Encounters, University of Sussex, 15-16 November 2019
The full list of delegates in attendance can be found here: Encounters November 2019 Delegate List
The conference begins at 11.00 on Friday 15th November, and will close at 17.00 on Saturday 16th November.
Encounters is being hosted by the University of Sussex. All plenary sessions and most breakout sessions will be held at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA). The ACCA building is close to the main entrance to the campus, and just a short walk from Falmer train station (map).
Getting to Sussex
The University of Sussex is located in Falmer, near Brighton. Details on how to travel to the University can be found here: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/directions.
We encourage you to use public transport wherever possible but have a limited number of parking permits available. If you require a permit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have requested accommodation, you will receive a separate email with details.
If you have not secured accommodation with us, please see this list of accommodation options near to the university: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/directions/wheretostay. As a CHASE funded student, you can claim back the cost of your accommodation in the normal way.
In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference, we will not be providing tote bags, notebooks or pens. Please, therefore, ensure you bring your own bag and writing materials.
Crockery will be available for tea and coffee but you are also encouraged to bring a ‘keep cup’ for hot drinks. Water stands will be available with glasses and you are encouraged to also bring a reusable water bottle.
Digital conference pack
This is the link to the digital conference pack: linktr.ee/encounters
The digital programme will include the full conference programme, maps to all key conference locations, travel advice. We will continue to update the digital pack right up to the start of and during the conference.
We are happy to provide a paper conference pack to those who need one. Please email email@example.com to request one.
Many thanks to those who have signed up to be part of our Encounters PhrienDs programme. We are in the process of matching PhrienDs up and will be sending emails out to put you in touch with each other soon.
As normal, we will have a photographer and film crew recording the conference. The film crew will be based primarily in the auditorium. Please notify a member of staff at any point during the conference if you prefer not to be filmed or photographed. We will work to ensure this does not happen.
Don’t forget, Encounters is a good opportunity to get a professional profile photo for your CHASE profile (and anything else you need a profile photo for). Feel free to speak with our photographer, Carlotta, at any point during the conference to have a photo taken.
Student research in progress plenary session
Day 1, 11.45 – 13.00
Elspeth Latimer (UEA)
Elspeth Latimer is researching crime fiction series, creatively and critically, though writing a novel and studying character poetics. Contemporary crime fiction is dominated by one-off ‘domestic noir’ novels (e.g. ‘Gone Girl’), and series novels with an ongoing protagonist (e.g. Rebus). Complex female subjectivity has flourished in domestic noir and has the potential to radically reshape the crime series. This research paper argues that the Bengtzon novels by Swedish author Liza Marklund are a blueprint for a new type of series; one that critically engages with the gendered politics of home versus society, thereby ‘feminising’ what has traditionally been an iconically masculine form.
Jack Rutherford (University of Essex)
Jack Rutherford is a second year PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Essex. His research looks at representations of Native Americans in film; particularly the role of ‘Indianness’ in Indigenous and US identity: offering coherence but also liminality within cultural expression as it operates over mainstream, independent and ‘underground’ platforms. Jack is also the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies’ postgraduate research representative, and Essex’s PGR rep on the CHASE Student Committee.
Iliona Khalili (University of Kent)
Iliona Outram Khalili is an architect’s daughter, architect’s widow, and professional architect herself. After half a lifetime of building in groups with masonry (earth, bricks, stones – arches, domes, vaults etc.) while maintaining a lifelong interest in poetics and religion, she decided to undertake a PhD to dignify this art of hands-on earth building. Her thesis, “Unity within multiplicity; masonry, method, and analogy in Byzantine architecture” examines the 7th century cathedral of Hagia Sophia, Thessaloniki, as a living example. She compares its liturgy, iconography, and architecture, to tease out messages within its silent stones and unwritten building practices.
Personal-professional development breakout sessions
Day 1, 14.00 – 15.30
How to Be a Note-taking Ninja with Evernote and Trello — Catherine Pope
Gardner Tower, ACCA
Are your notes in a mess? Do you lack an effective system for storing and organising your research material? In this lively and practical workshop, you’ll explore two digital tools to help you impose order on the chaos: Evernote and Trello. Through demonstrations and discussions, you will learn how you can use them to build an effective process that’s right for you.
This session will cover topics such as:
The challenge of note-taking & the importance of building good habits
What can you store in Evernote?How do you organise your material?
Using advanced features to become super-productive
Getting started with templatesNext steps with Evernote
What can you do with Trello?
Linking Trello with Evernote
Using Trello to project manage your thesis
Please note: this is not a hands-on session, so there’s no need to bring a laptop or other device. You’ll get links to all the resources at the end.
Introduction to Layout using Adobe InDesign — Simon Everett
Room AH-G4, Ashdown House
This session will provide basic introductory skills in using the industry-standard desktop publishing software, Adobe InDesign. This software is used widely in magazine and newspaper production, print and book design, and digital document design. Attendees will have an opportunity to complete a practical task using their new knowledge. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience using software that is used increasingly in the humanities and arts.
In this session we will cover:
Introduction to the interface
Frames and content
Typography and typesetting
Character and paragraph styles
Basic captions and footnotes
Preflighting and exporting to PDF
Please note: Access to computers and Adobe InDesign will be provided. There is no need to bring your own device.
Speed-Reading — Miranda Smyth (InHouseTraining Company)
Room MS3.07A, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
This is a highly interactive session that has been developed for participants who want to increase their reading speed. It is a very practical programme which will demonstrate how to use different reading styles in order to maximise the limited time that is available for review and retention of material. During the workshop we will use a variety of different exercises and examples to show ways in which readers can often double their reading speed, without losing retention. As part of this we will be exploring the way our brain absorbs and retains information as well as looking at some interesting and pragmatic solutions to managing brain/eye control. Importantly, we will also be talking about strategies for understanding ‘dense’ materials including technical or legal documents which can be harder to digest.
Improving eye-brain relationships
Minimising visual-gap speed
Different reading styles and approaches
Gutting a document to isolate key points
How to study a document using a surveying technique
Aural Diversity — John Drever (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Helen Frosi (Artist & Curator)
Workshop Studio, ACCA
Sound studies, sound design, the music industry and acoustics tend to conceptualise hearing as fixed, perfect and idealised. Auraldiveristy refers to the actual variety of our hearing that we experience throughout a normal day and throughout our lives albeit to varying degrees, from the trifling experience of temporary threshold shifts or transient ear noise to intolerable pain from hyperacusis. In this workshop we will explore where embracing this new concept may lead us creatively and politically.
The Brilliant Club — Andy Fleming
Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. As a Scholars Programme tutor with The Brilliant Club, CHASE researchers have the opportunity to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.
Through working as a tutor, researchers: develop teaching experience in small group tutorials; receive high-quality training and support; disseminate their research to a unique, non-expert audience; and are paid £500 per placement (and an additional £100 for handbook design).
In this session, researchers will have the opportunity to find out more about The Scholars Programme and the Fair Access landscape, and start thinking about how to articulate their research for non-specialist audiences
Seminar room, ACCA
Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. At this session, join members of Wellcome Collection’s Research Development Team who will shed light on the rich and diverse library and archive collections that they work with, and will discuss the different kinds of placement opportunities available for CHASE PhD researchers. We’ll give examples of recent placements, including communications work and research into untapped parts of the collections, and will welcome you to discuss your ideas with us and ask us questions. We’ll also outline an opportunity to work with us to organise a collections-based workshop.
Keynote 1 – Susheila Nasta
Moving with the Times: Publishing Wasafiri for 35 years and its Continuing Journey
Day 1, 15.30 – 16.30
Susheila Nasta MBE is Founding Editor of Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writingshe launched in 1984.Since its inception, the magazine has championed new writing, consistently highlighting Britain’s diverse cultural heritage and extending the boundaries of literary culture. Recognised for its promotion of the early works of some of the world’s most distinguished writers, Wasafiri celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2019 and its 100th issue. Judge of a number of literary prizes and director of a number of public engagement projects, she has published widely; especially on the Caribbean, South Asian diaspora and black Britain. Recent books include: Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain(2002), Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk(2004), India in Britain(2012), Asian Britain: A Photographic History(2013) and the co-editing of the first major literary and cultural history of Black and Asian British Writing (CUP 2019). She is at present compiling an essay anthology Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now(Myriad Books) marking Wasafiri’s 35thanniversary and completing a group biography, The Bloomsbury Indians. A literary activist, she has worked as an academic in a number of institutional contexts. She is currently Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literatures at Queen Mary College, University of London where Wasafiriis now based. She received an MBE for her services to black and Asian literature in 2011. See: www.wasafiri.org
Please see here for more information about the history of wasafiri.
Chaired by Minoli Salgado (University of Sussex)
Guide to Evening Activities
Day 1, 18.00 onwards
Please note: you MUST have received confirmation of your place on an activity in order to participate.
Krater Comedy Club, Komedia, Brighton
44 Gardner St, BN1 1UN
Doors : 19.00
Show start time: 20.00
Live Comedy with Paul McCaffray, Roger Monkhouse, Matt Green and MC Laura Lexx
The Komedia idea is rooted in a love of live performance and a belief in its power to add to the sum of human happiness. Over the last 22 years Komedia has helped to launch the careers of dozens of the UKs best-known comics and become one of the most influential comedy brands in the country. Komedia is known for exciting, bold and independent comedy, music, film and live performance that is accessible without being obvious, cutting edge without being elitist and above all always fresh and exciting.
Your ticket includes a main course, and a side dish and/or dessert. Please ensure that you have confirmed your food choices with the Encounters team prior to the event. Krater runs for 2.5 hours inc. 2 intervals. If you have any questions about the show please call Krater on 01273 647100.
Seating is allocated on arrival. Please arrive at door opening time to ensure that you can be seated with the rest of the group and have time to eat your meal before the show. Please note that doors close 15 minutes before show time. Line ups are subject to change.
143B Ditchling Road Brighton, BN1 6JA
Class start time: 18.30
During his frequent childhood trips to Gujarat in India, 8-year-old Minesh Agnihotri watched his mother effortlessly prepared a series of fresh, delectable dishes for her family. The sights, aromas and sounds of an Indian home kitchen inspired his great passion for (what is surely) the world’s greatest cuisine. Today, most curries sold in Britain are a poor representation of Indian food. At the Kari Club, Minesh has found a way to re-discover his love for authentic Indian dishes. Join him for an in-depth cookery lesson, where participants will learn to cook elegant Indian dishes from scratch with the care and attention to detail they truly deserve.
Guests will learn how to cook a Kari Club recipe box with expert tuition and enjoy eating the delicious meals they create. All dishes will be made from fresh ingredients (without additives). Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.
Guests will cook the Mamaji Chicken recipe box, a homestyle Indian chicken recipe showcasing various techniques like roasting spices and building a base. If you are vegetarian or vegan you will cook the smoked aubergine main course. The class will last approximately 3.5-4 hours, including time to eat your dishes.
Please note: while vegan and vegetarian options are available (and the space will be divided accordingly), all food will be prepared in close proximity (including meat products).
Please bring your own drinks (alcohol permitted).
Please ensure that you arrive promptly at 18.30 or you may be unable to participate.
Cine City (The Brighton Film Festival)
Duke of York’s, Preston Rd, Brighton, BN1 4NA
Dir: Sarah Gavron
With: Bukky Bukray, Kosar Ali, D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu
A standout portrait of teenage female friendship from the director of Suffragette and Brick Lane.
Olushola (Bukky Bukray), nicknamed ‘Rocks’ after she bravely stood up to bullies on behalf of her best friend, is an ordinary teenage girl living in East London. The rhythms and concerns of her life are typical for someone of her age, hanging out with her all-female crew and helping to take care of her 7-year-old brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu). Typical, that is, until Rocks comes home from school one day to discover that her mother has abandoned them, leaving behind some money and a vague note of apology. Wary of letting the authorities find out, Rocks decides to take charge of the situation herself.
Director Sarah Gavron and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson workshopped the film for a year with first-time actors, a process of collaborative improvisation that lends the film a beautifully realised naturalism. Rocks is a joyful, resilient shot of energy and a humane reminder of the strength and power of community.
“A deft balance of drama, humour and hormonal adolescent huffs, Rocks is a real treat: full of warmth, honesty and authenticity” – Wendy Ide, Screen International
Show time 93 Mins.
Attendees should make their own way to the Alcampo Lounge, which is approximately 3 minutes (by foot) from Duke of York’s.
Each attendee will be allocated a £30 budget to select dinner and drinks of their choice from Alcampo Lounge’s extensive menu.
Tour of Brighton Museum and Pavilion
4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE
Tour time: 18.30
The Royal Pavilion has a colourful history stretching back over 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become a true icon of Brighton.
