Felicity Hand

Felicity Hand is senior lecturer in the English Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She teaches post-colonial literature and history and culture of Britain and the US. Her research is focussed mainly on the South Asian diaspora, especially in the South West Indian Ocean.  Felicity is currently the head of the research project funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of belonging in the Indian Ocean World  (PGC2018-095648-B-100). She is also editor of the electronic journal Indi@logs. Spanish Journal of India Studies

Dr. Felicity Hand: Academic profile


Isabel Alonso Breto

Isabel Alonso Breto is a lecturer on Postcolonial Literatures in  English at the University of Barcelona. She has written on literatures by women of Caribbean, Canadian, Indian, Sri Lankan and South African origin. As a member of RATNAKARA, her research has mostly focussed on Sri Lankan cultures and literatures as connected to the wider Indian Ocean area. Isabel is the Vice-director of the Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Barcelona and she is also interested in creative writing, storytelling, and translation.



Jorge Diego Sánchez

Jorge Diego Sánchez (PhD, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain) is an associated lecturer at University of Salamanca (Dpt. of English Studies). He teaches and researches on Postcolonial Literatures, Cultural Studies and Gender Theory in English with a focus on literature, cinema and dance from India and its diaspora. His main academic interests in these fields are the affective creation of collective fear, dissent and protest together with the analysis of representations of non-urban areas and new masculinities. He has been Visiting Fellow at Centre of Advance Studies (CAS) at Jadavpur University (Kolkata, India, 2020) and has completed research and teaching activities at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Hyderabad (India), Jadavpur University (Kolkata, India) and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)..


Maria-Sabina Draga

Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru is Associate Professor of American Studies and postcolonialism at the University of Bucharest. She holds a PhD in philosophy (the aesthetics of postmodernism) from the University of Bucharest (2000) and a PhD in English (contemporary Indian fiction in English) from the University of East Anglia (2007). Her research interests are: contemporary Indian fiction in English, global writing in English and narrative knowledge in the global age, minority cultures in the media, gender studies, postcolonialism and postcommunism. 


Salvador Faura i Sabé

 Salvador Faura is a teacher of English as a second language in the Official School of Languages EOI.   Several of his poems have won awards.  See Salvador Faura



Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Carolyn Jess-Cooke is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. A poet and a novelist, Carolyn is published in 23 languages and is currently Principal Investigator for the British Academy-funded project, ‘Creative Writing for Young People in Recovery from Mental Illness’.
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
The Guardian Angel’s Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
“An incredible debut novel… This is The Lovely Bones meets It’s a Wonderful Life. Fabulous.” – The Sun
“The new Audrey Niffenegger.” – Company

Twitter @CJessCooke



Amanda Jone


Amanda Jones (PhD candidate, University of Lleida) is a former English instructor at California State University, San Diego, and has taught English as a Foreign Language since 2008. Amanda’s research focuses on the African immigrant experience in the United States, culture and race relations between immigrant groups in the U.S., and the complexities and restraints related to African authenticity in authorship. She is completing her dissertation “‘Lost in Transnation’: Identity, Isolation, Intertextuality, and the Perpetuation of Haunting Postcolonial Literary Devices in the Works of Afropolitan Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Taiye Selasi, Teju Cole, and Okey Ndibe.”



Farhad Khoyratty


Farhad Abdool Kader Sulliman Khoyratty is Senior lecturer at the University of Mauritius, lecturing mostly in Cultural Studies and in English Studies. His publications range from phenomenology to 18th century English and French literature, from film to creative writing. He is, among others, a member of South African PEN. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Iowa, Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, formerly Junior Research Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge.  Farhad has appeared in various anthologies including African Compass (selected by J.M Coetzee) Farafina (guest edited by Petina Gappah), the Caine Prize for African Writing and he edited Mauritian Impressions, the first anthology to survey Mauritian literature in English in over a decade.



Sara Martín

Sara Martín is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Dr Martín specialises in Gender Studies, particularly Masculinities Studies, which she applies to the study of popular fictions in English, with an emphasis on science fiction and horror. She has published extensively on Gender Studies, popular fictions and film adaptations. Among her books are Monstruos al Final del Milenio (2002), Expediente X: En Honor a la Verdad (2006), Recycling Cultures (ed., 2006), La Literatura (2008) and Desafíos a la Heterosexualidad Obligatoria (2011).

Sara Martín Alegre

The Joys of Teaching Literature (by Sara Martín Alegre)



Maurice O’Connor

Maurice O’Connor is a full-time lecturer at the University of Cádiz where he teaches  post-colonial and contemporary literature. His research interests are centred on African and Indian diasporic writings. He has published in journals such as Wasafiri¸ and his book entitled The Writings of Ben Okri: Transcending the Local and the National was published by Prestige Books, New Delhi. He is also highly committed to creative writing. He is currently treasurer of the Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary Studies on India.       



