MemberJonathan Godsall

I am primarily a musicologist, with overlapping research interests in music and screen media, musical borrowing and intertextuality, and musical reception. I also perform as a drummer and percussionist in various contexts. My PhD was awarded by the University of Bristol in 2014. My research on screen-music topics is published and forthcoming in journals and edited books, as well as in my monograph, Reeled In: Pre-existing Music in Narrative Film (Routledge, 2019). In 2020, I co-organized the conference ‘Hidden Figures of Screen Music and Sound’. I have taught music at City (University of London), Keele University, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth University, the Royal College of Music, Royal Holloway (University of London), the University of Bristol, and the University of Cambridge. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

MemberElspeth Van Veeren

…I completed my PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol (2011) and since then I have been an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex (2011-2013), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory at the University of Copenhagen (2013), and a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Security Studies at York University in Toronto (2013-2014). With Dr. Lucy Easthope (Lincoln) I completed an ESRC-funded project on forensic science and post-Cold War security discourses. Before academia, I worked in research laboratories as a research assistant, served as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve (full and part-time), and worked for Bristol City Council as a Civil C…

I am a Lecturer in Political Science in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol and a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Bristol Watershed. My published work has appeared in a range of edited volumes and peer-reviewed academic journals including New Political Science, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, and the Journal of War and Culture Studies.

MemberDominique Gracia

I recently completed my doctoral work at the University of Exeter, using a Kittlerian perspective to focus on the treatment of art-objects in fin-de-siècle texts by Michael Field, Vernon Lee, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde: Encounters with art-objects in discourse network 1890. I am the UK Administrative Director for NAVSA’s Central Online Victorian Educator (COVE) project, as well as an editor at HARTS&Minds, an interdisciplinary journal based at the University of Bristol.

MemberAdam C Schembri

Adam Schembri is Reader in Linguistics in the Department of English Language & Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK. He completed a PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney in 2002, worked at the University of Bristol 2000-2002, at the University of Newcastle (Australia) 2003-2005, and at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London during 2006-2010, where he initiated the British Sign Language Corpus Project ( His research and teaching experience has encompassed a number of areas in sign language linguistics, including work on aspects of the lexicon, grammar and sociolinguistics of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and British Sign Language. He is the co-author (with Trevor Johnston) of ‘Australian Sign Language (Auslan): An introduction to sign language linguistics’, and co-editor with Ceil Lucas of ‘Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities’, both published by Cambridge University Press.

MemberAmy Coker

…University of Bristol/Cheltenham Ladies' College…

Amy Coker has over the last decade held positions in Classics and Ancient History in the UK at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, including a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2013-2016) for a project on Greek sexual and scatological vocabulary and ancient offensive language. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol (2018-) and teacher of Classics at Cheltenham Ladies College (2018-). She has published work in the fields of historical linguistics, pragmatics and classics, most recently on the treatment of obscene language in the most well-known lexicon of Ancient Greek, Liddell and Scott, and on a filthy joke told by Cleopatra involving a ladle. She is a keen supporter of outreach and public engagement, and has worked with the UK charity Classics for All running projects to bring Latin and Greek teaching to schools which have no tradition of teaching these subjects. [May 2020: I’m in the process of uploading publications – email/message if you need anything (amy.coker [at]]

MemberDr Jen Baker


Tales of Terror: Gothic, Horror, and Weird Short Story, University of Warwick in 21-22 March 2019.
In June 2018 I co-organised an Early Careers Event for Victorianists, held at the University of Warwick, in association with BAVS
Postgraduate Summer Sessions. University of Bristol (2014) A colleague and I co-ran sessions for English PGRs to practice conference papers, and talks from department lecturers on academic careers.
Postgraduate Alternative Academia Sessions. University of Bristol (2014-15) A colleague and I co-organised talks for the Arts and Humanities PGRS by academics who had gone into “alternative” academic careers (publishing, public engagement, etc).
I organised the conference “Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous …
…PhD in English Literature, University of Bristol (2012-2016),
Thesis: Raising Revenants: Spectrality, Embodiment, and the Monstrous Child 1830-1914
Primary Supervisor: Prof. David Punter; Secondary: Dr Samantha Matthews
External Examiner: Professor Andrew Smith (Sheffield)

MA The Child: Literature, Language and History, University of Gloucestershire (2008 – 2010) Merit.
Dissertation: ‘The Disappearance of the Child in Contemporary Fiction’

BA (hons) English Literature with History, University of Gloucestershire (2005 – 2008)  First Class.
Dissertation: ‘The Love that Dared Speak Its Name: Homosexuality in Fiction since the C19th’
Awarded Laura Brereton Prize for English as recognition of a significant achievement in English Studies through quality of work, engagement with and enhancement of the subject…
…e Gothic Books’
Reimagining the Gothic 2017: Gothic Spaces, University of Sheffield, 12-13 May 2017.

‘Beatific Souls: Child Death in Nineteenth-Century Literary & Visual Culture’
Invited public lecture at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution. 27 March 2016.

‘Science and Spectacle at the Site of the Dead-Child Body’
British Society for Literature & Science annual conference, University of Bristol.  6 – 8 Apr 2017.

