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Advisory Board


Lucia Boldrini, Director of CCL

Lucia Boldrini, Director

Lucia Boldrini is Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Her research interests include fictional biography and autobiography; Joyce, Dante and modernist medievalism; comparative literature; and literature on and from the Mediterranean area.

Clare Finburgh-Delijani, Deputy Director CCL

Clare Finburgh-Delijani, Deputy Director

Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani is a teacher and researcher in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths. She has written and edited many books and articles on French, Francophone and UK theatre.

Marie-Claude Canova Green, Deputy Director CCL

Marie-Claude Canova Green, Deputy Director

Marie-Claude Canova Green is Professor of French at Goldsmiths. She has research interests in early modern European court entertainments and other forms of large-scale public spectacles, and has published widely on the topic.

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Raj Pandey

Rajyashree Pandey is Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths. She has published widely in the areas of medieval Japanese literature, Buddhism, gender, postcolonial studies and popular culture.

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Isabel Capeloa Gil

Isabel Capeloa Gil is Professor of German and Comparative Culture Studies at UCP’s Faculty of Human Sciences (Lisbon). She is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Advanced Studies (University of London) and has held Visiting Professorships at the National University of Ireland (Galway), the University of Hamburg, LMU Munich, PUC-Rio de Janeiro and USJ (Macau).

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David Johnston

David Johnston is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Translation in the Centre for Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published widely on the theory and practice of translation.

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Wen-Chin Ouyang

Wen-chin Ouyang FBA is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. Born in Taiwan and raised in Libya, she has a BA in Arabic from Tripoli University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University.

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Haun Saussy

Haun Saussy is a University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Civilizations as well as in the Committee on Social Thought.

Expert consultants


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Khalid Amine

Khalid Amine is a Professor of Performance Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tétouan, Morocco. He has been a Research Fellow at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin and is now Member of the Advisory Board.

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Catherine Boyle

Catherine Boyle is Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at King’s College London and Director of the Centre for Language Acts and Worldmaking. Her research areas include cultural studies, theatre as text and in performance, and translation, and her work is by the interest in how cultural expressions are produced within their socio-historic context.

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Ivan Callus

Ivan Callus is Professor of English at the University of Malta, where he teaches courses in post-1945 British and American literature and in literary criticism and theory.

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Ipshita Chanda

Ipshita Chanda is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of Comparative Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She received her PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and taught at the Department of Comparative Literature there from 1993 to 2017. Her areas of interest include theory of literature, comparative literature, Indian language literatures. 

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César Domínguez Prieto

César Domínguez is Associate Professor of comparative literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Françoise Lavocat

Françoise Lavocat is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. She was a member of the Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin (2014-1015) and is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2015-2020) and of the Academia Europaea (since 2016).

Lianggong Luo, CCL

Lianggong Luo

LUO Lianggong is professor of English at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Concurrently he is chief editor of Foreign Language and Literature Review, associate editor-in-chief of Foreign Literature Studies, and member of the Editorial Board of academic journals in China and abroad.

Ellen McDougall

Ellen McDougall

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits at the Gate include – Dear Elizabeth (2019), Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014).

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Royona Mitra

Royona Mitra is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, 2015), which was awarded the 2017 de la Torre Bueno First Book Award awarded by Dance Studies Association (DSA).

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Mònica Rius Piniés

Mònica Rius Piniés is the Director of the UNESCO Chair "Women, development and cultures", a member of ADHUC—Research Center for Theory, Gender and Sexuality at the Universitat de Barcelona.

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Marina Warner

Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history with a special focus on myths, legends and fables. Her books include studies of the Virgin Mary (Alone of All Her Sex, 1976), of Joan of Arc (1984), and public statuary (Monuments & Maidens, 1988).

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Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson is Professor in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. She is Interim Director of the Monash Intercultural Lab and Co-Director of the Monash-Warwick Migration, Identity and Translation Research Network.

Visiting Researchers

Hanan Jasim Khammas

Hanan Jasim Khammas is Visiting Doctoral Scholar at the CCL, June-September 2021. Hanan is PhD candidate in literary theory and comparative literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, working on the representation of the body in contemporary Iraqi fiction. 

Goldsmiths Members


Dr Sola Adeyemi

Sola Adeyemi studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the University of Natal, South Africa and the University of Leeds, UK, and teaches African Theatre History, World Theatres, Postcolonial Theatre and Culture and Performance at Goldsmiths. His most recent research and publications are on the drama and theatre of Femi Osofisan, and his current project is translating the novels of Wole Soyinka into Yorùbá. He is the editor of Opon Ifa Review Literary Journal, Reviews Editor of African Theatre (AT), contributing editor to 3P+ International Journal of the Arts and on the Editorial Board of Africa Book Link. He is the Treasurer of the African Theatre Association (AfTA).