Juan Ignacio Oliva

Dr Juan Ignacio Oliva is Full Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain), where he currently teaches Postcolonial Anglophone Literatures (with an interest in Indo-English, Irish, Canadian and Chicana/o studies) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is presently Head of La Laguna Center for Canadian Studies and editor of Canadaria (Revista Canaria de Estudios Canadienses) and RCEI (Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses). He is the current President of EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment) and AEEII (Spanish Association of Interdisciplinary Studies about India).


Dolors Ortega  Aréval

Dolors Ortega Arévalo has been a lecturer of Literature in English at the University of Barcelona since the year 2010, teaching courses devoted to Contemporary Fiction in English, Modernist and Postmodernist Literature in English, Medieval Literature, North American Contemporary Fiction, Shakespeare and Postcolonial Literatures. She received her PhD degree from the University of Barcelona with the European Doctorate Mention for her thesis Deterritorialising  Patriarchal Binary Oppositions: Deleuze, Woolf, Masculinities and Film Adaptation, after a year as a Visitor Doctorate Researcher under the supervision of Dr. Humm at the University of East London. Her research has focused mainly on modernist writers, gender, film adaptations, postcolonial studies and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. She has most recently been working on transnationalisms and hybridity and has published  the prologue and only authorized annotated Spanish translation of F.S. Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon (2014).



Óscar Ortega Montero

Óscar Ortega Montero is a Junior Lecturer in Postcolonial and Contemporary Literatures and Cultures in English both at the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation, which focuses on the study of a/biographical accounts of people living with HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa. His research interests also include Energy Humanities, Postcolonial theory, (Documentary) Film and Identity Studies. Óscar has participated in several international conferences and has been awarded grants to teach as a visiting lecturer in the United States (CIEE-UB) and Hungary (ERASMUS+).

contact details: oscar.ortega@ub.edu


Esther Pujolràs i Noguer

Esther Pujolràs i Noguer is a lecturer in postcolonial literature at the Universitat de Lleida. She is the coordinator of the Doctorate Programme of the Faculty of Arts at UdL. Her research interests revolve around the convergence of gender and ethnicity, the representation of trauma and the construction of whiteness. She has published extensively on Indian Ocean writers such as Abdulrazak Gurnah and M.G. Vassanji and she is the co-editor of Relations and Networks in South African Indian Writing published by Brill-Rodopi. She has also conducted creative writing workshops aimed at helping victims of gender violence to overcome their traumas at the premises of Isis-WICCE and Femrite, Kampala, Uganda. The most recent creative writing workshop she led was held at the University of Mauritius and its objective was to create an archive of Chagossian stories in an attempt to visualize the plea of the Chagossian community which throughout history has been relegated to a perennial position as “Other”. She has recently begun to analyse “whiteness” in crime writing.



Modhumita Roy

Modhumita Roy teaches in the English department at Tufts University in the US. Most recently she is the co-editor of Sharing the Earth. An International Environmental Justice Reader.  Her publications include essays on South African literature; feminism; black British fiction; and cultures of the British empire.



Sandra Saayman

Sandra Saayman is senior lecturer in the English department of the French University of La Réunion where she is a member of the research group DIRE. Her research focuses on the interface between text and image. She is the author of Breyten Breytenbach, A Monologue in Two Voices (Johannesburg: Fourthwall Books, 2013) and has published various articles on contemporary South African literature.



Edgar Tello García

Edgar Tello García was born in Barcelona in 1981. He studied Philology at Autonomous University of Barcelona, and in 2010 he obtained his PhD from the University of Barcelona, after writing the dissertation entitled El Otro en la obra de J.M. Coetzee: la lectura inconsolable. His present interests are Perennial Philosophy, Ethics, and Ethology.



Juan Miguel Zarandona Fernández

Juan Miguel Zarandona teaches in the Faculty of Translation in the University of Valladolid. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Africanists (AEA) and  EACLALS. He is specialized in the  literature and culture of South Africa and is head of the Afriqana research group . Juan has visited South Africa several times on lengthy research visits and has translated the following South African authors into Spanish: C. M. van de Heever, Herman Charles Bosman, Pauline Smith, Bessie Head, Olive Schreiner, S. P. Benjamin and Johan van Wyk. In August 2013, he performed a research stay at the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand, both in Johannesburg where he started to specialize in the South African Indian writer Ahmed Essop (1931- ).  He is  editing  a book which will publish a selection of short stories by Ahmed Essop in Spanish translation. It will be published by the University of Valladolid Press, within its collection Disbabelia, devoted to texts and writers who have never been translated into Spanish.