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Jean’s PhD is a creative-critical inquiry into how travel, particularly the movement beyond borders, is embodied and narrated. For this purpose, it re-imagines a sea-journey taken by a Jewish woman in 1492, just after the Edict of Expulsion was announced by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Castile. Jean’s project explores migratory phenomena such as exile, detainment and homecoming and how these phenomena are changed or problematised by gender.

Jean’s scholarly interests are underpinned by a dedication to cultural studies and the investigation of social life through its relation to structures of power. Theoretically, her project engages with the junctures that exist between the works of Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan (as well as Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben and Julia Kristeva). Her project also considers whether ‘power’ might be destabilised as the sole organizing principle around which the social order performs. In this regard, she engages with feminist methodologies which seek to uncover the veiled ways by which patriarchy intersects with racialized, sexualised and gendered bodies, employing the work of Lauren Berlant, Sara Ahmed and Angela Davis amongst others.

Other areas of theoretical interest include:
Discourse Theory and Biopolitics
Abjection
Feminism
Queer Theory
Affect Theory
Case Studies

The social phenomena with which she is concerned include:
Migration
Gender-based violence
Racism
Creative Industries

Her literary interests are broad, but include:
Travel Writing
Confessional Writing and Biography
Hybrid narratives which blend theory with fiction
Contemporary renditions of the essay form
Courtly Love Stories

Before pursuing a PhD, Jean received an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, (University of London). Between this and her BA in English from Queen Mary (University of London), Jean worked in the publishing industry as a Commissioning Editor. She also taught Creative Writing at youth projects and at an advertising school.

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