SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Team members

Professor Francesca Orsini, Principal Investigator and Leader, North India case study
Francesca Orsini

Professor Francesca Orsini is the Principal Investigator of the MULOSIGE project, and leader of the North India case study. She is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature, as well as Chair of the CCLPS. Her research interests range from modern and contemporary Hindi literature to the multiligual history of literature in early modern North India. Prior to this project, she ran the AHRC-funded “North Indian Literary Culture and History, 1450–1650” (2006–09) and a British Academy-funded international collaboration with SARAI/CSDS on Hinglish (2014–15).

Dr Karima Laachir, Senior Researcher and Leader, Maghreb case study
Karima Laachir

Dr Karima Laachir is the leader of the Maghreb case-study of MULOSIGE. She is a senior lecturer in SOAS department of Near and Middle East Studies. Her research area focuses on cultural studies in the Middle East North Africa region and on the intersection between culture and politics (cultural politics) in the Arabic speaking region. She also works on the connected multi-lingual literary history of modern and contemporary Arabic literature with a particular focus on the Maghreb region.

Dr Sara Marzagora, Postdoctoral Researcher and Leader, Horn of Africa case study
Sara Marzagora

Dr Sara Marzagora is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and leader of the Horn of Africa case study. Her PhD thesis (SOAS, University of London 2015) was focused on the political thought of Amharic-speaking intellectuals in Ethiopia from the end of the 19th century to the late 1960s. She has published on Ethiopian intellectual history, Amharic written and oral literature, African critical theory and African philosophy.

Dr Fatima Burney, Postdoctoral Researcher, Transnational case study

Dr Fatima Burney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Transnational case study. She received her PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of California Los Angeles in 2017. Fatima’s doctoral dissertation compares Anglophone and Urdu literary romantic movements in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, particularly in their reception and representation of ghazal poetry.

July Blalack, PhD student, Maghreb case study
July Blalack

July Blalack is a doctoral researcher working on the spread and adaptation of Sufi literature in the 19th century Maghreb and its cultural contact zones as part of the MULOSIGE project. In 2017, her history of modern prose in multilingual Mauritania is due to be published in The Oxford Handbook of the Arabic Novel (August 2017). She holds a Master's degree from the University of Virginia, where her research focused on Arabic Ottoman periodicals. Additionally, she has contributed primary-source analyses to a Carnegie-funded book on the Syrian National Congress of 1920.

Jack Clift, PhD student, North of India case study
Jack Clift

Jack Clift is a doctoral researcher working on the North India case study within the MULOSIGE project and is a member of the CCLPS. His research will focus on historical fiction in Hindi, Urdu and English, with a view to elaborating a more nuanced approach to the interaction between history and literature in North India. Jack’s research has previously centred on articulations of nationalism in Spanish and Arabic literature, and on the use of Arabic by a North Indian Muslim reformist group.

Yvonne Castle, Project Coordinator

Yvonne is Project Coordinator of European Research Council funded projects at SOAS. She completed an MA at SOAS in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa.