Dr Ruth Daly


PhD Critical Theory and Cultural Studies (University of Leeds)

MA Modern Literary Studies (Queen’s University Belfast)

BA hons. English Literature (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

I completed my PhD in 2020. My research was concerned with the relations between experimental writing, feminist interventions in psychoanalytic theory, postcolonial studies and ethical reading practices.

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds where I am working on a project titled Feminist Readings/Feminist Becomings.

Editor of cultural studies journal parallax

Associate Fellow HEA

Research interests

Feminist theories; dedisciplinarity studies; ethical reading practices; experimental writing; postcolonial writing and theory; critical and cultural theory; psychoanalysis; contemporary poetry and prose; modern and modernist literature.

Current Research

I am currently working on a book which examines the ethical and political implications of feminist interventions in psychoanalytic theory for postcolonial studies.

I am co-editing a Special Issue, Reading Otherwiseparallax, 103. 28.1, (2022)

Recent Activities

Dr Ruth Dlay in conversation with Professor John Mowitt, Offering Theory: Reading in Sociography

Research Activities

Australian Feminist Studies Mentoring Programme Participant 2019

Arts Education Outreach Fellow

Co-organiser of ‘A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward’, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Dec 2017

Co-organisation of international conference, ‘Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights’, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), June 2017

Branch Representative for Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network

Co-Founder of Postcolonial & World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group, University of Leeds, 2016

Member of the 2015 and 2016 Undergraduate Awards Judging Panel in Literature

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  • PhD Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
  • MA Modern Literary Studies
  • BA hons. English Literature

Professional memberships

  • Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • SibĂ©al Feminist and Gender Studies Network
  • HEA

Student education

I teach on the MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepeneurship.

I have previously taught on modules across the FAHC including Cultural Analysis, English Literature, Visual Culture and Art History.