Attendees will enjoy an hour long tour of the Pavilion and then head to the Brighton Museum for drinks and canapes at in the twentieth century art and design gallery at Brighton Museum. This flagship gallery contains significant works from the major design styles of the last century, including Aestheticism, Art & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Post-War Design, and Surrealism, with a focus on three influential artists: Pablo Picasso, Eric Ravilious and Grayson Perry.
Dinner is booked for 20.30 at Wahaca, Brighton 160 – 161 North St, Brighton BN1 1EZ.
Guests should make their own way to Wahaca, which is approximately 3 minutes by foot from Brighton Museum, directly after the drinks reception.
Each attendee will be allocated a £30 budget to select dinner and drinks of their choice from Wahaca’s extensive menu.
83 St George’s Rd, Brighton BN2 1EF
18.30 – late
On the Edge of Drag: Every Friday and Saturday night in the heart of the gay capital of the country, a unique line-up combines high camp with high skill, showcasing the UK’s most flamboyant drag acts, with lip sync and singalong and cutting camp comedy, set alongside beautiful burlesque performers and skilled fire breathers to create a real variety cabaret show.
Attendees will enjoy a cocktail upon arrival, and will be served a three-course meal throughout the evening. Please ensure that you have confirmed your menu choices with the CHASE team prior to the event.
Please note that Proud has a strict dress code and rights of admission are at the absolute discretion of the staff. Proud insists that our performers, staff and venue are nothing short of stunning and we ask that you join in the fun and dress to impress! No sportswear, trainers or hats are permitted. Smart jeans are fine as long as there is no rips. Please note that any party accessories or decorations are not in keeping with the glamorous, 1920’s vintage theme of our venues and will not be allowed for the durations of the show (until 23.30). Under no circumstances are “phallic” items such as straws or headpieces allowed into the venue
Please ensure that you arrive as close to the booking time (18.30) as possible! Failure to do so might result in your table being given to a reserve.
University of Sussex Campus
19.00 – 22.00
Dr Darren Baskill (University of Sussex Astrophysics) will talk attendees through the basics of astronomy and our place in the universe. Fingers crossed the weather will be fair and the skies clear; in which case telescopes will be set up near the conference venue. In case of bad weather or clouds, you will explore the galaxy from the comfort and warmth of the planetarium set up inside the conference venue.
Dinner will be available in the ACCA prior to the activity from 18.00 onwards.
Please wrap up warm as (hopefully!) this activity will be taking place outside.
With the exception of Stargazing, all evening activities will take place off-campus.
All events will be managed and organised by third parties and are therefore subject to change.
CHASE staff will not always be present at dinner and social activities.
A map detailing all evening activity venues can be found here
Placements plenary panel
Day 2, 10.00-11.30
Epping Forest District — Ellis Spicer (University of Kent)
Ellis Spicer is a third year PhD candidate in the School of History at the University of Kent whose research focuses on identity and belonging in Holocaust survivor associations in postwar Britain. In one of her PhD interviews in 2018, a Holocaust survivor mentioned a hostel he stayed in which was ten minutes away from her hometown. Therefore, her placement seeks to create an exhibition with Epping Forest District Museum, which goes live on the 23rd May 2020.
Bridge+ — Elizabeth Morgan (UEA)
Elizabeth is in the third year of her PhD at the University of East Anglia, in the Languages and Communications Department. Her research examines the impact of the policy and practice of interpreting and translation provision on the sense of belonging among migrants in Norwich. In January this year she began a placement at the Bridge Plus+, an organisation in Norwich offering information and advice to ethnic minority individuals. Although she initially planned to stay only 6 months, the placement has now been extended through to the end of the year.
The Mighty Eighth – Hattie Hearn (University of Kent)
Hattie Hearn is a second year PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia. Using archival research and oral history interviews, she is exploring how American 8th Air Force personnel employed processes of placemaking to transform their military bases into wartime homes during the Second World War. In turn, her research assesses how this historical process of meaning-making has influenced the ways in which visitors experience the physical remains of the sites today.
Muscaliet Press – Simon Everett
Simon Everett established Muscaliet Press in 2017 as part of a CHASE placement. Muscaliet is an independent publisher of poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction. It aims to publish new, innovative work that embodies this approach: bold, interdisciplinary, interweaving, fluid, processual writing, both formal and free-form.
For more information about the press, including recent publications, please see the Muscaliet Press website.
European Graduate School plenary session
Day 2, 11.30 – 12.30
Kit Ashton (Goldsmiths)
Kit Ashton is in his final year of a PhD in Music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is researching the ways in which music can help to safeguard and revitalise endangered languages, with a focus on the critically endangered language of Jèrriais in his home island of Jersey (Channel Islands). In August 2019 Kit attanded a 3-day EGS seminar in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, with eminent philosopher, cultural theorist and musicologist Peter Szendy, entitled: ‘ “Dear Reader, Don’t Read!” The Politics and Erotics of Reading from Plato to Calvino’.
Zoha Zokaei (University of Sussex)
Zoha Zokaei is a British-Iranian award-winning artist and practice-based PhD researcher at the University of Sussex department of Media, Film and Music. Her research in hybrid storytelling for social change resulted in the production of the podcast series titled Price of Secrecy, that has won an award at the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H.Driehaus Foundation Competition. Price of Secrecy is a journey of a reflexive socially engaged creative practice that engages with some of the legal, social, cultural and familial constraints that contribute to the silence around the issue of child sexual abuse in Iran.
Sofia Cumming (UEA)
Sofia Cumming is a third-year PhD Candidate working in the field of modern European intellectual history at the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she also tutors and lectures on undergraduate courses in Critical Theory, Literary Criticism and Philosophy. Her research focuses on German-Jewish writer, philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin and his life-long engagement with French literary and aesthetic culture. She was the co-organizer of Benjamin’s Baudelaire: Constellations of Modernity (May 2019), a workshop for early career researchers in affiliation with the Centre for Philosophy & Critical Thought at Goldsmiths.
Academic wellbeing sessions
Day 2, 13.30 – 14.30
Navigating Supervision — Katherine Parker-Hay (University of Sussex)
Gardner Tower, ACCA
On starting your PhD, it’s almost as though you are supposed to know automatically what supervision is and how to make the most of it. Informed by the current research, this workshop aims to demystify some of this process. It will explore the ideals that have informed supervision and how these are changing, what is expected from a supervisee and how to go about tailoring supervision to your own needs. The workshop will be helpful to those starting out with their doctorate or wanting to think about how to navigate their current supervisory dynamic.
