Researchers – Mika

Mika, Dr. Kasia

Kasia Mika is a postdoctoral researcher in Comparative Caribbean studies at KITLV. Her research interests include: environmental humanities, disaster studies, postcolonial studies, Caribbean and Haitian studies, and the crossover between literature, visual arts and anthropology.

Her monograph,  Disasters, Vulnerability, and Narratives: Writing Haiti’s Futures (2019) uses narrative responses to the 2010 Haiti earthquake as a starting point for an analysis of notions of disaster, vulnerability, reconstruction and recovery. In her analysis, Kasia turns to concepts of hinged chronologies, slow healing, and remnant dwelling, offering a vision of open-ended Caribbean futures, full of resolve.

She is currently working on ideas of slow healing and futures and is also co-producing a documentary film project on art and creativity in Haiti.

Kasia teaches Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she had taught introductory and option courses in contemporary and postcolonial literature and literary criticism  at the University of Leeds.

Prior to that, Kasia was a short-term Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute where she worked on a chapter on for Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads (ed. by Kathryn N. McDaniel) as well as a biographical article for The Literary Encyclopedia on the life and works of Edwidge Danticat. Her other work was published, among others, in The Journal of Haitian Studies and Moving Worlds. She is the recipient of Haitian Studies Emerging Scholars Award (Haitian Studies Association, 2015).

Kasia holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and MLitt (Distinction) and MA (1st Class) from the University of Aberdeen.

Kasia is on the Exec Committees of Postcolonial Studies Association and the Haiti Support Group.

Selected Publications

‘A virtual dark journey through the debris: Playing inside the Haiti earthquake (2010)’, Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

‘Histories of the Past, Histories for the Future: Representing the Past and Writing for the Future in Rodney Saint-Éloi’s Haïti, kenbe la!’, Journal of Haitian Studies, 20-2:4-19, 2014.

‘Recovery Foreclosed: History, Landscape, and Personal Intervention’, in: Sandra Marquez Stathis, Rubble: The Search for a Haitian BoyMoving Worlds: Catastrophe and Environment 14-2, 2014.

(with Elizabeth Watkins), ‘Leaving a Mark: Public Engagement, Creativity, and Learning’, Birmingham Journal of Language and Literature 6:67-69, 2014.

‘Mosaic of Ashes: Poetic Responses to 9/1’,  Aspeers 6:85-108, 2013.

Related Links

Twitter: @kasiamika1