Jaimie Johansson joined the Writing the Modern World MA programme at UEA a year after receiving her BA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She will begin her doctoral studies at UEA in October, where she will concentrate on Walter Benjamin's influence on post-millennial literature, most notably David Markson and Teju Cole. She is interested in the overlap between Frankfurt School philosophy and current political discourse and their aesthetic responses. Other areas of interest include the early writings of Ernst Bloch, the development of nationalism(s), xenophobia, and immigration law. She currently resides in Norwich and erstwhile Seattle and Los Angeles.
Danae Karydaki was born and raised in Greece and graduated from National Kapodistrian University of Athens (BA Psychology). In parallel, she developed a passion for psychoanalysis, literature, cultural history and critical theory; thus, upon completion of her studies, she undertook the MA Psychoanalysis, History and Culture at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is now preparing her PhD thesis at Birkbeck, on the (dis)appearance of the Holocaust trauma in post-war British culture. Her current work focuses on how the image of the camp is silenced, represented, displaced, voiced and critiqued in early post-war English language—poetry, drama, psychoanalytic/psychiatric discourse, history.
Seraphima Kennedy is a writer and M.Phil/Ph.D candidate in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is also a Visiting Tutor in Creative Writing. Her practice-based research focuses on contemporary memoir and autobiography, writing the family, adoption memoirs, narratives of origin, perceptions of ethnicity, ‘belonging' and fragmentation. Seraphima is currently writing a paper entitled, ‘Invisible objects and narrative methodologies in Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.'
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Ella Kent is a PhD candidate in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include the dynamics of veracity and fictional representation in comic and animated film, and the impact of co-mixing not only word and image but fictionalised formats and documentary material, and the relative stability of these categories. Ella uses critical responses to the Holocaust and the arts as a basic framework to look at texts with current geopolitical relevance, and is becoming increasingly interested in the ways in fine art and architecture interact with these concerns to expand the expressions of space and time and discuss the impact of linearity and its alternatives in constructing meaning.
Eleni Konidari pursued a BA degree in Greek language and literature and taught Ancient Greek, Latin, History and mediated between her students and poems. Eleni has also worked in adult education, and after starting a Greek language class for asylum seekers, her orientation completely changed and she decided to work in education for socially vulnerable and marginalised groups. Eleni came to England and finished a MA in Adult Literacy at UEA. Her thesis was about the participation of elderly people (a largely neglected part of the population) in adult education programmes in Greece. She is currently doing a PhD about the educational experiences of a minority group in Western Thrace, Greece, examining how nationalism influences educational and social mobility and what meanings these have in the area. Eleni is interested in narrative inquiry and ethnography.
Mona Kriegler is a researcher in art and politics with a focus on political writing through poetic frameworks. Her doctoral project is based on a series of dialogues with artists from Iraq and Iraq Kurdistan investigating how artistic practices deal with the absence of freedom(s) (unfreedoms) while negotiating the plural conditions and contexts of their research, making and display. As part of her research she developed the interdisciplinary project The Autonomy Of Pain which is based on multiple conceptions of brokenness and suture.
Christopher Lloyd is in the final stages of his PhD in the English department at Goldsmiths. His thesis concerns the twenty-first century American South, and looks to rooted instances of cultural memory in the region. Looking to race and history particularly, Rooting Memory, Rooting Place investigates regionalism in various ways across literary, cinematic and photographic texts. A chapter on Hurricane Katrina and the African American biopolitics it illuminated has been accepted for a forthcoming collection on literature ten years after the storm. Christopher has also had an essay on the Southern Gothic accepted for an edited collection and is working on a piece about the photographer Sally Mann.
David Low is a mid-PhD researcher at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, working on the topic of ‘Photography during the Armenian Genocide and Last Years of the Ottoman Empire, 1890-1923'. Broader research interests include the role of mass media within the political sphere in cases of genocide, human rights abuses, exile and forced migration. He has MAs in History of Art from the University of Glasgow and the Courtauld. His research is supported by the AHRC; he was an AHRC research fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and the 2012 Raphael Lemkin scholar at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan, Armenia.