Core Group

The Core Group, which was set up in 2015, is the Executive Committee for the initiative. It originally consisted of five members with expertise in the academic areas which the initiative has focused on hitherto – Cultural Memory, Migration & Translation, Digital Textuality, Biopolitics & the Body.

The present Core Group takes policy and practical decisions relating to the activities of the initiative. It is advised by an international Advisory Board of academics and policymakers.

Current Vacancies

Membership Secretary

To apply for the Membership Secretary position please download and complete the application below:

Current Members:

CLE-bio-MadeleineCampbellMadeleine Campbell

Freelance writer, researcher and translator, UK

Research fields: after completing her PhD at the University of Glasgow, she continues to research translation as an experiential process that involves the reader/spectator as active participant, or ‘spectactor’.

Fields of interest within CLE: intersemiotic translation as process in cultural production.

SIG leader
CLE-bio-RobertCrawshawRobert Crawshaw

Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University, UK
Research Consultant, The Missenden Centre

Research fields:
Comparative literature
Pragmatics and discourse analysis
Intercultural studies

Fields of interest within CLE:
Research as cultural practice
Identity, culture and the arts

SIG leader & Partnership
Valerie Williams-Sanchez

Bio Coming soon…
Arianna Nowakowski                

 Izabella Penier

My background is in literary and cultural studies, particularly in postcolonial and diasporic contexts. I have also done research in the area of gender studies and feminist scholarship with a view to examining the relationship between gender and cultural nationalism. My recent monograph, Culture-bearing Women: The Black Women Renaissance and Cultural Nationalism, was published in Open Access, and it explores these issues on the example of the fiction of African American women in the 1980s. It is the product of my 2-year Marie Curie-Skłodowska Fellowship at the University of Central Lancashire.
I am also an editor and open access advocate with experience in launching and managing Open Access journals and a keen interest in the future of academic publishing. I have a PhD degree in literary studies and an MA in publishing. Currently I work as a research associate for COPIM project.

At CLE, I am responsible for publishing strategy, I also help members with publishing projects. 
CLE-bio-NaomiSegalNaomi Segal

Professorial Fellow in French and German Studies, Department of Cultures and Languages, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Research fields: Literature, Culture and Theory in French and German, mainly in the 19c and 20c.

Fields of interest within CLE: comparative literature, gender, psychoanalysis and the body.

Chair & & SG Member
Ricarda Vidal

Ricarda is a lecturer, curator and translator. She works at King’s College London.

Research fields: Intersemiotic and multilingual translation; text-based art and practice-based research; home and migration; 20th-21st-century culture; death as a cultural phenomenon
Fields of Interest within CLE: Intersemiotic Translation; Translation and Migration
SIG Leader, Hon. Treasurer & SG Member
Loura Whitham

Loura is the owner of a successful design studio based in the UK

Research Fields: Art, design, curation, data, interactions, data visualisation

Fields of Interest within CLE: Art, computational art, digital humanities, digital culture, data visualisation

Web Manager
 Deborah Wright

Deborah is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, a Psychotherapist and an artist. 
Research Fields – Spaces and room spaces, human beings and their relationship with their environments, the physical and virtual spaces of the psychotherapeutic consulting room, the physical and virtual spaces of the higher education teaching room space. 
Fields of Interest within CLE – Spaces and psychoanalytic/psychosocial theory and practice in literature and art. 

Hon Secretary