I am an Early Career researcher in English and Comparative Literary Studies, having just completed my PhD at Warwick. My PhD thesis, titled 'Kinaesthetic Bodies in Contemporary Literature', looked at how literature represents embodied experiences of globalisation. Specifically, it considered how bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence can be valuable for helping us understand how resistance is enacted through bodies, especially by people who are marginalised under globalisation. I analysed contemporary literature from different cultural sites (the Caribbean, South Korea, Nigeria, Japan, U.S., U.K., and India) that provide accounts of such experiences. My literary research ultimately elaborated on the idea of resistance, as it related to the role of the body under globalisation. My research also links to world literature, literary aesthetics, and dance & performance studies. My thesis was supervised by Dr Rashmi Varma and Prof Thomas Docherty.
I am also a writer, with experience writing short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, blogs etc. I was a Finalist in the InkTears Short Story Competition for my short story 'Oysters', which was shortlisted as one of the top 12 out of 500 entries. I was the Editorial and Production Director of Read Me Anthology, a university-funded, published young adult fiction anthology that resulted in a book launch event at Waterstones Coventry and two of our writers being contacted by literary agents.
Visit my Creative Work & Publications page for more details.
- Look out for the short science film I co-wrote and co-directed, Back to the Beginning: Killing Infection with Infection, at the British Science Festival at Warwick University on 14 September. This film was shortlisted in the Bristol Science Film Competition.
- Read my latest blog post 'OH NO moments during your PhD' on how setbacks you face during your PhD can be funny in their own way.
- Read our latest Feminist Dissent journal, Issue 4: a Special Issue on Prevent.
Research & Creative Interests
- The Kin-Erotic Tongue in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, Arts Faculty Postgraduate Seminar Series, University of Warwick (29 Oct 2014)
- Shame, Body and Author-ity in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, Shame and the Act of Writing Symposium, University of Warwick (19 Sep 2014)
- The Kin-Erotic Tongue in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, Global Studies Association Annual Conference 2014: 'Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity', York St John University (26-28 Jun 2014)
- The Transmogrifying Re-presentation of Postcolonial Resistance Identity in Shame, Texaco and 'Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha', 9th Annual Postgraduate Symposium, Dept of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (23-24 May 2013)
Teaching | Workshops
In Summer 2019, I ran a series of workshops at Warwick:
- I led a creative writing workshop on setting and character emotion for Australian students visiting Warwick, supported by Widening Participation.
- I co-led a pedagogical workshop 'Dynamic Student Engagement' with Karen Borg Cardona, supported by the Academic Development Centre.
- I led two creative writing workshops for the PG Creative Writing Group - one on character motivation / voice / dialogue and one on flash fiction.
In 2018/19, I was a tutor for the undergraduate workshop 'Academic Writing' in both the English Literature and Economics departments. I taught first-year English Literature and Economics undergraduates skills for writing academic essays. I also lectured and taught seminars on the honours-level undergraduate modules 'Global City Literature: Image, Theory, Text (EN374)' (UG hons), 'New Literatures in English (EN251)' (UG hons), and 'Modes of Reading (EN122)' (core UG).
As of June 2016, I am certified as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for teaching and learning support in higher education.
In 2014/15, I was a seminar tutor for 'Modern World Literatures (EN123)' (core UG). I taught 2 seminar groups with texts from 18th century to contemporary literary periods, by writers such as Goethe, Baudelaire, Ibsen, Conrad, Soseki, Kafka, Beckett, Nabokov, Salih etc., ranging fiction, theatre, poetry, and film. The students were taught to engage with the concept of modernity from a global perspective.
In Autumn 2013, I co-led a seminar of 'Problems and Modes in Postcolonial Literature (EN904)' (MA module), using material from my PhD research. The students were taught about a Caribbean novel, Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco.
- Performer, MC & Co-organiser, Flash Fix Open Mic Night, University of Warwick (Jul 2019)
- Director & Writer, LabCut Science Films, Wellcome-Warwick Quantitative Biomedicine Programme, University of Warwick (Jun 2019)
- Events & Editorial Assistant, Feminist Dissent, Dept of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (Jan 2019 - Present)
- Student Blogger, PhD Life, University of Warwick (Nov 2017 - Present)
- Writer & Actor, Theatre In Motion: Multi-Lingual Translation and Performance of Giuseppe Catozzella Non dirmi che hai paura/Don't Tell Me You're Afraid, Dept of Italian Studies, University of Warwick (Oct 2018 - Mar 2019)
- Mentor for MA students wishing to apply for further studies, Dept of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (2014-15)
- Chair of Organising Committee, 10th Anniversary Postgraduate Symposium (22-23 May 2014), Funded by Dept of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (Jan - May 2014). Co-organised with Katie Smith and Kathryn Wills.
- Editorial and Production Director, Read Me Anthology, University of Warwick (Jan - Aug 2013)
- Finalist, Bristol Science Film Competition (Aug 2019)
- Best Industry Transition weekly online article for PhDs for 'Settling In as an International PhD Student', Cheeky Scientist Association (Apr 2018)
- Finalist, InkTears Short Story Competition (Apr 2013)
- Project Bursaries from Warwick Opportunity Fund & Warwick IATL Fund, Read Me Anthology (Feb 2013)
- Best A2 Level Humanities Student, Bellerbys College (Jul 2005)
- Student Bursary, Bellerbys College (Jan 2005)
- Highly Commended Award, Commonwealth Essay Competition (2004)
My experience in the publishing and media industries informs my academic research and gives me real-world knowledge of the literary market and book production process. I have worked as an editorial assistant with teens magazine, a youth lifestyle publication in Singapore. I have also done internships with Ink Publishing (specifically Time Out Singapore magazine) and Arcadia Books, a world literature publisher in London.
Wing dot Mak at warwick dot ac dot uk
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