Plenary Speakers - Glocal Imaginaries Conference
Wednesday 9 September (Lancaster University: George Fox 1)
Plenary Session 1: 2.00-3.30pm
• Professor John Thieme
Visiting Professor in Literature, University of East Anglia, UK
Paper title: Glocalized Trajectories in the Writing of Amitav Ghosh
• Professor Kath Woodward
Professor of Sociology, the Open University
Paper title: Tuning In: Diasporas at the BBC World Service
• Dr Maggie O’Neill
Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University
Paper title: Making Connections: Arts, Migration and Diaspora
+ PERFORMANCE FROM SHAMSHAD KHAN
Live performance artist based in Lancaster (see ‘Moving Manchester’ Writers Gallery for further details). Author of Megalomaniac (2007).
Thursday 10 September (Lancaster: George Fox 1)
Plenary Session 2: 9.00-10.30am
• Professor John Urry
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, UK
Paper title: Mobile Lives
• Professor Ruth Wodak
Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University, UK
Paper title: Global, Local or Glocal Identities? The Many Functions of Multilingualism in EU-rope
• Professor Ranjana Khanna
Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University, USA
Paper title: Isaac Julien: Mobility, ‘Unbelonging’ and ‘Asylum’
+ READING FROM SUKHDEV SANDHU
Associate Professor of English Literature / Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University; author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City (2004) and Night Haunts: A Journey Through Nocturnal London (2007)
Plenary Session 3: 3.30-5.00pm
• Dr James Procter
Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literature, The University of Newcastle, UK
Paper title: The Odyssean Audience?
• Professor Shirley Chew
Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, University of Leeds, UK
Paper title: Routes and Roots: Mapping the Indian Ocean
• Professor Susheila Nasta
Chair in Modern Literature, The Open University, UK
Paper title: South Asian Bloomsbury and the Evolution of Global Modernities
Friday 11 September (Lancaster University: George Fox 1)
Plenary Session 4: 9.00-10.30am
• Professor Roger Bromley
Professor of International Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham, UK
Paper title: Undesirable and Placeless: Finding a Political Space for the Displaced in a Cinema of Destitution
• Professor Mieke Bal
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paper title: On the Move: Mediating Intimacy in the Glocal World
[NB Arrangements are being made for the screening of films relating to these two papers the night before. The two person slot should also allow time for the showing of short clips as part of the papers]
+ READING BY TARIQ MEHMOOD
Creative Writing PhD Student on the ‘Moving Manchester’ Project and author of
Hand of the Sun (1983) and While There is Light (2003).
Plenary Session 5: 3.00-5.30pm
• Professor David Eng
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Paper title: The Queer Space of China
• Dr Gayatri Gopinath
Associate Professor, Dept of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA
Paper title: Queer Regions: Re-visioning Space and Sexuality in Transnational Time
Plenary speaker - Whitworth Gallery event
- Professor Sukhdev Sandhu, Associate Professor English Literature / Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA
Paper title: To be announced
Abstracts and Biographies
On the Move: Mediating Intimacy in the Glocal World
The paper addresses issues of intimacy as displayed in the video installation Nothing is Missing (on show during the conference). In that installation women who saw a child leave in migration, sometimes not sure if and when they would see them again, talk in their own homes to someone close to them about the missing child. Through that installation I attempt to overcome the universalism/relativism binary. I seek to establish a situation of encounter with (and, symbolically, among) people from very different cultural backgrounds, speaking different languages, and yet, able to move the audience/participants to empathically engage with them. The installation offers the experience while the paper picks up on theoretical issues concerning intimacy, performativity, word/image interaction, and narrative.
Mieke Bal, a cultural theorist and critic, is a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor (KNAW). She is based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. Her areas of interest range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture. Her many books include A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002) and Narratology (3d edition in press). Mieke Bal is also a video-artist, her experimental documentaries on migration include A Thousand and One Days; Colony and the installation Nothing is Missing. Her work is exhibited internationally. Occasionally she acts as an independent curator. See www.miekebal.org
Undesirable and Placeless: Finding a Political Space for the Displaced in a Cinema of Destitution
John Berger has claimed that migration was the quintessential experience of the twentieth century. Since the end of the Cold war, conflicts produced by the ‘new wars’, ecological disasters, and deepening global inequalities have generated an ever-increasing number of refugees, people who have been thrown into a condition of ‘liminal drift’ , without voice or place, on the margins of the world. In the past decade or so, a range of filmic cultural texts have attempted to give definition and articulation to the displaced and their experience of being undesirable and placeless, a cinema of destitution. The destitute – including refugees, exiles, migrant workers, refused asylum seekers and undocumented aliens – are those who are not only impoverished but are abandoned by the narrative monopolies, inclusions and exclusions, of the sovereign nation-state, lacking social or political mediation, outside of thought even, except as part of an ‘immigration crisis’. However, what for the sovereign nation-state is a moment of crisis – ‘fortress Europe’ - is also for the displaced a moment, or space, of encounter which raises the hypothetical possibility of becoming a political subject. The films offer the basis for a political critique of ‘exceptionalism’ – the placing of the abandoned outside the realm of the juridical and civil polity – by developing challenging narratives which seek to anchor the destitute and excluded through cultural recognition and symbolic spaces, both local and global, which help to reconstitute them, potentially, as politically qualified subjects: their stories are voiced as more than suffering victims, those who are always already narrated. Deleuze’s concept of a ‘minor cinema’ will be used as one theoretical basis for the argument that, speculatively, the destitute are ‘the people who are missing’, or ‘not yet’, and that the films do not represent them as such but help bring them into existence, produce a set of enabling images that summon them into meaning, and in the process generating an ‘alternative topology of sovereignty’, post-national, without exclusion, and based upon a sense of belonging predicated upon a radically different and glocal imaginary, an entirely new global grammar of political subjectification.
