Steering Committee


Professor Godela Weiss-Sussex

Acting Director of the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Professor in Modern German Literature/CCWW Co-Director

International Advisory Board

Associate Members

Kate Averis

Dr Kate Averis

Lecturer in European Languages (University of Western Australia)

Catherine Barbour

Dr Catherine Barbour

Assistant Professor in 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish Peninsular Studies (Trinity College Dublin)

Claudia Bernardi

Dr Claudia Bernardi

Adjunct Research Fellow and Honorary Research Associate (Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington)


Dr Katie Brown

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies (University of Bristol)


Dr Sandra Daroczi

Teaching Fellow in Politics, Languages and International (University of Bath)


Dr Noèlia Diaz-Vicedo

Poet, Translator and Researcher (Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género, Alicante)


Dr Evelyn Ferraro

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies (Santa Clara University, California)

Jonny Johnston

Dr Jonny Johnston

Policy & Research Advisor (Internationalisation)/Researcher (Trinity College Dublin)

Laura Lazzari

Dr Laura Lazzari

Scientific Collaborator (Sasso Corbaro Foundation for the Medical Humanities, Switzerland)


Dr Francesca Pierini

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities (Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh)

Former Visiting Fellows and Scholars


Elisa Carandina currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Contemporary Hebrew Literature at the Département d’études hébraïques et juives, INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris). She has recently published a book devoted to the suppressed stories of the other as a way to define the ars poetica of contemporary Israeli women poets and artists entitled La cura dell'accidentale: Forme di racconto di sé e dell'altra nella poesia ebraica e nell'arte israeliana contemporanea (Archivio di studi ebraici, Naples, 2021). Her research interests include the theme of sacrifice and its rewritings, life-writing with particular focus on the representation of the self in graphic novels, and the female body in contemporary Israeli literary and artistic scene. [April-May 2023]

Dr Simona Di Martino holds a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Warwick, where she also is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies and a Teaching Assistant. Her research focuses on late 18th- and early 19th-century Italian poems and analyses how the reception of Dante’s work allows an interpretation of these texts as ‘Gothic’. She has published various peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on this and other topics, such as the Italian family novel and the figure of the wetnurse in Italian fiction. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) she will deepen her interest in female characters and authors. Specifically, she will examine how the figure of the ‘witch’ became an empowering model for young girls and how it shaped a rebellious but positive representation of ‘girlhood’ in contemporary children’s and young adults’ Italian literature. Case studies are Bianca Pitzorno’s Streghetta mia and the comic magazines W.I.T.C.H created by Elisabetta Gnone. [March-July 2023]

Veronika Schuchter is currently a Visiting Fellow at the ILCS's Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing. She previously researched and taught at the University of Oxford and was a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University. Her current research project explores the ethics and aesthetics of menopause writing in the 21st century in German, French, and English. Veronika is particularly interested in health humanities, feminist and queer theory, gender studies, contemporary women’s writing and has had articles published in Peer EnglishText MattersContemporary Women’s Writing, and Studies in Canadian Literature. You can find her on Twitter @V_Schuchter. [October 2022-July 2023]


Françoise Campbell is an Early Career Researcher working on questions of subjectivity, identification and ideological ambivalence in contemporary French and Francophone texts. She is also the Secretary and ECR representative of the newly formed 'Women in French Australia' research group, which aims to facilitate collaboration between Australia-based researchers of gender, feminism and women’s writing in French and Francophone cultural contexts. Since 2020, Françoise has co-edited a special issue of French Cultural Studies on transgression in the works of Michel Houellebecq and has taken part in online seminars, speaking about confinement in novels by Houellebecq and Chloé Delaume. Françoise is currently preparing an article on precarity and care in Leïla Slimani’s Chanson douce, as well as a monograph based on her PhD thesis, tentatively titled La Poursuite de l’impossible: The Ambivalence of Utopia in the novels of Michel Houellebecq. [September 2020 – July 2021]




Catherine Barbour is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Surrey and OWRI Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, connected to the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing. She was previously Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where she completed her PhD on narrative by Galician women writers in 2016. Catherine’s research interests lie primarily in contemporary Spanish and Galician literatures, with a particular focus on migrant writing and writing by women. At the IMLR, she will be examining translingual migrant identities in Galician and Spanish-language novels written by women of German and Romanian origin, as part of the OWRI project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’. Her monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers will be published by Legenda in 2019. [September-December 2018]

Deirdre Byrnes is Senior Lecturer in German at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include GDR literature, contemporary women writers in German-language literature, generational memory transmission and contested memories. She has published extensively on Monika Maron, including a monograph Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context (Peter Lang, 2011). Her article 'Remembering at the Margins: Trauma, Memory Practices and the Recovery of Marginalised Voices at the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial' appeared in a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies in December 2017. She is co-editor, together with Jean Conacher and Gisela Holfter, of German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture, published by Brill in April 2018. As Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, she will be exploring the media of testimony and the challenges of postmemory in Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe and Katja Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther. [September-October 2018]

