Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein
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I am the Director of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL) and Director of the CIRCL M(Res) in Children's Literature and Convenor of its core module on 'Theory of Children's Literature' and its option module 'Myth and Folktale and Children's Literature'; I undertake the supervision of seven MA students from the CIRCL MA every year. In addition, I am the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Department of English Literature. For more details of my teaching and supervision, please see Karin Lesnik-Oberstein Teaching, Convening and Supervision
My primary research interest is inter- and multi-disciplinary Critical and Literary Theory. I also have a research interest in those areas in which I teach, particularly anything relating to constructions of identity (gender; national, cultural, ethnic identity etc). I continue to have a strong interest in the construction of childhood in culture, including in non-literary disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.
I am a member of IRSCL (International Research Society Children's Literature) and PLACIM (The Platform for a Cultural History of Children's Media). My research profile can be found at Karin Lesnik-Oberstein Research
My most recently published book is the edited volume: Rethinking Disability Theory and Practice: Challenging Essentialism (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2015), edited, and introductory chapter by Karin Lesnik-Oberstein.
My monograph On Having an Own Child: Reproductive Technologies and the Cultural Construction of Childhood, London: Karnac Books was published in 2008. For a full list of my publications, please see Karin Lesnik-Oberstein Publications