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New Generation Thinkers 2021

Sarah Jilani

Sarah Jilani

AHRC-Newton Trust PhD candidate, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Sarah Jilani is a British-Turkish researcher and culture journalist. She is currently an AHRC-Newton Trust PhD candidate at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Her thesis considers subjectivity and decolonisation in post-independence (1950s-80s) African and South Asian literatures and film. Her academic research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Literature/Film Quarterly, Women: A Cultural Review and Life Writing, while her freelance writing on contemporary art, film and books can be found in The Times Literary Supplement, The Economist, The Guardian, ArtReview and Frieze Magazine, among others. She holds a BA in English from the University of York and an MSt in English from the University of Oxford. She was born and raised in Istanbul.


Jake Richards

Jake Richards

Assistant Professor of African History, Department of International History, London School of Economics

Jake works on the history of the African diaspora, law, and empire in the Atlantic world. His first book project analyses the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade as a violent legal regime. Jake’s academic research has appeared in the journals Past and Present and Comparative Studies in Society and History, and he’s also written for History Today and appeared on the BBC’s In Our Time. Over the next two years, Jake will co-curating an exhibition at the University of Cambridge Museums on the connections to Atlantic enslavement present in the Museums’ varied collections. 


Lauren Working

Lauren Working

Postdoctoral Researcher, TIDE Project (Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, 1550 – 1700), University of Oxford

How did colonialism transform Tudor and Stuart life? Lauren Working's first book, The Making of an Imperial Polity, explores how English colonial projects in the Americas, from Venezuela to Virginia, influenced taste and politics in early seventeenth-century London. She has published on topics including intoxicants and rituals of sociability, Jamestown archaeology, and Native American artefacts. Lauren freelances for the National Portrait Gallery and is developing projects that use material culture to explore the entangled histories of colonialism and English heritage.


Mirela Ivanova

Mirela Ivanova

Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Mirela Ivanova is a cultural historian of Eastern Europe in the pre-modern world, and a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford. Her work explores what tools communities used to define themselves in the past, and how these definitions resonate in the contemporary history of Eastern Europe. She is particularly interested in moments of transmission and displacement, whether across languages or political cultures, and how such moments can reveal the tensions inherent in communities and their perceptions of themselves. She has herself experienced some cultural displacement, born in the Balkans she worked or studied in Bulgaria, Russia, the UK and the States, and written about contemporary Eastern Europe for publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books and Balkanist Magazine


Adjoa Osei

Adjoa Osei

PhD Researcher, Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool

Adjoa Osei’s research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Duncan Norman Scholarship, and focuses on twentieth-century staged performance and visual arts culture; her current project places transnational, relatively unknown, Afro-Latin American women artistes at the centre of international artistic and intellectual modernist practice, focusing on the period 1920 and 1945. She completed an MPhil in Portuguese Studies at the University of Oxford, funded by the Ertegun Scholarship in the Humanities, and a BA in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at King’s College London, University of London. She was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington DC from 2018 to 2019.


Vid Simoniti

Vid Simoniti

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Vid Simoniti is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. His academic writing focuses on how art expresses political thought. He has published on socially engaged project-based art, the American anti-racist artist Adrian Piper, and connections between art and biotechnology, among other topics. He publishes in both art history and philosophy journals.

In collaboration with the Liverpool Biennial, Vid has recently recorded the podcast series ‘Art Against the World’ (launch January 2021). He writes art and book reviews, and has curated several exhibitions (for example, at the Ashmolean Museum and the National Gallery of Namibia). Vid is originally from Slovenia. Pre-Liverpool, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2015-18), and finished his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford (2015). Besides philosophy and art history, his interests include classical music, techno and video games. He lives in Liverpool with his partner and their robotic vacuum cleaner.


Florence Hazrat

Florence Hazrat

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English literature at the University of Sheffield

Florence is working on brackets in chivalric stories of the Renaissance. She is interested in any kind of punctuation, and is currently writing a volume on the history and culture of punctuation for Reaktion Books, London. She has written on the subject among others for Aeon and Time online. Her blog and podcast are called ‘Standing on Points’, and explore the quirky wayward appearances of dots , dashes , and company in our writing from hieroglyphs to text messages . Florence has been a postdoc at the University of Geneva, working on German Shakespeare translations, and has been educated at St Andrews and Cambridge. She has German-Iranian background and grew up in Berlin.


Dr Jake Morris-Campbell

Jake Morris-Campbell

Assistant Lecturer and Research Assistant in English & Creative Writing, Newcastle University; Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Chester

Jake’s Northern Bridge (AHRC) funded PhD, The Poets’ Hyem, explored international regionalism in post-war poetry of North-East England and led to the production of his first manuscript of poetry, Corrigenda for Costafine Town. He has published two pamphlets of poetry: The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Art Editions North, 2015) and Definitions of Distance (Red Squirrel Press, 2012). His work often appears as part of multidisciplinary collaborations, including Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory of the Sefton Coast and the Heritage Lottery Funded initiative, Stringing Bedes: A Poetry and Print Pilgrimage. A winner of New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award, Jake has tutored for The Poetry School and led many workshops in schools. He lives in South Tyneside with his wife and son.


Dr Julia Hartley

Julia Hartley

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Julia is from Brussels, where she grew up in an English, Italian, and French-speaking household, before moving to the United Kingdom to attend university. She holds a doctorate in Medieval & Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MA in Iranian Studies from SOAS. Her first book Reading Dante and Proust by Analogy (Legenda, 2019) has been called 'an irresistible invitation to love literature' (Modern Philology) and 'an important example for literary comparisons to come' (Modern Language Review). Her second book, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, looks at French representations of Iran in the nineteenth century. It's a vast project covering everything from crossdressing women travellers in Qajar Iran, to the invention of the Aryan myth, to the first French translations of Persian poetry. When she's not working on her academic publications, Julia enjoys turning her research into screenplays for TV drama and comedy.


Dr Fariha Shaikh

Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham

Fariha is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham. Her first monograph, Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) brings international archival research into conversation with canonical texts to explore the complex ways in which settler colonial migration shaped the nineteenth-century cultural imagination. Emigrants were readers and writers too, and the literary marketplaces was filled with their letters and life-writing, emigrant manuals and guidebooks, periodicals and novels. Her research is interested more broadly in re-visioning the study of nineteenth-century literature and art to uncover the multiple, complex relationships between genre, form and globalisation within the context of the British empire and its legacies. She has appeared on BBC Two’s Novels that Shaped Our World (2019), Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns (2000), and on the Migration Museum’s podcast accompanying their exhibition, ‘Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain’ (2020-21). 


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