I am a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, based at the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS). I completed my MA Degree at the University of Sussex (School of English, Literature and Philosophy Programme, 2013), where I wrote my thesis on Zoë Wicomb’s novel, David's Story. I received my BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA (2003), with a focus on Cultural Anthropology, African Studies and Francophone Studies. I also hold an MSc Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Development Studies and Social Anthropology, 2004).
I am also co-founder and current Executive Board member of the Foundation for Social Diversity (FSD), a non-government organisation based in Warsaw, Poland, that deals with issues of migration, equality and social diversity.
My PhD explores how affect manifests in selected postcolonial texts, with the aim of critically engaging with key issues in postcolonial theory, such as: the victim/oppressor binary, identity, representation, and authorial ethics.
My current disciplinary interests span postcolonial theory, African studies, affect theory, ethics and cultural studies.
Below selected relevant publications. An expanded list of my publications to date is available here: http://ffrs.org.pl/en/o-frs/statut/zalozycielki/.
- K. Kubin (ed.) (2015) (in)Visible Borders. On What Divides and Binds in Social Diversity. Warsaw: Foundation for Social Diversity.
- K. Kubin (11.2016-01.2017) Curated a six-part series that examines relations between Africa and Eastern/Central Europe with a focus on the Cold War: “The series includes voices from 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.
- K. Kubin (04.07.2016) “Les Blancs – Farber’s production provoked reflection on innocence, the personal and the political, and choosing sides,” Africa in Words.
- K. Kubin (01.07.2016) “A Space of One’s Own – A summary of a conversation between the 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted writers,” Africa in Words.
- K. Kubin (13.08.2013) “Kelek, Sassen, Kubin, Pap: Discriminated, Unwanted, Invisible? Foreigners in Europe in the XXI Century,” Kultura Liberalna, no. 240, (33/2013).
- K. Kubin (17.11.2016) “A Review of South African Literature Beyond the Cold War by Monica Popescu,” Africa in Words.
- K. Kubin (05.08.2016) “Book Review: Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa, Edited by Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, Silke Strickrodt,” Africa at LSE.
- K. Kubin (2016) Mutual Postcolonial Constructions: How Depictions of the Urban/Rural Binary in Zoë Wicomb’s October (2014) and Other Texts Offer Critical Insight into Issues of Identity, Progress and Reconciliation, In: “The Writing South African Now Colloquium, Writing the South African City,” 16-17 June 2016, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)
- K. Kubin (2016) Postcolonial Shame: How the Literary Descriptions of Race Relations in Ify Nwamana’s The Devil's Playground (2009) about Contemporary Poland Reveal a Particular Postcolonial Shame, In: Seminar, “An Eye for the ‘Other’: Representations of Alterity in Contemporary Postcolonial ‘Texts’,” 18 May 2016, co-hosted by the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Critical Forum and English Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies. (Unpublished)
- SOAS, English Studies, 2016-2017, Undergraduate core module: “Ways of Reading: Introduction to Critical Theory”
- Training in the Professional Development in Higher Education Programme, SOAS (06.2016).
- Training in Peer Review for academic journals, Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England-CHASE (06.2016).
- Self-Editing Workshop (fiction), led by Jacob Ross, The Literary Consultancy (11.2016).