This conference is organised by a group of eight PhD researchers based at the University of Glasgow.

Below is a full list of our committee members:

Esraa Husain


Esraa (pronouns indifferent) is working on a PhD research at the University of Glasgow focusing on Black Scottish writing, migrancy, political agency and postcolonial context. Esraa is keen on connecting academia to civic society and is the founder of U Belong Glasgow: a multilingual community platform that features BPOC, LGBT+ and disabled creatives.

Ana Victoria Mazza


Thesis: ‘Nigerian Cityscapes: An Ecocritical Reading of Modernity, Justice and Violence in Anglophone Writing Since 1954’

Ana (she/her) is a second-year fully-funded PhD candidate in English Literature. Her present research focuses on ecosocial violence in Anglophone Nigerian urban literature. Her research interests include modern and contemporary literature and culture, postcolonial studies, the environmental humanities, place and urban studies and literary translation studies. She holds an MLitt. in English Literature (Modernities – Literature, Culture, Theory – University of Glasgow) and a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina). She is also an English Language teacher and English-Spanish certified translator. She currently works as a GTA in English and Comparative Literature.

Research Profile:

Laura Scott


Laura (she/her) is a first year doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow in the School of Critical Studies. Her research relates to contemporary Black and Asian Scottish literature with a focus on race, nation, and intersectionality. She aims to highlight how this literature utilises intersectionality and border crossings in order to challenge ethnic nationalisms and posit a civic model of national identity. She holds an MA in English Literature with English Language and an MLitt in Modernities: Literature, Theory, and Culture, both from the University of Glasgow.

Shruti Shukla


Project Title: Building Bridges of Resistance and Solidarity: A Comparative Study of Dalit and African American Women’s Poetry

Shruti (she/her) is a first-year doctoral researcher in English Literature (School of Critical Studies) at the University of Glasgow. She is currently conducting a comparative study of Dalit and African American women’s poetry to explore race and ethnicity-based transnational alliances. This work will allow poetic conversations between cross-racial groups, which, she believes, will enhance our understanding of grassroots feminist aesthetic practices globally and facilitate cross-border solidarities. She also organizes a monthly poetry event, Itch It Out, for poets to share their political/socio-cultural poetic reflections.

Amina Khan

Amina (she/her) is a part-time second year PhD Candidate in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. The working title of her thesis is: ‘Resurrecting the heroines of South Asian Sufi folklore as Islamic feminists: An examination of gender in Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s Risalo.’This research explores the intersections of Indo-Pak Sufi poetry and Islamic feminism/s. Amina is also a NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Non-Executive Director and the Board’s BAME Diversity Champion working with various stakeholders, including the Scottish Government, on improving equality and diversity. She is currently completing a Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians/Quality Governance Collaborative, Edinburgh.

Thajilah Olaiya

Thajilah is a PhD researcher at the School of Humanities (University of Glasgow). She is currently researching identity and resistance in the former Danish West Indies. Oral history and genealogy were catalysts to her current trajectory. Her dissertation includes the topics of memory, access to archives, and reparative justice. Thajilah has conducted archival research in Ghana, London, Qatar, the Virgin Islands and Washington DC. 

Research Profile:

Mairi Power

Thesis: ‘Digital Identities: Technology and Selfhood in Jennifer Egan’s Fiction’

Mairi (she/her) is a third year PhD researcher in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her research explores ideas of digitisation and the changing materiality of both humans and books within Jennifer Egan’s fiction. Mairi works as a GTA at the University of Glasgow and is also an assistant editor at U.S. Studies Online.

Research Profile: 

Nichelle Santagata

Nichelle (she/her) is working through her Sociology PhD at the University of Glasgow uplifting Black women’s mental health using autoethnography and arts-based methods. She received her Master of Liberal Studies from Arizona State University, Postgraduate Certificate in Comparative Literatures and Cultures from University of Bristol, and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Film & Media Studies while also studying dance and music all at Arizona State University. She is a nonfiction, prose, and poetry writer focusing on identity, culture, race, travel, and mental health. She is a hip hop and contemporary dancer, performance artist, photographer, short filmmaker, and illustrator, originally from Arizona, United States.

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