The two new Fellows will ensure the further development of an international research culture at Queen Mary during their 3-year term.
Our Global Professorial Fellows also hold appointments with an institution overseas. This collaborative approach helps to ensure our research maintains an inter-disciplinary and global focus, whilst also encouraging the sharing of innovative new ideas.We look forward to welcoming our Global Professorial Fellows to our research community. Events and workshops with them, including workshops for PhD students, will be announced in due course.
Professor Jonathan Griffiths, Head of the Department of Law, said: "I'm delighted that Professor Mawani and Professor Peters are joining us. Their fascinating research brings a further set of global and interdisciplinary perspectives to our work in the Department of Law."
Professor Renisa Mawani is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her work is situated at the interface of critical theory and legal history with a focus on colonial legal histories of settler colonialism and migration (particularly from China and India). Professor Mawani also researches the coalescence of science, law, and history, and the ways in which colonial violence has been imposed and legitimized through racial, legal, civic, and state claims to nature, identity, and wilderness.
Professor Mawani said: “I am delighted to be awarded this fellowship at Queen Mary. I have visited the School of Law for various events, and I look forward to collaborating with students and faculty.”
Professor Julie Stone Peters is the H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her work—on law and humanities, performance, and media—traverses traditional disciplinary and period divisions. Her most recent book is Law as Performance: Theatricality, Spectatorship, and the Making of Law in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe (Oxford UP, 2022). She was the Founding Director of the Columbia College Human Rights Program, currently teaches in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and is working on a book about contemporary legal media cultures.