2021-2022: Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IASLink opens in a new window) & Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre at the University of Essex (hereLink opens in a new window)
My doctoral thesis, funded by the University of Warwick Doctoral College and the Fund for Women Graduates, and my forthcoming monograph (Palgrave Macmillan 2023) aimed to answer two key questions. First, how can the metaphor of cannibalism be used to describe colonial endeavours and practices from the time Columbus stumbled onto the Caribbean in 1492 to current neo-liberal practices of extractivism taking place in that region and Latin America more broadly? Second, how do postcolonial cultural productions from that region register different types of resource extraction and their relation to anthropogenic climate change through metaphors of consumption?
I currently work on trans-disciplinary approaches to climate change communication, issues of ecological reparation and belongings, the Blue Humanities and Latin American Studies. Find out more about my research and that of some of my brilliant colleagues on coastal communities, the ocean and COP26 in this podcast here.Link opens in a new window
Publications and Editorial Roles
- 2023: Consuming the Américas: Extractivism and Climate Crisis in Latin American and Caribbean Literatures since 1920 Palgrave Macmillan, “Literature of the Américas”, Monograph.
- 2022: “Introduction” with Roxanne Douglas and “From the Mountain to the Shore: Migration, Water Crisis and Revolutionary Zombies from Haiti to Perú” in Decolonizing the Undead: Rethinking Zombies in World-Literature, Film, and MediaLink opens in a new window, edited by Giulia Champion, Roxanne Douglas and Stephen ShapiroLink opens in a new window, Bloomsbury, forthcoming September 2022.
- 2022: "Francophone Literature and Ecofeminism" in The Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and LiteratureLink opens in a new window, edited by Douglas Vakoch, forthcoming September 2022.
- 2022: Co-editor of a Special Issue on "Animal Futurity" with Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism and co-author of "Animal Futurity: An Introduction to the Special Issue"Link opens in a new window with Nora CastleLink opens in a new window, Vol. 26, N°1.
- 2022: Co-editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research Special Section on "Intersections of Activism and Academia", early view open access Introduction hereLink opens in a new window and, in this section, co-author of "Decolonising Responses to ‘Engaged Art’: Disposability and Neoimperialism in Art, Activism and Academia", available in early view open access hereLink opens in a new window.
- 2021: "‘The River Has Been Put on Tap’: Decolonising Water and Historiography in V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River (1979) and Helon Habiba’s Oil on Water (2011)", Textus: English Studies in Italy, Vol. 34, N°3, see hereLink opens in a new window.
- 2021: "Imperialism is a Plague too: Transatlantic Pandemic Imaginaries in César Mba Abogo’s ‘El sueño de Dayo’ (2007) and Junot Díaz’s ‘Monstro’ (2012)" in Science Fiction Research Association Review, Special Section on “Symposium: Living in the End Times”, Vol. 51, n°2, available hereLink opens in a new window.
- 2021: Editor of Interdisciplinary Essays on Cannibalism: Bites Here and ThereLink opens in a new window, Warwick Series in the Humanities with Routledge, 20 May 2021.
- 2020: "Book review of Allegories of the Anthropocene" in Ecozon@: Cultures of Climate. On Bodies and Atmospheres in Modern FictionLink opens in a new window, Vol 11 No 1, 199-200.
- 2020: "Ecopocalyptic Visions in Haitian and Mexican Landscapes of Exploitation" in Ethical Futures and Global Science FictionLink opens in a new window, edited by Andrew Milner, Zachary Kendal, Aisling Smith and Giulia Champion, Palgrave Macmillan, Global Science Fiction Series, forthcoming March 2020.
