Think Pieces is the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) review; an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and collaborative online platform that extends the critical thinking to which the IAS is committed into the realm of online publishing.
Contributions are published in the form of articles, features, interviews, reviews, creative writing, visual art works, photography, film and sound. These are inspired by the multiple strands of research at the IAS and its Research Centres as well as current affairs.
Bi-annually, guest editors are invited to contribute a themed online issue, thus continuing what Think Pieces started in print, with themed issues on Lies, Turbulence and Laughter. The first online issue arises out of the research on EDI carried out during 2021/22 and is titled Complaint.
We invite contributions from anyone at UCL who has been involved in the work of the IAS and its Research Centres. Think Pieces is produced by an Editorial Collective; please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a member.
Contributors of Think Pieces
Adriana Suárez Delucchi
ADRIANA SUÁREZ DELUCCHI is a Geographer and currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at IAS. Her work analyses institutions and environmental dynamics from a bottom-up perspective to challenge and address the marginalisation of rural and indigenous communities from environmental governance.Contributions by Adriana Suárez Delucchi
is a proof-reader & copy-editor for Think PiecesContributions by Anna Stelle
is the Institute of Advanced Studies Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Director. She graduated in History from King's College London and has previously worked in university administration for the former Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, the Institute of Historical Research and Cass Business School, City University, as well as having been a teacher of English as a foreign language in Helsinki, Finland and Lund, Sweden.Contributions by Catherine Stokes
is Lecturer in Global Politics at European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS), working mostly on international infrastructure and Chinese politics. Apart from his field research, Igor works on bringing insights from the anthropology of infrastructure into global politics to better understand how infrastructures interact with political and physical space.Contributions by Igor Rogelja
is a Senior Research Fellow in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the Built Environment at The Bartlett, UCL and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL. Their work focuses upon LGBTQI+ people, communities, and spaces, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.Contributions by Lo Marshall
Mataio Austin Dean
Mataio Austin Dean uses intaglio printmaking to create images and symbols that explore England’s and Guyana’s darkly intertwined histories, throwing light upon moments of resistance as well as unearthing stories of coloniality and rebellion embedded in English landscape and architecture. Austin Dean’s practice is research-driven, exploring Marxism as a framework for emancipatory praxis. English and Guyanese oral cultures are at the heart of the work. Reimagining, writing and performing folksong and poetry breathes life into the printed landscape, making the past tangible while presenting liberating modes with which to confront the present.Contributions by Mataio Austin Dean
NICHOLAS LACKENBY is a social anthropologist with interests in morality, religion, nationalism, and belonging. Regionally, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the former Yugoslavia, especially Serbia. His current project – based at UCL Anthropology and funded by the Leverhulme Trust – explores the memorialization of violence committed during the Independent State of Croatia [NDH] (1941-1945).Contributions by Nicholas Lackenby
Patricia Mascarell Llombart
is a mum, social entrepreneur, and podcaster. She has worked in EDI related roles in higher educationfor 15 years and runs an initiative which aims to support Black students in higher education. She is passionate about creating spaces for Black people to find community and feel empowered to further their education.Contributions by Paulette Williams
Simon Farid is a sometime visual artist, moretime art gallery invigilator and current Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL. Farid is interested in workers conditions and experience, institutional critique, surveillance cultures, solitary poetics and alternative research frameworks and methods.Contributions by Simon Farid
is Head of Culture Transformation at Culture Shift where they help organisations to identify, tackle and work to prevent cultures of bullying, harassment and discrimination. Baars formerly worked as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Manager in the Office of the President and Provost at UCL.Contributions by Vicki Baars
WILL DAMARJIAN is a former UCL student of Comparative Literature, union enthusiast, and adoptive mom to many cats. They recently created an archival piece with the Museum of London interviewing members of the London bear scene about the impacts of gentrification on older men’s ability to hangout, cruise, and get drunk. When not Complaining, Will enjoys canning and pickling veggies, cooking for their husband and painting.Contributions by Will Damarjian
ZOLTÁN KÉKESI is a cultural historian with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. His publications include Agents of Liberation. Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film (2015) and Memory in Hungarian Fascism: A Cultural History (2023). He works as a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.Contributions by Zoltán Kékesi