Sarah has a BA in History and English, and an MA in Rights and Development, both from Goldsmiths. She has worked for a variety of non-governmental organisations in the UK and the Horn of Africa, and spent over five years in Ethiopia since 1998.
Her PhD research will focus on sanitation promotion in rural Ethiopia, to look at what happens at local level when imported development schemes that want to produce 'empowered' self-governing citizens who can manage their own development meet a hierarchical model of civic participation tied to the state, in which development is seen as a reciprocal obligation rather than a right. The research will investigate the intersections of different levels of power in the project (from central state and its interactions with the apparatus of international development, to indigenous local organisations down to the household), the forms of inequality it challenges or generates (gender, age, social status, religion), and the actions and critical reflections of the people who are the targets of the intervention.
Yari Lanci obtained a BA in 'Lingue e Letterature Straniere' (Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale') and an MA in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College, University of London).
His research project focuses on current transformations of human conflict studied through an analysis of how the concept of war, as a fundamental discursive category of modern political thought, has changed over the years. The aims of this research are: to investigate the ways in which the discourse of war continues to invest our global order; to trace the genealogy of a series of different literatures centred around the notions of war and peace in order to go beyond them by pointing out the connection between contemporary forms of conflict and the economic mechanisms which generate them; to expose different ways in which this discourse remains central for our understanding of contemporary politics.