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ePortfolio of Giulia Champion

2021-2022: Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) & Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre at the University of Essex (here)

2020-2021: Early Career Teaching Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) & Early Career Fellow (IAS)

Research Interests

My thesis considered how the acceleration and exacerbation of climate change on the American continent can be traced through the history of colonialism and imperialism, by focusing on extraction as a way to connect slavery, plantation agriculture and neo-liberal practices of extractivism. In my project I developed a new methodological approach identifying these issues in literature emerging from former colonies. My doctoral research was funded by the University of Warwick Doctoral College and the Fund for Women Graduates.

I am now working on further developing ideas that emerged during my doctoral research on trans-disciplinary approaches to climate change communication, material histories, the Blue Humanities and Latin American Studies.


Publications and Editorial Roles

  • 2022: Co-editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research Special Section on "Intersections of Activism and Academia", early view open access Introduction here 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • 2021: Editor of Interdisciplinary Essays on Cannibalism: Bites Here and There, 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 Fiction, Vol 11 No 1, 199-200.
  • 2020: "Ecopocalyptic Visions in Haitian and Mexican Landscapes of Exploitation" in Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction, edited by Andrew Milner, Zachary Kendal, Aisling Smith and Giulia Champion, Palgrave Macmillan, Global Science Fiction Series, forthcoming March 2020.


Conference papers and talks

  • 2022: "'La semence de sorcier': Offshore M/Other Earth Reproductive Labour in Sandrine Bessora’s novel Petroleum (2004)". At "Petrocultures2021: Transformations", at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger.
  • 2022: "'The Sea is History': Excavating Submerged Histories in the Francophone Caribbean". At "Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines" at the University of Mauritius.
  • 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 francophone", Annual Conference for the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.
  • 2021: "A New Shore Ontology: Ghosts of Colonialism and Extinction in Postcolonial Oceanic Weird". At "Emergence/y" 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 Gothic".
  • 18-19 March 2021: "'Enfrentar vírus como homem': Bolsonaro’s Populism and Performing Hegemonic Masculinity". At "Populism in Latin America and Beyond" 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 Culture", 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 Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1-5 July 2019: "Brazilian "Clifi": From Modernism to Contemporary Scifi". At "Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change", 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 Fire", 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 Latinoamérica", 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", 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 Conference, 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 & Memory", 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 Centre, 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)
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Dr Giulia Champion

2020: PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies and Hispanic Studies


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