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MemberFabio Andrés Díaz Pabón

I am a researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR), a Research Associate at the Department of Political and International studies at Rhodes University in South Africa and a Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. I work at the intersection between theory and practice, and my research interests are related to politics, conflict,  development and economics from a comparative perspective. In addition to my academic publications, some of my writings have been published by Al Jazeera, Mail & Guardian, Time, The Conversation, Los Angeles Times, among others.

MemberSubhas Yadav

Subhas Yadav is a Hispanist, and has submitted his PhD thesis titled, “Magical Realism: A Select Study of Short Fiction of Garcia Marquez and Uday Prakash” at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad. He was awarded the prestigious ERASMUS MUNDUS doctoral fellowship for a research stay at Universidad de Extremadura, Spain during 2017-2018. He has also studied a Master course (2011-12) in Comparative Literature and Culture at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and holds an integrated BA+MA (2006-11) in Spanish language and literature from JNU, New Delhi. He had presented sixteen papers in national and international conferences and has published in international and national journals and magazines, e.g., IndialogsThe Times Higher EducationTeachers Plus and the like. He had also travelled to Colombia to present a research paper and breath the same air in which García Márquez produced his magical fictions. He aims to extend his research project into a Pan-Global-South enquiry of literary exchange. His general academic interests are Hispanic literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, World Literature, Trans-Pacific studies, Hispanism in Asia, literary translation and Spanish teaching.

MemberJoanne Leow

Joanne Leow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of decolonizing literatures, postcolonial studies, urbanism, ecocriticism, and Asian/Asian North American literatures. She has published on Southeast Asian literature and film, and diasporic North American literature in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Canadian Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature, Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Journal of Asian American Studies. She is currently at work on two major research projects. The first is a book manuscript entitled Unmapping Authoritarianism: Urban Space and Cultural Production in Contemporary Singapore. She is also embarking on a multi-site study of futuristic waterfront developments and speculative cultural texts from Singapore, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Dubai. This second project, which she began during her SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University, is entitled “Water, Sand, Steel, and Glass: Urban Ecologies and Literary Speculations.”

MemberKeith Ruiter

I am an experienced researcher and educator specializing in early medieval northern Europe. My primary research considers issues of law, normativity, and transgression in Viking and Medieval Scandinavian societies and I am passionate about interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to teaching and researching the medieval world. My postdoctoral research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates early Scandinavian customary law and applies methodologies from Indigenous legal studies to better understand and articulate it. I have previously worked as Assistant Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of English, Teaching Assistant in the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Studies, and Guest Researcher at Uppsala University’s Department of History and Stockholm University’s Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age (University of Nottingham) and the Institute for Northern Studies (University of the Highlands and Islands).

MemberStephanie Spoto

Stephanie Spoto is a lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay in the department of Humanities and Communication, teaching literature, feminist theory, and writing. In 2013 she was an International Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study – Sofia.  Her research project is “William Lithgow (1582–1645) and Early Modern Scottish Journeys to Eastern Europe”. Education: Stephanie finished her B.A. in English at the University of California in Irvine in 2006, writing her undergraduate thesis on gender and censorship in Milton’s Paradise Lost. She began her PhD at Edinburgh, and was awarded the Centre for Renaissance Studies Research Grant (2009).  At Edinburgh University, she taught first-year English Literature, and has been a reviewer and Reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Fiction (2010), Biography (2011) and has reviewed for the Forum Postgraduate Journal (2011).  Her dissertation passed with minor corrections, and she graduated in June 2012. She also works as a bookdealer, and enjoys baking cakes and riding her bicycle. Research Interests: Stephanie’s dissertation chronicled the history of European occult philosophy, focusing on Hermeticism and demonology, in order to create a theory of gender within English seventeenth century demonological studies. She is currently working on two research projects:

  • Scottish perceptions of Islam in the seventeenth century
  • A comparative analysis of seeing and recognition in the work of Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Fanon

Her other research interests include anarchism, feminist and queer theory, monstrosity, intersectionality, and teaching methods.

MemberReuben Martens

Reuben Martens is currently a KU Leuven Fellow of the B.A.E.F. at the Department of English at UCLA (2019-2020), a PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), member of the English Literature research group at the Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven and member of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University (as part of a joint PhD agreement). Currently, Reuben is working on his personal PhD-project, “Beyond Petroleum: Reimagining Energy in Contemporary Film and Literature” (2017-2021), which aims to study the cultural representation of alternative energy futures in contemporary Anglophone & European cinema and literature. Exploring the values, narratives, and aesthetics that underscore these alternative futures, this project wants to offer ​valuable insight into newly developing ideas on energy in times of critical climate change and energy insecurity.