Dr. Emel Tastekin completed her PhD in English Literature at UBC in 2011. Her dissertation was a case study of the German-Jewish scholar of Islam, Abraham Geiger (1810-74), his emancipatory struggle as a Jewish minority subject, and his contributions to a postcolonial representation of Islam. Currently she has turned to more recent political debates on multiculturalism and religious pluralism in the West as problematized by contemporary novels on migrant subjects. She is interested in diasporic memory/memorialization and the implicit criticism towards state hospitality laws in these novels. Before coming to UBC’s Arts Studies in Research and Writing, she taught postcolonial literature, German literature, and nineteenth-century British novel in Izmir, Turkey.