Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Scholar in Residence

The BISC has an ongoing Scholars in Residence program. We invite both established scholars and exciting new researchers to join the castle community to share their work in formal talks and drop-in sessions, to mentor undergraduates’ own research, and to advise on postgraduate study possibilities.

Current Scholar in Residence:

Fall 2016: Dr. Tom Bridgen comes to us from the University of Newcastle. Tom is a practicing conservation architect based between offices in York, London and Melbourne, Australia, and is currently on a three year sabbatical funded by the Leverhulme Trust. During this time Tom is working on a book project for the Royal Institute of British Architects which unpicks the history of the idea of the ‘protected vista’ in urban planning policy, in particular the protection of views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Tom’s research traces the origins of current policy in the eighteenth century aesthetic convention of the ‘picturesque’, via its various guises in landscape art, architecture, urban design and the ‘townscape’ movement of the 1960s.

Past Scholars in Residence include: 

Winter 2013: Dr. Beryl Pong, Ph.D in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.  Her thesis is a literary-cultural study of spatio-temporal dislocation in the London Blitz.  During her residence, she also conducted research at the Mass Observation Archives in the University of Sussex.

Fall 2013: Dr. Patrick O’Neill, distinguished author of several books on German and Irish literary studies, most recently Polyglot Joyce: Fictions of Translation (University of Toronto Press). Patrick discussed Irish literature, translations, and the joys of research more generally with our students. 

Winter 2014: Tom Attah, Blues singer and guitarist. He was a regular performer at the Headless Drummer, plus Tom discussed at length, the meaning of the Blues, and its history. Tom’s journalistic writing is regularly featured in specialist music publications, including Blues In Britain magazine.
Fall 2014: We were joined by the two artists and performers, Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still. They explored the theme of water in writing and art in a joint project entitled, Underwater Edge. The pair were also responsible for WaterWeek in March 2015. 

Winter 2015: Dr. Skyler Hijazi, PhD American Studies, King’s College London. Dr. Hijazi regularly talks on sexuality and gender issues. Prior to lecturing at The Bader International Study Centre, Dr. Hijazi was a post-graduate member of the Queer@King’s Research Group from 2001-2014.