Associated Fellows

Christina Neuwirth, DAAD Short-Term Grant, September–November 2022

Chiara Bullen, SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher Exchange, April–June 2022 

Dr Louisa Preston, WiRe Women in Research Fellow, August 2021–April 2022

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Christina Neuwirth
DAAD Short-Term Grant

Project Description: 

This project will present a contextual analysis of methods, findings, and implications of 21st-century book history scholarship focusing on gender equality which is conducted in German and focuses on the German-language book market.

Research in contemporary book history focusing on gender equality often draws on a growing, but still limited number of studies, many of which examine Anglophone contexts, often solely on a nation-by-nation basis. To grow understanding of issues of gender inequality, this project will examine and uncover the conceptual foundations, disciplinary approaches, methodologies and ideological perspectives in research on gender equality in contemporary German book history studies, and what findings this research has resulted in. How intersectional are these research projects, and how do they conceptualise gender-based oppression as single-axis or multi-axes models? It will further refer to these findings’ implications for research into gender equality in contemporary Anglophone book history studies. This project will provide contextual analysis, and forge international research networks across linguistic boundaries.

Brief biographical statement:

Christina Neuwirth is a PhD candidate at University of Stirling, University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust. Their PhD project examines gender equality in contemporary Scottish publishing. Using a feminist community-based and participatory mixed-methods approach, it focuses closely on Scottish literary sector output from 2017-2019. This doctoral research was funded by a Creative Economies Studentship by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to undertaking this doctoral research project, Christina graduated from the MSc in Creative Writing at University of Edinburgh (2014) and holds a BA in English and American Studies from University of Graz (2013). Christina is also a bookseller, volunteer assistant librarian for Bi/Pan Library, and author; their debut novella Amphibian was published in 2018.

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Chiara Bullen
SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher

Exchange Description: 
Chiara Bullen will participate in a three-month exchange with the University of Münster's Book Studies department and the DFG-funded collaborative Law and Literature research centre. She will contribute to the "Literature and the Market" sub-project, exploring the relationship between law and literature and its impact on society and culture. Proposed project outputs also include organising "Law and Literature" events and establishing a network between the Book Studies departments at the University of Stirling and Münster. Chiara will also continue working on her PhD research investigating the social responsibilities of book publishers in the 21st century.

This research is supported by the SGSAH SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher grant.

Brief biographical statement:
Chiara Bullen is a PhD researcher at the University of Stirling across Publishing Studies, Literature and Law. She is on the University of Glasgow's Transatlantic Literary Women committee and is a GTA at the University of Glasgow on the 'English Literature: The Novel & Narratology' module. Chiara was awarded an SGSAH SFC Saltire Emerging Researcher grant in 2021.

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Dr Louisa Preston
WiRe Women in Research Fellow

Louisa Preston, BA (Hons) Fine Art, MFA, MLitt, PhD.

Research Project Title: An autoethnographic study of artist-publisher activity and Artists’ Book Fairs in the UK

Project Description/Abstract:
Louisa Preston’s research project takes an autoethnographic approach towards exploring artists’ book fairs in the UK, artist-publishing activity and associated networks of production, consumption and dissemination. The project aims to investigate: what modes, functions and networks artists’ books, and artist-publishing activities reveal; the agendas at play in the processes of production, consumption and dissemination of artists’ books and how those relate or compare to their counterpart book fairs in the literary network; and asks in developing the artists’ book fair what is at stake in terms of the positioning of artist practice and book arts/publishing in this field to the mainstream book publishing industry.

This research is supported by the WiRe Women in Research Fellowship. More information on the project can be found on the research pages of our website.


Brief biographical statement:
Louisa Preston was awarded her PhD titled ‘Post-Digital Audience Engagement Activity in and across Visual Arts and Publishing’ from the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling and the School of Management, University of St Andrews in 2019. Her thesis illuminated complex and transforming relationships between publishers, cultural organisations, and their audiences, reinforcing and enhancing our understanding of the place and role of publishing amongst other cultural mediums in the post-digital age. She graduated from the MLitt in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling in 2012. She also completed the M.F.A and B.A (Hons) in Fine Art at DJCAD, University of Dundee in 2008 and 2004 respectively.