Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Justin came to Edinburgh for undergraduate studies in English Literature. Upon graduating in 2008 he began his doctoral research in the same department, funded by the Helen Philip Memorial Scholarship and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Justin also enjoys running and playing basketball. He plays a lot of music and has an ATCL in flute performance.
For his thesis Justin is writing a ‘metabiography’ of David Livingstone, the nineteenth-century missionary explorer. It examines Livingstone’s changing posthumous reputation, and explores the competing ways in which he has been represented, particularly in relation to the British imperial project. The thesis is concerned with interrogating the socio-political factors that have impinged upon his biographical construction and the way in which his legacy has been mobilised. Further to biographical representations, the project discusses the way in which Livingstone has been rewritten in fiction, with particular attention to the postcolonial era.
Justin is broadly interested in nineteenth-century travel writing, postcolonial literature and theory, and particularly in the relationship between Christianity and colonialism.
This article was published on Mar 23, 2011