Editorial Team


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    Masuda Qureshi - Birkbeck College

    Senior Editor

    Masuda Qureshi is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. She completed her BA in English Language and Literature at King’s College London, and her MA in Early Modern Studies at University College London. Her thesis explores the connections between early modern women’s writing and science, with a particular interest in astronomy. Before her role she as Senior Editor for this journal, she has been a subject editor for Dandelion, a postgraduate journal at Birkbeck and also an intern for the London Renaissance Seminar. Currently, she is a Visitor Services Officer for the National Trust, based at Rainham Hall, where she works to ensure that historical places are open and protected forever, for everyone.

    Follow her on twitter for early modern intellectual history related content and, of course, information related to the National Trust @MasudaQureshi


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    Chloe Trainor - University of Kent

    Submissions Editor

    Chloe Trainor is a PhD candidate in the History department at the University of Kent, and her research examines the relationship between art and disability. By exploring the use of arts and crafts as alternative forms of education and employment for disabled people, the project aims to situate this within the wider context of policy development after the Second World War, using art as a lens through which to understand continuities and changes in the experience of disability. Chloe is particularly interested in the study of material and visual culture, and was co-organiser of the postgraduate conference Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture, hosted at the University of Kent. Chloe has a passion for educational outreach, and has developed and delivered a variety of extracurricular support to students ranging from primary to adult learners. In her spare time, Chloe enjoys singing with the University Chorus, cooking too much food for people, and forcing her friends to explore some of Kent’s scruffier coastal towns. Follow her on Twitter @ChloeTrainor1

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    Sarah Middle - Open University

    Web Officer

    Sarah is in her second year of a PhD at the Open University, studying the integration of Linked Data (a set of techniques for structuring and connecting datasets) with research on the Ancient World. Her research interests include Digital Humanities, Ancient History, Archaeology, metadata, usability, and cultural heritage. Before returning to study, Sarah worked in libraries at the University of Cambridge, most recently as Repository Manager. This involved facilitating access to the university's research via its institutional repository, and advising academics on how to make their research more discoverable. Sarah is also Secretary of the UK Museums Computer Group, and can be found on Twitter at @digitalshrew.

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    Miss Ellis Lynn Spicer - University of Kent , United Kingdom

    Communications Editor

    Ellis is undertaking a PhD in the School of History at the University of Kent. Her research examines Holocaust survivor associations such as the '45 Aid Society and Child Survivors Association of Great Britain, with a particular emphasis on how these communities shape identity and interpersonal relationships amongst survivors. At present, Ellis is in the process of coordinating her own conference at Kent with fellow CHASE student Kate Docking on the application of terms such as 'victim', 'perpetrator', 'bystander' and 'collaborator' to historical study and whether they have value. When not PhDing, Ellis can be found sampling as many different restaurants as possible with a glass of Pinot Grigio and reading copious amounts of leisurely fiction. She can be found on twitter @ellisspicy

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    Simon Peter Everett - University of Essex

    Layout and Proofread Coordinator 

    Simon Everett is about to begin the completion year of his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. His thesis looks at the relationship between Derrida’s concept of ‘la trace’ (trace) and experimental forms of poetry translation. His thesis poetry project is an experimental reworking of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Between teaching undergraduates and writing his thesis, he is a practising poet. His poetry has been anthologised and published in various magazines, and his translations of Chinese T’ang dynasty poetry have been published in STAND magazine and most recently in Chinese Arts and Letters journal. Prior to starting his PhD, Simon worked as a Communications Officer and picked up associated skills, such as photography, print design and typesetting. Having produced print literature since as various side projects, including booklets for various university conferences, he now hopes to bring this experience to the Brief Encounters journal as Layout and Proofread Coordinator. 


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    Sarah Elizabeth Marshall - University of Essex

    Articles Editor

    Sarah Marshall is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Essex, where she also completed her BA and MA. Her research explores the Cultural Memory of Britain’s Cold War. Through the analysis of films, television and museum exhibitions, this research examines how the Cold War is portrayed to modern audiences, and how these depictions both shape and create memories of the period. Sarah is also greatly interested in Public History and was co-organiser of the postgraduate conference The Ever Present Past: How Public History Informs the Present, at the University of Essex. Alongside her research Sarah also teaches undergraduate students and peer reviews for the University of Essex's journal ESTRO. Follow her on Twitter @SE_Marshall94

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    Sana Goyal - SOAS, University of London , United Kingdom

    Reviews Editor

    Sana Goyal is a PhD candidate in the Africa Department at SOAS, University of London. Her research, titled "Awarding Africa", focuses on literary prizes and select women writers. When she's not thesis writing, she takes up freelance feature pieces, including book reviews and author interviews, for Vogue India, Mint Lounge, India, and other publications. She's at home in Mumbai and London, and tweets at @SansyG

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    Anna Jamieson , United Kingdom

    Creative Encounters Editor

    Anna is a PhD student in the History of Art department at Birkbeck. Her research focuses on the spectacularisation of female madness in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, focusing on the display and reception of mental health conditions now typified as female, alongside themes of dark tourism and freakery.