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Professor Michael Chapman, University of Newcastle

Van Mildert College

January - March 2018

Michael Chapman is the Program Convenor for the Masters of

Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he

co-ordinates the year-long Final Year Architecture Studio and

Exhibition. A full-time faculty member since 2008, he has been

awarded over AUD $600 000 in competitive research funding.

In the last ten years he has completed over 100 publications,

including 25 journal papers and 15 book chapters. This has

included publications in some of the most prestigious journals for

architectural research, including

Architecture Research Quarterly,

CENTER, Fabrications, Interstices, Architectural Design Research,

Architectural Science Review



. Professor Chapman has

also published a number of book chapters in volumes by respected

publishers including Routledge, The University of Texas and RMIT

Press. Together with Michael Ostwald and Chris Tucker, he is the

author of

Residue: architecture as a condition of loss

(RMIT, 2007). 

Professor Chapman’s most significant research contributions have

been in the fields of architectural theory, architectural history, and

architectural design. His research is predominantly concerned

with the theory, philosophy and politics of architecture, with an

emphasis on the domains of aesthetics, art theory, critical theory,

avant-garde studies, psychology, neuroscience, communication

theory and modernism. His current research investigates the

relationship between architecture and communication. As well as

his theoretical research, he remains committed to creative practice

as research. His design research has been exhibited nationally and

internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, Federation Square,

the State Library of NSW and the Museum of Melbourne. He has

won numerous awards for his teaching, research and creative

practice. He has previously won the RAIA Design Medal, the Dean’s

Medal and the NSW Board of Architects Chapter Prize. He is also

a director of the architectural practice


which focuses

on small scale architectural projects, design research and artistic


His research project undertaken at Durham will revisit important

questions in regard to the relationship between architecture and

philosophy, which are deeply entwined with notions of structure:

both physical and metaphorical. The project will critically examine

seminal philosophical and literary conceptions of cosmology and

their historical application through architecture, looking to unearth

the spaces where ideology and architectural production intersect.

The fellowship will be used to produce work for an exhibition and


Dr Francesca Fulminante, University of Rome Tre

College of St Hild and St Bede

January - March 2018

Francesca Fulminante is Adjunct Professor at the University of

Roma Tre, Italy and Affiliated Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Her research focuses on urbanization in the Mediterranean during

the 1


millennium BC with a particular emphasis on Rome and

the surrounding region. She has researched diverse aspects of

urbanization such as social stratification, settlement centralization,

cultural interactions and, most recently, the role of women and child

rearing in the process of urban development.

Dr Fulminante graduated with degrees in classical archaeology from

the University of Rome and completed her PhD at the University

of Cambridge in 2008. Both her MA and PhD dissertations have

been published as monographs:

Princely Burials in Latium vetus

(“L’Erma” di Bretschneider, 2003) and

The Urbanization of Rome

and Latium vetus from the Final Bronze Age to the Archaic Age’

(CUP, 2014).

Her research and teaching experience includes: Junior Teaching

Scholar at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the

University of Giessen, Researcher in Residence at the Netherlands

Institute for Advanced Studies and a recently completed Marie

Curie Advanced Fellowship at the University of Roma Tre. She has

co-organised sessions at major archaeological meetings such as

the International Association of Classical Archaeology 2008 and

the European Archaeologists’ Association conferences in 2008 and


Dr Fulminante is currently working on three avenues of research.

The first is a study of the composition of Archaic metal votive objects

in central Italy using XRF to detect potential regional variation in

the practice of bronze smelting. The second aims to combine a

traditional material cultural, literary and ethnographic approach with

scientific methodologies to explore the connections between cultural

and political environment and child-rearing practices in pre-Roman

and Roman central Italy during the 1


millennium BC.

Her third avenue focuses on communication-structure networks

in central Italy and how these underpin the mechanisms and

modalities of urbanization. This has included, for example, the

application of network science techniques in collaboration with

network scientists from the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona

and the University of Barcelona.

Developing these themes and approaches, Dr Fulminante’s

IAS Fellowship will extend this latter line of research by turning

specifically to the role of minor or secondary centres in the

emergence and growth of the first cities of Western Europe.