Two New Departmental Lecturers Appointed

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Joanna Bullivant and Dr Sebastian Wedler as Departmental Lecturers, starting in October 2019 for three years.

Dr Bullivant, who will also be a member of St Catherine’s College, is covering for Professor Laura Tunbridge, who is soon to embark on a three-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Dr Wedler, who will also be a member of Merton College, is covering for Professor Daniel Grimley, who will be on a three-year secondment to the Humanities Division at Oxford.

Dr Bullivant’s existing research explores connections between modern music and radical politics, especially in twentieth-century Britain. Her monograph, Alan Bush, Modern Music and the Cold War: The Cultural Left in Britain and the Communist Bloc was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She has also published widely on Britten, Tippett, and Eisler. More recently, Jo has been engaged in studying digital methods of understanding composer’s compositional processes and disseminating that knowledge to wider audience. As a new Research Affiliate of the British Library, Jo is now collaborating with Daniel Grimley on a project exploring Elgar’s themes and digital methodologies, and she is embarking on a second monograph project entitled Elgar and the Catholic Imagination. Jo has been Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College (2009-10), Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Nottingham University (2010-15) and Teaching Fellow at King’s College London (2017) .

Dr Wedler is currently Junior Research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. He completed his doctorate with a dissertation on Anton Webern’s tonal music (1899–1908) in 2017 at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Jonathan Cross. He is currently preparing a monograph on early Webern. He has been elected ‘Prize Scholar’ at Merton College, is winner of the ‘Link 2 Future’ Award from the Institute of Psychoanalysis Zurich (PSZ), received scholarships from the AHRC, Merton College and the Paul Sacher Foundation, Switzerland, and has been recently nominated as an ‘Outstanding Tutor’ in the Humanities by the Oxford University Student Union.