Meet our Research Fellows

Assoc Prof Ian Ravenscroft

Associate Professor Ian Ravenscroft's research project is focused on reconceiving imagination.

Ian is currently working on enactivist theories of the imagination with Prof Daniel Hutto from the University of Wollongong. Enactivism is an exciting new paradigm in philosophy of mind and cognitive science that stresses the role of bodily movement in cognition. The enactivist theory of imagination they are working on builds on Ian's earlier research on the imagination with Prof Gregory Currie at the University of Sheffield.

For enactivists drama is especially interesting since it involves both imagination and bodily movement through an environment that includes other performers, the audience, and the physical space and props. Building links between Philosophy and Drama is a key aspect of Ian's Research Fellowship, and Ian will team up with Prof Julian Meyrick and other members of the Drama Department.

In Semester 2, Hutto will come to Flinders to give a seminar on enactivism and participate in a roundtable discussion on enactivism and drama. Hopefully a joint Philosophy/Drama project will emerge from the workshop.

At the end of the year Ian and Research Fellow Wendy van Duivenvoorde will give public lectures on their projects. Ian's talk will illustrate aspects of enactivist theories of cognition using traditional boatbuilding techniques as an example.


Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde’s research project concerns maritime archaeological legacy data and sets out to finalise a monograph publication on the late 4th-century/early 3rd-century B.C. shipwreck at Kyrenia, Cyprus.

This shipwreck site was excavated in its entirety in 1968–1969 and provided the remains of a well-preserved Mediterranean merchant ship and its cargo. The shipwreck has become a seminal component of the corpus of archaeological evidence related to late-Classical and early-Hellenistic Mediterranean seafaring. Dr Van Duivenvoorde works closely with the original excavators, Susan Katzev, Helena Swiny and Robin Piercy, along with a team of international researchers to undertake the scholarly study of the Kyrenia shipwreck’s archaeological material and to organize the multi-volume final publication on the vessel’s archaeological material. Her current focus on the volume that includes all studies pertaining to the ship itself, along with elements of its rigging, sail and outfitting. Dr Van Duivenvoorde will report on her research to the School of Humanities and Creative Arts and the community with a public lecture to be delivered towards the end of 2015.