Ikram Ahmed Elsherif is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), Kuwait. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She was the recipient of several Fulbright junior scholar grants, in addition to a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago, USA. She has published on postcolonial and ethnic literature, and on Native-American, African-American and Arab-American Literatures.Piers Michael Smith is Associate Professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). He gained his doctorate in 1997 from the University of Amsterdam, for work on cultural constructions and other representations of Borneo from Antonio Pigafetta to Joanna Lumley. He has published on travel, travel writing, travelling theory and other travails, and has been Head of English at GUST since 2010.