Get to know Lyndsey Stonebridge

Written for UEA Live by Juan Ladinez

Lyndsey Stonebridge FBE FEA, Literary scholar and Interdisciplinary Chair of Humanities and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham comes to UEA LIVE on March 8 to discuss her latest book “We Are Free To Change The World: Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience.”

After earning a Masters’ degree in Critical Theory (Sussex) and a PhD in modernism and psychoanalysis, Stonebridge has built an academic profile writing extensively on the treatment of human rights and migration in twentieth-century writings through the intersectional lens of politics, law and philosophy.

Stonebridge’s scholarship explores creative responses to systemic violence. The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg (2011) explores the ways post-war writers conceive justice in the wake of the Nuremberg trials and has earned Stonebridge with the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 2014. Drawing on her experience in journalism and two of her research projects, Refugee Hosts and Rights4Time, Stonebridge’s collection of essays  Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights (2020) explores the connection between legislative rights and the creative literary mind.

Stonebridge holds a Leverhulme Major Fellowship, is a fellow of the English Association and the Academia Europaea. Previously a lecturer of UEA, Stonebridge has held fellowships and visiting positions at Cornell University, The University of Sydney and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dedicated to bringing intellectual thought outside the borders of academia, Stonebridge has written for political magazines such as The New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and New Humanist.

Stonebridge’s new book We Are Free To Change The World: Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience turns to the life and writings of political philosopher Hannah Arendt as a means of understanding the uncertainties of the present.

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