Professor Joan Anim-Addo

Joan Anim-Addo is Professor of Caribbean Literature at Culture at Goldsmiths and Director of the Centre of Caribbean and Diaspora Studies. Her research interests include Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing, Feminist perspectives, Black presence in Europe, Caribbean-Scottish Interconnections, Creolisation, Interculturality and humanism. Among her many publications, she the is the author of the acclaimed libretto Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name (2007), based on Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.

Professor Jane Desmarais

Jane Desmarais is Director of the Decadence Research Centre, Editor-in-Chief of the open-access interdisciplinary journal of decadence studies. Recent publications include Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present, numerous essays and articles, and, as editor, Decadence and the Senses (with Alice Condé); Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems (with Chris Baldick); Decadence and Literature (with David Weir). The Oxford Handbook of Decadence, edited with David Weir, and Decadent Plays, 1890-1930, edited with Adam Alston, are forthcoming.

Professor Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley leads the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. As Head of Literature of the South Bank Centre, she reintroduced the Poetry International festival to the UK. Her versions (with Elhum Shakerifar) of Azita Ghahreman's work were shortlisted for the Warwick Women in Translation Award.

Dr Carla Figueira

Carla Figueira (ICCE) enjoys crossing national, linguistic and disciplinary borders. A native speaker of Portuguese fluent, to different degrees, in English, French, Spanish and Italian, she specialises in international cultural relations, cultural and language policies and in cultural diplomacy, which often relies on using authors and literary works as national symbols of unity and transnational representation. Carla co-coordinates the Learn a Language scheme. 

Dr Fiona Graham

Fiona Graham directs the MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths. She has been a theatre-maker for more than thirty years working as an actor, director, writer, producer and dramaturge. Her research interests are in feminist performance, dramaturgy, performance development, new writing, site-specific performance, verbatim theatre and community theatre. Her publications include Triptych: Three Plays for Young People Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego (2019).

Dr Isobel Hurst

Isobel Hurst's research on the reception of Greek and Latin literature in English examines classical education and authorship and creative engagement with the classical tradition. Among her publications, Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer.

Dr Nicole King

Nicole King's research explores representations of race, class, gender and black childhood in African American, Caribbean and Black British Literature. She is the author of C.L.R. James and Creolisation: Circles of Influence (2001) and is currently writing Black Childhood in Modern African American Fiction (2022).

Professor Andreas Kramer

Andreas Kramer is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. His research interests include modern German literature, Expressionism, Dada, the European avant-garde, literature and film, and literature and sport. Among his recent publications, Sport und literarischer Expressionismus (2019), and, as co-editor, Pacifist and Anti-Militarist Writing in German, 1889–1928: From Bertha von Suttner to Erich Maria Remarque (with R. Robertson 2019), Poetry and Film / Lyrik und Film (with J. Röhnert, 2020), Sport and the European Avant-Garde (with P. Strożek forthcoming). 

Professor Frank Krause

Frank Krause is the current Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing and has written on Expressionist literature and German, French and English narratives of the Great War. His current research is focussed on olfaction in literature.

Dr Sarah Maitland

Sarah Maitland directs the MA and PhD programmes in Translation at Goldsmiths. She a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies and Managing Editor of the Journal of Specialised Translation. She has published widely on cultural translation (What is Cultural Translation?, 2017), translation philosophy, theatre translation, and hermeneutics. As a professional theatre translator, Sarah has translated for the Royal Court Theatre, Cervantes Theatre, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Words without Borders magazine, Martin E. Segal Theatre New York, Theatre Royal Bath, and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, among others. Her most recent work includes creating production video subtitles for A Universe (Alone), by Cuartoymitad Teatro. Sarah is a Memsource Certified Trainer.

Dr Tiziana Morosetti

Tiziana Morosetti teaches in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths and at the African Studies Centre, Oxford. She is currently working on a monograph on the representation of the 'Other' in 19th-century British theatre and popular performance. She is the deputy director of the journal Quaderni del '900, and the General Secretary of the African Theatre Association.

Dr Julia Ng

Julia Ng, PhD in Comparative Literary Studies/German Literature and Critical Thought (Northwestern), BA/MA in Comparative Literature and German (UCLA), is Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought.

