OFFICIAL BLOGGERS FOR THE FWSA CONFERENCE 2013
We are indeed very excited to introduce Terese Jonsson, Claire Sedgwick, Justine Calypso Seran, and Emma Young as the official FWSA bloggers!
Terese Jonsson is a PhD student at London Metropolitan University, researching how contemporary feminists in England tell stories about the feminist past in relation to issues of race and racism. Her research is guided by the idea that how tell stories about the past influences how we understand the present, and she aims through her research to intervene into recurring patterns of white privilege and marginalisation of feminists of colour within many white-dominated feminist spaces. She is currently involved in organising the ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-colonial Studies PhD Symposium (taking place at London Met in summer 2013), as well as part of an activist research network mapping the trends and contradictions of higher education politics in the UK, in particular as this relates to the privatisation agenda as well as the increased surveillance and restrictions on overseas students. At the FWSA conference, Terese is co-convening a panel together with Dr Humaira Saeed, titled ‘The Feminist Killjoy in the Feminist Movement’, about the important role of internal critique within feminist activism. She blogs at http://researchingbetweenthelines.wordpress.com/ and her Twitter username is @missing_words.
Claire Sedgwick a first year PhD student at De Montfort University. Her research is focused on the role that feminist publications such as Spare Rib and Ms. had in the second wave as well as looking at the influence of Riot Grrrl in the nineties and feminism on the internet today. She is particularly interested in how such magazines, zines and blogs have engaged in feminist debates and represented feminist issues from the ‘second wave’ to the present day.
Justine is studying for a PhD in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis explores the links between aesthetics and politics in contemporary Indigenous women’s writing of Australia and New Zealand. She hold a first-class MPhil from the Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 with a dissertation on New Zealand/Aotearoa Maori novels in the 1980s, and has previously studied in France, Scotland, and Australia. Wider research interests include postcolonial criticism, Indigenous studies, and black feminism; the development of online learning, the use of social media in research, and techno-pedagogy; foreign affairs, international relations, and particularly Europe in the Pacific.
Emma is a PhD student in the School of English at the University of Salford where she is funded by a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Prior to this Emma completed her Masters degree in Modern Literature at the University of Leicester and studied at Bishop Grosseteste University College where she graduated with a First Class (Hon) degree in English Literature. Her thesis examines the work of British women writers of the short story since 1980 and considers the relationship between gender and genre with a particular focus on the influence of feminism and queer theory. Her research also raises questions about the future of the genre in light of developments in digital publishing. Aside from this, Emma is a steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network and a committee member for the AHRC-funded initiative ‘#theC21scholar: Digital Engagement for Postgraduates in the Arts and Humanities’. You can follow her work on her academia.edu page