Katarzyna Kubin

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Thesis title
Affects of Shame: Questions of Authorial Ethics in Contemporary Postcolonial Writing and Film


I am a PhD candidate based in the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) at SOAS. I hold an MA degree from the University of Sussex, School of English, Literature and Philosophy Programme (2013) and a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA (2003) in Cultural Anthropology, African Studies and Francophone Studies. I also hold an MSc degree in Development Studies and Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2004).

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My doctoral research explores affect in select postcolonial texts as an entry point to consider issues of identity, representation, and authorial ethics. I engage critically with postcolonial theory through the lens of affect theory, critical race theory, and critical theory.

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  • (2016-2017), curated a six-part series that examines relations between Africa and Eastern/Central Europe with a focus on the Cold War: “The series includes articles by academics, artists and activists, who have diverse geographic and institutional affiliations, ranging from South Africa and Senegal to Romania and Poland. The overarching aim of the series is to honor and promote efforts to push the boundaries of current thinking in postcolonial, Cold War and African studies, and so to contribute to a budding historiography of relations between Africa and Eastern/Central Europe.” Africa in Words.
  • 2016-2019, taught on the module “Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory,” a core module in the BA English Degree at SOAS.
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