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Personal Statement

My research falls into two broad areas: travel writing and heritage, and studies of race and sexuality. Much of my work to date has focussed on heritage in conflict and narratives of cultural memory and amnesia. My first book approached this issue through an overview of British women’s writing about Greece in the wake of its independence from the Ottoman Empire. I have a special interest in the way sections of national history are ‘erased’ from view, especially in the context of sites connected to heritage or tourism. Alongside this, I developed an interest in queer travel writing and tourism, especially in the context of race and faith. I am currently working on a book on queer postcolonial travel writing and am co-writing a book entitled Creativity and Resistance in the Hostile World contracted to MUP. 

With both projects I have experience of working with community organisations and groups to co-design and produce events, workshops and influence organisational change. From 2013 I have been collaborating with the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI) on a project centred around the Grand Trunk Road, a preliminary website of our work can be found here:http://thegtroad.com/. We have worked together on grassroots conservation initiatives in an area of East Punjab that was historically Muslim, but post-partition, is dominated by Sikhs. From 2014 I have been working with a refugee organisation in London to think about how to create and sustain inclusive LGBT spaces, especially in a youth context. We have a special interest in forms of co-design that bring together creative work, participatory methods and community activism. I also have an interest in Scottish Asian writing and cultural productions, especially in the context of dual or mixed heritage and its relationship to Scottish nationalism. 

 

CURRENT PROJECT (AHRC): www.creativeinterruptions.com

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book review Social Sciences
orientalism Social Sciences
Greece Social Sciences
refugee Earth & Environmental Sciences
India Social Sciences
desert Social Sciences
reconciliation Social Sciences
tourist Social Sciences

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 2008 2018

In ruins: cultural amnesia at the Aam Khas Bagh

Mahn, C., 3 Jan 2018, Partition and the Practice of Memory . Mahn, C. & Murphy, A. (eds.). Basingstoke, p. 255-274 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Amnesia
Punjab
Heritage
Ruin
Roads

Introduction to partition and the practice of memory

Mahn, C. & Murphy, A., 3 Jan 2018, Partition and the Practice of Memory . Mahn, C. & Murphy, A. (eds.). Basingstoke, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Heritage
Oral History
Town Hall
Golden Temple
Restorative Justice

Prizes

AHRC Peer Review College

Churnjeet Mahn (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Appointment

Faculty International Impact Prize

Churnjeet Mahn (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2019

  • 26 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial board member
  • 2 Examination

Invited Research Talk to UBC and University of Punjab students

Churnjeet Mahn (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Panel organiser and participant for Creative Interruptions Festival

Churnjeet Mahn (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk