Rose Harris-Birtill, PhD MA (Dist.) BA (Hons) AFHEA

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Research overview

Dr Rose Harris-Birtill is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. Her academic monograph, David Mitchell's Post-Secular World: Buddhism, Belief and the Urgency of Compassion (2019, Bloomsbury Academic, 125,000 words) brings together post-secular literary fiction and Buddhist philosophies, investigating the redeployment of Buddhist influences across the complete fictions of author David Mitchell. This study also broadens to investigate a wider resurgence of post-secular narrative worlds in contemporary literature, discussing Mitchell’s works alongside those of Michael Ondaatje, Ali Smith, Yann Martel, Will Self and Margaret Atwood.

Rose’s research interests include contemporary and twentieth-century literatures and poetics, time, globalisation, experimental and visual narratives, digital storytelling, Tibetan Buddhism and diaspora, world literature, global feminisms, literature in performance, speculative fiction, and critical and cultural theory.

Rose is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), an accredited Masters-level professional teaching qualification awarded at the University of St Andrews, aligning with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). She also holds the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) New Scholar Prize, the Frank Muir Prize for Writing, and a McCall MacBain Teaching Excellence Award. Rose is also the Secretary for the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies, and is the current UK National Expert for the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Rose also served as the lead organiser for the David Mitchell Conference 2017, a one-day international conference on the author's works that was held at the University of St Andrews on Saturday 3rd June 2017. See the David Mitchell Conference website for full details.

Academic/Professional Qualification

- PhD in English, University of St Andrews.

- Fully-accredited Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

- MA (Dist.) in English Literature, University of Warwick.

- First-class BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing, University of Warwick.

Teaching activity

Academic teaching experience:

Masters dissertation supervision. My experience includes MLitt dissertation supervision on post-secular literature, examining the influence of Tolkien and Le Guin on the contemporary fantasy genre.

EN5511 Theorising the Contemporary. Designed and delivered lecture and seminar content on defining the contemporary for Masters students, teaching critical theory including Agamben, Casanova, Moretti and Spivak, critiquing interdisciplinary perspectives on artistic periodization and discussing the Anthropocene’s impact on contemporary culture. University of St Andrews, Spring term 2018 and 2019.

EN4406 Contemporary Fiction. Guest lecturer for final year undergraduate Honours students, designing and delivering a lecture on David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and globalisation theory, assisting with module design by providing recommended primary and secondary reading, and setting discussion questions for student presentations. University of St Andrews, Spring term 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

CS4303 Video Games (St Andrews) and AC31009 Games Programming (Dundee). Designed and delivered third year and final year Honours lectures on Narratology for Video Games for video game software developers as an invited lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Autumn 2018 and 2019, and at the School of Computing, University of Dundee, Spring 2019.

International Summer Programme Lectures, St Andrews and Oxford. Lecturer on Jekyll and Hyde for 16-18 year-olds, designing and delivering a lecture series on the global cultural legacy of this story on stage and screen since the nineteenth century, University of St Andrews, July 2017, June 2018, July 2019. I also gave these talks as an invited lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford in August 2018 and August 2019.

International Education Institute, University of St Andrews. Tutor on the interdisciplinary Academic Induction pre-sessional course for first-year undergraduates, assessing presentations and essays, and providing one-to-one feedback tutorials on public speaking and essay writing. Autumn term 2019.

EN3214 The Country and the City in Scottish Literature. Guest lecturer and module assistant for undergraduate Honours students, designing and delivering a lecture on Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon and the panoptic legacy from Bentham to Foucault, assisting with module design and administration, selecting a core text, and planning student reading and questions. University of St Andrews, April 2017.

EN1003 Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature. Designed and delivered seminars for first year undergraduates, providing essay feedback and marking assessments, and teaching texts by T.S. Eliot, Emily Brontë, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster and more. University of St Andrews, Autumn – Winter 2015 and Autumn – Winter 2017.

EN2004 Drama: Reading and Performance. Designed and delivered second-year seminars, providing essay feedback and marking assessments, teaching plays by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill, Liz Lochhead and more. University of St Andrews, Spring 2015 and 2019.

EN4406 Contemporary British Fiction. Teaching assistant for final year undergraduate Honours students, University of St Andrews, February 2014 and February 2017. Co-taught seminars on David Mitchell’s works, supervising small groups, generating discussion and providing feedback.

 

Research interests

Dr Rose Harris-Birtill’s research interests include contemporary and twentieth-century literatures and poetics, time, globalisation, experimental and visual narratives, digital storytelling, Tibetan Buddhism and diaspora, world literature, global feminisms, literature in performance, speculative fiction, and critical and cultural theory.

Industrial relevance

Rose also serves as Director of Editorial at the Open Library of Humanities across its platform of 30 diamond open access academic journals, and Editor-in-Chief of its flagship journal OLH. The Open Library of Humanities is a scholar-led, not-for-profit open access academic publisher based at Birkbeck, University of London.

Prior to her PhD, Rose worked for five years as a professional writer in London, writing for national publication for the web, newspapers, and magazines, and has been interviewed for both live and pre-recorded BBC radio and television.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Director, Open Library of Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London

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Managing Editor, Open Library of Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London

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