Executive Committee

Anshuman Mondal

Chair

I’m Professor of Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia, and have authored several books and articles including Nationalism and Post-Colonial Identity (2003), Amitav Ghosh (2007), Islam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech After Rushdie (2014), and most recently Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference (2018, co-edited with Tanja Dreher). I havebeen with the PSA since its inception, and I became Chair in 2014. This is my second and final term and I’ve loved working with the other members of the Exec on behalf of the PSA’s members.


David Firth

Executive Secretary

I am a Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Manchester, having won an AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship, to complete research and produce public engagement activities on the theme of ‘virtual reality as a form of postcolonial storytelling’. The research explores how immersive virtual experiences may encourage forms of ‘postcolonial empathy’ and foster new perspectives on difficult heritage and our shared colonial past. I am also currently completing my first monograph, Nadine Gordimer and the World-System: Apartheid as Racial Capitalism (forthcoming). The monograph is based on my doctoral research, which examined the work of South African writer Nadine Gordimer to consider how the form and content of her work allows readers to conceive of apartheid not simply as a system of racial segregation but as a form of ‘racial capitalism’. I have played a key role in raising the profile of postcolonial studies at Manchester. I worked for 2 years as Lead Organiser of the Manchester Postcolonial Studies Group, expanding the group’s membership and activities, leading the monthly reading group and running two annual series of the Postcolonial Atelier. I joined the PSA as Executive Secretary in 2017 and I am also currently working as Co-Chair for the biennial PSA Convention, to be held in Manchester in September 2019.


Isabelle Hesse

Newsletter Editor

I’m Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Sydney, Australia. My research is situated at the nexus of postcolonial, Middle Eastern, and Jewish studies and my first book The Politics of Jewishness in Contemporary World Literature: The Holocaust, Zionism and Colonialism was published by Bloomsbury in 2016. My current research project brings together theories of world literature and world cinema to examine representations of Israel and Palestine in the contemporary period. I have been a member of the PSA since I was a PhD student in 2009 and joined the Exec in 2017.


Lucinda Newns

Website Officer

I joined the PSA Executive in 2014, serving as co-editor of its biannual newsletter and also helped to organise the first PSA Convention on the topic of Diasporas in 2015. I then took on my current role in 2017. My main research interests are in migration and diasporic literature, particularly as it relates to questions of space, place and home. I am currently finishing a monograph about domesticity in diasporic writing in Britain, entitled At Home in the Metropole: Domestic Intersections in Contemporary Migration Fiction (Routledge). My next project looks at the intersection of migration and environmental concerns in world literary production. My work has previously appeared in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. I also co-edited (with Sarah Ilott & Ana Cristina Mendes) the collection New Directions in Diaspora Studies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). I teach at Queen Mary University of London.


Kasia Mika

Internationalisation Officer

I’m Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. I am also a Postdoc in Caribbean Studies at KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies). My monograph,  Disasters, Vulnerability, and Narratives: Writing Haiti’s Futures uses narrative responses to the 2010 Haiti earthquake as a starting point for an analysis of notions of disaster, vulnerability, reconstruction and recovery. I turn to concepts of hinged chronologies, slow healing and remnant dwelling to offer a bold vision of Haiti’s and the Caribbean’s futures. My research interests include: environmental humanities, disaster studies, postcolonial studies, Caribbean and Haitian studies, and the crossover between literature, visual arts and anthropology.


Hannah Kershaw

Interdisciplinarity Officer

I completed my PhD in Politics and English Literature at the University of York, receiving my MA in Postcolonial Literature from the same institution and my BA in English from the University of Southampton. My doctoral thesis examines the significance of cultural memory and anti-colonial approaches to Western historiography within a number of contemporary British novels that explore the Muslim experience of present-day multiculturalism, and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I am also a Research Assistant on the multi-disciplinary project ‘Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)security’ based at the Department of Politics at York, and an Editorial Assistant at International Political Sociology.


