Winners of the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

Abraham Rubin earned his bachelors from the University of Haifa and his Masters from Tel-Aviv University. He is currently a doctoral student of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, working towards a dissertation on theological critiques of modernity. Abraham is presently working on the political theology of Emmanuel Levinas and Walter Benjamin. He is a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at City College and a lecturer at the Ivry Prozdor Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Over the past two years Abraham has run a student-faculty seminar called The Age of the Witness: Perspectives on Post-Traumatic Testimony, co-chaired with Prof. Dennis Klein. The seminar has hosted numerous events pertaining to post-traumatic interpretation, alternative memory and the political implications of testimony.

Iryna Ulasiuk is a 5th year Ph.D. researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her doctoral thesis entitled Europeanisation of Language Laws in Russia and Ukraine will be defended in June 2010. Prior to coming to Florence, Iryna obtained degrees in linguistics and law from Minsk State Linguistic University (Belarus) and International Institute of Economics and Law (Russia). She holds a degree of a Master of Research in Law from the European University Institute and Master of European Law from Stockholm University. Her main areas of research are in minority rights, including language rights, as well cultural rights, and more generally human rights and fundamental freedoms. During her research grant period in 2010, Iryna will work on the preparation of her doctoral dissertation for the publication.


Participants Honoured with Special Distinction

Howard Kislowicz (Law, University of Toronto, Canada)

Fareen Parvez (Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Thomas Petzold (Media Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia)