Tom Ue gained his PhD from the Department of English Language and Literature at University College London, where his research examined Shakespeare’s influence on the writing of George Gissing. Ue has taught at University College London. He was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at Yale University, and the 2011 Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecturer, and he has held an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship. He has contributed essays on Thomas Hardy, Gissing, Wilde, and with John James, Sherwood Anderson and James Cameron.
Although Ue specializes in nineteenth-century literature, he cares deeply about, and writes on, many aspects of intellectual history. His work has appeared in a number of journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, The Gissing Journal, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, and he regularly contributes to Film International and the TLS. He is editor of World Film Locations: Toronto (Intellect Books, 2014), which coincides with the city’s 180th anniversary, and Dictionary of Literary Biography 377: Twenty-First Century British Novelists (Gale, 2015). He is currently at work on a shorter piece on photography and phonography and their impact on the forms of late-Victorian and Edwardian writing. This is an opportunity to do some preliminary work towards a monograph on legal theory and the British novel in the nineteenth century.
Hana Qugana is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at University College London. She currently researches various themes in British and European Intellectual History from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century and is completing a doctoral thesis titled “The Cultural Politics of Englishness: John Hargrave, the Kibbo Kift and Social Credit, 1920-1939.” She is the recipient of a Maude Howlett Woodfin-Susan Lough Grant For Graduate Study from the University of Richmond.
Prior to joining Opticon 1826, she has been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at Yale University. She completed her M.A. (Research) in History cum laude at Leiden University with the support of a Leiden University Excellence Scholarship. She received her B.A. from the University of Richmond, double majoring in Music with departmental honors and History. She has studied abroad at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany and the University of Hong Kong.
She has contributed to a number of research projects covering topics as diverse as Dutch United East India Company maps, the astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort’s involvement with the European Southern Observatory and the cross-fertilization of American jazz and Cuban music. Correspondingly she welcomes submissions to Opticon1826 from across the Arts and Humanities spectrum.
Pei-sze is a PhD candidate in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the School of European Languages, Society and Culture.
Her current doctoral research seeks to articulate the intersections between film, architecture, and transnational identities, particularly through architectural documentaries and film essays exploring the construction of landmark sites in the Øresund region comprising Copenhagen and Malmö. The project aims to understand the broader question of how films visualise social change and cultural identity.
Wider research themes include visual experimentation in film, cities, and identity and place-making. She is a recipient of the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship.