MemberM Selim Yavuz

…PhD Musicology – Leeds Beckett University, 2018
MMus Ethnomusicology – Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015
MA Historical Musicology – Istanbul Technical University, Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, 2014
BSc Computer Science and Engineering – Sabanci University, 2012…

I earned a PhD degree in Musicology/Sociology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught “Composition Techniques in 20th century”, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition”, “Introduction to Sociology”, and “Social Thought in Movies” at various institutions and departments. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background. My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland’s religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. My research interests include extreme metal cultures, gaming cultures, and sociology of scientific knowledge among others.

MemberHannah Spruce

…PhD in English (2017 – )
University of Leicester
Supervised by Prof. Martin Halliwell and Dr. Zalfa Feghali
Thesis: ‘Destabilising the Psychopath Narrative through US and Canadian Women’s Writing’
Studentship: Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
MA in English: Contemporary Literatures (2014 – 2015)
Leeds Beckett University
Dissertation: ‘Aging in the Late Short Stories of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro’.
BA in English Literature (2011 – 2014)
Leeds Metropolitan University
First Class with Honors
Dissertation: ‘Gender and Genre in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative Fiction’….

MemberMurat Öğütcü

Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü completed his primary and secondary education in Augsburg, Germany. He received his BA degree from the Department of English Language and Literature at Gaziantep University, Turkey, in 2008. He received his PhD degree with his dissertation entitled “Shakespeare’s Satirical Representation of the Elizabethan Court and the Nobility in His English History Plays” from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, in 2016. From August 2012 to January 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, from 2011 until 2016. He is currently the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Munzur University, Turkey. He has presented several papers at conferences and has written book chapters and articles on his research interests that include Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare and Cultural Studies. His recent works include “Elizabethan Audience Gaze at History Plays: Liminal Time and Space in Shakespeare’s Richard II”, “Public Execution and Justice On/Off the Elizabethan Stage”, “Shakespeare in Animation”, “Early Modern English Historiography: Providentialism versus New History”, “Comedy and Fun: Is Shakespeare Funny?”, “A Tale of Two Nations: Scotland and England: Chaucer, Henryson, Shakespeare, Troilus and Criseyde”, and “The ‘Gothic’ in Hamlet.”          

MemberMichael Palmese

Michael Palmese is a visiting lecturer in music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and earned his PhD in musicology at Louisiana State University with a minor in comparative literature. His primary research interests encompass music and art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly minimalism and postminimalism, Samuel Beckett, and the intersections between music and politics. Michael is currently engaged in archival research devoted to exploring the development of postwar American musical culture through studies of underground newspapers. He is also writing a book chapter for a forthcoming edited collection that examines Samuel Beckett’s style of musical criticism in his personal correspondence (Classiques Garnier, 2021).

MemberEmma Herbert-Davies

I am currently completing an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate dissertation explored how horses were used in manuscript art to reflect the status and gender of their riders. My master’s dissertation carries on the equine theme through a study of violence and injury to horses in medieval tournaments. I will begin my PhD in September and my thesis will be based on researching the equestrian equipment used in tournaments and warfare, with a focus on horse armour. My supervisors will be Dr Alan Murray (University of Leeds) and Dr Karen Watts (Royal Armouries, Leeds). I have ridden, trained and competed horses for most of my life and also have a keen interest in numismatics, having spent much of my undergraduate time cataloging and digitising the University of Leeds coin collections (@winchestercoins).  


Sam Slote is Associate Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. His most recent book is Joyce’s Nietzschean Ethics (2013). He is the director of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies and is the founding co-director of the Samuel Beckett Summer School. In addition to Joyce and Beckett, he has written on Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Queneau, Dante, Mallarmé, and Elvis.