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Members

FRINGE welcomes academics in all fields. Its members carry our research in the areas of urban studies, cultural history, comparative literature, anthropology, ethnomusicology, gender, queer and sexuality studies, film studies and performing arts, among others. Members are invited to attend the multidisciplinary workshops organized by FRINGE.

MEMBERS DIRECTORY

This FRINGE reading group engages with urban theory from intersectional perspectives. Participants from all disciplines are invited to join.

We read texts circulated by session moderator two weeks in advance of the Zoom meeting.

Sessions are moderated on a rotating basis to ensure the inclusion of various perspectives.

This FRINGE reading group engages with urban theory from intersectional perspectives. Participants from all disciplines are invited to join.

We read texts circulated by session moderator two weeks in advance of the Zoom meeting.

Sessions are moderated on a rotating basis to ensure the inclusion of various perspectives.

Ayona Datta

University College London (UK)

Research Interests:

urban geography

smart cities

gender citizenship

Johan Schimanski

University of Oslo (NO)

Research Interests:

comparative literature

border aesthetics

Arctic discourses

science fiction

Jane Cowan

University of Sussex (UK)

Research Interests:

social anthropology

feminism

ethnomusicology

rights history

Richard Hibbitt

University of Leeds (UK)

Research Interests:

cosmopolitanism

peripheral geography in European literatures

economic and symbolic capital

Heidi Liedke

University of Koblenz-Landau (DE)

Research Interests:

queer urban narratives

21st-century London fiction, fusion fiction, polyphony and urban space

Alexandra Urakova

Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SE)/A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences (RU)

Research Interests:

cultural anthropology

nineteenth-century literary studies

gender studies

Geoffrey Roberts

University College Cork (IE)

Research Interests:

20th century Russian history

Florencia Quesada 

University of Helsinki (FI)

Research Interests:

Latin American studies

urban history

cultural and architectural history

Jacob Bloomfield

University of Konstanz (DE)/University of Kent (UK)

Research Interests:

British history

queer history

history of sexuality

Conor Moloney

Queen Mary U. of London (UK)

Research Interests:

play, relational, antagonism

Jane-Marie Collins 

University of Nottingham (UK)

Research Interests:

Dale Knickerbocker

East Carolina University (US)

Research Interests:

Spanish literature

the fantastic

Daniel Oviedo Silva

Universidad Pública de Navarra (ES)

Research Interests:

urban deviance and social control

borderscapes

Ana Casas

Univesidad de Alcalá (ES)

Research Interests:

contemporary literature

Hispanic autofiction

authorial studies

the fantastic

David Roas

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

theory of the fantastic

the Spanish fantastic 

monstrosity

humour studies

Natalia Álvarez Méndez

Universidad de León (ES)

Research Interests:

urban narrative spaces

Hispanic literature

monstrosity and its artistic representations

Maya García de Vinuesa

Univesidad de Alcalá (ES)

Research Interests:

literary translation

Afroeuropean literatures 

postcolonial studies

Gareth Stockey

Indepentent scholar

Research Interests:

Gibraltar history

post-conflict studies

migration and border studies

Inna Sukhenko

University of Helsinki (FI)

Research Interests:

nuclear narrative

energy humanities

Sara Prieto

Univesidad de Alicante (ES)

Research Interests:

city & literature

activism

urban design

Anna Boccuti

Università di Torino (IT)

Research Interests:

Fantastic Literature

Transatlantic Tango

Latin American border studies

Keli Rylance

Saint Louis Art Museum (US)

Research Interests:

urban architecture

utopias/dystopias

Aina Pérez Fontdevila

Univesidad de Alcalá (ES)

Research Interests:

Authorship Studies

Gender and Queer Studies

Emilio Carrero

University of Arizona (US)

Research Interests:

biopolitics

diaspora poetry

philosophy of creativity

Miguel Carrera Garrido

Universidad de Granada (ES)

Research Interests:

horror

Science Fiction

monster theory

Jo Walton

University of Sussex (UK)

Research Interests:

utopian studies

critical digital studies

hip-hop

Saila-Maria Saaristo

University of Helsinki (FI) / University of Coimbra (PT)

Research Interests:

urban margins

forced evictions

right to housing

Elena Ritondale

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

border studies

peripheries

contemporary Latin American fiction

Lucy Kirkman

University of Arizona (US)

