Tzu-yu Lin is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh with Government Scholarship for Study Abroad awarded by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Tzu-yu is currently writing her thesis on the topic of comparing postcolonial diasporic identities in London and Tokyo city. Her research interests include postcolonial literature and languages, comparative literature and translation studies. Tzu-yu holds a BEd in TESOL from National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan). Previously she taught at National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan) after receiving her MA in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Warwick. Tzu-yu was a nominee of European Association of Taiwan Studies 3rd Young Scholar Award and her paper entitled “Hybridities in Metropolitan Diasporic Space: Weng Nao’s Literary Tokyo” will be published soon in the special edition journal of Archive Orientani: Cultural Translation and East Asia.
Justine Seran is a PhD candidate with the English Literature department at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral thesis explores the links between aesthetics and politics in contemporary Indigenous women’s writing of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Wider research interests include postcolonial criticism, Indigenous feminism, as well as international relations and Europe in the Pacific. Justine holds a MRes with Distinction from the Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 and has previously studied in France, Scotland, and Australia. She is particularly interested in comparative studies of national education systems, and very excited by the development of online learning, the use of social media in research, and the flipped classroom.
Kamillea Aghtan works professionally with rare books and manuscripts, and is occasionally recruited as an amateur computer whisperer. Her academic research tends to lie in the intersection of law, literature and critical theory, but she also has a vested interest in discussions around the future of the university in the context of academics, para-academics and (particularly) everything in-between. She has a vague fear of teachers, but is working very hard to overcome it.
Shuangyi Li is a third year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, working on Proust and contemporary Chinese and Franco-Chinese fiction. He was selected as pensionnaire étranger at the École Normale Supérieure (2012-13) and has just enjoyed an exciting year of research in Paris. He is generally interested in European novels and travelling writings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, translation theories as well as theories of cultural transfer. He is currently teaching first year French language and French civilization modules. Shuangyi holds an MA in French and English Literature and an MSc in Comparative Literature from the same institution. He is particularly interested in pedagogies in multicultural, multilingual and cosmopolitan environment.
Kristie Yates is a freelance journalist and photographer. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Media, majoring in Screen and Journalism, Kristie has been pursuing her passion for film, photography, travel and pop culture. She has recently won the Award for Outstanding Journalism and has written for various Australian publications, specialising in entertainment and events, such as The Northern Star newspaper, the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, Brisbane-based Scene Magazine and online blog Creative Drinks. When not exploring foreign lands or checking out the latest shows, gigs, festivals and cinema releases, she is focusing pent up sarcasm and observations into her own script-writing projects.
Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in English Literature and an MScR in Victorian Literature, Lucy Linforth is currently in the first year of her PhD in English Literature. Lucy’s doctoral research places the work of Walter Scott in the context of eighteenth-century literary antiquarianism and Gothic literature, focusing in particular upon Scott’s engagement with the ballad form. Her wider research interests include representations of religion and the supernatural in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. Lucy is an active member of SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century) in the university’s Department of English. She is co-organiser of the interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Reading Group, which aims to bring to discussion texts commonly found on the peripheries of academic courses. Lucy is interested in the encouragement of extramural aspects of teaching and learning, in which interest she is currently co-organising trips to Little Sparta and Abbotsford House for postgraduate students across departments of the school of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
Kate Dunn is first year PhD Candidate and Tutor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral thesis examines poetry as testimony in the writing of Alicia Partnoy, a writer, activist, academic and survivor of human rights violations during the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina. Further to her current focus on Argentine poetry, Kate’s research interests include Latin American literature, Latina/o Studies, resistance writing, testimonio, exile, human rights and feminism. Kate holds an MA (Hons) in German and Spanish and an MLitt in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of St Andrews. She co-organises the postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminars at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. Kate is in the process of setting up a CineClub, which from September will provide free weekly showings of Latin American and Spanish films, with a view to encouraging students to learn about the politics, history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. In January, Kate started tutoring for the first time and quickly became aware of the need to foster a supportive atmosphere in the classroom, promoting equality, inclusion, participation and critical thinking.
Simon Trub is a first-year PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on epic poetry after the Second World War and investigates questions of form, ethics and politics in these works. Additionally, Simon is interested in twentieth-century continental philosophy and Literary Theory. He holds an MA (Hons) in English Literature and an MSc by Research in Critical Theory from the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Edinburgh, Simon studied English Linguistics and Literature with minor subjects Philosophy and German Literature at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Simon is interested in the possibilities and difficulties of reconciling a career in academia with a healthy private life and, among others, with having a family. Moreover, in the light of the changes that affected academia over the last years, Simon is particularly interested in the future of degree courses in the Arts and Humanities.