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The Group ​engages in activities, talks and workshops to realise the vision to deepen understanding of how trust shapes global culture and transcultural exchanges. 

Malcolm is a Cassamarca Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne. From 2001 to 2009, he completed research in the fields of stylistics, narratology, and genre, with a specific focus on 20th century Italian avant-garde poetics. Since 2009, he has worked and published in the area of Voice Studies, video art, aesthetics and performance studies.

He has a particular interest in the nexus between voice, subjectivity, poetry, and technology in Italian and European case studies. This academic interest led to a series of artistic works with Illimine Collective, an international group of artists who create multimedia installations and durational performances.

He is currently working with the Immigration Museum on a project around global mobility and transnational communication, and exploring trust within cultural institutions.

University of Melbourne

Dr Malcolm Angelucci

Heather Dalton is an ARC Early Career Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Since her PhD was awarded in 2008, Heather has been associated with the Universities of Melbourne and Sheffield, and is a member of The Cabot Project at the University of Bristol. The primary focus of her research is merchant networks in the fifteenth and sixteenth century Atlantic.

Her research explores the different perception of trust, dilution of trust within political reform, and the different meaning of trust in different languages and cultures, believing that trust within cultural exchange ignites moral issues requiring significant understanding and communication strategies.

University of Melbourne

Dr Heather Dalton

Before completing her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne, Jackie worked in the advertising industry in Britain and Australia, and taught creative advertising at RMIT University. Her PhD thesis was published as Renegades and Rats: Betrayal and the Remaking of Radical Organisations in Britain and Australia.

Jackie’s interest span from how trust has been made and remade across time, the behaviours that make up political trust and where it has been perceived as strongest or weakest, and the use of discourses of trust to manage democratic participation. Seeing trust used as a central aspect of moral panic, Jackie explores whether there was an ideal level of political trust in past eras and whether we should always be concerned about it’s ‘demise’.

Jackie is currently working on the role of the left in the making of the Australian consumer.

University of Melbourne

Dr Jackie Dickinson

Véronique Duché is A.R. Chisholm Professor of French at the University of Melbourne. She has published many articles on Renaissance literature and edited several 16th century novels. She has recently directed the first volume of the Histoire des Traductions en Langue Française. xve et xvie siècles (1470-1610).

Research fields include Sixteenth-century French literature; in particular fictional works published between 1525 and 1557, Chivalry novels, Poetry, Theoretical problems and issues concerning genre (Middle Ages and Renaissance), Translation into French during the 16th century and Australian Soldiers during the First World War.

Veronique’s interest lies in the word and concept of trust in other languages, in particular during the medieval and Early modern period, as well as trust and translators in early modern france.

University of Melbourne

Professor Veronique Duché

Nick Eckstein is Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History. He is a former Deborah Loeb Brice Fellow in the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence (1998-1999); and was appointed twice to the position of Robert Lehmann Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti (2003, 2006). Since arriving at Sydney he has held four Australian Research Council grants, and has received four awards for his teaching (the most recent an “Excellence in Teaching” award in 2015).

Nick is interested in the relevance of the trust project in different areas of research, and how the project can be focused in Humanities rather than Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Nick Eckstein

Professor Adrian Hearn is an anthropologist who researches the cultural challenges and opportunities arising from international relations. Adopting an ethnographic approach to international relations has allowed him to study cultural convergences/divergences, economic development, and approaches to transparency and technology transfer from the ground up.

In addition to his academic work, Adrian runs a multicultural arts project called Suns of Mercury, which brings together musicians from the Americas, Asia, and elsewhere to blend folkloric traditions with emerging styles. Connect via the below links:

Adrian is interested in Cuban and Chinese relationships of trust and how transnational communities build networks of trust as well as trust as an understood and accepted form of social capital allowing global commercial exchange.

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Adrian Hearn

Catherine Kovesi is a historian at the University of Melbourne with an especial focus on Early Modern Italy. With a D.Phil from Oxford, and several fellowships and grants, her principal research has been on discourses surrounding luxury consumption, a field in which she has published widely. Of particular interest to the current project is her work on sumptuary law – legislation regulating what people could consume across a range of fields, but principally clothing.

Catherine is interested in the connection between consumption and trust including copyright and branding. Trust often requires a leap of faith based on qualities and sensations that are not immediately tangible or explicable. Whilst it is a universal concept, it is also culturally contingent, with often profound implications.