Research Interests:

urban development & industry in post-colonized nations,

racialized structures of urban environments

Hernan Dario

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

comparative literature

Sophie Maddison

University of Glasgow (UK)

Research Interests:

Urban Space Interconnectedness

Filippo Trentin

University of Pennsylvania (US)

Research Interests:

20th-century Italian literature and cinema

Subaltern studies

Queer urban studies

Natalie Mann

University of Warwick (UK)

Research Interests:

working class identity

history of urban poverty

urban poverty landscape

reproductive health and justice

(artist and academic)

Beata Waligorska-Olejniczak

Adam Mickiewicz University (PL)

Research Interests:

urban space and cultural memory

contemporary Russian cinema and literature

intertextuality 

Daniel Schreiner

Universität Paderborn (DE)

Research Interests:

Turkish-German literature 

Mexican-American literature 

literature of digitalisation

Romana Radlwimmer

Universität Tübingen (DE)

Research Interests:

literary urban spaces
urban splintering
Early modern literatures and cultures

Ibtisam Ahmed

University of Nottingham (UK)

Research Interests:

gender and sexuality

utopia

decolonisation

Michael G. Kelly

University of Limerick (IE)

Research Interests:

utopian theory

contemporary urban texts

French and Francophone writing

Deniz Başar

Concordia University (CA)

Research Interests:

theatre, performance, history

William Straw

McGill University (CA)

Research Interests:

night scenes cultures

lead of Urban Nights project

Adriana Zuniga

University of Arizona (US)

Research Interests:

environmental justice

green infrastructure

urban resilience

Joshua Parker

University of Salzburg (AT)

Research Interests:

narratology

transatlantic studies

American literature

Olivier Salès

University of Miami (US)

Research Interests:

literary urban studies

subaltern studies

Hip Hop studies

Elizabeth Porter

Hostos Community College, City University of New York (US)

Research Interests:

urban mobility

intersectional feminism 

literary urban studies

Deirdre Flynn

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (IE)

Research Interests:

literary urban studies

migration

biopolitics

Lauren Quigley

Queen's University Belfast (UK)

Research Interests:

mobilities, public transport

urban literature and poetics, 

peripheries

queer urban spaces

Elizabeth Olaoye

Idaho State University (US)

Research Interests:

gender 

postcolonial urban studies Fantasy

Md. Amir Hossain

IBAIS University (BD)

Research Interests:

Urban/Country life

Katherine Fama

University College Dublin (IE)

Research Interests:

architectural Humanities

rental architecture

literature

Polina Golovátina-Mora

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (CO)

Research Interests:

urban nature-culture decolonisation 

utopia

Sophia Basaldua-Sun

Independent Scholar

Research Interests:

Decolonial Urbanism  comparative literature

Literary Urban Studies 

postcolonial theory

Linda van de Kamp

Protestantse Diaconie (NL)

Research Interests:

community organizing 

urban connections

place-making

Meeria Vesala

Tampere University (FI)

Research Interests:

Contemporary African American writers 

racial politics in the city

non-normative sexualities

Ozgur Sayın

Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University (TR)

Research Interests:

conjuntural urbanism 

intersectional identities 

immigrant cities

Muhammad Hafeez ur Rehman

University of Oregon (US)

Research Interests:

Literary Urban Studies

Angelos Bollas

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

Sexuality Studies: representations and politics

Yassine Ait Ali

Princeton University (US)

Research Interests:

Geocriticism

world & comparative literature French literature

Xenia Kokoula

TU Berlin (DE)

Research Interests:

urban narratives

production of space

body

Tânia Alexandra Cardoso

University of Amsterdam (NL)

Research Interests:

urban illustration

flânerie

storyworld

León Felipe Téllez Contreras

Independent scholar

Research Interests:

subaltern politics

infrastructure politics 

marketplaces

Myrtille Picaud

Université Gustave Eiffel, Latts (FR)

Research Interests:

music scenes

urban transformation

alternative venues

Federico Picerni

Università Ca' Foscari (IT)

Research Interests:

literary theory and literary urban studies

working-class literatures 

contemporary urban literature in China

Federica Mirra

Birmingham City University (UK)

