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Dr Mi Zhou

Translations/Transpositions September 2009 - August 2011

As a UCL Mellon Fellow, Mi’s research concentrated on the representation of the Balkans in photography and literature from the late nineteenth century to early twentieth century, and in the way in which, during this period, photography of, and writing on, the Balkans have been bound up with war and conflict: as subject, theme, and means of production. Her research examined the implication of this relationship and theorises the role of artistic media in the construction of the Balkans as a political entity.

Mi was born in China and spent her formative years there. She moved to Sydney when she was eleven years old and is the product of an Australian education. She studied law, English literature and international relations at the University of New South Wales. Before coming to the UK in 2005 for doctoral research, she practised as a corporate lawyer briefly but decided to concentrate on human rights and refugee law. She has acted for clients seeking refugee status and also for refugees seeking to assert economic and social rights in Egypt, South Africa and Australia, and has also been involved in drafting minority rights legislation and setting up mechanisms for political participations of minorities in Kosovo. She has litigated constitutional and civil claims in South Africa and Australia.


    • 2009: PhD in English, University of Cambridge
      Thesis: Sublime Noise: Reading EM Forster Musically. [Abstract]
    • 2004: MA in International Relations, University of New South Wales
      Thesis: Status of Tibet and Alternative Models of Self Determination
    • 2002: BA in English (Honours) , University of New South Wales
      Thesis: Music Half Heard: TS Eliot’s Four Quartets
      2002: LLB (Dean’s Certificate), University of New South Wales

    Scholarships and Awards

    • 2005-2009: Gates Cambridge Scholarship, UK
    • 2005-2008: ORSAS, UK
    • 2004: Grant from Foundation for Young Australians, Australia
    • 2002: University Medal in English, University of New South Wales, Australia

Presentations and Public Engagement events (selection)

Presentations and Public Engagement: papers (selection

  • 26 October 2010: Conference paper - 'Listening in Literature', presented at British Comparative Literature Association Graduate Reception, Senate House, University of London.
  • May 2010: Conference paper - The Monster Within: Byron and Ali Pasha’s Serai’, presented at Don Juan Archiv Wien International Symposia 2010, Istanbul, "Seraglios and Harems in Theatre, Opera, and Poetry from the Earliest Theatrical Sources to Lord Byron’s Don Juan (1819-1824)".
  • April 2010: Conference paper - 'Docile Bodies: the Making of a Pianist’, University of Chicago Society of Fellows, "Peculiar Institutions: Borders, Boundaries, Identities, and Genres", University of Chicago.
  • April 2010: Conference paper - ''Hearing India: sound, knowledge and A Passage to India', British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, University of Oxford
  • 5 and 19 March 2010: as organiser of seminar series 'Intermedia’ translation, Aftermath and Legacies, the consequences of the Disintegration of Yugoslavia. UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, London
  • February 2010: Conference paper - 'Can we hear the subaltern?: sounds of A Passage to India', Faculty of Music Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh
  • May 2009: Conference paper - ‘Sight and Sound in A Passage to India’, English Faculty Research Seminar Series, University of Cape Town
  • November 2007: Respondent Paper for ‘Music and Narrativity’, Sight of Sound: Inter-Media, CRASSH, University of Cambridge
  • October 2006: Conference paper - ‘Zelda Fitzgerald: Writing Jazz Age’, Music Faculty Colloquia, University of Cambridge


  • ‘Secrets Unavowed’ (review of Hélène Cixous, Dream I Tell You, trans. Beverley Bie Brahic, Edinburgh University Press, 2006) Women: a cultural review, Vol 19 No 2, 2008
  • With V. Stephens and A. Zeqiri, ‘Implementation of the Decentralisation Process in Kosovo: Perspectives and Challenges’, in European Yearbook of Minority Issues: Volume 7, 2007/2008 (Leiden & Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010), pp. 695-716.
  • With B. Etherington, ‘Introduction: Pure Language, Pure Medium?’, in Comparative Critical Studies, Vol. 8 No. 1, forthcoming February 2011.
  • ‘Fiction as musicology: aesthetic listening in E. M. Forster’s Howards End’, in Forum for Modern Language Studies, forthcoming January or July 2011.
  • ‘The Monster Within: Ali Pasha’s Serai in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’, in M. Huettler and H. E. Weidinger (eds), Ottoman Empire and European Theatre, Vol. III: Seraglios and Harems (Vienna: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag and LIT-Verlag,
    forthcoming 2011).

    In preparation ‘The girling of Beethoven: The Fidelio Club 1901-9’ for Music and Letters.


  • Supervision of undergraduate dissertations on EM Forster, Ford Madox Ford and DH Lawrence (2007-2009, University of Cambridge)
  • Supervision for Part II Tripos Papers ‘The Novel’ and ‘Commonwealth and International Literature in English’ (2007-8, University of Cambridge).
  • Seminar for third year undergraduates on ‘Sight and Sound: Forms of Knowledge in A Passage to India’ (2009, University of Cape Town)
  • Guest lecture for MA students in ‘Offshore Processing of Refugees’ (April 2005, American University in Cairo)

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