- 2020-2022: EUTOPIA Certificate Teaching Fellow
- 2020-2021: Early Career Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning Link opens in a new window
- 2020-2021: Senior Sessional Tutor for CW102 The Written WorldLink opens in a new window and CW206/CW310 Reeling and WrithingLink opens in a new window
- 2019-2020: Language Tutor for FR201 Modern French Language IILink opens in a new window
- 2019-2020: Guest Lecturer for HP104 Icons of the Hispanic WorldLink opens in a new window, HP314 Latin American Counterpoints Cultural Representations of Slavery in the 20th CenturyLink opens in a new window, HP323 Climate Fictions in the Hispanic WorldLink opens in a new window
- 2019-2020: Sessional Tutor for FR121 Story of Modern FranceLink opens in a new window
- 2018-2019: Sessional Tutor for EN122 Modes of ReadingLink opens in a new window
- 2017-2018: Sessional Tutor for EN123 Modern World LiteratureLink opens in a new window
- 2017: Guest Seminar Delivery for the English Subject Days for PGCE PG Students on "Decolonising the Curriculum"
- 2016-2017: Guest Seminar Delivery for the MA Global Shakespeare Director’s Seminar Series "Sharing Shakespeare's Difference" on "Postcolonial Shakespeares"
- 2020-2021: Founder and Co-Convenor of The Decolonial/Postcolonial Working and Reading GroupLink opens in a new window.
- 2020-2021: Co-convening The Brazilian Social Thought Network and Reading GroupLink opens in a new window.
- 2019-2020: Running the Environmental Studies Network Reading GroupLink opens in a new window with Dr. Hannah BoastLink opens in a new window and Dr. Michael Paye.
- 2019-2021: Part of the organising committee for the Warwick Environmental Humanities NetworkLink opens in a new window, funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).
- 2019-2020: The Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Representative of the University of Warwick Centre for Philosophy, Literature and the ArtsLink opens in a new window (CRPLA) and co-organiser of the annual CRPLA conference: "Blood on the Leaves/And Blood at the Roots": Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjection across DisciplinesLink opens in a new window.
- 2018-2020: Co-organising the English Department Thesis Reading GroupLink opens in a new window with Sophie ShorlandLink opens in a new window
- 2018-2019: Part of the 2019 Postcolonial Studies Association Convention CommitteeLink opens in a new window.
- 2018-2019: Co-Secretary and Treasurer for the PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) 2019 Annual ConferenceLink opens in a new window.
- 17th November 2018: Organiser of ""Bites Here and There": Literal and Metaphorical Cannibalism across Disciplines"Link opens in a new window, a one-day interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the University of Warwick, funded by the Humanities Research CentreLink opens in a new window and the Department of English and Comparative Literary StudiesLink opens in a new window.
- 24th May 2018: Part of the Organising Committee of the 14th Warwick English Postgraduate SymposiumLink opens in a new window.
- 15th-17th December 2017: Part of the Organising Committee of the interdisciplinary conference: "(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science FictionLink opens in a new window", in Melbourne, funded by the Monash/Warwick AllianceLink opens in a new window.
Conference papers and talks
- 2022: "Offshore M/Other Earth Reproductive Labour in Sandrine Bessora’s novel Petroleum (2004)". At "Petrocultures2021: TransformationsLink opens in a new window", at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger.
- 2022: "Imagining Immemorial Environments Anew: Brazilian Environmental Histories". At the European Society for Environmental History ConferenceLink opens in a new window at the University of Bristol.
- 2022: "Paul Tavo’s “Océanitude” and the Francophone Blue Humanities". At the Society for French Studies 63rd Annual ConferenceLink opens in a new window at Queen's University Belfast, UK.
- 2022: "Hospitality and Conviviality in Decolonial Migration Discourse". At the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) International Symposium "Being Hospitable: Languages and Cultures Across BordersLink opens in a new window" at the University of Glasgow.
- 2021: "La terre mère: Decolonising Motherscapes in Postcolonial Francophone Works". At "(Re)thinking (Post)Colonial Landscapes in the Francophone World/(Re)penser les paysages (post)coloniaux dans le monde francophoneLink opens in a new window", Annual Conference for the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.
- 2021: "Who is the Real Cannibal? The Consuming Economy of the Atlantic Trade". At "Dark Economies: Anxious Futures, Fearful PastsLink opens in a new window", at the University of Falmouth, UK.
- 2021: "A New Shore Ontology: Ghosts of Colonialism and Extinction in Postcolonial Oceanic Weird". At "Emergence/y"Link opens in a new window the 2021 Virtual Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).
