Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Appointments

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King's College London

Paul Joyce

The newly appointed Samuel Davidson chair of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible studies at King's College London has admitted he is excited to be taking up a position previously held by "distinguished scholars" who informed his own work. Paul Joyce, currently lecturer in Old Testament studies at the University of Oxford, said he was keen to establish King's as an international centre of excellence in his field, building on its strong tradition in the subject while also "diversifying and innovating". "I hope to see a growing body of master's and doctoral students coming to King's ... both from the UK and from the wider world," he said. He insisted Old Testament studies was in a "dynamic and vibrant" state, and was fully engaged with the modern world. Dr Joyce took theology at Oxford and stayed on to complete a DPhil. He was a lecturer and subsequently director of studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon, a Church of England theological college. He later worked at the University of Birmingham as a lecturer before returning to Oxford, where he is a fellow of St Peter's College. He will start at King's in September.

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sean Cubitt

Sean Cubitt, who has been appointed professor of film and television studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, joked that he wanted to achieve "world peace" by relocating to southeast London, adding that it was the institution's "incredibly rich mixing of cultures" and the "incredible pace of (the) evolution of ideas" there that attracted him to the role. He said he wanted to "continue (the) fantastic integration between studio practice and lecture-based work" already taking place at Goldsmiths. Professor Cubitt graduated from the University of Cambridge with an English literature degree. After research at McGill University in Canada, he obtained his PhD from Liverpool John Moores University. In a field as rich as his, he said, there is a "quite staggering ignorance" of how theory is put into practice. "Among my peers I still see evidence of an extraordinary lack of understanding of how things work - what happens when you turn on a microphone or how an email gets from your computer to mine," he said. Professor Cubitt joins Goldsmiths from the University of Southampton and has held posts at universities all over the world including McGill, the University of Melbourne and University College London.

University of Glasgow

Deborah Dixon

The University of Glasgow has appointed Deborah Dixon as professor in its School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Professor Dixon, who is currently based at Aberystwyth University, said there were no "push" factors causing her to leave the "beautiful" Welsh seaside town. But she added: "I come from the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth and I'm going to the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences in Glasgow. But that includes engineers, astronomers and my specialty is arts-sciences collaboration, so there are more immediate faculty I can correspond with." Professor Dixon has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary work on the boundaries of the arts and sciences, including looking at "monstrous" geography and BioArt, where artists take living tissue as their artistic medium. "You can go back to the classical notion of the monster as being this chimerical figure; but so much of the monstrous (covers) recent developments in medical and political science," she said. …

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