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Current International Visitors

Shashi Jayakumar


Head of Centre of Excellence for National Security

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20

Visitorship dates will be rescheduled pending developments with COVID-19

Dr. Shashi Jayakumar is Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also Executive Coordinator, Future Issues and Technology at RSIS.

Dr Jayakumar was educated at Oxford University where he studied History (BA 1997, PhD 2001). He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on topics relating to medieval history (the focus of his doctorate). He was a member of the Singapore government’s Administrative Service from 2002-2017. During this time, he worked at various Ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, Manpower, Information and the Arts, and Community Development, Youth and Sports. He was from August 2011-July 2014 a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research interests include extremism and terrorism (with particular reference to Southeast Asia), social resilience, and aspects of Singapore history. 

Among his publications are The Big ideas of Lee Kuan Yew (ed., with Rahul Sagar, Straits Times Press, 2014), Terrorism, Radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism: Practical Considerations and Concerns (Palgrave, 2018), DRUMS: Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears (ed., with Norman Vasu and Benjamin Ang, World Scientific, 2018), and People’s Action Party (with Albert Lau, Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press, 2019).

Jayakumar was nominated by the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Sophie Lemiere


Political Anthropologist

Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20
Christopher Family International Visitor, 2019-20

Feb 2020

Sophie Lemiere is a Political Anthropologist and a Fellow for the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University.

In 2014, she received her PhD from Sciences-Po, France. Her thesis was the first study on the political role of gangs through umbrella NGOs in Malaysia. In 2007, her Masters research on the apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society was awarded the second prize for International Young Scholar from the ISIM, Leiden. She has held research positions at RSIS-NTU in 2011 then at ARI in 2012 and has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Columbia. She was awarded the postdoctoral fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 2017-18 and subsequently the NUS-Stanford Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellowship in Contemporary Southeast Asia in 2018-19.

Starting from September 2019, Sophie will be based at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University. She has also been awarded the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (National Endowment for Democracy-NED), in Washington, D.C.

Lemiere was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Joanne Liu


Physician and International President

Doctors Without Borders

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20
Bliss Carnochan International Visitor, 2019-20

Jan-Feb 2020

Dr. Joanne Liu has served as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders since 2019. She is a pediatric emergency physician who has devoted her career to medical humanitarianism. Her role was built on a career in the field with MSF, and she has undertaken more than 20 missions since 1996, in Central Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East

Dr. Liu trained at McGill University School of Medicine, in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill.

Dr. Liu’s operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide. She is a staunch defender of MSF’s unique identity as a field-based organisation that does not compromise on cutting-edge care in crisis response work. As part of this commitment, Dr. Liu continues to practice medicine, both in the field with MSF, as well as hospital shifts in Montreal. She believes that quality-driven patient care should be equally applied across the global health arena.

She was nominated by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.

Alain Schnapp


Professor Emeritus, Classical Archeology

Panthéon-Sorbonne University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019-20

Feb 15-Mar 15, 2020

Alain Schnapp is Professor Emeritus of classical archaeology at the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His main interests are Greek iconography and cultural history of Antiquity. He has been visiting scholar or visiting professor in various universities and research institutes, including Princeton University, Stanford University, Getty Research Institute, Churchill College (Cambridge), Universität Heidelberg, Universität Basel, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Morphomata Köln, Istituto Orientale  Napoli, Università di Perugia, Collegium Budapest, and the University of Aarhus.

Main publications:

  • A.Schnapp and P. Vidal-Naquet: The French Student Uprising, Beacon Press 1971
  • The Discovery of the Past, British Museum Press, Abrams, New York 1996
  • Le chasseur et la cité, chasse et érotique dans la Grèce ancienne, Albin Michel, Paris 1997
  • Alain Schnapp with L. von Falkenhausen, P. Miller, T.Murray (ed): World antiquarianism, comparative perspectives, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Was ist eine Ruine? Entwurf einer vergleichenden Perspektive, Wallstein, Göttingen 2014
  • Ruines, essai de perspective comparée, Les presses du Réel, Dijon, 2015
  • J. P. Demoule, D. Garcia and A. Schnapp(eds) Une histoire des civilisations, comment l’archéologie bouleverse nos connaissances, Paris , La Découverte 2018

Schnapp was nominated by the Department of Classics.

Nitza Tenenblat


Professor of Theater

University of Brasília

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20

Visitorship dates will be rescheduled pending developments with COVID-19

Nitza Tenenblat is an artist and currently teaches at the Theatre Arts Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of the University of Brasília, Brazil, where she leads the Criação em Coletivo para a CenaResearch Group. Its research projects include aesthetic, technical, political, and ethical aspects of production. Within this research group,Tenenblat is a founding member of Coletiva Teatro, a group theater in residence at the University of Brasilia. As theater director, Tenenblat seeks to develop and aestheticize research into practice as results. At the Coletiva Teatro she coordinates and directs activities such as artistic interventions, the presentation of articles and technical demonstrations, theater workshops, story-telling sessions, and theater performances.

She completed her Masters Degree in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University of London (2002) and her PhD in Performance Studies with an emphasis in Studies in Performance and Practice at the University of California at Davis (2011). Recent directing credits of devised pieces with Coletiva Teatro include O Amor Que Habito, Uma Sonata Familiar (co-directed with Michael Rau and Luar de Contos). Her work has been successfully presented at local, national and international conferences and venues.

Tenenblat was nominated by Theater and Performance Studies.

Yfaat Weiss


Professor of Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Director of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture–Simon Dubnow

Professor of Modern History, Leipzig University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2019–20
Aron Rodrigue International Visitor, 2019-20

Visitorship dates will be rescheduled pending developments with COVID-19

Yfaat Weiss is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also serves as Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig University, where she is Professor of Modern History. Previously, she was Director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (2010-17) and head of the School of History at the Hebrew University (2008-11). She also founded and directed the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa.

Weiss studied history and modern German literature at the University of Hamburg, and received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 1997. In addition to her teaching posts, Weiss has been a visiting scholar at the Historisches Kolleg Munich, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Remarque Institute, New York University, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and Stanford University.

Weiss was nominated by the Department of German Studies and Taube Center for Jewish Studies.