Conference Committee 2017

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Conor Bollins (QMUL)

Conor graduated from the University of Sussex in 2013 with a BA in English Literature & History. In 2016, he completed his MPhil in Political Thought & Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. Under the supervision of Professor Richard Bourke, he is currently analysing eighteenth-century discussions of rural depopulation in relation to theories of political and economic stability. Conor has broader interests in political economy, Enlightenment philosophy, the politics of the French Revolution and the history of democracy.

Stephanie Conway (RHUL)

Stephanie Conway is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London where she works under the supervision of Gregory Claeys. Her research focuses on John Stuart Mill’s moral and political philosophy, and the reception of On Liberty from its publication through to the early 20th century. Stephanie graduated from Royal Holloway in 2014 with a BA in History, and holds an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from Queen Mary, University of London and University College London.

Adela Halo (QMUL)

Adela is a research student between the schools of Law and History at Queen Mary, examining constitutional debates during the Directory period of the French Revolution, under the supervision of Gareth Stedman Jones and Maksymilian Del Mar. Her current focus is the constitutional thought of Germaine de Staël, and in particular her ideas on the legislative and executive powers, representative government, public opinion, and the role of religion in buttressing republican institutions. Previously, Adela completed the MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at Queen Mary and University College London (2014).

Shane Horwell (UCL)

Shane is a PhD candidate at UCL, where he is working on theories of taxation in eighteenth century Britain under the supervision of Professor Julian Hoppit. His research interests include early modern European political and economic thought with a focus on debates about the origin and nature of commercial society, luxury and morality, and the nature of wealth. Shane holds a BA in History (2013) and MA in Intellectual History (2014) both from the University of Sussex.

Catherine Hulse (QMUL)

Catherine is working on an analysis of the ideology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in particular of the notion of popular sovereignty, and how this shaped the political and legal thought and practise of the 1794-99 period of the French Revolution. She is supervised by Professor Richard Bourke and supported by Professor Colin Jones. Other research interests include the ideology of Robespierre, and the ideas of liberty and democracy more broadly in the 18th century.

Shiru Lim (UCL)

Shiru is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at University College London (UCL). Her current research, supervised by Dr. Avi Lifschitz and Prof. Simon Dixon, examines ideas of philosophical kingship in the correspondence that Frederick II and Catherine II maintained with the philosophes. She holds a BA in History from UCL (2013), and an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge (2014). Her principal research interests are in early modern European intellectual history and political thought. She also maintains broader philosophical interests in theories of meaning and historical explanation.

Vanessa Lim (QMUL)

Vanessa Lim is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London, where she is  supervised by Professors Quentin Skinner and David Colclough. She also holds an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History jointly awarded by Queen Mary and University College London. Her research interests sit at the intersection of literary, cultural and intellectual history, as well as the history of early modern political thought. Her current research contextualises some of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays against the backdrop of classical and early modern ideas of rhetorical deliberation.

Emily Steinhauer (QMUL)

Emily is interested in 19th and 20th century intellectual history, especially the development of Marxism, as well as concepts of enlightenment and rationality. She is also interested in the intersection of political thought and art, especially literature and new forms of media in the 20th century. Her PhD looks at the Frankfurt School after their return to Germany and the evolution of critical theory in interaction with the historical status quo. It will ask questions about the role of public intellectuals in the 20th century and the relationship of theory and praxis. Her supervisor is Prof. Christina von Hodenberg (QMUL). She holds a BA in English Literature and History from the University of York and an MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from QMUL/UCL.

Sarah J. Wilford (KCL)

Sarah Wilford is a PhD student in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, where Professor Jeremy Jennings supervises her research. Her research aims to recover the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville concerning family, women, and the preservations of democratic conditions. Other research interests include the relationship between religion and democracy in Tocqueville, the history of ‘the woman question’ during the nineteenth century, the political significance of North American travelogues, and the use of Tocqueville in later twentieth and twenty-first-century political theory. She holds an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from Queen Mary, University of London and University College London (2013) and an MA (Hons) in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews (2012).