Sara Thornton is Professor of English at the University of Paris Diderot. 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.
Dr. Estelle Murail is a research fellow at the University of Paris Diderot, and a lecturer in British Literature at the ICP. 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.
Dr. Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin is a research fellow at the University of Paris-Diderot. 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.
Dr. Clémence Folléa is a Lecturer at the University Paris Diderot. Her thesis, entitled “Eccentric Dickens: Persistence of the Dickensian”, examined the pervasive and chaotic presence of Dickens and the Dickensian in contemporary culture.
Mathilde Vialard is a postgraduate student at the University of Paris Diderot and is currently working on a PhD proposal on the subject of Monomania and the Excess of Writing in nineteenth-century literature. She graduated from a Joint Masters Degree in English and American studies and is currently teaching in the Lycée Condorcet in Saint-Maur.
Ludmila Toualbia is a postgraduate student at the University of Paris Diderot. Her Masters thesis examined the construction of national identity in contemporary Indian Literature. She is currently working on a PhD proposal on the subject of identity and spatial politics in a global postcolonial context with a particular interest in the works of Dickens and Rushdie.