Ms Natalie Ilsley

English and American Studies, University of Manchester.

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I studied at Keele University where I obtained a BA (Hons) in English and American Literatures; I then moved on to the University of Edinburgh to complete my MSc in International and European Politics. I have also written for various publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, Newsweek, and was Editor-in-Chief of Concourse (2014-15) at Keele. While I worked in London as a Journalist for Newsweek, I completed a number of graphic design projects for the British Library and Imperial College London.

I am now going into the second year of my PhD at the University of Manchester. My research combines my interdisciplinary background. It will explore how displaced women negotiate the ambivalent experience of being resilient subjects through the creative arts produced in the context of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This research will focus on women based in Stoke-on-Trent. The project will be primarily supervised by Dr Anastasia Valassopoulos (University of Manchester), Dr Mariangela Palladino (Keele University) and Professor Lisa Dikomitis (Keele University).

Based Cultural Studies, my research interests are cross-disciplinary. I am interested in the intersection of postcolonial literatures and cultures, migration and diaspora; arts-based research as a form of inquiry; representations of migrant women; the concept of resilience; representations of contemporary migration between Africa and Europe and the idea of a postcolonial Mediterranean.

Resilience, Narratives, Arts-Based Research, Cultural Studies, Migration