PGMN Members

Sally Roberts completed her MA at the University of Edinburgh and is currently continuing with an MSc by research, focusing on memory in the twenty-first century. Her main areas of interest within this field are intertextual temporal relations between writers and boundaries between the human and the non-human.

Stella Becci completed a BSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, where she is currently pursuing a MSc by Research, investigating electrophysiological aspects of the Self-Reference Effect in memory, using ownership as a means of triggering self-referential encoding.

Corina Koolen is finishing her PhD in digital humanities at the University of Amsterdam. In her thesis, she investigates the relationship between (ideas about) literary quality, author gender and the texts of novels – in part through computational analysis. She is interested in gender, the body, (popular) prose fiction, literary quality and the canon.

R. M. Francis is PhD Candidate at the University of Wolverhampton, researching a project that explores place and identity in the Black Country’s post-industrial liminality. He’s the author of two poetry chapbooks, Transitions (Black Light Engine Room, 2015) and Orpheus (Lapwing Publications, 2016). A third pamphlet is due out in 2018 and his first full collection is due out with Smokestack Books in the near future.

Nick Lavery is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Roehampton, researching the influence of cognitive science on contemporary literature.

Samantha Kinsey is an MA student reading English at University of Wolverhampton. Her research interests focus mainly on queer theory and performance, which will form the basis of her PhD. She is currently taking a Science Fiction and Fantasy module, through which she’s developed an interest in posthumanism in dystopian science fiction and the representation of technological anxiety.

Lily May Worsdall is an MA student at Durham University reading Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. Her research interests lie within psycholinguistic analysis, mind-wandering and cognitive narratology. She is also a student of specialist subjects, such as ‘Neuroscience and the Narrative’.

Elizabeth Cullwick is studying an MA in English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton, where she has mainly focused on African-American Literature and the different issues explored within them. Studying Critical Theory has introduced her to postcolonial theory which has helped her develop an interest in how literature can be used to help people find a voice and an identity in order to to reclaim their past.

Flora Lysen is a PhD candidate at the Media Studies department of Amsterdam and also program coordinator for ARIAS, the Amsterdam Research Institute for the Arts and Sciences. In her thesis, she examines the rise of public demonstrations of brain science in the twentieth century, particularly the use of new media (film, television, exhibitions) to exhibit the “brain at work”. Before starting her PhD, Flora worked as a curator, researcher and teacher for several cultural institutions, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.

David Yewdineh finished his BSc in Applied Physics at the Hague University of Applied Sciences in Delft with a profile oriented towards sustainability. He will pursue his postgraduate degree in September in Innovation Sciences at the Utrecht University. For his thesis, David researched Capacitive Reverse Electrodialysis for Blue Battery development.