Victoria Jane Clarke | University of Leeds

Victoria Jane Clarke is a first year PhD candidate in English and History at the University of Leeds. Her interdisciplinary thesis explores the use of the Northern Star (1837-1852) as a tool for the creation, maintenance, and dissolution of masculine networks of protest during the Chartist movement in Britain. Her research interests include languages of protest and propaganda, labour history, masculinity studies, modern print history and culture, and the Victorian novel. At Leeds she is jointly supervised by Dr. Richard Salmon and Professor Malcolm Chase.

Long Yang | University of Leeds

Long Yang is a PhD candidate in Translation Studies at Centre for Translation Studies of University of Leeds. His research focuses on discourse analysis in literary translation, especially English translations of some Chinese Avant-garde fictions.

Julia Tanner | University of Leeds

Julia Tanner works on contemporary American ethnographic film and poetry.  She has recently returned from Harvard University where she was a fellow at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies in order to complete her PhD at the University of Leeds’ School of English. Julia’s PhD research focuses on the works of three creative artists who are based at Harvard: the poet Jorie Graham and collaborators at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel. Investigating the aesthetics of the swarm in these artists’ multisensory works, Julia’s doctoral thesis asks how these swarmic encounters can generate a heightened awareness of our own ecological connectedness.

An interdisciplinary scholar from the outset, Julia bases herself firmly in the Environmental Humanities. This enables her to draw together insights from numerous disciplines in order to ask how the artists she is studying create visceral experiences of ecological change that have strong political and ethical implications. 

Sheik Begum | University of Leeds

Sheik Begum completed her BA Honours in English and History Studies at the University of Lincoln. She is currently studying her MA in English Literature at University of Leeds. Sheik’s research interests are primarily in postcolonial literature and diaspora studies but extend to gender and psychological studies.

Harriet Beadnell | University of York

Harriet Beadnell is a second year WRoCAH funded PhD student at the University of York. Her thesis examines the representation and identity of Second World War veterans in Britain since 1945. She is a graduate of the MA in Public History at York. Her other research interests include the collective remembrance of both World Wars and the exploration of the popularity and practice of genealogy.

David Harrison | University of Leeds

David is a current PhD student and WRoCAH award holder at the University of Leeds. His Masters by Research focused on Andalusi-Arabic poetry, and he completed his BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds.

His current research aims to examine the attitudes and experiences of the Liverpool-Yemeni community in relation to notions of ‘Islam as a global diaspora’. He has worked in many school and community-based settings in Liverpool and hopes this ethnographic study of the often overlooked, but long-established and dynamic Liverpool-Yemeni community will be of local and academic relevance. 

Ruth Daly | University of Leeds

Ruth Daly is a PhD candidate in the School of English at University of Leeds. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, feminisms, psychoanalytic theory, and social and political concerns in post-conflict societies.

Hervin Fernández-Aceves | University of Leeds

I am currently a doctoral candidate in the School of History and the Institute for Medieval Studies of the University of Leeds. My interests lie in the intersection of relational sociology, medieval history, and political studies. My current research focuses on the Norman kingdom of Sicily, and the composition and structure of its aristocracies. My doctoral thesis is a study of the Hauteville kings’ relationships with their nobles and functionaries, especially within the context of the territorial leaderships in the Italian mainland counties.