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An alumnus of Presidency University and Jadavpur University, India, I am a third year PhD student at University of Pittsburgh, USA. I work at the intersections of Postcolonial Studies and Environmental Humanities with an emphasis on the Indian Ocean. My current research on the poetics and politics of water in the Global South takes on two key questions: How does ‘postcolonial Anthropocene” reframe the notion of critique? How is critique related to forms of world-making? I ruminate on these questions grounding my inquiry in archipelagoes and contemporary urban histories in South Asia and East Africa. My engagement with modes of critique in the arts and the different forms that it might take : archival research, fieldwork, “critical fabulation” animate my methodology and public scholarship. As a columnist of Inside Higher Ed and contributor for Environmental History Now, I have written on a diverse range of topics including pedagogy, being an international student in the US, archives and water in place-based research.
Julia Ditter is a PhD candidate in English literature at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK). She holds an M.A. in British and North American Cultural Studies from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Her research interests include British, Irish and Scottish literatures, cultural studies, border studies, animal studies, mobility studies and ecocriticism. Her current project focuses on the different forms in which borders and the environment are articulated in Scottish literature from the nineteenth century onwards.
Dissertation Topic (in progress): Borders and Environment in the Scottish Literary Imagination (1800-)
Daniel Finch-Race researches creative representations of environmental change in French and Italian culture since the mid-1800s. His doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focussed on ecocritical approaches to Charles Baudelaire’s urban poetry of 1857-61. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, he held teaching fellowships at the University of Southampton and Durham University, an Environmental Humanities Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Bristol. His current project blends the environmental and medical humanities to address physical and emotional aspects of pollution in France and Italy around the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Postdoctoral Research Topic: ‘Enviro-Medical Approaches to the Industrial Revolution in France and Italy’
Milo Harries is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, writing on theatre and participation in the context of the climate crisis. Current research interests include: community theatre with/after Covid-19; local theatres, terrestriality and the Critical Zone; theatre ethics and aesthetics; theatre as denial; theatre for change; games and play. Milo is also an opera singer, holding an MPerf from the Royal College of Music, and most recently appearing in the role of Domenico in Silent City, part of Matera 2019.
Katherine (Kate) Huber is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Oregon (UO). Kate specializes in twentieth-century Irish and British literature and ecocriticism, with interests in transatlantic African and Caribbean anglophone and Dutch literature and postcolonial studies. Kate teaches environmentally themed composition and literature courses. She also co-facilitates the UO’s longstanding ecocritical reading group, Mesa Verde. Read more about Kate’s teaching, research, and public writing at katehuber.org.
Abdelhafid Jabri is a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Letters, Humanities and Arts at Mohammed First University, Oujda, Morocco. His research interests centre on moral and environmental philosophy in fiction but also on their applications in higher education. Jabri is also an emerging writer of flash poetry and fiction, a member of EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment), a reviewer for the journal of Ecohumanism, and a participant in the 2021 virtual exchange program between his university and the University of East Carolina. Some of his scholarly and creative works were published in Moroccan, British, and American journals.
Katharina Maria Kalinowski
Katharina Maria Kalinowski is a bilingual poet and EUmanities fellow at the Universities of Cologne and Kent. Her creative-critical PhD project focuses on ecopoetics, the Anthropocene, and expanded forms of translation. Her publications include Magma, Epizootics, and the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.
Dissertation Topic (in progress): Trans-lating Nature: An Investigation into the Multiplicity of Languages in Ecopoetry
Alkisti Kallinikou is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. She found her true calling after spending some time in the corporate world, following which she returned in academia to receive a BA in English from the University of London and an MA in Creative Writing from the Hellenic Open University.
Her research interests include environmental humanities, ecocriticism, deep ecology, blue humanities/islands, ecogothic, fantasy, transcendentalism, and nonfiction (nature) writing.
Her PhD research focuses on the interaction of human and environment in the construction of solitary characters identities. Investigating the interplay between human, Nature and place, she aims to challenge the dominance of anthropocentrism and support the creation of an “environmental self”.
Dissertation working title: Being & Belonging: Exploring environmental identities in contemporary fantasy literature
Alkisti is also a composer, writer, and translator.
Hannah Klaubert is a doctoral student based at Stockholm University and the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. Hannah holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin and an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam.
Her research focuses on fiction from the last three decades dealing with nuclear accidents and disasters. Through an (eco)narratological analysis of the aesthetic forms and strategies employed in literature and film, she aims to understand how the imperceptible threat of radiation and its impact on the human and non-human world are negotiated.
Benjamin Klein holds an MPhil in Environmental Humanities from the University of Cape Town and an MA in English from the University of Leeds. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the English faculty at the University of Cambridge, where he is completing a dissertation on environmental justice in modern South African literature. His research interests lie in the intersections between environmental criticism and postcolonial thought, with a broad concern for literary engagements with the nonhuman world across varying historical, cultural and geographical contexts in the Global South. He has published ecocritical work in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry and Oxford Research in English.
