Organisers

Claire O’Callaghan

Claire recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leicester where her thesis explored the intersection of contemporary gender and sexual theory in novels of award-winning author Sarah Waters. She has published on Waters and other aspects of gender and sexuality in contemporary women’s writing. Claire teaches – and has taught – at Leicester and at Brunel University. She is currently editing a book collection on feminism in Waters’s novels (with Dr Adele Jones, Swansea University) as well as a special issue of the Journal of Gender Studies on feminism, austerity and academia (with Dr Helen Davies, Teeside University). Claire is currently working on the development of a monograph on feminisms and queer theories in contemporary British women’s writing. In addition to her role on the FWSA, Claire is on the executive of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA). She is also a founder member of the AHRC funded projects Public Engagement in Gender and Sexuality (PEGS) and The C21 Scholar: Digital Engagement in the Arts and Humanities. She tweets as @drclaireocall

Trishima Mitra-Kahn

Trishima Mitra-Kahn, currently executive committee member of the FWSA, is the Policy Officer of the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA). An anthropologist by training, she has worked for more than a decade on a number of projects on violence against women and girls and was most recently a postdoctoral researcher at Keele University on Europe’s first longitudinal study on campus based sexual violence. She has also served as an independent expert witness on asylum cases in the UK involving South Asian women survivors of domestic violence, sexual servitude, and forced marriages. Besides book chapters, she has published in Current Sociology, Policy and Politics, and Journal of International Women’s Studies. In 2011, she co-founded the Safe Studies Network, an UK based research collective on gender violence, sexual economies, and campus cultures in British HEIs. Trish is deeply committed to her new role at AWAVA where she undertakes policy research, advocacy work, and lobbies government to ensure that women’s voices are heard and acknowledged. She harnesses and amplifies the work of AWAVA’s 19 Peak Australian member organisations and over 50 organisational and individual Friends & Supporters. She tweets as @Teesmaarkahn32