Charlotte Armstrong| University of York

Charlotte Armstrong is in the third year of her PhD in the Department of Music at the University of York. Her thesis explores early-twentieth-century discourses of disability, disease, and degeneration, and their relationship to Franz Schreker’s ‘Die Gezeichneten’ (1918) and Zemlinsky’s ‘Der Zwerg’ (1921), with a particular focus on the representation of physical disability in these operas.

Ian Ellison| University of Leeds

Ian Ellison is a DAAD Visiting Scholar at the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt for the academic year 2017–18 and a PhD candidate at the School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies at the University of Leeds. He holds an MPhil in European Literature from the University of Bristol, as well as a BA in Modern European Languages from the University of Liverpool. A former secondary school teacher of modern foreign languages, Ian has also taught modules on German literature and film, as well as comparative literature, at the University of Leeds. His research examines late melancholy aesthetics and cosmopolitan narrators in European literature published around the turn of the millennium.

David Gould| University of Leeds

David Gould received his BA (Hons) from the University of Brighton in 2016 studying Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics. He completed his MA in Cultural and Critical Theory at the University of Leeds in 2017. His MA dissertation, titled Out Come the Wolves: On the Need to Destroy Nature, examined the historical emergence of nature. The Yorkshire Dales, for example, are known as an area of natural beauty, but for the most part they are the play grounds of the rich maintained through countless hours of human labour and manipulation. The image of nature so proudly defended by the British public is distinctly man-made, bourgeois, and an environmental disaster. With this in mind, Gould draws from Benjaminian and Adornian philosophy to argue that the only viable environmental approach is to destroy nature.

Other current research projects include the obscure representation of animal death in film, the idea that the philosophy of Walter Benjamin offers a radically materialist notion of language, and the contentious notion of class-struggle as the “return of the repressed” in contemporary politics.

James Lewis

James Lewis| University of Sheffield

James, 26 and a half, is a student in the philosophy department at Sheffield.

Miriam Magro

Miriam Magro| University of Sheffield

Miriam Magro holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in Drama, both from the University of Manchester. She also holds a first degree in Music and Theatre Studies, and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Malta. Miriam is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English Studies from the University of Sheffield. She has worked both as a Visiting Lecture at the University of Malta, taught Drama and Cultural studies at Sixth Form College in Malta, and served as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester. Her primary research interests are in the fields of critical and cultural theory, early and contemporary modern literature, and women dramatists.

Dominic O’Key| University of Leeds

Dominic O’Key is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds. His research project explores the concept of the “creaturely” in novels by W. G. Sebald, J. M. Coetzee and Mahasweta Devi. Dominic is an editor of the cultural studies and critical theory journal, parallax, and a contributor to online magazines such as 3:AM Magazine and Berfrois.

Jorge Sarasola| University of Sheffield

Jorge is Uruguayan but completed his undergraduate studies at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. After working as an Assistant Lecturer at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay for a year, he enrolled in an MA Erasmus Mundus ‘Crossways in Cultural Narratives’, which took him to the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, University of Sheffield and Università di Bergamo. His PhD thesis in Hispanic Studies is on contemporary historical novels from Uruguay and Argentina which engage with slavery in the region. He is also interested in gender dynamics in the Post-Boom Latin American novel, the cognitive value of art, the oeuvre of Mario Vargas Llosa and the representation of Latin Americans in contemporary TV shows from the United States.

Georgia Walton| University of Leeds

Georgia Walton is in the first year of her PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research examines the formal and political legacy of nineteenth century Transcendentalism in contemporary American fiction, memoir and poetry. Prior to this she completed her BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds and the Freie Universität in Berlin, and her MLitt in Victorian Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her interests lie in the continuing political, ethical and literary relevance of transatlantic Romanticism and nineteenth century aesthetics in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.