Research Interests:

migrant population

edgelands

artistic practices

Emilio Gallardo

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, ES)

Research Interests:

Literary Urban Studies
crime fiction
Flamenco music, literature and urban spaces
socialism and literature

Maylis Konnecke

Université Bordeaux Montaigne (FR)

Research Interests:

gender representation
tv series
feminist television criticism

Ursula Troche

independent 

Research Interests:

edge, hidden, terrain vague

Duygu Çelik

Munzur University (TR)

Research Interests:

Dengbêj (Kurdish Narrators)

Kurdish Theatre

Otherness

Chen Bar-Itzhak

Stanford University (US)

Research Interests:

comparative literature

literary urban studies

urban memoryscapes

Rosa María Díez Cobo

Universidad de Burgos (ES)

Research Interests:

architectures and the Fantastic

architectures and gender studies

haunted houses

Adam McKee

Elizabeth City State University (US)

Research Interests:

Modernism

Lefebvre

Marxism

Riikka Pulkkinen

University of Helsinki (FI)

Research Interests:

urban literature

Athens

character study

Francisco Javier Escobar Borrego

University of Seville (ES)

Research Interests:

Flamenco

music and literature

cultural studies

Jean Makhlouta

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (FR)

Research Interests:

queer urban narratives 

architectural history

cultural geography

Maria Tepavac

Alpen-Adria-Universität (AUT)

Research Interests:

literary space

city borders

Klaudia Lee

City University of Hong Kong (HK)

Research Interests:

spatiality

nineteenth and twentieth-century literature

world literature

Nevin Faden Gürbüz

Universität Heidelberg (DE)

Research Interests:

spatial literary studies, geocriticism

contempoary British literature 

urban space and representation

Dominika Ferens

Uniwersytet Wrocławski (PL)

Research Interests:

hinterlands

Los Angeles

planetary urbanism

Ruqkyyah Meng

University of Portsmouth (UK)

Research Interests:

translation

cultural processes

margins

Markku Salmela

Tampere University (FI)

Research Interests:

city literature

urban peripheries 

representations of waste

Claire Downey

University of Limerick (IE)

Research Interests:

urban nights

narratives and gender

Monika Class

University of Mainz (DE)

Research Interests:

counterhegemony

experientiality

cityscapes

Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

University of Wrocław (PL)

Research Interests:

hinterlands

re-invention

inhabiting

Maria Sulimma

University of Duisburg-Essen (DE)

Research Interests:

gentrification

cultural and literary urban studies postindustrialism

Sarah Meehan O'Callaghan

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

psychoanalysis

Body and Sexuality Studies Theatre Studies

Sophie Kriegel

Leipzig University (DE)

Research Interests:

intersectionality

spatial peripheries

urban narratives

Evan Healy

Independent scholar

Research Interests:

detective fiction

Disability Studies

postmodern space

Antonia Liguori

Loughborough University (UK)

Research Interests:

storytelling

heritage

participation

Robert Harland

Loughborough University (UK)

Research Interests:

urbanism

heritage

design

Alison Barnes

Loughborough University (UK)

Research Interests:

graphic heritage

home, identity & belonging cultural cartography

creative methods

Andrei Berezkine

UJI Castellón (SP) - Unesco Chair of Philosophy for Peace

Research Interests:

Andine region

urban mestizo subcultures

de-instrumentalization

David O'Mullane

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

visual culture

Sexuality Studies

queer space

Julia Faisst

Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (DE)

Research Interests:

housing inequality in U.S. literature and visual culture 

migration, race and ethnic studies

Sofie Doorman

University of Amsterdam (NL)

Research Interests:

surveillance

inclusive public spaces

activism & art

Nathalie Bergame

Royal Institute of Technology (SE)

Research Interests:

Urban Commons

feminist spatial theory

emancipatory practices

Benjamin Linder

International Institute for Asian Studies (NL)

Research Interests:

cosmopolitanism

transnationalism

mobilities

Yue Mao

Nomaos Research Collective

Research Interests:

landscape narrative

urban design and planning

Alejandro Veiga

University of Warwick (UK)

Research Interests:

Critical and Literary Theory

contemporary Venezuelan and Spanish literature

experimental narrative and poetry

Karla Segura Pantoja

CY Cergy Paris Université (FR)

