Early Career Researchers’ Forum

Penny Andrews

Penny Andrews is an activist, writer, performer (Radio 4, Glastonbury), musician (Radio 1, Latitude, Wireless), producer and gadget freak. She currently works as the Library Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her interests include Open Access, repositories, accessibility, interoperability, digital libraries, human-computer interaction, Research Data Management and information seeking behaviour. She is a Library Camp organiser, National Autistic Society Ambassador and cerebral palsy sprinter.

Website: http://www.pennybinary.com

Twitter: @pennyb


Joëlle Bitton is a new media artist and a human-computer interaction researcher, currently enrolled as a doctor of design student at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She looks at the mediation of technologies in human relationships and their potential social impact, recently at Culture Lab, Newcastle University and previously at MIT Media Lab Europe in Dublin. Her current research looks at the increasing accessibility of digital fabrication processes announced as the next revolution of everyday uses of technology. She studies what the fabrication of objects allows for individuals or communities to imagine and to conceive.

Website: http://joelle.superficiel.org

Twitter: @msvarjak

Alistair Brown

Alistair Brown is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, teaching courses on the arts and literature, and a Postdoctoral Teaching Assistant in English at Durham University, where he also edits the research impact and dissemination blog Research in English At Durham. He has recently completed a distance-learning textbook on Topics in Modernism for the Singapore Institute of Management University, and is currently preparing a monograph on Reading Games: Computer Games and the Limits of Literature. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as game studies, postmodern literature, and science fiction. His current research and publications list can be found at http://www.thepequod.org.uk/.

Website: http://www.thepequod.org.uk/

Twitter: @alibrown18

Michael Collins

Michael J. Collins is a Lecturer in American Literature in The School of English at the University of Kent. He completed his PhD in American Studies at The University of Nottingham in 2010 with a thesis entitled “A Multitude of Gaudy Appearances: Ritual, Performance and the Nineteenth-Century-American Short Story”. Following this he held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship for which he looked at the relationship between the emergence of ethnography and realist fiction in Gilded Age America. His work has appeared in a range of publications including Journal of American Studies, Comparative American Studies, Symbiosis and online in the Open Access journal Alluvium. He serves as member of the Executive Committee of The British Association for American Studies and has also worked for charities on issues of Widening Participation in Higher Education and campaigns for voting reform.

Website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/people/profiles/mcollins.html

Twitter: @collinsactually

Elizabeth English

Elizabeth English is a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests lie in twentieth-century women’s writing, with a special interest in lesbian modernism and early twentieth-century popular culture. She is in the process of completing her first monograph, Lesbian Modernism and Genre: Sexuality, Censorship, and Popular Fiction, and has forthcoming chapters on Katharine Burdekin and utopian lesbian modernism and the queer pastoral in the work of Alan Hollinghurst in Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century, ed. Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell (Palgrave, 2013), and Sex and Sensibility in the Novels of Alan Hollinghurst, ed. Mark Mathuray, (Palgrave, 2013). She is currently collaborating on an international conference on the subject of Lesbian Modernism provisionally scheduled for 2014. Elizabeth is additionally interested in exploring innovative pedagogic practice and has published on the subject in English in Education.

Website: http://royalholloway.academia.edu/ElizabethEnglish

Niall Flynn

Niall Flynn is PhD Candidate in Lincoln School of Film & Media, University of Lincoln. His research brings media-ecological perspectives to bear on the theme of interdisciplinarity. Media-ecological thinking stresses the dynamism, materiality, and entanglements of mediation; it is concerned with processes rather than objects. What these perspectives can contribute to the debate on interdisciplinarity relates to their methodological insights: as a pre-methodical sensibility, which emphasises reflexive and transverse thinking, media ecologies enable heuristic forms of research. In the face of disciplinary crisis, media-ecological research is characterised by speculation, empowerment, and emergence, and is not bound to traditional disciplinary limitations. It imagines a politics of the future. Other research interests include subtitling and film experience. His writing has appeared in Alphaville, The Conversation and London School of Economics Review of Books.

Twitter: @rifacciamolo

Michael John Goodman Michael John Goodman is a PhD candidate and Tutor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Cardiff University. His thesis, which  is entitled ‘Illustrating Shakespeare, Text, Image and the Digital Archive’, aims to analyse and apply digital technology as a way of deconstructing the traditional binaries that have existed between theory and practice, textual and digital, word and image and past and present. By creating a digital archive of the illustrations that appeared in Victorian editions of the Works of William Shakespeare he hopes to demonstrate how digital technology can help us to better understand textual and visual culture and how visual culture can, in turn, help us to understand the digital. Recently, with colleagues from Durham and Edinburgh University’s, he has been successful in winning funding from the AHRC to develop a series of collaborative workshops under the title 'Forms of Innovation'.  A strong believer in the power of creativity to explore research questions and pedagogical techniques, he argues that Open-Access provides both students and teachers with an unprecedented opportunity to re-imagine education. 
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Sam Hall is a postgraduate student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). He currently interns at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, where he is assisting the transition to an open access publishing model. This is going to constitute the main body of Sam's MA dissertation where he wishes to contextualise IGOs general implementation of open access. Previously Sam interned for JISC Collections where he drafted the initial outline for the guide to Creative Commons licensing for authors of HSS monographs.

Twitter: @samjohnhall

Claire Irving

Claire Irving is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University, supervised by Dr James Procter and supported by an AHRC studentship award. Her research project focusses on Caribbean literary magazines published in the early twentieth century. This work uncovers these titles and resituates them within the cultural milieu and scholarly debates, with a particular focus on the magazine as a specific print form. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, print culture, gender and the short story. She is the lead organiser of a AHRC collaborative skills award project Postcolonial Studies in the Public Sphere and sits on the AHRC’s Research Careers and Training Advisory group.

Website: http://newcastle.academia.edu/ClaireIrving

Twitter: @Claire_C_Irving


Annie Johnson is a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at Lehigh University. At Lehigh, she collaborates with faculty and students on a variety of digital humanities projects and acts as an advocate for the University’s institutional repository, Lehigh Preserve. She completed her PhD in history in 2014 at the University of Southern California. Her research is focused on the cultural history of knowledge and information in nineteenth-century America. She is currently working on creating a digital database related to the New York publisher D. Appleton & Co. She is also a community representative for the Digital Public Library of America. Annie is passionate about digital scholarly publishing and open access in the humanities.

Website: http://www.anniekjohnson.com
Twitter: @anniekjohn

Anmol Kalsi Anmol Kalsi is a Doctoral candidate in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. His research interests centre around the nature of discourse in the media, and the role of the mass media in shaping the parameters of debate on issues such as the 'war on terror,' state surveillance, and civil liberties. He currently teaches courses on Knowledge Management and the Information Society.
Kaja Marczewska

Kaja Marczewska is a PhD candidate and tutor at the Department of English Studies, Durham University, UK. Supervised by Professor Patricia Waugh and supported by the Von Hugel scholarship and Durham Doctoral Studentship her research project focuses on the understanding of 21st century notions of originality, creativity and authorship. Her work is interdisciplinary and relies heavily on literary theory and philosophy as well as critical legal studies and Intellectual Property Law. Kaja is one of the leads on a currently developing Forms of Innovation project, addressing questions of the intersection of current research in humanities and new technologies. The initiative has been awarded an AHRC Doctoral Collaborative Skills Award and is run in partnership with universities of Edinburgh, Cardiff, DMU Leicester and King’s College London.

Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/english.studies/research/researchstudents/?id=9115

Twitter: @kajamarczewska

Sarah Van Horn Melton

Sarah Melton is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Her research examines public histories of South African apartheid resistance and the U.S. civil rights movement. As a digital humanities practitioner, Sarah is interested in digital publishing and open advocacy movements. She is the on the editorial staff of the open access journal Southern Spaces, a journal about the regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections. In addition, Sarah is a managing editor of the Atlanta Studies Network, an open access, digital publication and resource hub for research about the city of Atlanta. She is also the community and advocacy coordinator for the Open Access Button, a mapping project that visualizes the global effects of research paywalls.

Website: http://sarahvmelton.com/

Twitter: @svmelton

Ana Mendes

Ana Cristina Mendes has been a researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (CEAUL/ULICES) since 2005. Her areas of specialization are postcolonial and migration studies, with an emphasis on the cultural industries and exchanges in the global cultural marketplace. She has recently been pursuing research in the subfields of poverty studies, visual arts, cinemas and literatures of the Asian emerging economies, “hard” and “soft” borders, European citizenship, human trafficking, and movement control. Her publications include the co-edited book Re-Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics (Routledge, 2011), the edited collection Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2012), and articles published in Third Text and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. A monograph based on her doctoral research is currently in press and will be published as Salman Rushdie in the Cultural Marketplace (Ashgate). She is currently editing a special issue of the journal Transnational Cinemas, “Walls and fortresses: borderscapes and archipelagos of exception in the cinematic imaginary,” forthcoming in 2015.

Website: http://www.ulices.org/english-culture/ana-cristina-mendes.html

Twitter: @anafmendes1

Nadine Muller

Nadine Muller is a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. She gained her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Hull six months prior to joining LJMU in August 2012. Nadine’s research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, feminist theory and practice, and cultural histories of women and gender from the nineteenth century through to the present day. She is working on two monograph projects: one on The Feminist Politics of Neo-Victorian Fiction, 2000-2010, the other on The Widow in British Literature and Culture, 1850-2000. Nadine is a Journal of Gender Studies editorial board member, co-editor of Women and Belief, 1852-1928 (Routledge, 2012) and of Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Palgrave, 2013). She is also a former executive committee member of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA UK & Ireland), and now sits on the executive committee of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA). Nadine has a particular interest in postgraduate and early-career development and runs The New Academic, a project that collates essential advice for PGRs and ECRs.

Website: www.nadinemuller.org.uk

Twitter: @Nadine_Muller

Emily Ridge

Emily Ridge completed a PhD in the Department of English Studies at Durham University in 2012 and currently works as an Associate Tutor. Her thesis concerned the intersecting practices and aesthetics of movement and carriage through an examination of luggage imagery in modernist literature and she has recently commenced a new research project on the subject of late modernist representations of hospitality. She has published in Kaleidescope and Textual Practice and has further articles forthcoming in Katherine Mansfield Studies, Modernism/Modernity and Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. She is a committee member of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/english.studies/research/researchstudents/?id=8194

Scott St. Louis

Scott Richard St. Louis studies history with a double minor in political science and French in the Frederik Meijer Honors College of Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He serves on the North American Coordinating Committee of the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), an alliance of undergraduate and graduate student organizations representing approximately seven million people on six continents in the effort to create a more open system of scholarly communication through advocacy and education. He also serves as an intern for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), a position through which he is currently developing an outreach strategy for increasing North American undergraduate student government engagement with R2RC. Following graduation from GVSU, Scott seeks to enter an ALA-accredited graduate program that will enable him to build a career at the intersection of his two great academic passions: history and scholarly communication. He considers his involvement with the OLH Early Career Researchers’ Forum as an opportunity to build the essential foundations for such a career.

Website: http://linkd.in/1yZXPvS 

Twitter: @ScottRStLouis

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Adam Stock is Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. He graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a thesis entitled ‘Mid-Twentieth Century Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought.’ He has written for open access journals including Alluvium and Kaleidoscope, and has a chapter in the edited collection Orwell Today, ed. Richard Lance Keeble (Abramis, 2012). He is currently working a number of projects seeded from his PhD, as well as a new collaborative research project exploring the inter-relations between science fiction and visual art in the digital age.

Website: http://durham.academia.edu/adamstock

Twitter: @sztockmann

Nathan Waddell Nathan Waddell is a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Modernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920 (Palgrave, 2012) and Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). He is a co-editor of, and contributor to, several collections of essays, including: Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate, 2011); Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2013); and John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). He has published articles and essays on Buchan, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Lewis, and Evelyn Waugh. At present he is co-editing, for Edinburgh University Press, Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide, and working on several projects revolving around a long-term study of links between literary modernism, politics, and classical music. He is the Secretary and Treasurer of The Wyndham Lewis Society, and Assistant Editor of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.

Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/English/People/nathan.waddell and http://drnjwaddell.wordpress.com/ 

Twitter: @drnjwaddell

Caroline Walters

Caroline Walters is a Visiting Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University. She is the Gender and Sexuality Field Editor of Dissertation Reviews that writes friendly, non-critical reviews of recent PhDs. She is currently working on her first monograph, which is adapted from her 2012 dissertation, entitled Discourses of Heterosexual Female Masochism and Submission from the 1880s to the Present Day (University of Exeter, supervised by Professor Lisa Downing). She is the contributing co-editor of Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (in preparation) and a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sexualities on "Theorising Fat Sexuality" (forthcoming). She has organised several conferences (“Bisexuality and Mental Health” in Bradford, UK 2012; “Public Engagement in Gender and Sexuality Studies” in Newcastle, UK 2011; “Forgotten Bodies” in Exeter, UK 2010).  Broadly her research focuses upon the intersection between cultural (e.g. literary, filmic, and digital), theoretical and scientific texts as they formulate discourses of sexuality, particularly in its “non-normative” forms, mental health and “fat” bodies. 

Website: http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/2128

Twitter: @DrCJWalters