We’ve come a long way but where now? Actions, conversations and more actions to support PGR mental health and wellbeing — John Turnpenny (UEA), Clio Berry (University of Sussex) and Jeremy Niven (University of Sussex)
This session continues the previous CHASE Encounters theme around mental health and wellbeing (MHW) among PGRs. We give a flavour of some of the latest initiatives supporting MHW and setting the agenda in this area, as a way in to conversations and expressing your own views about what the main issues are and where improvements could lie. We challenge you to come up with actions that you, other individuals, and institutions such as CHASE could do more (or less) of.
Support students’ wellbeing by encouraging conversations about mental health in academia
Give a flavour of the kinds of projects and activities going on
Gather ideas for how CHASE can help support and champion PGR wellbeing
CHASE student network breakout sessions
Day 2, 14.30 – 16.00
CHASE Student Committee
Workshop Studio, ACCA
Join the Student Committee to find out who we are and what we do as a Committee to best represent you as the CHASE cohort. Whether you want to raise certain issues, are interested in joining or finding out more about us and our blog, everyone is welcome. We will start with introductions before moving to our aims, long term goals and showcasing our blog which all students are welcome to contribute to.
Diversity in Academic Citizenship
Room BH-235, Bramber House
Diversity in Academic Citizenship strives to promote inclusivity and wellbeing for those within the CHASE cohort. After a successful round table at Encounters in July, at the University of Kent, the group is committed to providing support and advice, as well as a safe point of contact for those with visible and invisible disabilities, including mental health.
This session seeks to build on this progressively, attain new members, develop the rationale for, and fine tune how the group can actively support those in the CHASE community.
All are welcome!
Medical Humanities Network
Cafe bar area, ACCA
We’re establishing a Medical Humanities Network at CHASE in order to facilitate a knowledge exchange between CHASE PGRs working within the medical humanities.
We will begin the session with an introduction to our areas of research, followed by a discussion where we will consider the aims of the network. Our initial idea is to meet as a network around once a month. These meetings will look slightly different each time, taking the format of reading groups, workshops and social events.
Please come along if you’re working within the medical humanities and would like to be involved.
Climate Crisis Action Group
Gardner Tower, ACCA
You are invited to our first open CHASE Climate Crisis Action Group meeting. This is a chance to shape the group’s direction, and discuss how the academic community can respond to the climate emergency. Our aim is to generate sector-wide change, including creating alternatives to the high carbon practices (e.g. flying) on which research relies. We recognise that the climate crisis intersects with many other forms of activism, including feminism, anti-racism, migrant and indigenous rights. We see working with and within these intersections as imperative for Climate Action.
At the meeting we will:
Report on progress and the response from CHASE.
Explore how the climate emergency relates to our research
Discuss barriers to taking action.
Work towards a statement of intent outlining our overarching aims.
Decide on roles, and who will fill them this year.
Writing for Practice Forum
Room BH-243, Bramber House
The Writing for Practice Forum is based in the Mountain of Arts Research (MARs) at Goldsmiths College, and is organised by artists and researchers Kate Pickering and Rowena Harris, and supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership. The forum is a peer led discursive space to gain valuable feedback on imaginative or experimental approaches with text-based material: (m-a-r-s.online/gatherings/writing-for-practice-forum).
The Writing For Practice Forum will take a special format for the CHASE Encounters conference at the University of Sussex. We will use the forum to think through writing as/ within/ for practice research more broadly. We invite all participants to bring a short excerpt of their own writing (approx. 300 words or less) to discuss in relation to the question: how do we think through a practice of writing? We will read out the excerpts together at the start of the session, along with a short extract from Rootprintsby Helene Cixous (here) that considers writing as an externalisation of the interior self (pre-reading is not mandatory). In addition to bringing an excerpt, please bring a concern or thought in relation to writing as/ within/ for practice. Writer, artist and Professor in Fine Art Kristen Krieder (Goldsmiths) will join us in discussion.
Brief Encounters Journal
Room BH-255, Bramber House
Join the Brief Encounters Editorial Board to find out more about the journal, its aims and opportunities for you to join the Board and create the next issue. The session will provide you with an overview of the journal, the various roles on the Editorial Board, and the types of submissions that the journal welcomes. The session will be valuable to anyone thinking of publishing in the journal or joining the Editorial Board as the recruitment window opens for the next issue’s Board.
Space, Place and Time Research Group (SPT)
Room BH-242, Bramber House
SPT is a collective of doctoral researchers funded by the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts – South East (CHASE) whose projects explore the concepts of space, place and time. The group aims to foster conversation and collaboration between various disciplines that share this research focus. Our members include both practice and theory-based researchers working across the wide range of fields, including literature, sound studies, visual cultures, theatre and performance, media and communications, philosophy and history. Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, SPT are running a project ‘Critical Excursions’ – a series of events and expeditions, which will take place in the UK and abroad. Through the method of guided excursions, readings, discussions and workshops undertaken in-situ, we will explore the histories and the legacies of ‘the Troubles’ in Belfast, the residues of post-industrial landscapes across the River Thames, the futures of DYI dance culture in London, the histories of measuring time in Liverpool as well as utopian imaginaries of the Frankfurt School of thought in Naples. We invite CHASE affiliated students to sign up and join our critical expeditions. This adventurous opportunity will provide space for the participants to network, share ideas, form collaborations and produce new collective knowledge.’
Field Research Abroad
This session will highlight the necessary practical steps doctoral researchers are required to follow in order to undertake field research outlining the process of obtaining funding from CHASE DTP and the necessary clearances from the home institution regarding risk assessments and travel insurance. In turn we will highlight the importance of ‘research clearance’ when undertaking fieldwork in regarding permits and visas. Secondly, we will show how we adopted two different approaches to data collection in the field through archival research and interviews. Finally, we will emphasize the importance of reflexivity when researching in particular socio-political and cultural environments.
CHASE Feminist Network
Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA
The CHASE Feminist Network will be providing a session on wellbeing, resistance, and institutional prejudice. As well as discussing problems currently facing social justice in academia we’ll talk about how to balance activism with personal wellbeing and self-care, and offer advice around active bystander intervention. We hope the session will help attendees feel more comfortable and capable pursuing feminist activism and supporting marginalised people within the academy.
Keynote 2 – Rupert Read (UEA)
Research AND Action in the Age of Climate- and Ecological- Breakdown
Day 2, 16.00 – 17.00
Dr Rupert Read studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, and later continued his studies at Rutgers and Princeton, where he completed a Ph.D in a Wittgensteinian exploration of the relationship between Kripke’s ‘quus’ problem and Nelson Goodman’s ‘grue’ problem. He was politically radicalised by his time in the United States, where he saw first-hand the dire cultural and ethical consequences of more or less untrammelled capitalism.