Research Interests:

narratives of exile

urban imaginaries

intersectional perspectives

Mordjana Haddad

University of Larbi Ben M'Hidi (DZ)

Research Interests:

urban narrative

urban space representation

the city in literature

Ruth Glynn

University of Bristol (UK)

Research Interests:

Naples

cultural discourses

marginality

Felix Joaquin Galvan Diaz

El Colegio de San Luis (MX)

Research Interests:

memory and literature

literature and mourning

literature and violence

Elisabetta Marino

University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (IT)

Research Interests:

women writers

travel literature

precarity

Liam Lanigan

Governors State University (US)

Research Interests:

Literary Urban Studies  mapping

urban planning

Ujjwal Jana

Pondicherry University (IN)

Research Interests:

Digital Humanities

theory of emotions

South African Indian writing

Nikoleta Zampaki

NKUA, Greece (GR)

Research Interests:

Environmental Humanities, Posthumanities, Citizen Humanities, phenomenology of M. Merleau-Ponty, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory

Maciej Kowalewski

University of Szczecin (PL)

Research Interests:

visual narrative 

data visualisation 

travel writing

Aron Moberg

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (US)

Research Interests:

intersectionality

queer urban geography

Kawthar Al Othman

University of Glasgow (UK)

Research Interests:

postcolonial literature geocriticism 

Giuseppe Capalbo

University of Calabria (IT)

Research Interests:

intersectional vulnerability queer(ing) spatialities

complex embodiment

Anni Lappela

University of Helsinki (FI)

Research Interests:

Arctic cities

Russian cities

gender 

Atsuko Sakaki

University of Toronto (CA)

Research Interests:

gender corporeality

train

image-text

Tetsuro Tanojiri

Osaka University (JP)

Research Interests:

World literature, Manga, Anime East and Southeast Asia

Cyber Creole 

Western Esotericism 

David Carroll

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

Sexuality Studies

Queer Theory

Pop Culture

Carla Tempestoso

Università della Calabria (IT)

Research Interests:

Gender identities

margins

spaces and places

Mirte Jepma

University of Amsterdam (NL)

Research Interests:

urban commons

feminism

photography

Irati Majuelo

Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco (ES)

Research Interests:

urban novel

Basque literature

feminism

Megan Saltzman

West Chester University (US)

Research Interests:

public space

gentrification

resistance

Fernanda Bustamante

Universidad de Alcalá (ES)

Research Interests:

literary and cultural studies gender

postcolonial studies

memory studies 

Kai Tan

RWTH Aachen (DE)

Research Interests:

psychogeography

urban designs

embodiment

Susan Divine

College of Charleston (US)

Research Interests:

narrative

urban identity

Kevin Santus

Politecnico of Milan (IT)

Research Interests:

architecture

urban regeneration 

neighborhood

climate change

Jesse van Amelsvoort

University of Amsterdam (NL)

Research Interests:

minority studies 

scalar critique 

European literature

Raquel Velázquez

University of Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

healing spaces 

heterotopia 

sanatorial narratives

Marina García Pardavila

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (ES)

Research Interests:

ecourbanism

climate fiction

landscape

Leona Sandmann

Fachhochschule Erfurt (DE)

Research Interests:

urban shrinkage 

local activism

rural queerness

Martina Albanese

Università della Calabria (IT)

Research Interests:

gendered urban space

Francisco Javier de León 

Universitat de Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

philosophy

literature

cinema

Juliana Luna Freire

Universidade Federal da Paraíba (BR)

Research Interests:

urban imaginaries

immigration

violence in literature and Cultural Studies

Aneta Dybska

University of Warsaw (PL)

Research Interests:

citizenship and justice in the American city

gentrification, right to the city

urban planning

Manjari Thakur

University of Cambridge (UK)

Research Interests:

trauma

city mapping

urban chaos

Kahina Meziant

Northumbria University (UK)

Research Interests:

forced migration

affective regrounding

white governmentality

Ari Räisänen

University of Eastern Finland (FI)

Research Interests:

U.S. veteran literature

Post-9/11 Americanness 

Bordescapes of war

Nhlanhla Dube

Stellenbosch University (ZA)

Research Interests:

Geocriticism 

literary spatiality

Dirk van Rens

University of Eastern Finland (FI)