Dissertation Topic (in progress): South African Literature and Environmental Justice
Melina Lieb is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/Germersheim, Germany. Her research focus is on 21st-century British Nature Writing, ecocriticism and ecopoetry. In her dissertation she considers the role of the “common” in this field of literature, including aspects such as the everyday, the ordinary and the familiar as well as the shared and the political. Melina also writes her own prose and poetry inspired by the natural world, both in English and German.
Elizabeth MacAfee is a PhD candidate in Society, Development and Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Elizabeth has a master’s degree in International Environmental Studies from NMBU and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Puget Sound. The topic of Elizabeth’s dissertation is drinking water quality governance and planning in Kaolack, Senegal. She is interested in the ethical aspects of drinking water quality governance and frames her thesis using concepts from Deleuze and Guattari’s assemblage theory. Elizabeth is also a member of a speculative fiction book club in her free time. She read all three books referenced in this post with the book club and the ideas presented here grew out of those discussions.
Annemarie Mönch is a PhD candidate at the Chair of English Literature at the University of Erfurt, where she was awarded a dissertation scholarship. In her doctoral project, she focusses on queer and queering nature writing(s) in Algernon Blackwood’s (1869-1951) speculative fiction, particularly on the emergence of the vegetal within the narratives – articulated by sounds and smells – as sensually entangling human and nonhuman. She reads Blackwood’s texts as imagining possibilities of plant-human intimacies that not only overcome species borders but also dehumanise notions of love and desire. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Ecocriticism and Queer Theory, the EcoGothic and Feminist Theory.
Dissertation Topic (in progress): Nature’s Queer Articulations: Ecophilia in Algernon Blackwood’s Nature Writings
Supervisor: Kai Merten, Professor of English Literature, Chair of English Literary Studies, University of Erfurt
Lena Pfeifer is a PhD candidate at the department for American Studies and the Graduate School of the Humanities at Würzburg University. She holds an MA in English and American literature and culture with a minor in philosophy from Heidelberg University and a BA from the University of Siegen. During her studies, she spent one semester at University College Cork, Ireland, and was a short-term visiting researcher at King’s College, Cambridge. Lena’s research interests are rooted in the Environmental Humanities and include fictional and non-fictional environmental writing of the 20th and 21st centuries, narratives of the Anthropocene, political theory, and environmental ethics. With a number of other young researchers, she has recently co-edited a small volume with the title Literaturtheorie nach 2001 (Matthes & Seitz, 2020), in which she has co-authored texts on ‘environment,’ ‘form’, and ‘surface’ literary theory.
Dissertation topic (in progress): “The Ethics of ‘Nature’ and ‘Environment’ in the Discourse of the Anthropocene since the 1980s” (supervised by Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf)
Stefano Rozzoni is a PhD Candidate in “Transcultural Studies in Humanities” at the University of Bergamo, Italy, in cotutelle with Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany, where he is a member of the International PhD Programme “Literary and Cultural Studies”, and an affiliate member of the European doctoral program PhdNet. He is also a member of the Research Group “Oikos. Ecology and the Study of Culture” at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Gießen. His research interests focus on Ecocriticism, Posthuman Studies, English Modernism, Virginia Woolf, and pastoral poetry.
His dissertation project proposes an ecocritical reading of English Georgian pastoral poetry (1911-1926) for a critical reevaluation of this trend.
Rosanne van der Voet
Rosanne van der Voet is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield. She has a background in European Culture and Literature (BA University of Amsterdam) and Literature, Landscape and Environment (MA Bath Spa University). Among other things, she is interested in material ecocriticism and creative practice, representations of sea and coast in contemporary literature, and development of new writing styles in response to the environmental crisis.
Her PhD project explores what kinds of stories can make the environmental crisis of the oceans tangible, with a particular focus on the coast of South-Holland.
Paula Wieczorek (M.A.) is a PhD candidate and an academic teacher at the University of Rzeszów, Poland. Her particular fields of interest include posthumanism, ecocriticism, material feminism and contemporary North American literature. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on speculative fiction of selected North American Indigenous writers. In her research, she examines the relationship between human and non-human as illustrated in contemporary American fiction. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).
Nikoleta Zampaki is a PhD Candidate of Modern Greek Philology at the Faculty of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, a Distinguished Fellow in Ethics and AI at MIT in the US, and a Junior Fellow at CIIS at the Universität Tübingen in Germany. She attended courses at the Harvard Extension School, Stanford University, Oxford University, and others. Her research areas are in Comparative Literature, Environmental Humanities, posthumanism, literary theory and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. She is the editor of and reviews for several international journals, and she a current member of ASLE, The International Merleau-Ponty Circle, the International Ecolinguistics Association, BCLA, the Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock University in Canada, and the Environmental Humanities Network at Warwick. She has participated in many conferences, working in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Turkish in addition to Greek. You can contact her at [email protected].
Dissertation Topic (in progress): The “biocosmic perception” of the “Poet”: Nature and body in Walt Whitman’s and Angelos Sikelianos’ works. Interpretative and comparative approach
Supervisor: Dimitris Angelatos, Professor of Modern Greek Literature and Theories of Literature, Department of Philology, NKUA, Greece