Erin McCombe

Erin McCombe

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Erin completed an Undergraduate degree at Queen’s University Belfast in Spanish and Portuguese Studies in 2017.  She then undertook a Masters in Research at the same university and graduated in December 2018. Her Master’s thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Maria Tavares, focused on the negotiation of diaspora in female-authored writings in postcolonial Spain and Portugal. She is currently undertaking the first year of PhD research, funded by the Northern Bridge Consortium.

Research Statement

Erin’s current research explores postcolonial literature by Afrodescendant women writers in Spain and Portugal, published in the 21st Century.  It focuses on literary works by the postcolonial post-migratory population,  specifically those born between late 1970s and early 1990s, following the decolonisation of Spain and Portugal’s former colonies in Africa. By applying a postcolonial framework comprising gender, diaspora and memory studies, alongside sociological approaches, her project seeks to examine Afrodescendant notions of identity and citizenship in contemporary Europe and explore tropes of memory and post-memory in relation to migrations, both past and present.

Research Interests

  • Diaspora
  • Afrodescendants
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • Identity and Citizenship
  • Urban periphery
  • Postmemory
  • Racism