Anna Bernard is Reader in Comparative Literature and English at King’s College London. She is the author of Decolonizing Literature (2023) and Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine (2013). She has published widely on solidarity and decolonization aesthetics, cultural activism, and Palestinian and Israeli writing. She is currently working on a book called International Solidarity and Culture: Nicaragua, South Africa, Palestine, 1975-1990.
Ruth Bush is Associate Professor in African and French Cultural Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research concerns literary and cultural production, with a particular interest in material print cultures, translation, gender and institutions. Her most recent publication is Translation Imperatives: African Literature and the Labour of Translators (CUP Elements, 2022). She currently convenes an ERC-funded project, ‘Creative Lives of African Universities’, about representations and lived experiences of universities in four multilingual, historically francophone, African cities (Dakar, Abidjan, Abomey-Calavi and Yaounde).
Joseph Hankinson is Career Development Lecturer in English at Jesus College, Oxford and Stipendiary Lecturer in English at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He is a member of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Research Centre’s Organising Committee and co-convenor of the ‘Comparative African Literatures’ research strand. He is the author of Kojo Laing, Robert Browning and Affiliative Literature: Relational Worlds (2023) and his research has been published in journals including Victorian Literature and Culture, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Essays in Criticism.
Paul Melo e Castro is Lecturer in Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has worked extensively on Portuguese-language writing from the former Portuguese India and is a regular literary translator. His most recent translations include Life Stories: The Collected Stories of Maria Elsa da Rocha (Goa 1556, 2023) and Vimala Devi’s Monsoon (Seagull Books, 2020).
Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Research Centre. The central theme of his research is the role of literary culture in documentation, historical knowledge, and political power. He is the author of Reincarnating Marechera: Notes on a Speculative Archive (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020), Ndabaningi Sithole: A Forgotten Founding Father (HSRC Press, 2023), and A Brief History of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press).
Marchella Ward (Chella) is Lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University. She was the Tinsley Outreach Fellow at Worcester College Oxford, where she split her time equally between postdoctoral research in classical reception studies and work to dismantle the inequities and biases that structure unequal access to Higher Education. She co-convenes (with Mathura Umachandran) the Critical Ancient World Studies research group, a global collective of early career scholars whose goal is to disentangle the colonial from the classical and imagine more liberatory ways of studying the ancient world. Her writing has appeared in the Classical Receptions Journal, the Classical Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, among others.