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).
Reusing Historical Questionnaire Data and Using Newly Commissioned Oral History Interviews as Evidence in the History of Reading (2019-05)
King, Edmund G. C.; Parmar, Maya and Towheed, Shafquat
Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 16(1) (pp. 530-553)
Book Review: 'New postcolonial British genres: shifting the boundaries' (2016-06-24)
Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 52(6) (p 752)
Towards a spatial practice of the postcolonial city: introducing the cultural producer (2015)
Beswick, Katie; Parmar, Maya and Sil, Esha
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 17(6) (pp. 789-801)
Memorialising 40 years since Idi Amin's expulsion: digital ‘memory mania’ to the ‘right to be forgotten’ (2014)
South Asian Popular Culture, 12(1) (pp. 1-14)
Reading the double diaspora: representing Gujarati East African identity in Britain (2013-06)
Atlantis, 35(1) (pp. 137-155)
Reading Cultural Representations of the Double Diaspora: Britain, East Africa, Gujarat (2019)
ISBN : 9783030180829 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Cham
Writing South-Asian Diasporic Identity Anew (2016-06-05)
In: Tickell, Alex ed. South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (pp. 235-252)
ISBN : 978-1-137-40353-7 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan UK