SAS welcomes three ST Lee Fellows for 2015-16

Tuesday 17 May 2016

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), has announced the arrival of three visiting scholars – two language experts and a historian – who hold prestigious invitation-only ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowships for 2015–16. As well as working with the School, they will be sharing their expertise and research at public meetings.

Greg Crane (left), currently Humboldt Professor of the Humanities at Germany’s University of Leipzig, holds a doctorate in philology from Harvard University. He combines classical philology and computer science to systematise human cultural development. His reputation as a pioneer of digital humanities stems from his development of the Perseus Digital Library, a comprehensive and freely accessible online library for antique source material.

‘We are in the middle of a transformation from a regional European conception of cultural heritage to a global vision,’ said Professor Crane, who will be based at SAS, in close association with the Institute of Classical Studies, until 4 June. ‘It’s no longer just Greek and Latin, if we talk about Classics we have to talk about classical Chinese, classical Arabic, Sanskrit and every other great historical language. This movement is both made necessary and possible by the revolution in information technology.’

During this time Professor Crane will lecture and hold events around the UK on the theme of ‘Greek, Latin and digital philology in a global age’. The first of these lectures at SAS (17 May), is a roundtable discussion with Dr Imre Galambos (Cambridge), Professor Eleanor Robson (University College London), Dr Sarah Savant (Aga Khan University), Dr Michael Willis (British Museum) exploring the question of what classics can realistically mean at a time when other world languages are shaping culture. The full lecture programme is available here.

Suresh Canagarajah (right), Edwin Erle Sparks Professor and director of the migration studies project in Pennsylvania State University’s departments of applied linguistics and English, is the second 2015–16 recipient of this annual fellowship. An applied linguistic expert, he will be based at SAS for four weeks in June working closely with the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

His public lectures will take place at SAS (Creolising the humanities: studying English as a global language), University of Göttingen, Germany (How a spatial orientation complicates translanguaging), University of Leeds (Transnational workplaces, translingual practice, and neoliberal policies) and Edinburgh Napier University (The unit of analysis in multilingual interactions: where do we draw the line?).

‘I hope to explore how the use of English as a lingua franca works in contexts of super-diversity today’ explained Professor Canagarajah. ‘We need the competence to negotiate the varying languages and values participants bring to each interaction on a situated manner. This calls for remarkable linguistic dexterity, which needs to be studied and theorised carefully."

Professor Canagarajah is a prolific author boasting some seven publications and more than 25 scholarly articles to this name. His monograph Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations has won many awards including the 2016 American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award.

The third ST Lee Visiting Fellow, Melanie Nolan (left), is professor of history at the Australian National University, director of the National Centre of Biography and general editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. She is interested in the construction of different versions of the 20th-century British welfare state, and how they were built – partly independently but also through mutual influence – in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Professor Nolan said of her selection: ‘This fellowship has allowed me to spend a month in the archives, mainly the LSE’s British Library of Political and Economic Science. I have been able to consider perspectives developed in Australia and New Zealand using different sources and documents. The SAS, a global meeting place, is an ideal host, given that I am considering the global diffusion of ideas.’ 

Working with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Professor Nolan will deliver public lectures considering the ‘Race for entitlement and social welfare in the Anglo-Antipodean world’. The first is on 18 May at the Oxford Centre for Global History and the second, on 19 May (6–7.30pm), takes place at Senate House. Last month, she presented, with Professor Lawrence Goldman the former head of the National Dictionary of National Biography and now director of the IHR, on ‘National lives and national dictionaries’.

Professor Roger Kain CBE, FBA, dean and chief executive of SAS, said the School’s scholarly community is looking forward to welcoming three such distinguished figures. ‘SAS awards the ST Lee Fellowship to eminent scholars in the humanities who promote research through the global standing that they enjoy in their own field of inquiry and through their active engagement with the wider public. I hope Professors Canagarajah, Crane and Nolan will benefit as much from joining our interdisciplinary research environment as we undoubtedly will from their intellectual contribution during their time here.’ 


Notes to Editors:
1. For further information, please contact: Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653  /

2. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2014-15, SAS: welcomed 805 research fellows and associates; held 2,073 research dissemination events; received 23.1 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 213,456 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

3. The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) was established in 2004 through a merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Institute of Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989 respectively. Until August 2013, IMLR was known as the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies when it was renamed to emphasise its national research role and to embrace its wider remit. The Institute is committed to facilitating, initiating and promoting dialogue and research for the modern Languages community.

4. The Institute of Historical Research was founded in 1921 and is one of nine institutes that comprise the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The Institute’s mission is to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public. It offers a wide range of services both onsite and remotely which promote and facilitate excellence in historical research, teaching and scholarship in the UK, by means of its library, events programmes, fellowships, training and publications. It is a leading centre for the creation of digital resources for historians, and promotes the study of London history through its Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History.

5. The Institute of Classical Studies, founded in 1953, is a national and international research centre for the study of the languages, literature, history, art, archaeology and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. It provides an internationally renowned research library available to scholars from universities throughout the world, in association with the Hellenic and Roman Societies, and is the meeting place of the main classics organisations in the UK. It is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

6. The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship has been made possible by a generous endowment by Dr ST Lee of Singapore to the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, for the purpose of supporting research in London in any field relevant to the work of one or more of the School's nine research institutes and the Human Rights Consortium. The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship is awarded to eminent and distinguished scholars in the arts, humanities and social sciences who promote research in these areas through the global standing they enjoy in their own field of inquiry and through their active engagement with the wider public. ST Lee Fellows are invited to spend a period of between four and six weeks at SAS and during their stay to give a series of high profile lectures in London and elsewhere in the UK. These events provide an important opportunity to demonstrate the reach and significance of the arts, humanities and social sciences to the wider public.

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