Joshua Richman is a final year English and Politics student at the University of York. From October 2015, he will read Law at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. An advocate of interdisciplinary research, his work often focuses on the means through which literature can engage with and present its own forms of political philosophy. While Joshua’s main interest is Early Modern thought, much of his research tracks the presence of such ideas as part of enduring intellectual frameworks with which modern writers exist in a dialogue. His current project explores the legacies of mid-17th century philosophy in Jamaica Kincaid’s writing. In his free time Joshua enjoys teaching creative writing to children, learning Italian and is an avid Manchester United fan.
- Coetzee as Contractarian: Disgrace as Political Theory
- Ethnicity in Post-Apartheid Discourse: Deconstructing South Africa’s Racial Narrative by Joshua Richman
Rachel is a final year undergraduate at the University of York studying for a BA in English and Politics. Her research primarily focuses on the relationship between development and literature, whilst encompassing issues concerning gender and state building. Rachel is currently completing a dissertation on Post-Development theory and a critique of the ‘Post-WW2 Development Project’ in relation Post-Apartheid South Africa’s ‘development’ path.
Eleanor Evans is a final year student of English and Politics at the University of York. Her work is primarily concerned with resistance literature and critiques of neoliberal economic development. Her current research explores feminist resistance literature in Pakistan, and the way in which this subverts problematic knowledge claims of “third world” women. Following university Eleanor will be pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.
- “Caught in the toils of our own selfishness”: Paton’s exploration of causes of, and responses to, societal failings in Cry, The Beloved Country
Charley is a final year undergraduate at the University of York studying English and Politics. Her academic interests primarily revolve around voting behaviour in British politics and terrorism and counter-terrorism. She is currently writing her dissertation on how the reaction across the media and popular culture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks affected the Western attitudes towards Muslims.
- Prejudice, Politics and Patriarchy: The Social Decline and Changing Identity of David Lurie in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace
Rebecca Trout is a final year student of Politics at the University of York. After University she will be studying for a Masters degree in European Studies at the University of Cologne. She is currently completing a dissertation on the discursive construction and perpetuation of “Islamophobia” by policy makers and media outlets in the United Kingdom and is very interested in the importance of language in politics.
- ‘Where Do Whites Fit in?’: The portrayal of Black Consciousness and its effects on white liberals in Burger’s Daughter
Jessica is a final year undergraduate studying Politics and International Relations. Her main area of focus is gender, particularly violence against women which she has dedicated her undergraduate dissertation to. After university, Jessica will be taking on a masters in Gender Studies at SOAS with the aim of tackling the cultural barriers which normalise, sometimes even encourage, sexual violence against women
Hannah Pagan is a final year English and Politics student at the University of York. Her work explores the relationship between issues of contemporary political philosophy and literature from 1900 onwards, with a particular interest in representations of disability and the body in modern fiction. Her current research examines how speculative fictions of the 21st century have interacted with controversial debates about the ethics of genetic enhancement. An aspiring teacher, in her spare time Hannah runs a volunteering project which provides creative writing classes for primary school children across York.
I am a third year undergraduate at the University of York reading Politics and International Relations. My research has been primarily focused upon the region of Southern Africa, and my undergraduate dissertation explored South Africa’s vacillating foreign policy with regards to international norm diffusion. Upon graduating I am completing a summer course at the University of Cape Town before pursuing a Masters in International Security, with Africa as my regional concentration, at Sciences Po in Paris next year. In my free time I enjoy rowing, reading and travelling.
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Reflection of the Chasm Between Constitutional Rights and the Lived Experience in South Africa
Haydn is a final year student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of York. He is particularly interested in the role that human rights can play in combating economic and social inequalities both within and across countries. After graduating, Haydn plans to undertake an MA in the theory and application of human rights.
Lucy is a final year undergraduate studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Upon graduating university, Lucy will be joining the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate scheme. She is specifically interested in the formation of equitable and efficient policy to improve the lives of citizens. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and travelling.