Founded in late 2015 by Oxford students Mark Barclay and Paul Ostwald, the Journal of Interrupted Studies has garnered the attention of PEN International, NPR and the Stanford Social Innovation Review for its groundbreaking efforts to lend a voice to refugee academics. Just this week, the journal (currently available in print) launched its blog, 'Interruptions', which aims to provide a platform for artists, activists, and academics to engage in wider discussions about refugee issues online.
Paul Ostwald grew up in Germany and Kenya. He began his journalistic career writing literary reviews of African authors for German-speaking papers. Coming to Oxford in 2014, Paul set up the Journal of Interrupted Studies with Co-Editor Mark Barclay. Lately, Paul reported from Washington, DC on the US 2016 election for German business daily „Handelsblatt“ and continues to write about migration policy for German papers.
Theophilus is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013) - shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014 - and Giving Ground (2016). He won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015 and the New Poets Prize in 2016, and was president of the Oxford University Poetry Society. He also works with Asymptote and The Oxford Culture Review.