Dr Read lectured for two years at Manchester, before moving to UEA in 1997, where he has stayed for the last two decades, working to grow the philosophy post-grad community, the Department as a whole, and the Wittgensteinian side of the Department in particular. He has published a very substantial number of books and papers, most notably including, ‘The New Wittgenstein’. His latest book, ‘A film-philosophy of ecology and enlightenment’, will be published by Routledge later this year.
In recent years Dr Read has become increasingly involved in politics: he sat as a Green Party councillor in Norwich from 2004-2011, and stood for both national parliamentary and European elections. He is also the current chair of the ecological think tank Green House (https://www.greenhousethinktank.org/). He writes for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, and Resurgence & Ecologist, and also appears semi regularly on Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service on programmes such as ‘Free Thinking’.
Dr Read’s keynote talk will discuss how to use the impact agenda, why academics should be trying to save the world, and the forces that get in the way of this – including our own prejudices as students of the social and human world.
Please see here for further information about his work and activism.
Chaired by Kate Lacey (University of Sussex)
Wasafiri’s first issue was published Autumn 1984 as the ATCAL journal (Association for the Teaching of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures). From 1986 its subtitle was ‘Perspectives on African, Caribbean, Asian and Black-British Literature’. From 1992 (issue 16) it moved to be called ‘Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures in English’. From 1998 (issue 27) this subtitle stopped appearing on the cover of the magazine and was only published on the contents page. From 2000 (issue 32) the magazine stopped referring to the Caribbean, African and Asian aspect of its publishing totally. In 2003 (issue 40) the magazine started to use the subtitle ‘the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing’.
As well as the editor, Susheila Nasta, members of the board who have been with the magazine since its inception are Robert Fraser, Lyn Innes, Louis James, Alastair Niven. Regular reviewers and writers have included internationally acclaimed authors who have been with the magazine before they became well-known.
The first ever editorial was from Earl Lovelace, entitled ‘Engaging the World’. He said:
‘I have the impression that this literature of Africa, the Caribbean and Asia is viewed as a thing apart, that it belongs to Africans, Asians and Caribbean people and not to the world. … What then is the world? Who qualifies for the world? Who decides what is the world? Is there a world? Is there one world? Why are we not an automatic part of the world? … We both have to get rid of these posture, comforting as they may seem, for whether it is as supervisor of civilisation or as victim of oppression, both prevent us from the responsibility for the far more exciting and essential task of building in these times a new and human society. We can only do this from where we are, with the experiences that we have; what we share is language, imagination. Nobody is born into the world. Every one of us is born into a place in the world, in a culture, and it is from that standpoint of that culture that we contribute to the world.’
Wasafiri was published twice yearly until 2002 (issue 37) and then came out three times a year. In 2008 it became a quarterly publication.
Highlights from the Issues
Issue 1 (Autumn 1984) included an extract from S Menon Marath, who made his literary debut in 1960 in India and was a foremost Indian novelist.
Issue 2 (Spring 1985) was the first issue to have some writing by Fred D’Aguiar (a review), followed by poems in issue 3
Issue 3 (Autumn 1985) included poems from David Dabydeen
Issue 4 (Spring 1986) included some of Vikram Seth’s early poems and a review of Caryl Phillips’s first novel, The Final Passage
Issue 5 – Caribbean Focus Issue (Autumn 1986) included an interview with novelist Wilson Harris and creative writing by E A Markham, plus a review by future Booker Prize shortlisted Abdulrazak Gurnah
Double issue 6/7 – Focus on Education (Spring/Autumn 1987) published an interview with Ama Ata Aidoo plus first poems by acclaimed Sri Lankan writer Jean Arasanayagam, plus first time we published John Haynes, who won the Costa Poetry Award in 2006 and the Troubadour Poetry Prize in 2007
Issue 8 – Women’s Issue (Spring 1988) featured the now well-known poet Grace Nichols, US writer Paule Marshall
Issue 9 (Winter 1988/9) had long piece on Derek Walcott’s work – now a Nobel Prize winner and also published the poetry of the late Iranian poet and painter, Sohrab Sepehri
Issue 10 (Summer 1989) included the work of the internationally acclaimed Angolan writer Pepetela and also of Mia Couto from Mozambique
Issue 11 (Spring 1990) included poems by the now renowned Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison
Issue 12 (Autumn 1990) included some important letters of the late writer Bessie Head and also included the first writing renowned critic Maya Jaggi did for the magazine – an interview with Earl Lovelace – also published the first poems of now well known poet Patience Agbabi
Issue 13 – Focus on South Asian Writing (Spring 1991) included an interview with Moyez Vassanji
Issue 14 (Autumn 1991) carried an interview with Chinua Achebe, seen as the father of African fiction, plus early poems by Maggie Harris and reviewed Derek Walcott
Issue 15 Focus on the Gambia (Spring 1992) included poems by acclaimed Gambian poet Lenrie Peters and reviews of Biyi Bandele’s first novel and Mimi Khalvati’s first book of poetry
Issue 16 Special Caribbean Issue (Autumn 1992) included the T S Eliot lecture given by Barbadian historian, writer and poet Kamau Brathwaite, plus an interview with the late Jamaican writers Andrew Salkey and a review of Lawrence Scott’s first novel (by Wilson Harris), plus first writing done for us by Biyi Bandele (a review)
Issue 17 Focus on Writing in Britain (Spring 1993) included early poems by Ian Iqbal Rashid, an interview with Shashi Deshpande, an early story by Minoli Salgado, an extract from an early novel Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam (whose novel Maps for Lost Lovers received high acclaim in 2006), plus a review of Booker Prize shortlisted Romesh Gunesekera’s Monkfish Moon, first writing for us by Commonwealth Prize-winning writer of 2008 Karen King-Aribisala (a review)
Issue 18 (Autumn 1993) included a major poem by Kamau Brathwaite, some early poems of Jack Mapanje, an interview with the 1986 Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka
Issue 19 (Summer 1994) included poems by Chenjerai Hove and an interview with Jack Mapanje, plus fiction by Karen King-Aribisala
Issue 20 10th Anniversary Special (Autumn 1994) included an interview with Caryl Phillips by Maya Jaggi, poems bySudeep Sen, an article by Wilson Harris, an interview with Nayantara Sahgal
Issue 21 India, Asia and the Diaspora (Spring 1995) included an interview with 2001 Nobel Laureate V S Naipaul(interviewed by Alastair Niven), a poem by Imtiaz Dharker, an interview with Vikram Seth by Sudeep Sen, a short piece by Anita Desai, an early poem of Tabish Khair and of Jeet Thayil, an early poem by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (who later wrote The Mistress of Spices), an early poem of Achmat Dangor, an early poem by Moniza Alvi, an early poem by Romesh Gunesekera
Issue 22 Africa 95 (Autumn 1995) included an interview with 1989 Booker Prize Winner Kazuo Ishiguro, an interview with Biyi Bandele
Issue 23 Post-colonial Writing (Spring 1996) included an interview with Booker Prize shortlisted writer Rohinton Mistry, a poem by Minoli Salgado, creative writing by Booker shortlisted writer Abdulrazak Gurnah and an obituary of environmental rights campaigner and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa
Issue 24 (Autumn 1996) featured the Commonwealth Short Story Prize winners – Syl Cheney-Coker, Punyakante Wijenaike, Laureen Phillip and Charles Flores; plus an interview with Githa Hariharan, poems by Mimi Khalvati
Issue 25 Pacific Writing Special (Spring 1997) included an interview with acclaimed Tongan poet Konai Thaman and with 1985 Booker prize winning writer Keri Hulme
Issue 26 Independence Day: South Asian Writing in English 50 Years On (Autumn 1997) included poems by E A Markham, 100th birthday celebrations of Nirad C Chaudhuri, an Indian historian, essayist and biographer; interviews with George Lamming (by Caryl Phillips) and internationally acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie; creative writing by Attia Hosain
Issue 27 African American Writing (Spring 1998) included an interview with groundbreaking US feminist bell hooks and poems by acclaimed poet Australian John Kinsella
Issue 28 (Autumn 1998) included poems by Jack Mapanje, an interview with Fred D’Aguiar and creative writing by Lawrence Scott and Tessa McWatt
Issue 29 Taking the Cake: Black Writing in Britain (Spring 1999) included interviews with Guardian Fiction Prize winner Jackie Kay and David Dabydeen, an early creative piece by Leila Aboulela (one of the first winners of the Caine Prize for African Writing), early poems from Dorothea Smartt and some early creative writing by Bernardine Evaristo, an article by Kwame Dawes and a short piece by Stuart Hall
Issue 30 Special Focus: Mauritian Writing in English (Autumn 1999) included a short story by Lindsey Collen and an interview with Amit Chaudhuri
Issue 31 The Long March: Migrant Writing in Europe (Spring 2000) included fiction by Guardian Fiction Prize winner Jamal Mahjoub, an interview with Helene Cixous, poetry by Sujata Bhatt and pieces by Assia Djebar and Leila Aboulela
Issue 32 (Autumn 2000) included an interview with Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, poetry by James Berry and Malika Booker, an extract from a novel in progress (to become 26a) by Diana Evans, poetry by Kwame Dawes, short stories by Leila Aboulela and Courttia Newland plus Kamila Shamsie and Jacob Ross, a novel extract by S I Martin
Issue 33 (Spring 2001) included an interview with Maxine Hong Kingston and a review by Kamila Shamsie
Issue 34 Travellers’ Tales (Autumn 2001) included an interview with Bernardine Evaristo and an extract from The Emperor’s Babe, plus an extract from A New World Order by Caryl Phillips
Issue 35 (Spring 2002) included an interview with playwright and television writer Michael Abbensetts and a story by Tessa McWatt, as well as some poems by Khan Singh Kumar, who would later revert to using his real name, Daljit Nagra (later a Forward Poetry Prize winner)
Issue 36 Writing in Britain: Shifting Geographies (Summer 2002) included Maggie Gee interviewed by Maya Jaggi, writing by E A Markham and Aamer Hussein
Issue 37 Focus on Africa (Winter 2002) included an interview with Vikram Chandra, an early story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, poems by Nii Ayikwei Parkes and an interview with Ama Ata Aidoo
Issue 38 World Poetry (2003) included poems by Kelwyn Sole
Issue 39 (Summer 2003) included an interview with Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer by Hermione Lee, the 2003 World Service Short Story Winners (Tanvir Bush, Chika Unigwe and Michael Sposito) and a poem by John Haynes
Issue 40 Focus on Translation (Winter 2003) included interviews with acclaimed Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Austin Clarke
Issue 41(Spring 2004) included interviews with Courttia Newland and Jacob Ross, an extract by Lawrence Scott and poems by Angus Calder, John Mateer and S A Afolabi
Issue 42 Making Tracks: 20th Anniversary Issue (Summer 2004). This bumper birthday issue was full of renowned authors including: Kamau Brathwaite, Marina Warner, Anita Desai, Maggie Gee, Derek Walcott, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Michael Ondaatje, Jackie Kay, Romesh Gunesekera, Lorna Goodison, Olive Senior, Mimi Khalvati and others. It also included a piece by Earl Lovelace, who had penned the first editiorial in 1984, and an interview with editor Susheila Nasta by Jonathan Barker
Issue 43 Global Cinema (Winter 2004) was guest-edited by Sukhdev Sandhu and included an article by Kodwo Eshunand covered new cinema from the Islamic world, Nollywood films and Pakistan Pashto horror films among others. There was also an interview with Isaac Julien
Issue 44 Frantz Fanon Special Issue (Spring 2005) included the first translation of an important article written in 1969 in German by Jean Amery and the first page of Frantz Fanon’s diary of 1960
Issue 45 (Summer 2005) included an interview with Hari Kunzru (one of Granta’s best young novelists in 2003) and Diana Evans talking to Bernardine Evaristo, plus poems by Tishani Doshi and Lizzy Dijeh
Issue 46 Africa 05 (Winter 2005) included a short story by Segun Afolabi (winner of the 2005 Caine Prize for Fiction for the story ‘Monday Morning’ which had been printed in Wasafiri issue 41 in 2004). There was also an article by James Currey on publishing Bessie Head, plus an interview with Abdulrazak Gurnah and pieces by Caine Prize Winner Chika Unigwe and Brian Chikwava (whose first novel comes out in 2009)
Issue 47 (Spring 2006) included interviews with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Helen Oyeyemi (interviewed by Aminatta Forna) plus an interview with award-winning Indian writer, Nayantara Sahgal, plus a poem by John Haynes
