Keynotes

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Warwick Anderson

Warwick Anderson is the Janet Dora Hine Professor of Politics, Governance and Ethics in the Department of History and leader of the Politics, Governance and Ethics Theme with the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sidney. As an historian of science, medicine, and public health, focusing on Australasia, the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Professor Anderson is especially interested in ideas about race, human difference, and citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written programmatically on postcolonial science studies and, more generally, on science and globalisation. He is the author of The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia (2002), Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines (2006), The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen (2007) and Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (2014).

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University, and the University of Zimbabwe. Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries. Her short story collection An Elegy for Easterly (2009) won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009. It has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Serbian, and Swedish. Her first novel, The Book of Memory (2015), is the fictional testament of an imprisoned albino woman on death row, who is hoping for a presidential reprieve. It was awarded the McKitterick Prize from the Society of Authors in 2015 and shortlisted for the Prix Femina étranger. Her second collection of stories, Rotten Row (2016) was chosen as a “Book of the Day” by The Guardian. Her 2019 book, Out of Darkness, Shining Light was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2020. She has also written for such outlets as The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Josie Gill

Josie Gill is lecturer in Black British Writing of the 20th and 21st Centuries at the University of Bristol, where she is also Director of the Centre for Black Humanities. Her research focuses on contemporary literature, in particular on Black British, Caribbean and African American writing.  Her book Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel (2020) explores how the contemporary novel has drawn upon and intervened in debates about race in late 20th and 21st-century genetic science. From 2016-2017 she was Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project ‘Literary Archaeology’: Exploring the Lived Environment of the Slave, which brought together archaeological scientists, creative writers, and literary scholars to develop a new, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the lives of enslaved people.  She is also interested in how the current movement to decolonise universities might impact upon interdisciplinarity research and collaboration.

Graham Huggan

Graham Huggan is Professor at the University of Leeds. His research spans the entire field of comparative postcolonial literary/cultural studies, as well as the environmental humanities (including animal studies), tourism studies (especially travel writing), and contemporary film. His most recent book is Colonialism, Culture, Whales: The Cetacean Quartet (Bloomsbury Press, 2018), and he is currently working on Land Lines, a co-authored study of modern British nature writing (Cambridge University Press). His publications include Nature’s Saviours: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age (2013), the 300,000-word Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (2013), The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins (2001), Australian Literature: Postcolonialism, Racism, Transnationalism (2007), Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization (2009), and Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment (2010, with Helen Tiffin). A revised collection of his essays, Interdisciplinary Measures (2009), demonstrates his ongoing commitment to cross-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial studies, and he is the founding co-editor of the book series ‘Postcolonialism across the Disciplines’ (with Liverpool UP). 

Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh is a novelist, essayist, short story writer and a former research scientist with a PhD in chemical engineering from McGill University. Seventeen Tomatoes, his debut story collection, won the 2004 Quebec First Book Prize. Chef, his first novel, about the damaged landscapes of Kashmir, was a 2010 Observer Book of the Year and won the Canadian Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. His second novel, Helium (2013) tells the story of an emigre scientist returning to India to come to terms with the murder of his mentor during the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. November, a collection of poems, appeared in 2017. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Punjabi and Farsi. He lives in the Canadian Rockies.

Banu Subramaniam

Banu Subramaniam is Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Armherst. Originally trained as an evolutionary biologist and plant scientist at the University of Madras and Duke University, Subramaniam’s pioneering research in Feminist Science Studies has made her a leader in the field. Her work explores the philosophy, history, and culture of the natural sciences and medicine as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, and caste. She is the author of Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (2019), which focuses on how science and religion have become interwoven in emergent nationalist politics and novel conceptions of modernity in India, and of Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (2014), the winner of the Ludwik Fleck Prize 2016. She is co-editor of Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation (2001), and MEAT! A Transnational Analysis (forthcoming).  Her latest research rethinks the field and practice of botany in relation to histories of colonialism and xenophobia and explores the wide travels of scientific theories, ideas, and concepts as they relate to migration and invasive species.

Image credit:
Warwick Anderson: courtesy Warwick Anderson/University of Sidney
“Petina Gappah auf dem Blauen Sofa der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016” supplied for free use by Smalltown Boy
Josie Gill: courtesy Josie Gill/University of Bristol
Banu Subramaniam: courtesy Banu Subramaniam