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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.



We are looking for a new member to join our team.

If you are interested in joining then please send an email with a cover letter outlining why you would like to join the steering group and what you think you can bring to the network, as well as a current academic CV, to by 11th September 2015.

Please distribute widely. You can download the full call below



The steering group is currently composed of:


Laura-Jane Devanny – DeMontfort University Leicester

Laura-Jane is a PhD student at De Montfort University, where she is currently researching 21st century novels by British and American writers of speculative fiction. After gaining an MA in Modern English Studies with distinction she pursued a successful career in secondary English teaching, both in the UK and abroad, before returning to study through a fully-funded AHRC studentship award. Her thesis focuses on the portrayals of the future female as an embodiment of current feminist concerns, and how the representations in the novels chosen can be used to both assess and reconfigure contemporary ideologies. Her critical interests lie with debates around new feminisms and their interactions with popular cultural theories, as well as with speculative/science fiction as a genre.

You can follow her work on her page.


Veronika Schuchter – University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Veronika studied German and English literature at the University of Innsbruck and University College London. She is currently a self-funded PhD student at the University of Innsbruck and her thesis investigates new developments and (non)movement in travel literature by contemporary women writers. Veronika is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. She is also the student representative of EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) and coordinates a doctoral college in neuroscience at Innsbruck Medical University.

You can follow her work on her or @VeronikaUK.


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.


Joanne Ella Parsons –Bath Spa University

Joanne is a PhD student at Bath Spa University where her research centers on men and food in the Victorian novel. However, outside of her thesis she also works on neo-Victorian fiction and is currently exploring the uses of food in Sarah Water’s Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.  Joanne is on the executive committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association and co-organises the Damaging the Body events.

You can follow Joanne’s work at and on Twitter @joparsons


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


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