Wadham welcomes Keeley Visiting Fellows

29th January 2016

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Four Keeley Visiting Fellows have joined Wadham this term, with expertise in Law, Mathematics, Portuguese and Luso-African Studies.

  • Clockwise from top left, Nicolò Sibilla, Anne Marie Lofaso, Allan Manson and Hilary Owen

    Clockwise from top left, Nicolò Sibilla, Anne Marie Lofaso, Allan Manson and Hilary Owen

Nicolò Sibilla is a mathematician based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Anne Marie Lofaso is a Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law; Hilary Owen is Professor of Portuguese and Luso-African Studies at the University of Manchester; and Allan Manson is a legal scholar from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Nicolò's primary research area is mirror symmetry, a mysterious duality that emerges from string theory with rich geometric implications. Specifically he has worked on sheaf theoretic models of the Fukaya category, which is a mathematical object that describes boundary conditions of propagating strings. Some of his more recent interests include derived, non-commutative, and logarithmic geometry.

Anne teaches labour and employment law, jurisprudence and comparative labour law. She is a prolific writer in the area of labour law and coal miner safety and has been published in numerous law reviews including the Harvard Law and Policy Review. Her textbooks, Modern Labor Law in the Private and Public Sectors and Mastering Labor Law, are the among the first U.S. labour-law-education books to treat both private and public-sector labour law. While at Wadham, she will be working on a labour law monograph, The Once and Future Worker.

Hilary's principal research interests are in women’s writing, gender and feminist theory, and post colonialism in Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures, particularly Mozambique. She has also published on Brazilian women’s writing during the independence period. She is developing an ongoing interest in Portuguese and Lusophone African cinema. Her current work focuses on the cultural politics of British and Portuguese solidarity movements in the context of anti-fascist and anti-colonial struggle in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Allan is a legal scholar from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  His research and writing centre on issues of sentencing and imprisonment.

In Trinity term, Wadham will also welcome Professor Francesco Rognoni, Professor of English Language & Literature at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

The Keeley Visiting Fellows are a class of Fellows created and endowed in honour of Mr T.C. Keeley, a much respected Fellow in Physics who served Wadham from 1924 to 1963. They form a welcome addition to the fellowship, and their contribution to college life is much valued. Keeley Visiting Fellows are appointed based on departmental nomination for a period of up to a year’s sabbatical in their chosen subject, based at Wadham.

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