Issue 48 Life Writing (Summer 2006) included an article by Caryl Phillips, interviews with Hanif Kureishi and Blake Morrison (by Susheila Nasta) and Jamaica Kincaid (Marina Warner), plus poems and a story by Jackie Kay
Issue 49 (Winter 2006) included an interview with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and an excerpt from a new novel by Erna Brodber, a Commonwealth Writers Regional Shortlisted book, plus one of the first stories written and published in English in 1835 by an Indian writer, Kylas Chunder Dutt
Issue 50 Queer Postcolonial (Spring 2007) guest-edited by Sara Salih included interviews with Valerie Mason-Johnand Dorothea Smartt, fables by Suniti Namjoshi, an extract from Maureen Duffy’s groundbreaking novel Illuminations and poetry by Jackie Kay and Saradha Soobrayen
Issue 51 Cultures of Terror (Summer 2007) guest-edited by Elleke Boehmer and Susheila Nasta included Pankaj Mishra and Tsitsi Dangarembga interviews, pieces by Ahdaf Soueif and Clare Short and poetry by Mahmood Jamaland Saadi Yousef
Issue 52 The Book in the World (Autumn 2007) guest-edited by Robert Fraser and Susheila Nasta included an article by Marina Warner, the short story ‘Cemetery of Life’ by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu which was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2008, and poetry by Lizzy Dijeh
Issue 53 (Spring 2008) included interviews with Olive Senior and Vikram Chandra, acclaimed artist Rasheed Araeenin conversation, poetry by renowned Argentinian poet Luis Benitez and an article by the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize translator Daniel Hahn
Issue 54 (Summer 2008) included interviews with Booker Prize winter Ben Okri and Mohsin Hamid, poetry by Khaled Mattawa and Jeet Thayil and a short story by Mukoma wa Ngugi
Issue 55 Writing China (Autumn 2008) included interviews with Yan Lianke and Mo Yan and poetry by Duo Duo. All of the creative writing was translated from the Chinese and was mostly from writers still living inside China
Issue 56 African Europeans (Winter 2008) included an interview with Assia Djebar, poetry by Agnes Agboton (in Gun, Spanish and English) and Ubax Cristina Ali Farah (in Italian and English). Most of the creative writing was translated from various European languages
Issue 57 Jewish/Postcolonial Diasporas (Spring 2009) guest-edited by Bryan Cheyette included interviews with Vikram Seth and Booker shortlisted Linda Grant, a piece by Anita Desai, poetry by Elaine Feinstein and Ruth Fainlight and fiction by Samir El-youssef
Issue 58 (Summer 2009) included an interview with James Kelman and an interview between Bernadine Evaristo and Lizzy Dijeh, poems by Imruh Bakari and Andrew O’Donnell, and a piece by Michael Rice.
Issue 59 25th Anniversary Issue (Autumn 2009) was a particularly rich issue in honour of Wasafiri’s 25th anniversary, featuring poems from Sujata Bhatt and Moniza Alvi, work from Fred D’Aguiar, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Anita Desai, and Maya Jaggi, and interviews from Linton Kwesi Johnson and Doris Lessing.
Issue 60 Children’s Issue (Winter 2009) was guest edited by Beverley Naidoo and Shereen Pandit. It featured poetry from John Agard, Jackie Kay, and Grace Nichols, and articles from Rudine Sims Bishop and Elsa Marston.
Issue 61 (Spring 2010) featured fiction from Nadine Gordimer, life writing from Xu Xi, poetry by Jerome Branch, and a conversation between Sunil Gangopadhyay and K Satchidanandan by Ashok Bery.
Issue 62 Irish Issue (Summer 2010) was guest edited by Glenn Hooper and Gary McKeone. It included an interview with Deirdre Gribbon, poems by Vona Groarke and Matthew Sweenry, and writing from Declan McGonagle, conor McCarthy, and Clíona Ní Ríordáin.
Issue 63 (Autumn 2010) was guest edited by Tabish Khair, and included a conversation between Anita Desai and Kiran Desai with Maggie Gee, as well as writing from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Elleka Boehmer, poetry by Iain Britton, fiction from Moetai Brotherson, and an interview with Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
Issue 64 Black British Writing (Winter 2010) was guest edited by Bernadine Evaristo and Karen McCarthy Woolf. It included writing from Leone Ross and Jacob Sam-La Rose, an interview between Jackie Kay and Maggie Gee, and art and writing from Jay Bernard.
Issue 65 (Spring 2011) featured an interview between Hirsh Sawney and Richard Ford, as well as an interview with Mohammed Umar, fiction from Bina Shah and Toby Litt, and poetry by Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi.
Issue 66 Indian Oceans Issue (Summer 2011) was guest edited by Stephanie Jones and included interviews with both Ananda Devi and M G Vassanji. It featured fiction by Abdulrazak Gurnah, and a special feature on oral poetry including the likes of Kai Kresse and Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir, translated from Swahili.
Issue 67 (Autumn 2011) included a conversation between Louis James and Mervyn Morris, fiction from Chris Dunton and Mithu Banerji, and new poetry from David Shook and Ruth Vanita, as well as an interview with Adam Thirlwell.
Issue 68 Bush House (Winter 2011) was guest edited by Marie Gillespie, and features an unprecedented range of writers, including poetry translated from Russian, Tamil, and Polish, and fiction from Colin Grant, Hamid Ismailov, and Annabel Dilke, as well as interviews with Zina Rohan and Anwar Hamed.
Issue 69 (Spring 2012) includes fiction by Merih Günay, in interview with Jeet Thayil by Siddartha Bose, and poetry from Amina Saïd and Marilyn Hacker, and an article by Christina Phillips.
Issue 70 Asians in Britain (Summer 2012) was guest edited by Florian Stadtler. It featured interviews with Nayantara Sahgal and Amitav Ghosh, writing from Rehana Ahmed, Sumita Mukherjee, and Sarah Turner.
Issue 71 (Autumn 2012) included fiction from Beverley Naidoo and a conversation between Earl Lovelace and Monique Roffey. It featured poetry by Jacqueline Bishop and fiction from Marina Buvailo, as well as an interview with H M Naqvi.
Issue 72 Global Youth Culture (Winter 2012) was guest edited by Blake Brandes and Caroline Rooney. It included poetry from Avaes Mohammad, Meena Kandasamy, and Rafeef Ziadah, an in terview with Omar Robert Hamilton, and an article by Rupa Huq.
Issue 73 (Spring 2013) featured fiction from Gabriel Gbadamosi, poetry from Sasenarine Persaud, and articles from Jean Khalfa and Lawrence Scott.
Issue 74 Trinidadian Writing (Summer 2013) was guest edited by Stephanie Decouvelaere and Malachi McIntosh. It featured articles by Alison Donnell, Frank Birbalsingh, and Earl Lovelace, poems from Alison Gibb, and fiction from Lisa Allen-Agostini .
