Chair in Administrative Law at Wake Forest University. His work focuses on administrative law and the regulatory state, with a particular interest in the use of American philosophical pragmatism as a framework for these inquiries. He is the coauthor of Achieving Democracy: Pragmatism, Regulation, and Markets, The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public, Risk Regulation at Risk: Restoring A Pragmatic Approach and Workers at Risk: The Failed Promise of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, student textbooks in administrative law and regulatory law and policy, and articles in over 60 legal journals. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University, the School of Environmental Policy and Economic Affairs, University of Indiana—Bloomington, University of North Carolina, and the University of Texas. Professor Shapiro is the founder and Vice-President of the Center for Progressive Regulation, a Washington based think tank with over 60 scholar members.  While at Corpus Christi, he will be working on a book on why voters fail to understand the successes of the regulatory state. 

Dr Colin King (Michaelmas Term)

Colin Guthrie King is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College, where he teaches logic, metaphysics, and ancient philosophy. His PhD is from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2009). He works in the history of ancient philosophy and science and their modern reception. He has written on the use of testimony in ancient practices of argumentation, on issues in ancient science and medicine, and on aspects of the development of the modern historiography of ancient philosophy. During his stay in Oxford he will be working on two projects. The first is a book on Aristotle’s theory of dialectical argumentation, and in particular on elements of linguistic and pragmatic theory in the core books of the Topics. The second is a  study of the reception of Aristotle’s Organon in the 19th Century.

Dr Amelia Worsley (Hilary Term)

Amelia Worsley is Assistant Professor of English at Amherst College. After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Cambridge, she obtained an MA from Brown University and a doctorate from Princeton University. Her research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British poetry. While at Corpus Christi, she will be finishing her book, Lonely Poets: The Paradox of Solitude in British Romanticism. The book examines the social functions of loneliness in British Romantic poetry, framed by a consideration of how the concept developed in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poetry, with chapters on John Milton, Alexander Pope, Anne Finch, Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge.  Other publications include several articles on the history of the concept of “loneliness,” including one on Shakespeare’s use of the term (“Ophelia’s loneliness,” ELH), an exploration of the centrality of the trope of loneliness to British abolitionist poetry (“Lonely Poets and their Publics,” Romantic Circles), and a consideration of D. W. Winnicott’s engagement with the concept (“Being alone with Dr. Winnicott,” Synapsis). Leading on from her work as organizer of the Global Cultures of the Nineteenth Century Five College Colloquium, she is co-editor with Joselyn Almeida of a special collection entitled Romantic Anti-Slavery Literature and its Legacies: Pedagogies and Contexts. Two articles with a new-materialist focus are forthcoming; one centres on Charlotte Smith’s interest in geology, and the other on William Wordsworth’s interest in Lucretius. Worsley’s work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Whiting foundation, and the Benaki Museum (Athens).

























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