‘”Mental Dram-Drinking”: The Queer Consumption of the Dead-Child Body in the Nineteenth Century’
British Association for Victorian Studies, Cardiff University. 31 Aug – 2 Sep 2016.

‘The Queerness of Strangers: Considering Hidden Sexualities in Roald Dahl’s Children’s Literature’
       Roald Dahl Centenary Conference, Cardi…

I am a permanent Teaching Fellow in C19th/C20th Literature at the University of Warwick. I am an accredited Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. I was a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in C19th Literature at the University of Warwick September 2017 – July 2019. I defended my thesis, Raising Revenants: Spectrality, Embodiment, and the Monstrous Child, c.1830-1914,  at the University of Bristol in May 2017. My research examined haunting depictions of the dead child in Anglo-American literatures and iconography of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as an embodiment of anxieties about the cults of childhood and death. I examined representations from across the boundaries of folkloric customs and tales, scientific narratives, and the popular press as they corresponded with the depictions in genres of realist literature, life-writing, and gothic prose. I am currently converting my research for a monograph which incorporates new research conducted since my Viva. I am a member of

  • British Association for Victorian Studies – for which I am also one of two ECR reps.
  • International Gothic Association
  • British Society for Literature and Science

My wider interests include the Gothic, death studies, children in literature, image and text, and I am looking toward a future research project in metamorphoses books (pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, toy theatres, harlequinades) and their place in the Gothic tradition. I am also co-Chief Editor, and co-founder of HARTS & Minds, a peer-review journal for Postgraduate students and early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities that started in 2012 Since 2012 I have taught undergraduate classes on Critical Theory, Contemporary Writing  (1945 to the present) and Literature 1830-1945 at the University of Bristol,  and have taught on the modules ‘Ways of Reading’, ‘The Short Story’, ‘American Literature’ and ‘Between Men and Women’ for Bristol’s ELCE (Eng Lit and Community Engagement) degree. I also run Writers’ Retreats for PGRs, outreach sessions for local sixth formers on the Access to Bristol course, supervise foundation year dissertations, and have run workshops and day courses on Children’s Literature.

MemberAlbertine Fox

I am a Lecturer in French Film at the University of Bristol. I am currently working on a book project that explores ‘listening spaces’ in contemporary French and Francophone documentaries, with a focus on the documentary convention of the filmed interview. Part of this project is particularly concerned with works by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Other research interests that dovetail with this project include sound studies, musicology and listening, queer studies, and feminist queer theory and intersectionality. My first monograph Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard was published by I.B.Tauris in 2017 and explores the relationship of sound to vision in cinema and in turn our relationship as spectators with the audiovisual in a selection of post-1979 films by Jean-Luc Godard.

MemberPam Lock

…Nov. 2017: Invited speaker at ‘Transgressive Appetites: Deviant Food Practices in Victorian Literature and Culture’, Pescara University, Italy. Paper title: ‘Disfigured by Drink: Gothic Deformity and Extreme Drinking in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Fiction’

11 April 2017: Literary & Visual Landscapes seminar series, University of Bristol. ‘Seascapes and Drinking’ panel with Jack Avery….
…PhD (part-time; 2012-present). Working title: ‘The Socio-cultural Connotations of Alcohol in Victorian Novels’. Supervisors: Dr Samantha Matthews & Professor Daniel Karlin.

MA in English Literature (University of Bristol), Merit (2012)

BA in English Literature (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), 2:1 (1999)…

2014: Guest editor: ‘Public drinking in the nineteenth century’ Issue, The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (SHAD), Volume 28, Number 2 (Summer 2014) <;

Based on my ‘Public Drinking in the Nineteenth Century’ conference at the University of Bristol in 2014. Responsible for: Introduction, selection of articles, identification of and liaison with reviewers for peer review, and editing process to publication with guidance from the Chief Editor, Dan Malleck. Articles by James Kneale, Steven Earnshaw, Annemarie McAllister & Mary Lester.

2012: Book Review: The Ghost Story, 1840-1920 by Andrew Smith, British Journal of English Studies, I…

I am a part-time PhD student at the University of Bristol, UK (2012- ). The working title of my thesis is ‘The Socio-cultural Connotations of Alcohol in Victorian Novels’. The project surveys a broad chronological span, and examines a range of authors and texts including Braddon, the Brontës, Collins, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Stevenson, Trollope, and Ellen Wood. I am particularly interested in the historical context of these novels as a part of a wider public and professional discourse around alcohol, drinking, and drunkenness. This focus on contextualisation means my research includes a wide range of; contemporary newspapers; scientific and medical writings on alcohol, alcoholism and suicide; and radical and political movements focussed on issues such as temperance and women’s rights. In addition to my studies, I work part-time for GW4 Developing People, based at Bristol, developing courses and resources on collaborative research. I teach as often as I can and run regular Writers’ Retreats for postgraduates and academics across the University plus other writing workshops for a small company called ThinkWrite.

MemberRebecca Ruth Gould

I am the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European University Press, 2015). I post video reviews of books I am reading on my YouTube channel. My articles have received awards ranging from the International Society for Intellectual History’s Charles Schmitt Prize to the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages Association’s Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship. From 2018-2023, I am PI for the ERC-funded project, “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared.”  I have taught at Yale-NUS College, the University of Bristol, and am currently Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, at the University of Birmingham.