Jean is a PhD student at the Travel Writing Studies department at Nottingham Trent University. Her project reimagines a journey made by a female ancestor, across the Mediterranean, from Spain towards Zion in 1492. Shored up by Fernand Braudel’s concept of ‘deep time’, this journey encounters both past and future female migrations across the same sea. The work is presented as a collection of intersecting essays and the narrative is as fictional as it is factional; as autobiographical as it is biographical. It harnesses a wide range of theory which is set alongside poetry, myth, film and ethnographic investigation. Themes include: radicalisation, forced migration, border-crossing, detainment and the lure of ‘promised’ lands. Her PhD is funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme.
Before pursuing a PhD, Jean received an MA in Cultural Studies (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Between this and her BA in English from Queen Mary, University of London, Jean worked in the publishing industry as a Commissioning Editor.