©Copyright first three photos ("Outdoor Furniture", "House", "Spring Trees"): Nourit Melcer-Padon; copyright last two photos ("Wall", "Door"): Zuzanna Bulat-Silva


Dorothee Birke, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Dorothee Birke is Visiting Professor at the English Department at the University of Innsbruck. She has held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies and a junior Fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Her publications include Memory's Fragile Power: Crises of Memory, Identity and Narrative in Contemporary British Novels (2008) and Writing the Reader: Configurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel (2016). Her current research on home focusses on the representation of conflicts concerning home and housing on the contemporary British and Anglophone stage. She is particularly interested in how theatre as a spatial form employs both representations on stage and the physical relation between practitioners and audience in order to explore the spatial conflicts and hierarchies inherent in home as a socio-economical issue.




Zuzanna Bułat-Silva, Department of Romance Languages, University of Wrocław, Poland.

Zuzanna Bułat Silva works in the Department of Romance Languages, University of Wrocław. She teaches Portuguese Language and Culture, Spanish Historical Grammar, Cross-Cultural Pragmatics and Cognitive Linguistics. Her main research interests are lexical semantics, ethnopragrmatics and cross-cultural communication. She has published a book on Portuguese cultural key words (Fado - A Semantic Approach, 2008) and articles on Portuguese and Spanish emotion words. Since 2010 she has been working on the notion of 'home' in Portuguese (as a member of the EUROJOS ethnolinguistic research group, affiliated with the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw).

Stella Butter, University of Koblenz-Landau (Campus Landau), Germany.

Stella Butter is Professor of English Literature at the University of Koblenz-Landau. She studied English, German and History at Mannheim University (Germany) and Stirling University (Scotland) before receiving her PhD from Giessen University in 2007 and her postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) from Mannheim University in 2012. In her research and publications she explores how English literature responds to and shapes processes of modernization (Kontingenz und Literatur im Prozess der Modernisierung 2013, Literatur als Medium kultureller Selbstreflexion 2007). She has published articles on community, emotions and literature, forms of subjectivity, globalization, and gender. Her current research project is on "The Value of Home in Contemporary British and American Literature".


Elke D'hoker, Faculty of Arts, University of Leuven, Belgium.

Elke D'hoker is senior lecturer in English and Irish literature at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is the author of Visions of Alterity: Representation in the Works of John Banville (Rodopi, 2004) and editor of Unreliable Narration in the Twentieth-Century First-Person Novel (De Gruyter, 2008), Irish Women Writers. New Critical Perspectives (Lang, 2011), Mary Lavin (IAP 2013), and The Irish Short Story (Lang, 2015). She has published several journal articles on twentieth-century and contemporary British and Irish fiction. Current research projects include: the short story by Irish women writers, imaginaries of home and community in contemporary fiction, and short fiction in magazines. 

Sarah Heinz, English Department, University of Vienna, Austria.

Sarah Heinz is Professor for English and Anglophone Literatures at the University of Vienna. She has taught English Literary and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Universities of Passau and Mannheim, where she was a Junior Professor from 2008 to 2014. From January to April 2015, she spent three months as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. for a study on postmodern identities in A.S. Byatt’s novels, which was published in 2007, and in 2014 she finished her postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) on Critical Whiteness Studies and intersectionality in Irish literature and film. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, contemporary Irish, English and Anglophone literature and film, identity theory and contemporary drama. She was the principal investigator on three funded projects, and her publications include articles on Irish and British drama, film and the novel, Victorian poetry, contemporary adaptions of Shakespeare, and on teaching English literature in the university classroom.

Ullrich Kockel, Department of Language & Inter Studies, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Nourit Melcer-Padon, Department of Romance and Latin American Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Nourit Melcer-Padon teaches in the Romance Studies Department and in the European Forum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her PhD centered on narratological devices in the works of Luigi Pirandello, Patrick White, and Jean-Paul Sartre among others. She is currently engaged in a continuing research of textual functions, and issues related to immigration literature.

Mari Sarv, Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia.

Victoria Walters, School of Art & Design, UWE Bristol.


Victoria Walters is an Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture at UWE Bristol.  She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in European Studies (French), a MA in Digital Media and a PhD in Visual Culture obtained from the University of Ulster in 2005 under a Vice Chancellor scholarship.  Following graduation in 2009, she secured a Research Associate post with PLaCE Research Centre, UWE Bristol, supporting practice-led research into place, location, context and the environment. She then worked as a Senior Research Fellow in Visual Culture at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton before returning to teaching at UWE.  Her written research relates to the work and legacies of 20thCentury artist Joseph Beuys.  Victoria recently followed postgraduate studies in Fine Art in order to undertake research through creative practice as well as theory and her visual art work has been particularly concerned with issues of protection, security and home.