Affiliated PhD Students
'The Empire Bites Back: Literary Cannibalism Making Kin in the 'Extractive Zone'.
Giulia was awarded her PhD in April 2020.
Based in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, her research focused on environmental decolonial studies and looked at former British, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in most of the Caribbean and parts of Latin America and Africa. The primary goal of her thesis was to theorise "literary cannibalism" as a set of practices through world-ecology and historical materialism, in order to consider past, present, and future issues related to the regions' socio-political and economic developments and environmental challenges and their representation in cultural productions.
Supervisors: Professor Neil Lazarus and Dr. Fabienne Viala Research funded by the Doctoral College and the Fund for Women Graduates.
Guilia is now a lecturer at the University of Essex and is also an associate fellow @IASWarwick
Liz Egan (2019-), 'Constructing and Challenging Creole Whiteness in Jamaica, 1865-1938',
I am a doctoral candidate, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the Midlands4Cities consortium.
My doctoral thesis is provisionally entitled ‘Constructing and Challenging Creole Whiteness in Jamaica, 1865-1938’, and it explores how whiteness was represented and practiced on the island between two moments of significant public unrest.
Supervisors: Professor David Lambert at the University of Warwick and Dr Sascha Auerbach at the University of Nottingham.
PhD Scholarship students
Aleema Gray (2018-)
'Living in Babylon: An oral history of the Rastafarian movement in Britain 1948-2016',
My PhD represents the first ever academic contribution dedicated in its entirety to documenting the history of the Rastafari movement in Britain. An important aim of this thesis seeks to understand the history of the Rastafari through the politics of History and memory. There is a need to produce scholarship that moves beyond a focus on cultural symbolism, such as dreadlocks and roots rock reggae, to concrete expressions of Pan African social protest.
Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies/Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarship student in History. Supervisors: Professor David Lambert and Dr Meleisa Ono-George.
Natasha Bondre (2016- 2021)
Reading 'Emperor Oil' in the Expanded Caribbean
Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies (YPCCS) and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
In 2021, Natasha successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled Reading “Emperor Oil” in the Expanded Caribbean. She is currently an Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick (2020 - 21), working jointly in the Yesu Persaud Caribbean Centre and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Her doctoral thesis examines the ecological nature of petro-capitalism in what has been termed the ‘expanded Caribbean,’ through studying the literatures, in Spanish and English, of specific nation-states in the region. Her general research and teaching interests consist of (but are not limited to): post-colonial literature and theory, eco-criticism, global Anglophone and Hispanophone literatures, world-literature and world-systems theory, disaster studies, cultures of protest in the pan-Caribbean, particularly against commodity frontier complexes, and speculative fiction, particularly Afrofuturism from both sides of the Atlantic.
Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies/Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarship student in English. Supervisors: Paulo de Medeiros and Dr Mike Niblett.
Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies/Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarship student in Hispanic Studies. Supervisor: Dr Fabienne Viala.
Laetitia's research investigated Caribbean literature in translation and looked at how Caribbean literature circulates within, as well as outside, the region.
Her thesis 'The Caribbean in translation: remapping thresholds of dislocation’, invited a reading of translation both as a literary, linguistic practice and as a transnational expression of cross-cultural Caribbean negotiations. She conducted a research project in Puerto-Rico (funded by the Gad Heuman travel bursary) during which she was affiliated with the Instituto de Estudios del Caribe and worked for a local publisher. This field work examined the role that translation plays in the literary production of the region, (re)situating local practices within the wider, global networks of Caribbean literary circulation.
Laetitia currently teaches literature and translation at the Université de la Réunion (ATER), in addition to being a practising literary translator.
Kimberley Thomas (2013- 2019)
Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies/Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarship student in History. Supervisor: Professor David Lambert.
'"Oh, the trials! the trials! they make the salt water come into my eyes": Slaves and salt in the Caribbean, 1680-1850'
Kimberley is pictured here with supervisor David Lambert and examiners Christer Petley (left) and Tim Lockley (far right).
(2015 - 2016)