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Core Team and Members

Core Team Bios


Dimitra Fimi (Fantasy Bio) Dr Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow. 

She has published two award-winning monographs on J.R.R. Tolkien and on Celtic-inspired children’s fantasy, and she has co-edited original manuscripts by Tolkien on linguistic invention. 

She has also published on worldbuilding, medievalism, children’s literature, and adaptation. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and the Journal of Tolkien Research, and she often contributes to TV and radio programmes on fantasy.

Many of her published essays and articles are available open access here: 


Robert Maslen (Fantasy Bio) Dr Rob Maslen founded the MLitt English Literature: Fantasy in 2015.

He started out as a specialist in early modern literature and remains interested in the early modern fantastic. He has written articles on fantasy, science fiction and Japanese anime, and published two editions of Mervyn Peake's poetry with Carcanet in 2008 and 2011.

He blogs at The City of Lost Books. His current research includes a monograph on Mervyn Peake and the Rise of Fantasy between the 1930s and the 1950s. 


Core Team:  

Maureen Farrell (fantasy)Dr Maureen Farrell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of   Education at the University of Glasgow and is the Programme   Leader for the M Ed in Children’s Literature   and Literacies. Her particular area of expertise is in Scottish   Children’s Literature.

She has presented on Scottish children’s fantasy, particularly   the Non-Human in Scottish Children’s Fantasy and on   transformations of the Tam Lin Ballad. She is a Trustee of Moat Brae in Dumfries, the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling. 


Laura Martin (Fantasy Bio)Dr Laura Martin is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, where she has researched and taught on German and English Romanticism, and in particular on fairy tales (especially German Volksmärchen [folktales] and Kunstmärchen [literary tales]), myth and ‘magical narratives’ in general.

In this area, she has published on German fairy-tale writers/recorders MusäusNaubert, the Brothers Grimm and Mörike, and has a wider interest in Novalis, Hölderlin, ETA Hoffmann and more. In addition to her academic work, Laura is a trainee Jungian psychotherapist working with dream imagery and with myth/fairy tales as therapeutic tools, and is currently writing on ‘The Gifts of the Collective Unconscious’. 


Matt SangsterDr Matthew Sangster is Senior Lecturer in Romantic Studies, Fantasy and Cultural History. His recent work includes Living as an Author in the Romantic Period (Palgrave, 2020) and projects on eighteenth-century library borrowing, literary institutions, the culture of the 1820s, and David Bowie. 

He has published on Mervyn Peake, China Miéville and fantastic visions of whole cities, and was co-curator of the British Library exhibition The Worlds of Mervyn Peake (2011).  At the moment, he is working on notions of history and community in Fantasy literature and culture across a broad chronological span. At Glasgow, he leads the Fantasy Across Media course for the Fantasy MLitt and supervises PhD students working on a wide range of fantasy authors, tropes, forms and ideals. 


Rhys Williams Pic (fantasy)Dr Rhys Williams is Lecturer in Energy & Environmental   Humanities at Glasgow. He works on the intersection between   fantasy and reality, and how the former is marshalled to   transform the latter. He is interested in energy, ecology, and   infrastructure, along with science fiction, fantasy, and horror,   and is particularly drawn to the use of genre in real-world   discourses. 

 Rhys is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group,   the After Oil Research Group, and the Grierson Research Group.   He is Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions   at Glasgow, and Director of the Energy and Ecology Group. He   has recently published in South Atlantic Quarterly, and the Open Library of the Humanities. 


Centre Officers:

Equality and Diversity Officer: Mariana Rios Maldonado

Chief Media Officer: Monica Vazquez

Headquarters Officer: Grace Worm

Events Production Officer: Marita Arvaniti

Social Media Officer: Madalena Daleziou

Discord Administrator: Cheyenne Heckermann 

Discord Head Moderator: Hannah Barton 
Discord Moderators: Grace Worm, Madalena Daleziou, Eva McLean, Cornelia Will, Ian Zerafa, Rhys Pasternack , Sam Tegtmeyer, Elena Pasquini


Centre Members:

Professor Marc Alexander, Professor of English Linguistics

Professor Evelyn Arizpe, Professor of Children's Literature

Dr Matthew BarrLecturer in Computing Science

Dr Sourit Bhattacharya, Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies

Professor Ben Colburn, Professor of Political Philosophy

Dr Matthew Creasy, Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Dr Fraser Dallachy, Lecturer in the Historical Thesaurus of English

Professor Robert Davis, Professor of Religious and Cultural Education

Professor Laurence Grove, Professor of French and Text/Image Studies

Dr Rebecca Harrison, Lecturer in Theatre, Film & Television Studies 

Dr Lizanne Henderson, Senior Lecturer in History

Professor Alice Jenkins, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture 

Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dr Anna McFarlane, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Gavin Miller, Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities

Dr Sarah Nicholson, Lecturer in Old Testament/ Tanakh Studies

Dr Geraldine Parsons, Senior Lecturer in Celtic and Gaelic

Professor Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology

Dr Dahlia Porter, Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture

Professor Debra Strickland, Professor of Medieval Art History

Dr Philip Tonner, Lecturer in Education (History)

Dr Zoe Strachan, Reader in Creative Writing

Dr Theo Van Heijnsberge, Lecturer in Scottish Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Professor Louise Welsh, Professor of Creative Writing

Dr Alison Wiggins, Reader in English Language and Manuscripts

Dr Saeko Yazaki, Lecturer in Religious Studies