Research Interests:

historiographic metafiction 

anglophone postcolonial literature

trauma

Laëtitia Nebot-Deneuville

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

literary tourism

Venice

queer and gender studies

Francis Amponsah

Radboud University (NL)

Research Interests:

West Africa

migration

European Enlargement

Corey Johnson

University of Cape Town (ZA)

Research Interests:

migration

southern urbanism

borderscapes

Gabriela Navas 

ANTIARQ/Universidad de Barcelona (ES)

Research Interests:

architectural anthropology

urban space

inhabited cities

Sriya Das

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IN)

Research Interests:

Literary Urban Studies

Queer Studies

20th Century British Literature

Johanna Decker

Universität Heidelberg (DE)

Research Interests:

Contemporary American Literature
public spaces and trust

Literary Urban Studies

Aseela Haque

Freie Universität Berlin (DE)

Research Interests:

human geography 
infrastructure 
urban interstices

Patricia García

Universidad de Alcalá (ES)

Research Interests:

comparative literature

urban feminisms

the urban fantastic

Lieven Ameel 

Tampere University (FI)

Research Interests:

future cities

agency

the city novel 

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/urbannarratives/

Jason Finch

Åbo Akademi University (FI)

Research Interests:

Literary Urban Studies

neighbourhood

periphery

public transport

Jean-Philippe Imbert

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

Sexuality Studies

artivism

curator

Catherine Rottenberg

University of Nottingham (UK)

Research Interests:

feminist theory

critical race studies
20th-century multi-ethnic American literature

Olga Springer

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

intertextuality

ambiguity in literary texts

visual studies and the urban

Zsuzsanna Varga

University of Glasgow (UK)

Research Interests:

urban history 

travel writing

Tania Rossetto

University of Padova (IT)

Research Interests:

visual geographies

cultural cartography

urban diversity

Anna-Leena Toivanen

University of Eastern Finland (FI)

Research Interests:

postcolonial cities

African literary studies

mobilities

Eoin McCarney

Dublin City University (IE)

Research Interests:

space

justice

exclusion

Bhuvaneshwari Ramaswamy

Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal (IN)

Research Interests:

digital humanities

speculative fiction

Esther Claudio

University of California, Los Angeles (US)

Research Interests:

Graphic novel

spatial justice

urban narratives

Iker Arranz

California State University (US)

Research Interests:

Urban Studies
Regional Studies
Small Literatures

Marleen Barr

CUNY (US)

Research Interests:

science fiction

feminism

cultural studies

Anubhav Pradhan

Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai (IN)

Research Interests:

urban planning in the Global South
urban heritage and history
South Asian urban writing

Grace L. Dillon

Indigenous Nations Studies, Portland State University (US)

Research Interests:

Indigenous Futurisms,

BIPOC science fiction, BIPOC climate and environmental justice intertwined with racial justice

Ann Tso

Lethbridge College (CA)

Research Interests:

literary urbanism

Hong Kong; London

speculative fiction

Cristina Diamant

Babes-Bolyai University (RO)

Research Interests:

imaginary geographies 

materialist feminism

medical humanities

Orly Cortés

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MX)

Research Interests:

Comparative Literature 

feminism

Urban Studies

Mohammad Bagher Shabanpour

University of Tehran (IR)

Research Interests:

space

fiction

film studies

Cristiana Strava

Leiden University (NL)

Research Interests:

urban space

infrastructure

agency

Aylin Güngör

Universität Heidelberg (DE)

Research Interests:

visual and media studies, performance

urban geography 

activism, American studies

Giulia Baque

Università Ca' Foscari (IT)

Research Interests:

Comparative literature and literary theory, Ecocriticism  
natural and urban spaces in Japanese literature
gender studies

Valentina Barnabei

Università Ca' Foscari (IT)

Research Interests:

literary urban studies

migration

contemporary Hindi literature

Ana Calvete

University of Helsinki (FI)/University Toulouse Jean Jaurès (FR)

Research Interests:

hyperreality

non-human 

ecocriticism

Clarissa Campos

Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (BR)

Research Interests:

squatting movements

right to the city

power relations and space

Bruna Mancini

Università della Calabria (IT)

Research Interests:

margins

genders

peripheries