Professor Osita Okagbue

Osita Okagbue is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths. His main research interests are in African theatre and performance, Caribbean theatre, postcolonial theatre, theatre-for-development, and critical cultural theory. He is the founding President of the African Theatre Association (ATA) and founding and current Editor of African Performance Review (APR). His most recent books are Theatre and Performance in East Africa, with Samuel Kasule (Routledge, 2021) and A Handbook of Theatre and Race, with Tiziana Morosetti (Palgrave, 2021).

Dr Jacqueline Rattray

After studying for a BA in European Thought and Literature & Spanish Jacqueline Rattray went on to specialise in Spanish Surrealism for her doctoral studies. She has written and published on the Spanish surrealist poet, José María Hinojosa and is currently researching the experimental writings of selected visual artists of the Spanish avant-garde.

Dr Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson works in Romanticism and in Classical Reception Studies. He has written on postcolonial adaptations of Greek tragedy, on the Olympic Games, and on the classicising of global economic crisis. He is a member of the Steering Group of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar and of the Executive Committee of the Classical Reception Studies Network

Dr Tamar Steinitz

Tamar Steinitz specialises in world literature and the intersection of literature and language in transnational contexts. She is the author of Translingual Identities: Language and the Self in Stefan Heym and Jakov Lind and editor, with Rachael Gilmour, of Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation, and Culture.

Dr Carole Sweeney

Carole Sweeney is a Reader in Modern Literature at Goldsmiths. She teaches modern and contemporary fiction, specialising in comparative modernisms, women’s writing, and feminism. Her books include From Fetish to Subject: Race, Modernism, and Primitivism, 1919-1935 (2013), Michel Houellebecq and The Literature of Despair (2013) and Vagabond Fictions: Gender and Experiment in British Women’s Fiction, 1945-1970 (2020). Her new research is on the influence of public service broadcasting on post-'45 literary culture and writer-critics in France and Britain.

Professor Derval Tubridy

Derval Tubridy is Professor of Literature and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths. She co-directs the London Beckett Seminar and is Vice-Chair of the British Association of Irish Studies. She works on modern and contemporary literature, philosophy, performance, and the visual arts with a focus on the intersections between language, materiality and process. Author of Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity (CUP 2018), and Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (UCD Press, 2001), she has published widely on Modernism and Irish Studies, with a recent focus on intermediality and neurodiversity. Her work has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, the British Academy and the AHRC.

Dr Mischa Twitchin

Mischa Twitchin's principal research interests are in European theatres of the avant-garde, Afro-European cultural politics, empathy and mimesis, performance philosophy, memory studies, and dialogues between anthropology, museum ethnography, and art. Among his publications: The Theatre of Death - The Uncanny in Mimesis: Tadeusz Kantor, Aby Warburg and an Iconology of the Actor (2016).

Affiliated Members


Dr Megha Agarwal

Megha Agarwal completed her doctoral thesis in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. She teaches at the School of Liberal Arts at NMIMS University in Mumbai, India. Her research interests include comparative literature and intertextuality in practice; some of her work has been published in Comparative Critical Studies and by Maria Curie-Skłodowska and Columbia University Press.

Dr Lucia Claudia Fiorella

Lucia Claudia Fiorella's research focuses on postcolonial literature and on auto/biographism. Her publications include a book on figures of evil in J.M. Coetzee (Figure del Male in J.M. Coetzee, 2006) and the forthcoming Oltre il patto autobiografico. Da Barthes a Coetzee (Beyond the Autobiographical Pact: From Barthes to Coetzee).

Dr Katharina Herold

Katharina Herold is Lecturer in Victorian and Modern Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. She graduated from Goldsmiths before completing her DPhil at Oxford. She has published on European Decadence and is currently preparing her first monograph The Indispensable East in Decadent Literature 1880-1920 for publication. 

Dr Meritxell Joan Rodríguez

Meritxell Joan Rodríguez completed an MA in Comparative Literary Studies at Goldsmiths and earned a PhD in Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Barcelona. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Gender Department of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). She has published on migration in and across Western Mediterranean countries and on the Harki legacy.

Dr Rita Sakr

Previously a Lecturer in World Literature at Goldsmiths, Rita Sakr is Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University, Ireland. Among various other publications, she is the author of Monumental Space in the Post-Imperial Novel: An Interdisciplinary Study and of ‘Anticipating’ the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies.

Dr Meiping Zhang

Meiping Zhang studied at Goldsmiths and completed her PhD research on Paul Auster's works. She teaches at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her publications include "Pen and Bomb: Creative Agency in Paul Auster's Leviathan" and "'A World Compete Without Me': Writing Cinema in Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions."