Our Presenters

Eleonora Bello, Phd Candidate in Italian Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Eleonora is currently enrolled in the first year of the PhD in Italian Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), where she is also a tutor for Italian classes at undergraduate level. The main topic of her research deals with the fictional representation and criticism of mental institutions in contemporary Italian writings. After completing a first level Master PROMOITALS (Teaching Italian as a second/foreign language) at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy), she obtained an MA in Italian Literature at Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon, France). Prior to coming to New Zealand she spent the last three years teaching Italian in Milan, Mexico City and Besançon.

Cordelia Black, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

I'm an alumnus of the Linguistics, European Languages and Classics programmes and completed a PGDipArts in Linguistics under Janet Watson. I am a writer, theatre producer, performer and arts philanthropist based in Wellington. My research interests include gender presentation and gender diversity in the modern and ancient world, translation studies, and the terminology of performance and identity in various subcultures and fandoms.

Publications: Essay in The European Connection, eds. Smith, Hanne et al. ; Eketahuna German Literature Society; poetry collection and translations into NZ English, endorsed by NZCLT and Goethe-Institut Neuseeland. Plus a history of delivering seminars and postgraduate lectures on language use and translation.

Maddalena Fumagalli, Phd Candidate, Department of Zoology, University f Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Biologist with experience in the field of marine mammal conservation and protection in Italy and Egypt, currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Otago on the impacts of tourism activities on the behaviour and ecology of wild spinner dolphins in the Egyptian Red Sea.

Andrew Yi Ming Lim, MA Candidate, Department of History, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

I graduated with a BA Honours in History and Politics in May 2013. I am currently working on Masters’ thesis which looks at New Zealand-Indonesian relations during the Sukarno years, 1945-1966. I present my first conference paper, entitled “New Zealand’s response to the 30 September coup attempt and Indonesian mass killings, 1965-1966”, which looks at left-wing groups in the debate around the Indonesian independence struggle. In the past, I have taken notes for several History and Politics papers.

Wenwen Liu, PhD Candidate, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
PhD candidate, Project in the process: “Reshaping Guohua (Chinese Ink-Brush Painting) in the 1980s”, Chinese programme, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2014-
MA (Anthropology of Arts), Minzu University of China, Beijing, 2008
BA (Ethnology), Minzu University of China, Beijing, 2003
Related Career Experiences
As a part-time contributor for the website Creative Asia (Sydney), 2015
As an executive editor for ART & DESIGN Magazine (Beijing), 2009-2011
As a Journalist for ART & DESIGN Magazine (Beijing), 2008-2009
Hu Xiaoxiao (胡筱潇): “Going Her Own Way”, the artist interview for Creative Asia, 2015. Online at: https://www.creative-asia.net/content/hu-xiaoxiao-going-her-own-way  
“Articulating ‘Individuality’: Knowledge of the Chinese Ink Painter in 1979-1989”, abstract submitted for the Symposium “Chinese Modernity and Knowledge Construction: Translation, Translocation and Canonization”, Wellington, New Zealand, 5-6 November, 2015
Other Rewards
Representative of postgraduate students for the 2016 Handbook of FHSS (faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), VUW, 2016
Eliot Lynch, PhD Candidate, Department of Politics, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
Sally Ann McIntyre, Artist, Dunedin, NZ 

Sally Ann McIntyre is a sound and radio artist and writer who lives and works in Dunedin. She is active as a radio maker, a live performer, an exhibiting artist, and a publishing writer, with works often fusing these roles in an interdisciplinary manner. Her recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Gruenrekorder (Germany), Consumer Waste (UK), Flaming Pines (Aust), and Idealstate (NZ/Sweden). She has made programmes in collaboration with broadcast networks and radio art project stations in Berlin, Bratislava, Chicago, Lisbon, Montreal, and New York, among others, and has been an Australasian programmer/curator for the 24 stationRadia international radio art network since 2009. Her sound works have been exhibited internationally, most recently in galleries in Hobart, Sydney, London and Auckland. Critical coverage has included articles in peer-reviewed publications such as Leonardo Music Journal, Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Cultureand Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture, and she is one of 150 historical and contemporary artists working with the medium of transmission to be included in the book Transmission Arts: Artist and Airwaves (PAJ, 2011). Her current creative research focuses on hidden and overlooked sound histories, and the relation of sound to memory within New Zealand Natural History collections and archives. 

Kim Min- kyoung, PhD Candidate, English Literature, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

Kim Min-kyoung is enrolled in a Doctoral course of English Literatureand teaches English Conversation at Kookmin University in Seoul. She has published a series of two English Grammar books. She is presently researching on postmodern English novels about history and historiographic metafiction and plans to write her PhD thesis on this subject.


Murari Prasad, Dr., Department of English, D.S.College, Kaihar, Katihar, India 

Murari Prasad teaches Anglophone postcolonial literature in the Department of English at D.S. College, Katihar (India). He majored in the British and American fiction and wrote his doctoral thesis on Melville, Conrad and Hemingway. During recent years, he has edited critical anthologies on Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy (2005) and Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines (2008) as well as on Arundhati Roy (2006) and Post-Rushdie Indian English 
novels (2012).He also taught English in the Faculty of Arts at Sana’a University, Yemen and presented research papers in academic conferences in Nepal, Spain, South Korea, the USA and Singapore. He  has published a string of research papers and book reviews in professional journals, in addition to an entry on Upamanyu Chatterjee in  the Dictionary of Literary Biography ( DLB 323: South Asian Writers in English), Bruccoli Layman, Michigan, 2006.
Radhika Raghav, PhD Candidate, Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
Doctor of Philosophy, Department of History & Art History, University of Otago, 2014 – current.
M.A. History of Art, National Museum Institute, New Delhi. 2012.
B.A. Spanish Honors, University of Delhi. 2009.
Film Appreciation Course 2013. Conducted by National Film Archive of India in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India. 
Research Assistant at the History & Art History department. University of Otago. Sept, 2014- current.
Assistant Director for a Berlin based documentary film project on hygiene issues in Delhi slums. 2014.
Research Assistant for Center for Art & Archaeology at American Institute of Indian 
Studies, Gurgaon for the project of Virtual Museum of Images and Sound. 2012-2013. 
Article submitted: “The Poster Art of Satyajit Ray” ICON, NMI Journal of History of Art, 2015.
Jane Ross, MA Student, Media, Film and Communication Department, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Jane Ross ia Postgraduate student within the Media, Film and Communication Department of the University of Otago. Her research interests include documentary film and character driven film narratives. Her recently completed MA research focused on representations of rural life in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand documentary.


Timothy Alexander Smith, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

PhD candidate, Philosophy, University of Otago (current)
M.A., Philosophy, (Auckland, 2014) 
B.A. (Hons.), Philosophy, (Otago, 2012)
Tutor - Department of Philosophy, University of Auckland (Jan 2013 - Nov 2013)
Researcher - Department of Philosophy, University of Otago (Nov 2011 - Feb 2012).
Tutor - Department of Philosophy, University of Otago (Jan 2011 - Nov 2011).
Seminar and Conference Papers:
Mending Popper’s Corroboration, AAPNZ Philosophy Conference, AAPNZ (Auckland, 2013). 
Academic Publications: ‘An Enlightenment Problem for Millianism’ in Philosophia, (2014), 42:(1), pp.173-9.
Journal Refereeing: Philosophia