Kate Averis is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris. She is the author of Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing (Legenda, 2014) and the co-editor of Exiles,Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing (forthcoming, University of Wales Press). Her research lies in the field of 20th- and 21st-century Francophone and Latin American literature, and more particularly, in women’s writing, transnational identities and cultures, writing of migration and exile, gender studies, and feminisms. Her current research project examines women’s ageing in contemporary women’s writing, and during her Fellowship at the Institute she will work on literary representations of migration and exile whose focus moves beyond the experience of arrival and transition to that of ‘settlement’ and ageing in displacement in the works of a range of Francophone and Latin American authors. [April-July 2016]
Anne Mulhall has recently completed her PhD thesis 'Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics' at King’s College London. Her thesis interrogated the intersections between the conceptual persona and the theory of the ‘event’ in the work of the contemporary French philosophical collective, Tiqqun. From September 2015, Anne will commence work on her new research project, 'Philosophy, Redemption, and the New Women’s Literature of the Office', at the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing. This project will read the emergence of a category of French and German women’s literature that offers a transformative approach to depictions of office life in the 21st century by emphasizing a capacity for resistance and redemption within the contemporary administrative experience. Her article ‘Joyce’s Bloom as Event in the Philosophy of Tiqqun’ is currently under review at James Joyce Quarterly. She is also completing an article on early 2000s’ women’s psychogeographical experimentation in France. Anne’s translation of Marc Décimo’s ‘Marcel Duchamp et la Collège de ’Pataphysique’ for Pataphysics Then and Now will appear with University of Pennsylvania Press in December 2015. Anne has previously held scholarships at New York University and University College Dublin. [September 2015-June 2016]
Maria Cristina Seccia is an Early Career Researcher in Italian and Translation Studies. Her doctoral thesis 'Translating Caterina Edwards’ The Lion’s Mouth: A Case of Cultural Translation in Practice' (Bangor, 2014) explores the link between cultural translation and Italian-Canadian literature through the lens of postcolonial theories and from a practice-led perspective. Her articles and book chapters have been published in the journal Italian Canadiana and in volumes of Italian-Canadian literature, while some poem translations appeared in the Journal of Italian Translation. Maria Cristina has co-edited the volume Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works (Guernica, 2015) and is currently co-organising the 16th AICW (Association of Italian Canadian Writers) biennial conference 'Italian-Canadian Literature: Departures, Journeys, Destinations'. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute she will work on her new research project, which will explore the representation of the mother-daughter relationship in Italian migrant women’s writing from a translation studies perspective. More specifically, she will examine how the migrant women narrators’ relationship with their Italian mothers affects their own transcultural and transnational identity, as well as the approach towards their mother tongue and motherland. [September 2015-June 2016]
S.A. Smythe is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) at the IMLR and currently completing a PhD in History of Consciousness called 'L'Italia Meticcia: Belonging and Blackness in Postcolonial Italy' along with concentrations in Literature and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her stay at the IMLR, she will further explore themes of migritude, blackness, and gender identity in 20th- and 21st century Italian-East African writing. [October 2015-June 2016]
Tegan Zimmerman (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta) is College Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her work focuses on contemporary women’s historical novels, especially those from the Caribbean, and on contemporary gender theory. Zimmerman is the Canadian Liaison Officer for the Comparative Gender Studies Committee (an official committee of the International Comparative Literature Association), and she has published articles in Gender Forum, the Journal of Feminist Studies, and Simone de Beauvoir Studies. Her article “Feminism and Marxism: Revisiting Irigaray’s Essay ‘Women on the Market’ in a Postfeminist Era” is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her dissertation Writing Back Through Our Mothers: A Transnational Feminist Study on the Woman’s Historical Novel was published by Lit-Verlag in 2014. During her Fellowship she will work on her new monograph, provisionally entitled Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction [May-June 2016].