Alkisti Kallinikou (PhD student)

Thesis title: Oddballs and prodigies: The representation and reception of gifted characters in children’s and young adult literature (working title)


  • MA Creative Writing, Hellenic Open University
  • BA English, University of London

Current research interests

My PhD research investigates representations of giftedness in children's and young adult literature, using reader-response approaches. My main interest is how literature can influence readers in understanding themselves and how it can cultivate empathy, compassion and belongingness towards different forms of diversity.


  • Roundtable participant, Conjuring Creatures (and Worlds) in YA Fantastika, GIFCon 2024: Conjuring creatures and worlds, University of Glasgow, May 17, 2024.

Papers delivered

  • Kallinikou, A. (2024, May). "'I don’t want to be an oddball': Marginalized Gifted Children in Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time". Paper presented at the Inklings-Gesellschaft Symposium, Schloss Malberg, Malberg, DE.
  • Kallinikou, A. (2024, June). "'All I need is me, right?': Cultivating empathy through Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe". Poster presented at the Care, Community, and Hope: Hybrid Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.