Dr Carly Brown (University of Glasgow)
Carly Brown is an award-winning writer based in Edinburgh. She is the author of a bestselling children’s picture book, I Love St Andrews and a poetry pamphlet. She frequently performs her poetry at festivals throughout the UK and in 2013 she represented Scotland at the World Series of Slam Poetry in Paris, ranking 4th in the world. She recently completed her Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow; her doctoral project was a series of essays exploring how creative writers access the 18th century past, as well as a historical novel about Loyalist women during the American Revolution. She was awarded a fellowship from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies to conduct research for this novel at Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia: Monticello.
Dr Gareth Evans-Jones (Bangor University)
Gareth is a lecturer in Religious Studies in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University, Wales. Having graduated in Welsh and Religious Studies in 2012, Gareth completed an MA in Creative Writing before undertaking a PhD in 2013, which considered the religious responses among the Welsh in America to the issue of antebellum slavery. His research focuses predominately on slavery and religion; however, he is also exploring the depictions of the Holocaust in graphic novels, which is the subject of the paper he will present. Gareth is also a novelist and playwright and is currently working on his second book, which is a fantasy novel.
Ciara Glasscott (NUI Galway)
Ciara is a second-year PhD researcher at NUI Galway, working on the political and philosophical dimensions of the work of Anne Brontë. Her passion for the work of all three Brontë sisters has driven her pursuit of English literature since the age of fourteen, with a particular interest in the intersection between the sisters’ work and the rich cultural and historical background to their fiction. Ciara completed a BA in English and Sociology and Political Science in NUIG, followed by a Masters in English where her thesis explored the figure of the governess across a range of nineteenth-century novels.
Aratrika John (Jadavpur University)
Aratrika John is a 20-year-old literature student from Kolkata, India. While she enjoys reading, her passion is writing, which is why she abandoned her Bachelor’s in Science and started anew. Apart from focusing on her academics, she writes poetry for Terribly Tiny Tales, a social media-based micro-fiction platform, and freelances as a content writer and manager. However, she believes her calling is to be an academician in the field of literature. Her interests have seen her taking part in theatre at both school and college levels, where she has been involved with scripting and stage direction. In her spare time, Aratrika can be found exploring the streets of Kolkata and making friends with stray animals.
Dr Arnel E. Joven (University of Asia and the Pacific)
Dr Arnel E. Joven is a medical anthropologist and historian. As a researcher and teacher, he has conducted studies and taught on Philippine, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian history.
Dr Shabeena Kuttay (Cluster University Srinagar)
Dr Shabeena Kuttay is Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Higher Education, Govt. Of J&K. Her specialisation is postcolonial literature, subaltern literature, marginal literature, and literature of dissent. She holds a PhD and M.Phil. Degree in English. Her research interests include climate change, ecofeminism, and ecocriticism.
Rebecca Kwakman (University of Groningen)
Rebecca Kwakman obtained her B.A. in European Languages and Cultures and is currently working towards a Research Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Groningen. She specialises in security studies, particularly in biosecurity, and is currently researching the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In addition to her specialisation in biosecurity, she is passionate about conflict studies, philosophy, and art.
Paola Medina-Gonzalez (University College London)
Paola Medina-Gonzalez is a postgraduate student at University College London. She is currently pursuing a Master in the History of Art focusing on European Modernism.
Samantha Sandy (Trinity College Dublin)
Samantha Sandy is a first-year PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, studying the twelfth-century hagiography and the female revenant. Her postgraduate dissertation, the epitome of her enduring love for social justice and the spookier side of life, focused on the “Danse Macabre des Femmes” and the medieval concept of social and moral accountability both in life and death. While her studies are primarily on women and social justice issues in history, the most thrilling part of being a student is the opportunity that studying history affords to learn more about new places and cultures, and the opportunity to see and empathize with others from different perspectives. Samantha is delighted to be speaking at her first convention and sincerely hopes you enjoy the presentation, wherever your allegiance in the Seven Kingdoms may fall!
Dawn A. Seymour Klos (Trinity College Dublin)
Dawn is a third-year PhD student in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin. She specialises in women’s rights in thirteenth-century England and Ireland. Dawn holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in History and Anthropology. She loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, David Bowie, feminism, and kittens!
Christin Simons & Elena Romero-Passerin (University of St Andrews)
This talk and the boardgame were developed by two PhD candidates studying different aspects of history. Christin is a maritime historian specialised in the study of Scandinavian trading companies in the eighteenth century. Elena is interested in the history of scientific institutions and studies European botanic gardens in the same period. Brought together by the random assignation of desk space in St Andrews, the two officemates combined their knowledge and a lot of hours of hard but fun work to create Mer-plant-ilism, the game of plants and trade!
Rafael A. Socarrás (Newcastle University)
Rafael is a recent graduate from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He specializes in military history with an emphasis on the Roman way of war. His MA Thesis focused on discussing the Late Roman field army in terms of modern strategic theories regarding manoeuvrability and speed. He is also unapologetically geeky with gaming holding a special place in his heart – strategy games being his passion. His favourite things in the realm of nerdom include Star Wars, Warhammer 40K, and Game of Thrones where he enjoys analyzing the tactics employed in the wars portrayed.
G. Vaughn Joy (University College London)
Vaughn is a PhD student at University College London researching Hollywood’s cultural propaganda as put forth in generally non-political films, specifically Christmas films from the post-war and early Cold War period. In previous research, she has explored reproductive demonesses in ancient Greek and Roman myths and literature, as well as classical reception of the goddess Venus in a 1948 comic book series of the same name and the implications it held for women at work in post-war New York. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Vaughn has completed an M.Phil. in Classics at Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. in History from University College London.
Nashuyuan Serenity Wang (University College London)
Nashuyuan Serenity Wang is a phd candidate in the History department at UCL. Her research project is ‘Psycho-geography and the travels of the suffering female body in the 21st century Chinese cinema of dislocation.’ She has been particularly interested in the representation of cinematic space and cultural identity, psycho-geography, and women’s cinema in Chinese and Asian cinemas. She has her worked published in Film Matters and Routledge edited volume on the Medical Humanities and Film; and has her papers presented at the Florence Intersection Conference, Southampton China Symposium, and Chinese Health and Humanities Symposium.
Serenity is unable to attend but has kindly allowed her paper to be hosted on our website. Please find her presentation below.