Mobilities in Literature and Culture Research Centre

Founded in 2017, we are a large interdisciplinary research centre based in the School of Literature and Languages. We bring together colleagues conducting research and/or teaching focused on (im-)mobilities in texts and contexts, from a range of disciplinary, empirical and theoretical perspectives, from literature, history, translation and cultural studies, and periodisations, from the medieval to the contemporary period.

Meet the team

Dr Constance Bantman


I am the Deputy Head of the School of Literature and Languages (SLL) and was previously the School's Director of Learning and Teaching (2017-21). I teach French language, translation, culture and politics at all levels on the undergraduate language programme. My research focuses on the history of the French anarchist movement from 1870 until 1939, with an emphasis on transnation...

Dr Gabriele Lazzari


I am a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, with a PhD in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. Working at the intersection of comparative literature and novel theory, my research focuses on how contemporary literature engages with transnational migrations and the legacies of colonial and racial modernity. My current book project, New Global Realism: Thinkin...

Dr Lena Mattheis


My academic journey started in Germany, where I received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anglophone studies, French literature, and media studies, before starting my doctoral research on translocal city novels at the University of Duisburg-Essen. This literary urban research then took me to the University of Namibia, where I briefly taught and conducted research, and sparked my endurin...

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A reminder that Mark's talk is taking place on campus in Guildford next week and open to all - to book your place:…
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Our first reading group discussion will take place online on Wednesday 5 October, 10-11.30am (note the amended time…
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We are delighted to welcome Prof. Ivan Jablonka as Visiting Fellow this year. His first talk takes place at the Un…