Twelve scholars and four artists from twelve countries have made this project possible. You will be meeting them at Zoom events and reading their thoughts on our book pages. We also have links throughout the site to work they have published.

People on the project

Project Manager

Cassandra Falke:

Cassandra Falke is a Professor of English Literature at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She specializes in English romanticism and literary theory. Her books include  Intersections in  Christianity and Critical Theory  (ed. 2010),  Literature by the  Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848  (2013),  The Phenomenology of Love and Reading   (2016; paperback 2018), Phenomenology of the Broken Body  ( co-ed 2019), and Wild Romanticism (co-ed, 2021). In articles and book chapters, she has also written about Romantic-period literature, class, education, contemporary phenomenology and the portrayal of violence in literature. Read more


Research Assistants

Michael Jupiter

Michael Jupiter is a Master’s Student in English Literature at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. He also has a Master of Arts in Contemporary English Literature from The University of Northampton.




Vilde Nikolaisen:

Vilde Nikolaisen is Master’s Student in English Literature at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She has a Bachelor in English Language and Literature. 

Scholars & Artists

Aghogho Akpome:

Aghogho teaches in the Department of English at the University of Zululand, South Africa. He obtained a BA Hons degree in English and worked in the media, as a school teacher and lecturer in Nigeria before moving to South Africa where he got a doctorate from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Read More


Mieke Bal:

Mieke Bal is a Dutch cultural theorist, video artist, and occasional curator.  She also was a co-founder of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Bal attended the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained a M.A in French in 1969. Read More 


Stef Craps:

Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University in Belgium, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, a research group that brings together scholars from across the humanities who work on issues of memory and trauma as mediated through culture. Read More


James Dawes:

James Dawes is a Professor of English at Macalester College, a private liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University and his M. Phil. from Cambridge University. Read More


Jenny Edkins:

Jenny Edkins is a Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester, England. Her original first degree at the University of Oxford was in physics, while her second first degree at the Open University focused on social sciences.  Read More


Mary Farrell:

Mary Farrell is a contemporary artist. She received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1989 and her M.F.A. in printmaking in 1995. Farrell’s artwork is primarily about locating larger meaning within fragments of the world around her, inspired by the human body and plant forms. Read More


Greg Forter:

Greg Forter is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. Greg’s areas of specialization include postcolonial literature and theory, twentieth-century US literature, Marxism, utopian studies, critical race theory, gender studies, and psychoanalysis. Read More


Irving Goh:

Irving Goh is the author of The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject (Fordham University Press, 2014), which won the MLA 23rd Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies in 2015, and L’existence prépositionnelle (Galilée, 2019). Read More


Rantimi Jays Julius-Adeoye:

Rantimi Jays is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Redeemer’s University (RUN), Nigeria. He has published more than a dozen articles on radio, stand-up comedy, drama and film as public art forms in Nigeria, touching on themes such as the role of art in mass mobilization and the pressures of globalization. Read More


Wes Kline:

Wes Kline is an artist and faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, having taught previously at New Mexico State University, for six years at the University of Florida and two years at St. Lawrence University. He earned his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2005.  Read More


Hanna Meretoja:

Hanna is a Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Turku Finland. She is the Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory and has advanced interdisciplinary narrative  studies through her leadership and writing. She is the author of two books and over eighty journal articles and book chapters. Read More


Maxine Montgomery:

Dr. Maxine Lavon Montgomery is a Professor of English at Florida State University where she specializes in African Diasporic, Post-Colonial, Contemporary Black Women’s fiction, and Post-Apocalyptic Literature and Culture along with Gender and Critical Race Studies. Read More


Yasmine Motawy:

Yasmine Motawy is a Senior Instructor of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo. . She prioritizes making information about children’s literature accessible, and has contributed book reviews and journalistic articles towards this goal. Read More



Alexa Weik von Mossner:

Alexa Weik von Mossner is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the department of English at The University of Klagenfurt, a federal Austrian research university. She is a writer and ecocritical cultural studies scholar who works on American literature, film, and digital media. Read More



 Michael Richardson:

Michael Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His focus lies primarily in cultural and media studies, with a focus on political violence and emerging technology. Read More



Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton:

Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton (MEd, University of Idaho), is a multimedia artist and art educator living in Spokane, Washington.  Ms. Wilkins-Pepiton teaches high school visual art and serves as the curriculum coordinator for the Central Valley High School Department of Fine Arts. Read More


Brigitte Herremans

Brigitte Herremans (1979) is a research fellow in the Justice Visions project at

the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. She studies how artistic contributions can contribute to justice for Syrians. From 2002 to 2018, she  worked as a Middle East policy officer for the NGOs Broederlijk Delen and Pax Christi Flanders. From 2017 to 2019 she was the MENA policy officer at the Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels, BOZAR. She studied Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ghent University and International Relations at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles.