Principal Investigator

Dr Mariangela Palladino is lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Keele, and has previously held academic posts at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Coimbra (Portugal). Her research interests are at the intersection of postcolonial literatures and cultures, migration and diaspora, and interdisciplinary (creative) methods. She is the author of several articles on migrants and refugees, intercultural communication, African diaspora. Mariangela is one of the founding members of the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet); she has led, nationally and internationally, outreach and engagement events and has experience in fostering relationships between academia and civic society. Mariangela has professional and voluntary experience in the third sector.


Dr Agnes Woolley is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests are in contemporary and postcolonial literature, theatre and film, with a focus on concepts of migration and diaspora. She is the author of Contemporary Asylum Narratives: Representing Refugees in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and has published extensively on asylum, climate change and contemporary literature. She is also Chair of a London drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees and a regular contributor to openDemocracy, reporting on migration issues.

Project Co-Ordinators

Dr Celeste Ianniciello holds a PhD in “Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World”, from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where she is currently a researcher and a member of the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies. In 2011-2015 she was involved in the EU Project MeLa* European Museums in an age of migrations (FP7). Her research is focused on cultural and visual studies, postcolonial and feminist art, the ethic and aesthetic of borders and border-crossings, in the Mediterranean area. She is co-editor of The Postcolonial Museum. The Arts of Memory and the Pressures of History (Routledge 2014) and co-author of Memorie transculturali. Estetica contemporanea e critica postcoloniale (2016).

Caterina Scarabicchi is a final-year PhD student in Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests are migration literature, migration cinema and museum studies. Her current research looks at the representations of unauthorised migration in the contemporary Italian and French cultural discourse. Contact:

Kimberley Braxton is a second-year PhD student in English Literature at Keele University. Her thesis focuses on the textual and writing community of the Brontë family. She is a reviewer for the Brontë Studies journal and is Chief Editor of the peer reviewed Post Graduate Journal: Underconstruction @ Keele. She is also a sessional teacher, private tutor and co-organiser of the Humanities Work in Progress Seminar series at Keele University.

Advisory Group

  • Iain Chambers (Chair), Professor in Cultural and Mediterranean Studies, Naples
  • Alison Phipps (Chair),  Co-Convener GRAMNet, Glasgow University
  • Roger Bromley, Professor (emeritus) of Cultural Studies Policy, University of Nottingham
  • Nando Sigona, Sociology, University of Birmingham
  • Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention Action
  • John Perivolaris, Independent Artist, Photographer, and Writer
  • Karolina Follis, Political Anthropologist, University Lancaster
  • Almir Koldzic, Director, Counterpoints Arts
  • Gillian Whitlock, Postcolonial Studies, University of Queensland, Australia