Postgraduates

Jade Douglas

PhD Student in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

My project uses minority German-language literature to explore the circulation of (traumatic) memories in Germany today. Using work by Turkish-German and Russian-Jewish-German authors , I argue that supposedly ‘transnational’ or ‘global’ tropes of memory serve to obscure the articulation of other traumatic European memories with their origins outside of Germany. I focus on the ‘human’ emotional/affective nature of personal memory in the hope of theorising a more inclusive conception of how the Self and Other can use (traumatic) memories in order to relate to one another across boundaries.

Ian Ellison

PhD Student in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

My PhD research examines melancholy aesthetics alongside traits of transnational and cosmopolitan memory in contemporary European novels by W. G. Sebald, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Patrick Modiano. My project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and forms part of Professor Stuart Taberner‘s project on ‘Traumatic Pasts, Comsopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literature’. I am a member of the organizational committee for the National Postgraduate Colloquium for German Studies and from 2015 to 2016, I worked on creating resources for the new A Level syllabus through an Arts Educational Engagement internship.

Rebecca Macklin

PhD Student in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

My research takes a comparative approach to cultural memory in postcolonial literature. I am interested in the relationship between trauma, memory and identity in contemporary Indigenous North American and South African fiction. My research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and I am associated with Prof Taberner’s Major Research Project “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literatures”.

Dominic O’Key

PhD Student in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

My research examines creaturely forms in contemporary literature and theory. My PhD is fully funded by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies’ Doctoral College of the Arts. I mentor first year undergraduates on the English and Comparative Literature degree programme. I am co-convener of the School of English’s Creaturely Life reading group and will direct the interdisciplinary critical theory group, Quilting Points, in 2016/17.