Farah Nada

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: English
Research Centre/Unit: Humanities

I am a PhD candidate in English, researching spaces, movement, and processes of departure in the work of Elizabeth Bowen. My thesis is supervised by Professor Laura Salisbury and Dr. Beci Carver

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (2014, Magna Cum Laude) in English Literature and Mass Communication (with a concentration in Journalism) from the American University of Sharjah, and a Masters of Arts (2016, Distinction) in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies from Durham University. My MA disseration, supervised by Dr. Simon Grimble, examined mourning and the figure of ‘the gentleman’ in Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier through the lens of Nicholas Abraham and Maria Torok’s theories of cryptonymy.

Prior to starting my PhD at Exeter, I was a visiting researcher at the American University of Sharjah, working in collaboration with Susan Smith to examine historical trauma and perceived cultural losses among United Arab Emirates (UAE) migrant youths. Funded by a faculty research grant, the study focused on a sample of 95 university students from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Iraq, and Tunisia, and the resulting paper was published in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture in 2018. 

I have presented papers at the following conferences: 'Elizabeth Bowen Symposium' (Birkbeck, February 2020); 'MSA 2019: Upheaval and Reconstruction' (Toronto, October 2019); 'Modernism in the Home' (University of Birmingham, July 2019). I have had papers accepted at the following conferences (postponed due to Covid-19): 'Spatial Modernities' (University of York, TBC); 'Hidden Spaces and Forgotten Places' (Manchester Metropolitan University, TBC).

During my time as an undergraduate, I was a Fellow of the university's Department of English. In this role, I co-founded the online academic journal Asrar: Dialogues from the Diaspora, co-editing the first two issues. 

I am a three-time recipient of the American University of Sharjah's Chancellor's Award and, upon graduating, was awarded the Department of Mass Communication's Merit Award for Academic Excellence.

I speak English, Arabic, and French.

You can find me on twitter @farahanada