Steering Group

The PG CWWN is managed by a group of PhD candidates at a variety of institutions.

By its very nature as a postgraduate-led network, the Steering Group of the PG CWWN is a fluid and shifting team comprising a range of postgraduate researchers in both the early and latter stages of their doctoral study from institutions across the UK. It seeks to bring together a community of emerging scholars researching contemporary women’s writing.

The steering group is currently composed of:

Jessica Day – University of Lincoln

Jessica is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Lincoln through a fully-funded studentship award. Prior to this, Jessica graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from the University of Lincoln and then went on to complete a funded MA in 21st Century Literature. The focus of her PhD has stemmed from her growing interest in contemporary theories of gender, as her thesis investigates (re)presentations of the female (sexual) body and pleasure in contemporary utopian fiction by women writers through a feminist lens. Her critical interests lie with issues of feminism and cultural theory, as well as with debates surrounding the implications of pornography in the twenty-first century. Beyond the confines of her thesis, Jessica is also the Director of Lincoln’s Women in Academia: Doctoral Research Group and coordinates events with postgraduate researchers across Europe.

You can follow her work on her Twitter page: @myMAmind


Emma Deeks – Edge Hill University

Emma is currently a self-funded PhD student in the English and History department of Edge Hill University. Prior to this, she studied for her BA English Literature degree at the University of Chester, and completed her MA in Women’s Narrative at Edge Hill University. Her main research interests are feminist theory and the representation of women in different media, particularly in contemporary fiction and on digital media platforms. Her thesis analyses the textual constructions of gender online, exploring the role of anonymity, and specifically the feminist potential of these elements within women’s self representational blogs.

You can follow her work on her


Krystina Osborne – Liverpool John Moores University

Krystina is a funded PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University’s Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Prior to this, she studied at LJMU for a BA in English, graduating with a First Class Honours degree, and for an MRes in Literature and Cultural History, achieving a Pass with Distinction. Krystina’s MRes thesis was entitled ‘“In the Service of Women”? Developments in Feminism and Female-Authored Erotic Fiction Since the Publication of Angela Carter’s The Sadeian Woman’ and focused on authors including Charlotte Roche and Sarah Hall. Her research interests in contemporary women’s erotic writing and theories of gender and sexuality are reflected in her recent progression to PhD level to conduct research into engagements with female masturbation in contemporary women’s writing and in wider culture.

You can follow Krystina’s work on Twitter @KrystinaOsborne.


Veronika Schuchter – Nottingham Trent University

Veronika is currently a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University. Her doctoral project investigates the ways in which contemporary women writers (Aritha van Herk, Ali and Zadie Smith, Nicole Brossard) and their texts engage with twenty-first century notions of travel while also re-working, experimenting and subverting the genre of the travel narrative. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. She is the treasurer of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) and steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN).

You can follow her work on her page or @VeronikaUK.


Former Steering Group Members:

Dr. Adele Jones 2006 – 2010 (Founding member)

Dr. Ginette Carpenter 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Dr. Katsura Sako 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Dr. Claire O’Callaghan 2008 –2013

Dr. Nadine Muller 2008 – 2011

Dr. Louise Sheridan 2008 – 2010

Dr. Kristin Ewins 2008 – 2009

Dr. Cleo Hanaway 2008 – 2009

Ms. Katy Gledhill 2008 – 2009

Ms. Fran Pollard 2009 – 2010

Ms. Amy Rushton 2009 – 2013

Ms. Theresa Jamieson 2010 – 2011

Dr. Alex Pryce 2010 – 2013

Dr. Cat McGurren 2011– 2013

Mr. James Bailey 2013

Dr. Emma Young 2011-2014

Ms. Laura Jane-Devanny 2013-2015

Ms. Joanne Ella Parsons 2014-2015