Sara ThorntonSara Thornton is professor of English Literature at the University of Paris. She has published widely on the subject of Victorian literature and culture and also directs an MA programme called ‘Cultural Intelligence and Innovation’ which trains students in cultural theory, semiotics, project management and communication. She is currently working on the way aesthetics responds to economic pressures in the nineteenth century in Britain and the Empire.

Photo of Estelle MurailDr. Estelle Murail is a research fellow at the University of Paris, and a lecturer in British Literature at the Catholic University of Paris. She gained her jointly-supervised PhD in English Literature in 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot and King’s College London. Her PhD examined the figure of the flâneur in London and Paris. Her current research focuses on the nineteenth-century novel, urban spaces, crossings and networks, the history of opium and the notion of persistence.

Photo of Róisín Quinn-LautrefinDr. Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin is a research fellow at the University of Paris. She gained her PhD in English Literature in 2016 at the Université Paris Diderot. Her thesis is entitled Through the ‘I’ of a needle : needlework and female subjectivity in Victorian literature and culture.

Photo of ClémenceDr. Clémence Folléa is a lecturer at the University of Paris. Her thesis, entitled “Eccentric Dickens: Persistence of the Dickensian”, examined the pervasive and chaotic presence of Dickens and the Dickensian in contemporary culture. She is currently working on adaptation theory and video games.

Mathilde VialardMathilde Vialard is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham whose thesis examines the representation of mental illness in Victorian literature, focusing on the impact of enclosed domestic spaces on the minds of Victorian people. Her PhD is supervised by Pr. Paul Crawford and is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020’. Mathilde graduated from a Joint Masters Degree in English and American studies at the Université of Paris in 2015, where she started her collaboration with the Victorian Persistence team and is hoping to strengthen the relationship between the VP team and the University of Nottingham.

Ludmila ToualbiaLudmilla Toualbia is a PhD student at the University of Paris. Her Masters thesis examined the construction of national identity in contemporary Indian Literature. She is currently working on a PhD on the subject of identity and spatial politics in a global postcolonial context with a particular interest in the works of Dickens and Rushdie.

Sandeep BakshiDr. Sandeep Bakshi is a lecturer in Postcolonial and Queer Literatures and Literary Translation at the University of Paris. He holds a PhD from the University of Leicester. His current research focuses on decolonial enunciations of transnational queerness, especially on legacies of Empires on sexualities. Co-editor of the anthology Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (2016), he co-coordinates the activist-academic network called the Decolonizing Sexualities Network.


Marielle Lippmann is a doctoral student at the University of Paris. Her Master’s thesis examined the dystopian fiction of Richard Jefferies and H.G. Wells, and she is currently working on turn-of-the-century utopianism in relation to space, the discipline of geography, and notions of scale.