Adina Stroia is an early-career researcher working on women’s life-writing and visual culture. She received a PhD from King’s College London for her AHRC-funded thesis entitled ‘Narratives of Loss and Mourning in Contemporary French Women’s Writing: Marie Nimier, Camille Laurens and Annie Ernaux’. Her research interests include life-writing, thanatology, temporality in autofiction, doubling and queerness, and visual culture. Her most recent publications include the article ‘Reconfigurations of Mourning in Contemporary French Women’s Writing’ in Études Francophones and the interview ‘Camille Laurens: L’écriture depuis soi’ in Dalhousie French Studies. As a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing, she will be investigating the process of ageing in Agnès Varda’s late documentary works. [September 2018-February 2019]


Catherine Barbour is currently Lecturer in Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast and OWRI Visiting Fellow at the IMLR, connected to the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing. She was previously Associate Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where she completed her PhD on narrative by Galician women writers in 2016. Catherine’s research interests lie primarily in contemporary Spanish and Galician literatures, with a particular focus on migrant writing and writing by women. At the IMLR, she will be examining translingual migrant identities in Galician and Spanish-language novels written by women of German and Romanian origin, as part of the OWRI project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities’. Her monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers will be published by Legenda in 2019. [May-July 2018]

Jean Conacher is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a Visiting Fellow at the IMLR’s Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing.  Her literary research focuses primarily on GDR and post-1989 literature and film, with a particular interest in cultural legacy. Recent publications include: 'Capturing the Zeitgeist: On human experience and personal historiography in Helga Königsdorf’s 1989 oder Ein Moment Schönheit' in D. Byrnes, J.E. Conacher and G. Holfter (eds), Enriching Perspectives: Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture (Brill, forthcoming 2018),  'Adapting Hein’s Willenbrock: Andreas Dresen and the legacy of the GDR "ensemble" tradition' in B. Cronin, R. MagShamhráin and N. Preuschoff (eds), Adaptation as a Collaborative Art – Process and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018), 'Women at work. Reflections on social identity and the private self in Die Polizistin (2000), Willenbrock (2005) and Steigerlied (2013)' in J. Preece and N. Hodgin, Andreas Dresen (Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 147-68), and 'Transformation and education in GDR youth literature: a script theory approach' (International Research in Children's Literature, 9.1, 2016, pp. 65-82). She is currently completing a monograph on the portrayal of transformation and education in GDR literature to be published by Camden House. During her fellowship at the CCWW, she will be pursuing a study of the work of mathematician and writer Helga Königsdorf with a view to developing the first full-length critical treatment in English of her complete political and literary writings. [January–February 2018]


Giorgia Alù is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests range from 19th-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She is the author of Beyond the Traveller’s Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910) (2008), and has published numerous articles on travel writing, women’s writing, the relationship between literature and photography, and 19th-century visual representations of Italy. She has co-edited Enlightening Encounters. Photography in Italian Literature (2015) and special issues of journals on the interrelation between words and the visual. She is completing a monograph on contemporary women’s writing, mobility and photography, and working on a study on photography, identities and ethics in Italy, 1860-1920. [October 2016-January 2017]

Kate Willman recently completed her PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Burns and Dr Fabio Camilletti. Her doctoral thesis analysed the recent literary phenomenon known as the New Italian Epic, a label that refers to a large corpus of hybrid texts that mix genres, styles and media. She argued that the New Italian Epic is an important stage in the development of the novel form in the 21st century. Before her PhD, she completed an MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London and a BA in French and Italian at the University of Bristol, where she also taught in the Italian Department during the academic year 2015-2016. She is currently developing a comparative project on 21st-century autofiction and, during her fellowship, she will focus particularly on autofiction by women writers.


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].


Dr Natalie Edwards is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her research concentrates on late 20th- and early 21st-century French women’s writing, feminist theory, autobiography and visual studies. Among her publications are Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Women’s Autobiography and Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (edited with Amy Hubbell and Ann Miller).  During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, she will be completing a manuscript entitled Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in Contemporary France. [January-February 2015]

Eglė Kačkutė is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Vilnius University Gender Studies' Centre. Her monograph Savi svetimi tapatumai naujausioje britų ir prancūzų moterų literatūroje [Familiar and Strange Identities in Contemporary British and French Women’s Writing] was published by Vilnius University Press in 2012. Her research interests include contemporary women’s writing in English, French, and Lithuanian, identity, gender and contemporary feminist theory. During her stay at the Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing she will focus on motherhood and maternal subjectivity in a culturally and linguistically foreign environment. [October 2014]

Claudia Karagoz is an Associate Professor of Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a member of the Core Faculty staff at the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include contemporary Italian women’s writing, photography, and film, motherhood studies, and Sicilian culture. She has co-edited a volume on Sicily and the Mediterranean (forthcoming 2015), and published articles and book chapters on Italian women writers, filmmakers and photographers such as Rosetta Loy, Elsa Morante, Francesca Comencini, and Letizia Battaglia. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing she will be working on a book project entitled Demeter’s Journey: Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing and Cinema. [February-April 2015]

Elsa Laflamme teaches French and literature at the Collège Gérald-Godin, a post-secondary institution in Montréal, Canada. In 2013, she completed her PhD in French Literature at the Université de Montréal. Entitled ‘Récit de l’événement et événement du récit chez Annie Ernaux, Hélène Cixous et Maurice Blanchot’, her thesis was conducted under the impulse of both Jacques Derrida’s thought and that of psychoanalysis, focusing on the events in the making in Ernaux, Cixous and Blanchot’s writings. She is now working on a book proposal to publish her thesis. Her article ‘Vision spectrale du génie: Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous et le génie’ is forthcoming in 2015 in Esprit créateur. During her stay at the Centre for the Study on Contemporary Women’s Writing, she will concentrate her research on her post-doctoral project entitled ‘Hélène Cixous’ Monsters: Propositions for an Ethics of/at the Limits’. She regularly contributes to Spirale, a Canadian journal dedicated to arts and humanities. [September 2014-June 2015]

Ana Gabriela Macedo is Professor of  English Literature at the University of Minho, Portugal. She is Director of the 'Humanities Research Centre' (CEHUM) where her main areas of research are comparative literature; feminist and gender studies; interarts and visual poetics; English literature (Modernism and Postmodernism). Among her publications are Paula Rego e o Poder da Visão. ‘A minha pintura é como uma história interior’ (Lisboa: Cotovia, 2010) and Dicionário da Crítica Feminista, edited with Ana Luísa Amaral, (Porto: Afrontamento, 2005). During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing she will be engaged in developing a project and book entitled Framing/Unframing, Resisting. Ways of ‘seeing differently’. Women and Gender in Contemporary Art and Literature. [October 2014-June 2015]


Michela Baldo is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). Her doctoral thesis (Manchester, 2009) dealt with the translation into Italian of Italian-Canadian writing, focusing on the treatment of multilingualism in the translation of the trilogy of one of the best-known Italian-Canadian writers, Nino Ricci. She held a teaching fellowship in translation studies at the University of Birmingham, and is currently employed by the Università per stranieri di Siena (Italy), where she researches into subtitling and intercultural communication. She has written articles on Italian-Canadian works and their written and audio-visual translation into Italian, the most recent of which, published in the journal Translation Studies, is on translations by the Italian publishing house Cosmo Iannone editore. During her stay at the Institute she will be investigating more broadly the reception through translation of Italian-Canadian and Italian-American women writers in Italy (especially the recent translations of Louise de Salvo, Kym Ragusa and Mary di Michele). She is particularly interested in looking at the role played by this imported literature in the construction and representation of concepts like ‘Italianness’ and ‘foreignness’ in Italy and abroad. Another strand of research she is pursuing is the investigation of the concept ‘queer’, and its migration/translation into the Italian cultural sphere. Baldo has published articles on this topic and, in June 2013, was involved in the organization of the first queer ‘femme’ conference in Italy, held in Rome. She is currently working on a co-authored/co-edited book on drag kings in Italy, due to be published by ETS in December 2013. [September 2013-June 2014]

Simone Brioni is Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick, where he was an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies. His doctoral thesis, 'The Somali Within: Questions of Language, Resistance and Identity', deals with the work of writers of Somali origin in Italian. Using cultural studies, translation studies and postcolonial theory, his work analyses the literary and cinematographic representation of migration and Italian colonialism. He edited the volumes Somalitalia:.Quattro vie per Mogadiscio (Kimerafilm, 2012) and Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poesie di nostalgia, d’esilio e d’amore (Kimerafilm, 2012) by Ribka Sibhatu, which respectively contain the documentaries Aulò. Roma postcoloniale and La quarta via. Mogadiscio Italia, for which he was co-director and co-author. His publications also include J.G. Ballard. Il futuro quotidiano (Prospettiva, 2011). [September 2013-September 2014]

Francesca Calamita is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). She completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington where she is currently a Teaching Fellow in Italian in the School of Languages and Cultures.  Her doctoral thesis dealt with the fictional depiction of eating disorders in Italian women’s writings from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s. Francesca’s research interest focuses on the representation of women’s relationship with food and body from a feminist perspective as well as the fictional portrayal of psychopathologies and she has published articles and book chapters in this area. She is currently co-editing a volume on new perspectives on Italian gender studies. At the Institute she will work on the research project 'Addiction, Compulsion and Starvation: Eating Disorders as a Mean of Self-empowerment in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing (1990-2011)' in preparation for the publication of her doctoral dissertation. [December 2013-July 2014] 


Dr Marie Carrière teaches Francophone and Comparative literature and is Director of the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta. She recently published a monograph titled Médée protéiforme (2012). She is also the author of Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (2002). She is co-editor of Migrance comparée/Comparing Migrations (2008) and Les réécrivains (2011). Her research focuses on feminism, ethics, and contemporary writing. [May 2013]


Teresa Louro received her PhD and MA from the University of London. She was course leader for the BA in Gender in Text and History (Goldsmiths College) and programme leader for the Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series (IES, University of London). She has published on James Joyce, the fin de siècle, and contemporary Portuguese women’s poetry. She is currently working on editing a collected volume on Portuguese contemporary poet Ana Luísa Amaral as part of CCWW’s Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing Series. [June-July 2012]