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.



Naomi 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


Madeleine 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


Robert Crawshaw

Senior Lecturer, Department of European Languages and Cultures, Lancaster University, UK

Research fields: French, comparative literature, linguistics and European cultural studies, including management education.

Fields of interest within CLE: trans-cultural writing, intercultural pragmatics and the interaction between literary creativity and social change.

SIG leader & Partnership


Loura Conerney

Web Manager


Arianna Nowakowski                


Jernej Habjan

Global Fung Fellow at Princeton University; Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia.

Research interests: literary theory, world literature,
critical theory

Fields of interests within CLE: translation, higher education,
cultural studies

ECR Officer

Anja Rekeszus

Anja is a PhD student in German at King’s College London working on 19th-century women writers’ transcultural fairy tales.

Research fields: 18th and 19th century German literature; fairy tales and folklore; cultural history; Romanticism; womens’ writing

Fields of Interest within CLE: inter- and transcultural narratives; cultural history

Membership Secretary

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

Deborah Wright

Hon Secretary