Issue 75 (Autumn 2013) included poetry by Warsham Shire and Swati Rana, fiction from A M Bakalar and Minoli Salgado, an interview with Hari Kunzru, and an article by Pauline Melville.
Issue 76 International Urban Writing (Winter 2013) was guest edited by Courttia Newland and Siddhartha Bose. It included poetry by Sabrina Mahfouz and Jeet Thayil, and interviews with Faïza Guène and Kgebetli Moele.
Issue 77 (Spring 2014) was edited by Stephanie Jones, and included Razmik Davoyan and Arminé Tamrazian in conversation, as well as Imtiaz Dharker in conversation with Tabish Khair. It featured poetry contributions from Terry Jones and Michelle Cahill.
Issue 78 Writing the Balkans (Summer 2014) was guest edited by Vesna Goldsworthy. It included a remarkably strong cross-section of writers from the Balkans, including prize winning poets Alma Lazarevske and Brian Henry, fiction writers David Albahari, and Muharem Bazdulj, and an interview with of Pavle Šosberger.
Issue 79 30th Birthday Issue (Autumn 2014) featured a fantastic cross section of writers for this special anniversary issue, including Caryl Phillips, Bidisha, Kei Miller, Richard Dyer, and Lorna Goodison, as well as a wealth of new voices, and an interview between Deirdre Osborne and Bonnie Greer.
Issue 80 Palestine (Winter 2014) was guest edited by Rachel Holmes. It includes an interview with Omar Barghouti, and another between Imraan Coovadia and Rabai al-Madhoun, as well as poetry by Suheir Hammad and Nathalie Handal, and fiction from Selma Dabbagh.
Issue 81 (Spring 2015) featured new poetry from Kamau Brathwaite, an interview with Anita Desai and another with Shyam Selvadurai, poetry by Louisa Adoja Parker, and fiction by Ifeanyi Onyewuchi.
Issue 82 Brazil (Summer 2015) was guest edited by Fabio Akcelrud Durão and Suman Gupta. It included poetry by Josely Vianna Baptista and Ferreira Gullar, fiction from Susana Fuentes, and featured the work of highly skilled translators, such as the award-winning Hilary Kaplan.
Issue 83 (Autumn 2015) was guest edited by Denise DeCaires Narain. It included a conversation between Abdus Samad and Tabish Khair, fiction from Nikesh Shukla, and poetry by Francine Elena.
Issue 84 Bangladesh (Winter 2015) was guest edited by Ahsan Akbar and K Anis Ahmed. It included non-fiction by Abeer Hoque and Kaiser Haq (who also contributed poetry to the issue), fiction from Shagufta S Tania, and an interview with Tahmima Anam.
Issue 85 (Spring 2016) included work by Brenda Cooper, an interview between Íde Corley and Zanele Muholi, as well as an interview with Mervyn Morris, poems from Richard Georges, and fiction from Romesh Gunesekera,
Issue 86 Australian and South African Poetry (Summer 2016) was edited by Ben Etherington. It included writing from Ingrid de Kok and John Mateer, interviews with Ali Cobby Eckermann and Hedley Twidle, poetry by Antije Krog, Michael Farrell and Kate Fagan, among many others.
Issue 87 (Autumn 2016) was edited by Stephanie Jones. It included a conversation between Carole Burns, Rebecca Smith and Segun Afolabi, fiction from George Makana Clark, and non-fiction from Yvonne Reddick and Candice Pitts.
Issue 88 Print Activism (Winter 2016) was guest edited by Ruth Bush and Madhu Krishnan. It featured poetry from Jamaican Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris and from Nick Makoha, fiction from the Caine Prize nominated Efemia Chela, and was particularly notable for its interviews with key figures in publishing.
Issue 89 (Spring 2017) features poetry from Anne Elvey and Shadab Zeest Hashmi, non-fiction from Vesna Goldsworthy, an interview with Sudeep Sen and another with Kevin Hosein, and fiction from Amita Murray.
Issue 90 Native American Writing (Summer 2017) was guest edited by Kimberly M Blaeser, Maggie Ann Bowers and David Stirrup. It included poetry by Heid E. Erdrich and Joan Naviyuk Kane, creative non-fiction from LeAnne Howe, and interviews with Ralph Salisbury and Margaret Noodin.
Issue 91 Hong Kong (Autumn 2017) was guest edited by Jeffrey Mather and Florian Stadtler. It featured interviews with Nicholas Wong and Xu Xi, fiction from Dorothy Tse, and poetry from Henry W Leung and Shirley Geok-lin Lim (winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize).
Issue 92 (Winter 2017) edited by Arifa Akbar features poetry from Salil Chaturvedi, Raymond Antrobus and John Siddique, fiction from Caroline Kinya Mbaya, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Leonne Ross, Sambudha Sen and Carol McKay, and interviews with Margaret Busby, Kerry Young and Bejan Matur.
Issue 93 Refuge (Spring 2018) was guest edited by Bidisha. It included poetry from Saba Vasefi, Hassan Blasim, Lisa Luxx, Bidisha and Olumide Popoola, fiction from Julia Bell, Selma Dabbagh, an interview with Sophie Hexheimerand articles from Giles Duley, Margaret Toolan, Meike Ziervogel and Lucy Popescu.
Issue 94 (Summer 2018) features a special section on Windrush Women, including interviews with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Beryl Gilroy, life writing from Adnan Sarwar and Julie Abrams-Humphries fiction from Ndinda Kioko, Sujit Saraf, Monique McIntosh and Niala Maharaj, poetry from Hannah Lowe and Mehran Waheed, and reviews by Ben Varghese and Anna Bernard.
Issue 95 (Autumn 2018), edited by Rukhsana Yasmin, features interviews with Jennifer Makumbi, Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Nuar Alsadir, fiction by Deepa Anappara, Rupam Baoni, Lauren Kosa and Revathi Krishnaswamy, reviews by Kate Wallis, Valerie Popp, and Adil Bhat.
Issue 96 Korea: Divisions and Borders (Winter 2018), guest edited by Phillip Y Kim and Krys Lee, features articles, alongside fiction by Yun I-hyeong, Jung Jidon, Jung Young Moon, poetry by Pak Jeong-dae, Han Kang, Kim Seung-Hee, interviews with Chang-rae Lee, Jang Jin-sung, among others, and reviews of works by R O Kwon, Mary Lynn Bracht, Han Yujoo,