- 26 March 2021: "Caribbean Coasts and Colonial Ghosts". At "Haunted Shores: Coastlands, Coastal Waters, and the Littoral GothicLink opens in a new window".
- 18-19 March 2021: "'Enfrentar vírus como homem': Bolsonaro’s Populism and Performing Hegemonic Masculinity". At "Populism in Latin America and BeyondLink opens in a new window" Online Conference organised by the King’s Brazil institute, King’s College London.
- 13-15 January 2021: "Imperialism is a Plague too: Transatlantic Connections in Pre-Pandemic Imaginaries in César Mba Abogo’s "El sueño de Dayo" (2007) and Junot Díaz’s "Monstro" (2012)". At "Living in the End Times: Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pandemics in Fiction, Film and CultureLink opens in a new window", A Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Cappadocia University, Turkey.
- 24-25 January 2020: ""O Multinaturalismo Amazônico": Decolonising Anthropology and Making Kin in Brazilian Indigenous Literature". At Climate Fiction/Indigenous StudiesLink opens in a new window, University of Cambridge, UK.
- 1-5 July 2019: "Brazilian "Clifi": From Modernism to Contemporary Scifi". At "Utopia, Dystopia and Climate ChangeLink opens in a new window", 20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy.
- 26-30 June 2019: "And at the Beginning There was Waste: Depicting the Slum behind the Eco-Tourism Paradise in Fernando Contreras Castro's Única mirando al mar". At "Paradise on FireLink opens in a new window", the 2019 Biennal Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), University of California Davis, USA.
- 5-6 April 2019: "Consuming the Colonies: Capitalism, Literary Cannibalism and Rewriting History". At "Imaginarios económicos en la literatura y el cine de España y LatinoaméricaLink opens in a new window", Symposium of the Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College of the City University of New York, USA.
- 18-20 October 2018: "The Zombie of the "Capitalocene": From Haiti to Environmental Crisis". At "Monstrosity and the Topography of Fear"Link opens in a new window, the 2018 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Sam Houston State University Woodlands Campus, Texas, USA.
- 19-20 June 2018: "Edouard Glissant and Derek Walcott in Dialogue". At ""Seamed by its own bitter juice": Voice, Visibility, Literacies" Conference, organised by the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Held at The Knowledge Centre, British Library, London, UK.
- 14-15 June 2018: "Memory and Violence in Jorge Amado's Terras do Sem Fim and Kettly Mars's Saisons Sauvages". At "'La sangre echa raíces’: Institutional and Collective Memory of Violence in Latin America", at the University of York St. John, UK.
- 4-5 June 2018: "Contesting the Cannibal Narrative". At PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) 2019 Annual ConferenceLink opens in a new window, at the University of Liverpool, UK.
- 15-17 December 2017: "(Un)Certain Futures and Pasts: Postcolonial Dystopic Narratives and Collective Memory." At "(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction", in Melbourne, Australia.
- 11 November 2017: "The Emergence of Britain and France as a Nation-States and the Uncanny Colony in Literature." At "Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle", The British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, UK.
- 28-30 September 2017: ""Remembering" Classical Antiquity and the construction of "post-colonial" identity in the Caribbean." At "Classical Antiquity & MemoryLink opens in a new window", University of Bonn, Germany.
- 6-9 July 2017: "Criminalized Motherhood: Euripides' Medea re-examined through Cherríe Moraga’s The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea." At "Motherlines: Mothering, Motherhood, and Mothers In and Through the Generations: Theory, Narrative, Representation, Practice and Experience", hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community and Involvement and UNESCO Child and Family Research CentreLink opens in a new window, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
- 20 June 2015: "The Barbarian and the Wild Man in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aimé Césaire's adaptation Une Tempête". At "Barbarism: Conceptual History as a Task for Comparative Literature", one-day graduate students symposium organised by Dr. Maria Boletsi, at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
- 2019-2021 - Society for French Studies (SFS)
- 2018-2021 - Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
- 2018-2021 - Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
- 2018-2021 - Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
- 2017-2020 - Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)
- 2017-2020 - British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
- 2018-2019 - British Association for American Studies (BAAS)