Delphi May

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Modern Languages
Department: Hispanic Studies

 

I am currently undertaking a co-supervised PhD funded by the AHRC SWW DTP, under the guidance of Professor Sally Faulkner (University of Exeter) and Dr Simone Knox (University of Reading). My thesis title is "Displacing the Hybrid? Representations of Chineseness and Chinese immigration in Spanish audio-visual culture." The doctorate is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on both scholarship published from a modern languages background and from the field of film and television studies. At the heart of this project is also the inclusion of ethnographic enquiries into the Chinese communities residing in Spain. 

I carried out my undergraduate degree in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Exeter, with a year abroad as an English Language Assistant at La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (Salamanca). From Exeter, I went on to study an MA in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, which encompassed participation in a wide range of modules, including intensive Chinese language classes, cinema studies, and the anthropology of China. 

It is my hope that this current project will contribute not only to the vibrant creative lives of the universities across the SWW AHRC consortium, but also capture the interest of the wider public. I have suggested to the Devon & Exeter Institution that I hold lunchtime and evening lectures on my research interests, and aim to participate in the Screen Talks Programme organised by Dr Helen Hanson at the Exeter Picturehouse. I also look forward to contributing to the development of the Global China Research Centre housed at Exeter, as well as presenting my research findings at the Centre for Translating Cultures.