Alberto Fernandez-Carbajal

Vice-Chair

I am Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton (London). My commitment to postcolonial studies was cemented at the University of Leeds, where I undertook an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies and a PhD in English Literature. I have written two monographs, Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing: E. M. Forster’s Legacy (2014), based on my PhD thesis, and Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Literature and Film (2019), which I wrote while holding a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship based at the University of Leicester. I have been Postgraduate and Early Career Representative for the PSA and I was one of the main co-organisers of the first PSA Convention in 2015. As Vice-Chair, I shadow Anshuman and generally oversee the smooth running of our Association. I feel proud of serving such a friendly, personable, and supportive professional network of postcolonialists. 


Jenni Ramone

Treasurer

I am Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies and co-director of the Postcolonial Studies Centre at Nottingham Trent University, home of the Changing Worl)ds Network. I am author of Postcolonial Theories (Palgrave 2011), Salman Rushdie and Translation (Bloomsbury 2013), editor of The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates (2017) and am currently completing Postcolonial Literature and the Local Literary Marketplace: Locating the Reader (forthcoming with Palgrave), a monograph which compares reading cultures and meanings in Cuba, Nigeria, South Asia, and the UK. My subsequent book project is on global gender studies and C21st literature. I teach postcolonial literatures and devised an innovative teaching strand combining literary cultures and employability.


Anne-Marie Pouchet

Membership Secretary


Edward Powell

Newsletter Editor

I am an Academic Skills Adviser at the University of Winchester, and an independent scholar based in Basingstoke, UK. I received my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2015: my thesis explored how postcolonial theorists used terms like ‘the West’ to reference various sites and agents of power and privilege, and considered the implications of these usages for the field’s Utopian aspirations. The thesis also explored critical representations of privilege in the works of V.S. Naipaul, Jamaica Kincaid, Nadine Gordimer, and Bret Easton Ellis, informed by theoretical perspectives on privilege by Albert Memmi, Gayatri Spivak, and Steve Biko. My current research interests remain focused on questions of Utopia and the postcolonial, with particular attention to postcolonial perspectives – in literature and film as well as criticism – on technoscientific utopianism in speculative fiction. I have been co-editor of the PSA Newsletter since 2017 alongside Dr Isabelle Hesse of the University of Sydney.


Esha Sil

E-mail Bulletin Co-ordinator

I joined the PSA in March 2015; I served as a convention committee member from September 2016-17, and co-organised the 2017 PSA Convention, before beginning my current role as the PSA’s email bulletin coordinator. I received my doctorate from the School of English, University of Leeds; this was followed by the completion of my postdoctoral fellowship under the Zukunftsphilologie programme at Freie Universität Berlin. I’m presently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, for the ERC-funded CALLIOPE project. I’ve also been appointed as a visiting research fellow in the Department of English, King’s College London, from April 2019-20. My work reappraises the cultural production of postcolonial South Asian and Bengali modernities, via a wide range of subject areas, including vernacular capitalist discourses, everyday language-practices, children’s literature and folklore, the 1947 Partition, and the vocal articulations of political representation and citizenship in nineteenth-century Bengal and Britain.


Rabaha Arshad

Social Media Officer

Rabaha is a graduate of the University of Glasgow, UK where she completed a Masters in Children’s Literature and Literacies with Distinction. At present, she is working as lecturer at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan where she teaches English Language and Children’s Literature to undergraduate students. She has been associated with the PSA since 2014.


Rachel Gregory Fox

Postgraduate Officer/Early Career Representative

I graduated with a PhD in English from Lancaster University in 2018. My edited collection, entitled Post-Millennial Palestine: Memory, Literature, Resistance, co-edited with Dr Ahmad Qabaha, is currently under contract with Liverpool University Press. I am proud to serve as the PG/ECR Representative for the Postcolonial Studies Association.