Megan E. Fourqurean

Profile

I graduated from Seattle University with a degree in English in 2010. After having worked in education in China, in 2018 I moved to Leeds for my MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. I graduated with a First Class degree in 2019 and remained in Leeds to begin my PhD on water deity religious practices and nonconforming gender identities in twenty-first century Nigerian literature. 

Research interests

  • West African literature
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Feminist theory
  • Medical humanities
  • Religious studies

My research explores literary conceptions of nonconforming gender identities in Nigerian and diasporic fiction. I am interested in how local water deity religions are used to theorise gender fluid and nonbinary identities outside the context of western biomedical structures. Water deity ritual practice extends into considerations of the intersections of environment, colonisation, gender and sexuality. My thesis examines constructions of gender fluidities that draw on the experiential, religious and historical nuances of water deity worship in Nigeria and the diaspora, focusing on the political and theoretical impact of contemporary Mami Wata worship.  

Awards

  • Charles Barber Prize (2018–2019)
  • Trustee Scholarship (2007–2010)

Other Activities

I am a contributor to the LUCAS Sadler Seminar Series on African Knowledges for Global Challenges.

Qualifications

  • MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • BA in English Literature, Seattle University