Projects per year
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
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk