CLE members

TEODOR AJDER

Research Interests: Migration studies, diaspora, mass-media, contemporary visual arts and literature, counter-cultures.

Website: http://mamaligadevarsovia.wordpress.com

AMANDA BAYLEY

Bath Spa University, UK

Research interests: Transcultural musical practices Eco-creative pedagogies Performance studies Cross-cultural collaborations

Webpage: www.amandabayley.co.uk

SAID BAQUIR

Oman

Research interests: I am very interested in all the details of cultural life in Dhofar.

TIM BLACKMORE

Western University, Ontario, Canada

Research interests: Military science and studies, war, popular culture (science fiction, comics, film, animation, animé, comic strips, graphic texts of all kinds, illustration art), American studies.

Webpage: https://www.fims.uwo.ca/people/profiles/tim_blackmore.html

MARIA-JOSÉ BLANCO

King’s College London, UK

Research interests: Spanish Literature with a special interest in contemporary women writers, life-writing and therapeutic writing

ANDREA BOOM

University of Leeds, UK

Research interests: I am researching the link between endangered languages, cultures and ecosystems by exploring and describing ecosystems and cultures in the endangered local languages in southern Oman. I am working with knowledgeable speakers of the endangered languages to identify and document the indigenous botany, traditional uses and the words used to label and describe the plants. I am also working with younger people to make this knowledge accessible through e-books, maps and interactive websites.

LORENZO BUONVIVERE

University of Roma Tre, Italy

Research interests: Lorenzo Buonvivere earned his MA in Modern Languages for Management and International Cooperation at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara in 2021. His thesis, titled “‘Looking for Wilderness’: Jay Griffiths’s and Kathleen Jamie’s Stories and Language Beyond the Human”, analysed the travel narratives of the two authors to look at positive representations of nature in British contemporary environmental discourse. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Roma Tre University, where he is doing research on the discourse of ecotourism with a project titled “The Language of Ecotourism: An Ecolinguistic Approach”. His main interests include ecolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and Critical Discourse Analysis. He has published reviews on The Gissing Journal. 

DAVID BURKE

Bath Spa University, UK

Research interests: Heavy metal studies, cultural history, cultural theory, critical theory, existentialism, anticapitalism.

Webpage: https://bathspa.academia.edu/DavidBurke

PAMELA BURNARD

University of Cambridge, UK

Research interests: creativities research, inter-transdisciplinarity, posthumanism, diverse creativities in arts practice, music and creative industries practice, professional practices, play

Webpage: https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/burnard/

MADELEINE CAMPBELL

Research interests: I am interested in translation as an experiential process that involves the reader/spectator as active participant, or ‘spect-actor’. Recent publications on this process include ‘Entre l’audible et l’inaudible’ in Language – Literature – the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface (2017) and an essay in POROI’s Special Issue on the Rhetoric of Translation (May 2017). I translate from French and Occitan and am also interested in surrealism, ekphrastic and found poetry. I am currently Honorary Secretary of the Cultural Literacy in Europe forum where I lead its Special Interest Group on Intersemiotic Translation. My most recent workshop, Wozu Image, co-led with artist Laura Gonzàlez, interacted with Minsk-based artist Sergey Shabohin’s photo exhibition Wozu Poesie, which I curated in Warsaw in May 2017 with the kind permission of Haus für Poesie, Berlin.

Webpage: http://glasgow.academia.edu/MadeleineCampbell

HARRIET CARTER

Birmingham City University, UK

Research interests: Current doctoral research (due to complete February 2022) interrogates the mechanisms of transposition between the auditory and the visual. I undertake painting practice to explore ways for the intangible transience of birdsong to be encountered in painted surfaces. My project uses Olivier Messiaen’s fieldwork methodology that created his piano cycle, Catalogue d’oiseaux as means to provide material of auditory, visual, and other phenomena and is explored through the construction of painted surfaces. The painted surfaces seek the unknown and intangible ephemera of natural birdsong that metamorphosise between painted layers, in comparison with Messiaen’s imaginative musical responses in his field notebooks and ‘Catalogue d’oiseaux’. The stillness and silence of the paintings attempt to apprehend fluctuating sound, located somewhere between abstraction and figuration, pushing the boundaries of transposition as both method and concept. More widely, I am a member of Intersemiotic Translation and Cultural Literacy and explore asemic writing and translating the unknown through collaboration with Dr Ricarda Vidal.

Webpage: https://harrietpcarter.com

MARIA INÊS CASTRO E SILVA

University of Warwick, UK

Research interests: Maria Inês Castro e Silva is a PhD student at the University of Warwick (Department of Hispanic Studies), supervised by Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Dr Tom Whitakker. Inês is also a Portuguese Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2020 – ). Her research is focused on Portuguese film, postcolonial studies, urban studies, gender, race, and Portuguese popular culture. She has taught in the United Kingdom and Ireland (Queen’s University Belfast, 2014-2017; National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2016/2017; The University of Warwick, 2017-2020). Inês has been Postgraduate Representative of ABIL (Association of British and Irish Lusitanists) since 2019.

Website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/academic/postgraduate/mariaines/

LUCY CATHCART FRÖDÉN

University of Glasgow, UK

Research interests: Practice-based research, collaborative songwriting, multilingualism, integration, prefigurative politics, cultural and linguistic justice, autoethnography, creative practice.

Webpage: https://www.lumawords.co.uk/lucy-cathcart-froden

SUN-LIANG CHAO

National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan

Research interests: I work on Romanticism and its legacies in the West and the East.

Webpage: https://nccu.academia.edu/ShunliangChao

EDMUND CHAPMAN

Maynooth University, Ireland

Research interests: Comparative literature, critical theory, translation, postcolonial literature and theory, antisemitism, Jewish literature, migration and refugeedom

Website: https://maynoothuniversity.ie/people/edmund-chapman

QIAN CHEN

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Research interests: Urban Studies, Cultural Studies

Website: https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0003-0287-0619

JENNIFER CHUTTER

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Research interests: Home, home-making, domesticity, neighbourhood, urban studies, architecture.

DAVID CLARKE

Cardiff University, Wales (UK)

Research interests: Memory, place, cultural diplomacy, post-socialist transition, Germany

Website: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/1392421-clarke-david

MICHAEL CLARKE

Roehamptom University, UK

Research interests: As a current PhD researcher at the University of Roehampton, my current research concerns the use of a psycho-cultural approach to consider the individual and socio-political significance of animated media. My thesis considers the notion of brokenness in relation to the neoliberal experience in BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014-2016). I am also a registered dramatherapist and am interested in the perception and framing of mental health within both the UK and Indian contexts.

ROBERT CRAWSHAW

Lancaster University (The Missenden Centre), UK

Research interests: Cultural Literacy; Cultural Policy; Comparative Literature

Website: www.robertcrawshaw.com

SOFIA CUMMING

University of East Anglia, UK

Research interests: Sofia Cumming is a PhD Candidate working in the fields of Comparative Literature and Modern European Intellectual History at the University of East Anglia. Her thesis focuses on German-Jewish writer, philosopher and critic, Walter Benjamin, and his life-long engagement with French literary and aesthetic culture. Her further research interests range broadly across twentieth
century European literature and thought, modernism and the avant-garde, writers and multilingualism as well as the intersections between literature, philosophy and visual culture.
 

Webpage: https://people.uea.ac.uk/s_cumming

JULIE CUNNINGHAM

Research interests: My research interests center on a psychoanalytic based model of occupational therapy called the Vivaio Model (MOVI), developed in Milan, Italy. It is used by therapists working in many different practice areas, and is based on the three-way relationship between patient, therapist and doing. My particular interest, which forms a major part of the model, is the importance of play and playfulness as an integral part of the therapeutic relationship. The two aspects of play that lead to my research questions are the fact that it is always linked to choice on the part of the player and that choice then leads to the formation of symbols in all of their conscious and unconscious meanings.

GAIA DEL NEGRO

Independent researcher; collaborator at University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

Research interests: adult education, experiential translation, performative reflexivity, auto/biography and duo/ethnography, somatic movement, translation and migration, women’s writing, ecofeminism, citizenship and civil rights. As an independent researcher with a bio-systemic approach, I am interested in culture(s) and translation as transitional spaces for intersubjective self-making and collective political activation. Starting from my story of fragmentation and anaesthetisation in an alienating society, I work with others to explore practice-as-research methodologies to promote integration and flourishing. I am now involved in a research project on Experiential translation with a educator and a dancer exploring notions of Coexistence and Hospitality in everyday life.

ZEINA DGHAIM

Research interests: storytelling, museum education programs, cultural preservation, art education,  cultural networks, permanent museum collections.

I am currently developing the Andalusia digial program for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. This program will engage people with a unique collection of artefacts that promote the concept of coexistence as a relevant field of study in the 21st century. The Andalusia program encourages museum visitors and to work with the artefacts as nodes of inspiration, creating stories inspired by the collection in the form of animation, design shows, pop-up exhibitions, artwork, and other multimedia.

My research areas include the intersection between permanent museum collections and cultural networks, mining stories for invisible connections and using these connection are nodes for storytelling in musems.  I like to work with multi-generational programs captivating for all ages and using online spaces, in addition to in person, as platofrms to instill hope, ignite the senses and inspire reflection.  I am also intersted in studying the relationship between nature and fashion, art and food, interior design and art.  I like using the concept of cultural networks and object-based learning to innovate storylines. 

My aim is to advance intercultural and interfaith relations through the medium of art and culture.

Webpage: www.zeinad.com

CRISTINA DI MAIO

University of Macerata, Italy

Research interests: Play Theory, American Literature, Feminist Theory, Italian-American Literature.

SOPHIE ELLIS

Newcastle University, UK

Research interests: My research explores the representation and reframing of hospitality in contemporary French visual culture. As such, my research interests span contemporary French art, photography, cinema and hospitality theory.

EMILY GOODWIN

Research Interests: food; cultural studies; domesticity; digital media; life writing

CHRISTIAN FESER

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Research interests: English literature and history of the Renaissance and the long eighteenth century, literary networks, the Baroque and Eccentric, and early British travellers in India – with a particular focus on Thomas Coryate

Website: https://www.uni-due.de/anglistik/english_literary_and_cultural_studies/feser.php

JOANNA FORTUNE

Research interests: My Doctoral research is a reflexive audit of my own l5-Minute Parenting Model, which is a therapeutic play-based parenting model. My aim is to create an accessible therapeutic model that bridges the gap between the psychotherapy clinic and the family home. This is a child-focused parent-led model. My research interests are in areas of Play, Child and Adolescent development, therapeutic parenting, attachments and trauma.

Webpage: www.solamh.com

JAN VAN DUPPEN

The Open University, UK

Research interests: Jan van Duppen is a Research Fellow in Design at the Open University, UK. His work stretches across cultural geography, design and urban studies. He is interested in notions of play and work in post-industrial societies, urban gardens, public space and participatory design, mobility and travel, and visual methods. Jan has held an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship titled ‘Working the Playground: Urban Gardens and Sustainable Futures?’. In 2019, he co-organised the interdisciplinary symposium ‘Play and its Potential Publics’, which was hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, London. His most recent publications are ‘Seeing Patterns on the Ground: Reflections on Field-based Photography’ (2020) in the Open Arts Journal and ‘Picturing Diversions: The Work/Play of Walking on London Pavements’ (2019) in Roadsides.

Webpage: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/jld422

MARY GALLAGHER

University College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests: Mary Gallagher teaches French and Francophone Studies at University College Dublin and is especially interested in the work of displaced, migrant or nomadic writers. She has published on many Caribbean-born writers such as Dany Laferrière, Edouard Glissant and Emile Ollivier, but also Saint-John Perse, and on other migrant authors too, like Lafcadio Hearn, Colette Fellous or Joyce’s Parisian friend Paul Léon. She is co-founder and convenor of an Irish-based research group interested in Former French Island Colonies and of UCD’s Asia-Pacific Research Network.

AHALYA VEDAPARAYANA GANDIKOTA

Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany

Research interests: Coming from an Architecture background, with a Masters in ‘Integrated Urban Development and Design’, I like to dive deeper into topics such as Housing, Sustainability and Urban Sociology.

SHAHINA GHAZANFAR

Research interests: Flora, vegetation and conservation of the plants of Middle East. Medicinal plants and plants of economic importance of the Middle East.

Website: www.plantsofthemiddleeast.com

CAROLINA GIBERTONI

Research interest: I have always been intrigued by the mystery and magic inherent in play and playfulness that suddenly appear in a multiple dimension that oscillates between real and imaginary . I think it usually starts with simple sensory elements, a sound, a touch , a smell, which create multiple images among which we mysteriously choose one that leads us to create a play of the mind, which moves between reality and illusion, between the outside and the inside of each of us.

My profession as an occupational therapist and psychodramatist working with a psychoanalytic slant facilitates my particular interest. With my patients I await what image can generate in them a desire to stop on that and share it with me in another form, graphic or three-dimensional, or of body movements, often representative of unconscious images that the sensory stimulus draws and brings to the surface .

And a kind of game comes out of it, in a dimension that is sometimes painful, sometimes cheerful and laughing, which always highlights the deep relationship that that kind of listening and participation sets in motion and maintains.

ANASTASIA GOANA

Research interests: Having grown and lived in the cultures of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, and the Netherlands, I identify as a Third Culture Kid. I come from solid communications, cultural studies, and event planning background with a strong interest in culture, identification, belonging, digital humanitarianism, and a deep passion for strategy. I have a wide range of interests, ranging from
academia to digital trends and project management.

JERNEJ HABJAN

Research interests: literary theory, world literature, critical theory, translation, higher education,
cultural studies.

Website: https://isllv.zrc-sazu.si/en/sodelavci/jernej-habjan-en#v

DANIEL HARVEY

Research interests: translation, literature, translingual practices, multilingualism, exile, queer theory, transgender writing, ethics, memory, rewriting.

JOANNA JABLKOWSKA

University of Łódź

Research interests: Professor at the Institute of German Studies at the University of Lodz. Main research areas: German-language literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, literature and politics, memory and remembrance, utopia and apocalypse.

Website: http://germanistyka.uni.lodz.pl/pracownicy/prof-zw-joanna-jablkowska

NICK JONES

Research interests: My research focuses on 20th-century German literature and philosophy. My current project examines the interwar renegotiation of Marxist anthropology in realist novels by Alfred Döblin, Siegfried Kracauer, and Arnold Zweig.

ONUR KARAMERCAN

Research interests: I specialise in Martin Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology, with a specific concentration on his philosophy of place and poetic language, with cross-disciplinary connections to comparative literature and language studies. My current research focuses on the place of philosophy and higher education, as well as the phenomenological tension and links between topological philosophy and environmental thought.

Website: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1583-1520

NAOMI KEENAN O’SHEA

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Research interests: I am interested in liberal capitalist and settler colonial property relations and how they are lived through gendered and racialised relations of power. My research is interdisciplinary and draws on property scholarship, feminist theory, critical geographies, and racial capitalism. I am particularly interested in the ways in which (post)colonial and capitalist logics enmesh with the Catholic Church to produce specific forms of propertied power in Ireland.

ELEONORA LIMA

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests: Eleonora Lima is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Italian Department at Trinity College Dublin. Her current research project investigates Italian writers’ reception and engagement with computer culture. The project aims to provide the first comprehensive history of computing in Italian literature: from the earliest era of mainframe computers in mid-1950s, to the advent of personal computers in 1980s, to the initial days of the Web in 1990s, to the present times of ubiquitous
computing and the Web 2.0.
Her research interests also include literature and science; literature and the posthuman; the impact of cybernetics on the Italian culture of the mid-20th century; film and media studies. Eleonora holds a BA in Italian Philology (University of Florence, 2005), a Master in Modern Philology
(University of Florence, 2008), a PhD in Italian (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015). She previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian at the University of Toronto (2017-2018).

Website: https://www.tcd.ie/Italian/people/elima.php

CHARIKLEIA MARINI

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Research interests: Hari Marini is an independent writer, performance maker, researcher, lecturer, and founding member of PartSuspended group. Her writing, practice and research are focused on poetics of spaces, performative architectures and women’s writing. Her work has been published in the academic journals Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, Journal of Greek Media and Culture and Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Her bilingual book (Greek-English) entitled 28 Διαδρομές της/28 Paths of Her has been recently published (AΚΑΚΙΑ Publications, September 2019). Since 2006, Hari has been teaching performance at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and has been delivering workshops both in the UK and Greece. She has presented work in the UK, USA, Greece, Czech Republic, Serbia and Spain. She holds a PhD in Performance from QMUL and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama (London), funded by the Hellenic Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Also, Hari holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras.

Webpage: www.partsuspended.com

ADRIANA MARTINS

FCH Católica Lisboa, Portugal

Research interests: Culture Studies; Visual Culture; Film Studies; Comparative Literature; Globalization Studies; Intercultural Communication.

Website: https://fch.lisboa.ucp.pt/person/adriana-martins?parent-page=3091

LELAND MASEK

Tampere University, Finland

Research interests: The study of playfulness across discipline and across culture. The role of playfulness in mental health and the construction of social institutions. The role of playfulness in religion, in extremism, and in authoritarian regimes. Experimental game design. Games for education and development.

ZAHIA MESSAOUDI

Research interests: Sustainable architecture and housing design, contextualized and user-centred design. Impacts of architectural envelopes on users’ well-being. Interactions between home and environment. Inter and transdisciplinary approaches involving architecture and the humanities.

DEBBIE MICHAELS

Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Research interests: The psychosocial role of reflexive art practice in honing sensitivity to the affective dimensions of human situations and experience.

MATILDA NEVIN

Research interests: Contemporary literature, particularly written in French and English. Autofiction, life writing and women’s writing, multilingual writing, writing about exile.         

LINDSEY NICHOLLS

University of Essex, UK

Research interests: reflexivity, researching the unconscious, activities as healing places

ARIANNA NOWAKOWSKI

University of Denver, USA

Research interests: Russia, national identity, gender theory

Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arianna-nowakowski-1904445/

MOLLY O’BRIEN

Princeton University, USA

Research interests: French and Francophone Studies, Mediterranean Studies, North African Studies, Judaic Studies, Jewish-Muslim Relation.

HARRIET PALIN

Newcastle University, UK

Research interests: Reformation – Confessionalisation – History of Education – Religious Education – History of Childhood – Catechisms, Prayer, Hymns, Sermons.

KATE PAXMAN

University of Plymouth, UK

Research interests: I am an artist and practice-research candidate working with film, sound, drawing and animation and making performative field trips into littoral zone sea caves, SW UK to consider the future possibilities for the multispecies ecologies within this marine habitat. My field work activities involve multiple and varied excursions to gather field data from these local littoral zone marine caves. Here in this familiar, urban location I am framing the urgency of recognising the damaging force of anthropogenic planetary transformations on the very local and considering the planetary scale of the climate emergency in intimate and human scales. My methodologies include ritual, augury, skrying and conjuring as ways to engage with the multitudes of sensoria that are more than human to “learn[…] again, or for the first time, how to become less deadly, more response-able, more attuned” (Haraway, 2016, p. 98).

ORSOLYA PETOCZ

University of Cambridge, UK

Research interests: Queer theory; critical theory; 20th-21st century philosophy; Francophone and Italian literature and (moving) image; memory theory; writing trauma; testimony; activism; pornography.

SIOFRA PIERSE 

University College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests: 18th-century French history of ideas; 18th-century female authors; Voltairean historiography; cultural history of Darkness, Turmoil, Doubt.

Website: https://people.ucd.ie/siofra.pierse/about 

JURATE RADAVICIUTE

Research interests: Contemporary literature in English and Lithuanian.

HOLLY RANDELL-MOON

Research interests: settler colonialism, critical race and whiteness studies, infrastructure, geography, First Nations.

LUCILLE RAYNAL

University College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests: My research interests include French literature – in particularly correspondences, Memoirs and Souvenirs – and art of the Eighteenth-Century, especially the case of “Great” Women – Powerful Women or Professional Women – like authors, artists, and scientists as Émilie Du Châtelet, Louise  Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun or Henriette de La Tour du Pin.   

Website: https://slclmediaportal.com/lucille-raynal/

ANJA REKESZUS

King’s College London, UK

Research interests: German Literature (19th Century, Early Modern), Romanticism, Cultural History, Womens’ Writing, Fairy Tales and Folklore

ABDELMAJID RHIDOUANE

Research interests: Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Globalization Studies and Political Theory.

AINO RINHAUG

Research interests: Cultural studies, literature and migration, adoption studies, data and poetry visualisation, documentary film. 

SILVIA ROSS

University College Cork, Ireland

Research interests: My primary areas of research include the modern and contemporary Italian novel, textual representations of space and place, Tuscan writers, Italian women prose writers, travel writing, eco-criticism, ecofeminism, literature and the Holocaust, and questions of conflict, identity and alterity. My publications in these areas include five edited collections of essays, two special issues of journals, as well as scholarly articles, book chapters, and a monograph titled Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place (U of Toronto P, 2010). I am currently Senior Co-Editor of the journal Italian Studies.

Website: http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/A017/sross

NICOLE RUDOLPH

Adelphi University, USA

Research interests: History of domestic architecture, French cultural history, 20th-century French civilization, history of everyday life.

LAËTITIA SAINT-LOUBERT

University College Dublin, Ireland

Research interests: My research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Caribbean and Indian Ocean literature and critical thought, (post/decolonial) translation, island studies, bibliodiversity and decolonial ecocriticism.

NAOMI SEGAL

School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK

Research interests: Comparative literature & cultural studies (French, German, English). Psychoanalysis, gender, the body, skin, the sense of touch. I am currently writing a monograph on replacement.

Website: https://research.sas.ac.uk/institute-imlr/fellow/149/professor-naomi-d.-segal/

ANIKO SOHAR

Research interests: cultural, literary, translation and translator studies, literary translation, intersemiotic translation, translation history, translation criticism, translator training, cultural, literary, and translation studies, popular literature, speculative fiction, retellings of myths, legends, and fairy tales, comparative literature, cultural history.

 

JENNIFER SPECTOR

Research interests: Poetics of Landscape, Ecopoetics, Interdisciplinary Practices, Text and Image Collaborative Processes, Land Art, Dwelling, Language and Philosophy

Website: http://Jenniferspectorstudio.com

RICARDA VIDAL

King’s College London, UK

Research interests: migration and notions of ‘home’ in Europe, translation, intersemiotic translation, death as a cultural phenomenon

Website: http://www.ricardavidal.com

EMMA WAGSTAFF

University of Birmingham, UK

Research interests: French literature, modern and contemporary poetry, visual arts, literature and protest, theories of attention

Website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/languages/wagstaff-emma.aspx

EMILY SAWIN WARISARA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Research interests: I am interested in Franco-Vietnamese cultural production and post-migratory postcolonial studies. I am currently working on Anna Moï, Mihn Tran Huy, Doan Bui, and Clément Baloup.

LOURA WHITHAM

Research interests: Art, computational art, digital humanities, digital culture, the body and technology, sound art installation, technology.

Webpage: dacastudio.com

VALERIE WILLIAMS-SANCHEZ

Research interests: I am largely a print-based writer and literacy researcher but my work, study, and activism cuts across media and platforms. For me, it is very exciting to see how technology has empowered emergent voices to be seen and heard in new and different ways. In addition, in children’s books and media, I enjoy creating and exploring how such artifacts surface culture and afford marginalized communities and groups new pathways to access, equity, and inclusion, all while bolstering reading and literacy development. In the future, I seek to conduct quantitative research related to culturally relevant literature and pedagogy, and to promote children’s books and content that I, and those in my com-munity create.

Website: www.VWilliamsSanchez.org; www.ValorenaOnline.com; www.CocoaKidsCollectionBooks.com

ASHE WOLF

University of California, USA

Research interests: French and Francophone literature, art, and film from 1900-present; Queer and Feminist critiques; Play theory

DEBORAH WRIGHT

University of Essex, UK

Research interests: Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Theory, Spaces, Places, Spatialisation, The Psychotherapy Clinic, The Physical and Virtual Consulting Room Space, The Physical and Virtual Higher Education Room Space, Art making, Printmaking

YANG YEUNG

Research interests: Yang Yeung is a writer on art and an independent curator. Her recent publications include “caring is a quality: on being touched by Alecia Neo’s Care Index” (for Dance Nucleus, Singapore), an exhibition essay on Francis Alÿs’ solo Wet feet __ dry feet: borders and games (for Taikwun Contemporary, Hong Kong), and a review of Sumei Tse’s practice (for Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan). She founded the non-profit soundpocket in 2008 and is currently its Artistic Director. She is Lecturer in the General Education Foundation Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, teaching classics of the humanities.