I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in English Literature at The Open University, to the Reading Europe Advanced Database Investigation Tool (READ-IT) project. Funded by the European Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (830,000Euros total), READ-IT is a three year transnational, interdisciplinary R&D project, which will build a unique large-scale, user-friendly, open access, semantically-enriched investigation tool. The tool will identify and share ground-breaking evidence about European 18th-21st century reading cultural heritages. I am the public engagement lead at the OU for READ-IT. Prior to READ-IT, I worked across two public engagement projects ‘Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections’ and ‘Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present’.
My research explores strategies of cultural representation, memory making, and the politics of belonging among the South Asian diaspora. I am currently preparing my monograph, contracted to Palgrave Macmillan, on the topic of Gujarati East African twice migration and strategies of cultural representation. I am also interested in the networked space of the Indian Ocean, and new media as a mode of archiving and online memorialisation.
I have published my research in the journals Interventions (2015), South Asian Popular Culture (2014), and Atlantis (2013), and also guest co-edited the special issue ‘Re-evaluating the Postcolonial City: Production, Reconstruction, Representation’ for Interventions (2015).
I have an interest in working with audiences beyond the academy, and have received funding for my public-engagement project ‘Expulsion: 40 years on’ from the Arts Council England and the University of Leeds (2012).