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

My broad research interests include:

  • postcolonial and decolonial studies
  • gender and sexuality
  • ecocriticism and environmental humanities
  • medical humanities
  • religious studies

My current 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

  • Turing Scheme Grant (2022)
  • AHC Faculty Research Dissemination Award (2022)
  • Charles Barber Prize (2018–2019)
  • Trustee Scholarship (2007–2010)

Teaching Commitments

  • Race, Writing and Decolonization (2022-23) [Level 1]
  • Creative Africas (2022-23) [Level 1]
  • Race, Writing and Decolonization (2021-22) [Level 1]

Conferences

  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Mami Wata and Spirit Kinship as Fluid Social Commons.’ ACLALS 19th Triennial Conference. Toronto Metropolitan University. 11-15 July, 2022.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Gender Nonconformity, Nonhuman Embodiment and Multiform Co-presence in Contemporary Nigerian Literature.’ ASAA 4th Biennial Conference. University of Cape Town. 11-16 April, 2022.
  • Fourqurean, Megan E., ‘Mami Wata and Queer Citizenship in Nigerian Literature.’ “African Knowledges for Global Challenges” Sadler Seminar Series. Virtual. 29 April, 2021.

Other Commitments

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Leeds (2020-Present)
  • MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
  • BA in English Literature, Seattle University (2007-2010)