Postdoc Profile: Claire Battershill, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

September 15, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Claire Battershill, recipient of a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship of $70,000 per year for two years to support her research at SFU's Department of English. Dr. Battershill is one of five Banting Fellows at SFU in 2014–15.

This is but one of the many awards that Dr. Battershill has already received in her career. Her first book, Circuswas a co-winner of the Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award and is currently a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. One of the stories, "The Collective Name for Ninjas," was a finalist in the inaugural PEN International/New Voices Award, and the title story received the CBC Literary Award.

Her literary awards are matched by her academic accomplishments. She received a SSHRC doctoral award for her graduate studies at the University of Toronto and currently holds a SSHRC postdoctoral award for her research at the University of Reading. She is also a co-holder of a SSHRC Insight Development grant for the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP). She has published peer-reviewed articles on a variety of aspects of modernist literature and book history. The book drawing from her doctoral dissertation, Modernist Lives: Biography and Autobiography at the Hogarth Press, is currently being prepared for publication. 

SFU faculty and staff are excited to welcome Dr. Battershill and her exciting work. For her Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, she will be extending her MAPP digital humanities project and working with publishers archives currently housed at SFU, including BC's own Talonbooks and Douglas & McIntyre. Her research has significant real-world implications, as it will shed light on the rapidly-shifting structures of the publishing industry as it moves into the digital era. At SFU, she will be working with Dr. Mary Ann Gillies, herself a former Rhodes Scholar, a lead organizer of several international conferences and a world-class scholar in the area of modernist literature and publishing. 

Dr. Battershill is also planning a broad range of ambitious outreach activities as part of her Banting postdoctoral work. She will be helping to coordinate the Print Culture lecture series for the Department of English, and also hopes to stage an open exhibition about the Talonbooks archives. She is also currently co-organizer for Virginia Woolf's World of Books: The International Virginia Woolf Conference, which will take place in 2017 at Reading University. 

She says, “I'm delighted to be returning home to British Columbia to join the English department at SFU. I am especially pleased to be working with Mary Ann Gillies who is an inspiring researcher and a generous mentor and colleague. I can't imagine a better fit for both my scholarly and creative interests than SFU's English Department, with its strengths in Print Culture studies and creative writing and its emerging focus on the digital humanities.”

Recording of Dr. Battershill's presentation at our Banting Postdocs Day event:

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