Brief Encounters at the Borderline


Jade Lee


Foreword to the second issue of Brief Encounters.


Author Biography

Jade Lee, SOAS, University of London

Senior EditorJade took her first degree in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After graduating she began a PGCE in Early Years Education and went on to teach in London for three years before moving to Paris, where she taught English for three years and helped co-author a curriculum for Anglophone children living in France. She also spent some time volunteering for a primary school in Kenya.In 2012, Jade returned to begin an MA in African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, taking a broad range of courses in Politics and History, ultimately deciding to major in ‘Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo,’ an interdisciplinary module that focused on travel writing across Africa as a literary and cultural artefact. As part of this course, Jade undertook archival research which led to the discovery of an unpublished book by a female Colonial Officer serving in what was then the British Cameroons. A piece formed the genesis of her PhD which is entitled ‘Women of the British Colonial Service: Contested Identities and Liminal Lives, 1936 – 1961.’ Twitter: @jadesoas


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  2. Crawford, Steven, ‘Re-reading Borders and Migration: Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Nation-State’, Brief Encounters, 2.1 (2018), 13-25
  3. Hockney [exhibition], (Tate Britain: London, 9 February - 29 May 2017)
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  5. Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (London: 4th Estate, 2017)