Introducing the New Steering Group Members

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In 2021 GENDER.ED welcomed Clara Calvert (Usher Institute) Rachel Hosker (Special Collections), Dr Rae Rosenberg (Geosciences), Dr Merlin Seller (ECA), Dr Lucy Weir (ECA) and Dr Hatice Yıldız (HCA) to our Steering Group.

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Clara Calvert is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Global Health in the Usher Institute. Clara is an epidemiologist, with expertise in the measurement of maternal morbidity and mortality and a drive to help improve maternal and neonatal health globally.


Rachel Hosker is the Deputy Head of Special Collections with overall responsibility for the Archives Team, from University archives to Scottish Studies and externally funded projects. She has a love of Scottish Palaeography as well as making collections available digitally for reuse and creative works. Follow her on Twitter here.

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Dr Rae Rosenberg is a Lecturer in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in Critical Human Geography from York University and his work explores the contestations of living, and forms of resistance and belonging, amongst multiply-marginalized LGBTQ2+ people. His writing is published in journals such as Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Urban Studies, and Urban Geography. View Rae’s GENDER.ED Directory entry here and follow him on Twitter here.


Dr Merlin Seller is a Lecturer in Design and Screen Cultures at the Edinburgh College of Art. They are the convener of the undergraduate course Introduction to Queer Studies. Their background is in Art History and Visual Cultural Studies, and their present research interests concern (post-)phenomenology, horror, and the non-human turn in new media. Follow Merlin on Twitter here.

Dr Lucy Weir is Chancellor’s Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art. She is a specialist in dance and performance. In 2020, Lucy was named a New Generation Thinker by the AHRC and BBC. Lucy is a co-founder and committee member of ‘Modernist Methodologies: Beyond Fine Art,’ an SGSAH-funded research network focusing on the wider material culture of modernism(s) and the avant-garde. View Lucy’s GENDER.ED Directory entry here and follow her on Twitter here.


Hatice Yildiz

Dr Hatice Yıldız is a Lecturer in Modern Gender History since 1750 at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. She is affiliated with both the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History and the Edinburgh Centre for Global History. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, economic and social histories of South Asia and the Middle East. View Hatice’s GENDER.ED Directory entry here and follow her on Twitter here.


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