University of Melbourne

Dr Catherine Kovesi

Birgit Lang is Associate Professor for German at the University of Melbourne and has been a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Cultural Studies, Vienna, Austria (2009). She has held post-doctoral lectureships at Duke University and at the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig. Before coming to Melbourne in 2006, she spent three years teaching German language and literature at Oxford University, where she graduated from the Diploma for Teaching in Higher Education

Birgit has published widely on the cultural history of German and Austrian refugees from National Socialism and their acculturation to and impact on the English-speaking world, in particular to Australia. Her second area of expertise lies in the cultural history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the German- and English-speaking worlds. Her most recent investigations in this context concern the early history of autism research.

Her interest extends to the distrust of psychoanalysis, cultural history of refugees and collaboration with anthropologists to work on historical trust of doctors in cultural exchange.

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Birgit Lang

Una McIlvenna is Hansen Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne, where she investigates the early modern tradition of singing the news, particularly in accounts of crime and public execution across Europe. She has held positions as Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Kent, and from 2011-2014 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC CHE at the University of Sydney.

In her current project, Singing the News of Death: Execution Ballads in Europe 1550-1900, Una investigates emotional responses to public execution in the early modern period, looking in particular at the use of songs and verse in accounts of crime and execution across Europe.

Una is interested in how a lack of trust has been central to the history of news reporting and how composers attempted to encourage trust in their listeners.

University of Melbourne

Dr Una Mcilvenna

Anthony Pym is currently the Distinguished Professor of Translation and Intercultural Studies and coordinator of the Intercultural Studies Group at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. He is also President of the European Society for Translation Studies as well as a fellow of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Visiting Researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University, and Walter Benjamin Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna in 2015.

Anthony has analysed the work of translators and interpreters in terms of negotiation theory and risk management, noting the initial task of the mediator is to build trust. His interest extends to intitutional trust, cultural relativity of trust releationships and mediation between language.

University of Melbourne

Professor Anthony Pym

Dr Andrea Rizzi is an early modern history and literature scholar with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of this significant period of European culture. His published research on the political and cultural influence of early modern translators established him as a nationally internationally-renowned scholar. Dr Rizzi’s ongoing research explores the strongly political implications of translation, and the role played by the early modern translator in the successful communication of political propaganda. The Trust and Cultural Exchange Project was developed whilst Dr Rizzi was undertaking his ARC Future Fellowship (2015–2018). He is currently writing a new history of Western translators by examining the way in which translators nurtured, promoted, or represented their relationship with patrons, readers, and other agents of communication. Trust is often invoked or demanded by early modern translators, because translations were seen and presented as a collaborative process. 

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi

Professor Peter Sherlock is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity, responsible for strategic leadership of the University and for maintaining and enhancing the collegiate relationships across the University’s Colleges.

Professor Sherlock is a cultural and religious historian with particular interests in early modern Europe and Australia. His research focusses on memory, especially the commemoration of the dead in monuments, and on gender roles and representations in the Christian church.

He is interested in the insitutional credibility as an element of trust, how trust is made, built and recovered, and the circulation of trust through object, practice, texts and translations including monuments to the dead and national identities.

University of Divinity

Professor Peter Sherlock

Jenny Spinks is Hansen Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne. She works on German, French and Dutch history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and topics including religious conflict and printed propaganda. She has co-curated exhibitions on early modern apocalyptic and supernatural beliefs, and her publications include Monstrous Births and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400-1700 (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited with Charles Zika). Jenny is currently working on sixteenth-century ‘wonder books’ and is interested in the ways that reports of disasters and wonders were regularly reused for new publication. Issues of authority and trust are important to the ways in which disastrous and wondrous events were adapted for new audiences.

University of Melbourne

Dr Jenny Spinks

Stephanie Trigg is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of English Literature in the School of Culture and Communication, and a Chief Investigator, Program Leader and Node Leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She also leads the Melbourne side of the Manchester-Melbourne Humanities Consortium, “Objects and Emotions.”

Ongoing projects include studies of Veronica’s veil in medieval and early modern literature and history. In addition to the objects and emotions strand, her current and future work on the face, in particular the translations between word and image in descriptions and portrayals of facial expressions and identity are relevant to the translation stream. Some of her recent research involves consideration of Chaucer’s translations of French and Italian sources.

She is interested in a focus on historical trust which can be moved to a present cultural focus, including examining material culture and objects of trust and engaging with the community.

University of Melbourne

Professor Stephanie Trigg
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