This page collects the latest highlights from the Centre’s activities, including lists of visiting scholars, student and staff participation in upcoming events outside of the Centre, and radio, film, and television interviews by our researchers.

Student and Staff Highlights

Below you will find some highlights from our staff and students: click the post for more details.

Visiting Staff

Dr Maisha Wester

Dr Maisha Wester is a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield, sponsored by the British Academy’s Global Professorship fellowship. Her Professorship is from September 2020 to September 2024.

Home institution: Indiana University, Bloomington.

Research areas: racial representations in Gothic literature and Horror film, Black Diasporic Gothic literature and Horror Film, and sociopolitical appropriations of Gothic tropes in racial discourses. She teaches Horror film studies, American and British Gothic literature, and Black Feminist Literature.

Previous Visiting Staff

Dr Enrique Ajuria Ibarra was an honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for two months in 2017.

Home institution: Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

Research interests: the definition of fantasy, especially in psychoanalytic, film and literary theory, as well as its intersections with Gothic and horror theories; the films of Guillermo del Toro, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Greenaway; fantasy and horror cinema; gothic literature and culture; Spanish American fantastic literature; 19th and 20th century narrative in Spanish and English; the works of Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and other Hispanic writers; visual culture; psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Zizek).