Roger Bromley holds the Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Lost Narratives: Popular Fictions, Politics and Recent History (1988), Narratives for a New Belonging: Diasporic Cultural Fictions (2000), From Alice to Buena Vista: the Films of Wim Wenders (2001), and co-editor of A Cultural Studies Reader: History, Theory, Practice (1995), A Reader in Cultural Studies (1999) and Working and Writing for Tomorrow (2008). He has also published a large number of scholarly articles and book chapters, and spoken at conferences in more than 20 countries. As well as working on issues of migration, identity, and narrative, he has written on film from a cultural studies perspective, and his work in progress, Narratives of Hope? Conflict, Reconciliation and Cultural Fictions (on film, literature, performance and commemoration in the context of Bosnia, Rwanda, and South Africa) combines these different approaches. Current work also includes Cultural Studies: A Biography (Sage) and Beyond the Nation: Cinemas of Displacement.
Routes and Roots: Mapping the Indian Ocean
In Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies (2008), all the coolies and prisoners on board the ship Ibis have stories to tell and all have secrets to hide. Like the brief sketches of people that Deeti finger-paints as keepsakes for her ‘shrine’, their narratives tease the mind with their elaborations, discontinuities, and suggestiveness. This paper focuses upon the key role storytelling plays in Abdulrajak Gurnah’s By the Sea and Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace, two novels published in 2001 whose settings (Zanzibar/ Tanzania/Kenya and India/Myanmar/Malaysia) can be said to frame together the Indian Ocean region. It explores the lives caught up in the pressures and changes brought about by the interaction of economic, political, and cultural forces within the twentieth century. Finally, borrowing from Doreen Massey’s conceptualizations of space/time/place (For Space, 2005), it investigates the narrative strategies that map the shifting boundaries of the Indian Ocean and, with these ‘multiple becomings of space’ (Massey), the worlds of migrancy and home.
Shirley Chew is Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds. Her publications include the co-edited Translating Life: Studies in Transpositional Aesthetics (1999), Reconstructing the Book: Literary Texts in Transmission (2001), A Concise Companion to Postcolonial Literature (February 2010). She is the founding editor of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings. A work in progress is the Blackwell history of Postcolonial literatures.
The Queer Space of China
This presentation explores the emergence of gay and lesbian identity in contemporary China in relation to liberal distinctions between public space and private desires. Following anthropologist Lisa Rofel's recent scholarship on expressive desire, I investigate the ways in which Chinese gays and lesbians are positioned as ideal individuals who are uniquely capable of embracing their private desires and thus are at the vanguard of a new modernity in China.
David L Eng is Professor of English, comparative literature, and Asian American studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, forthcoming) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). In addition, he is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003), with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998), and with Judith Halberstam and Jose Muñoz of a special issue of the journal Social Text (2005), "What's Queer about Queer Studies Now?" He is currently at work on two new projects, a study of neoliberalism and desire in China and an analysis of the relationship between political and psychic genealogies of reparation.
Archive, Affect and the Everyday: Queer Diasporic Re-Visions
This essay explores the interface of archive, affect, and the everyday in the works of contemporary South Asian queer diasporic visual artists Allan deSouza and Chitra Ganesh. In their work, queer diasporic affect becomes a portal through which history, memory, and the process of archiving itself are reworked, in order to both critique the ongoing legacies of slavery, colonialism, and contemporary forms of racialization, as well as to imagine alternative forms of affiliation and collectivity. The point of entry into a discussion of the work of deSouza and Ganesh is Saidiya Hartman’s much-praised memoir, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade. Hartman’s text traces her journey along a slave route in Ghana and is a powerful reckoning with slavery’s aftermath, its wiping out of individual and collective histories and genealogies. By considering the work of queer South Asian diasporic artists in tandem with Hartman’s memoir, I seek to illuminate the intimacies of these different diasporic histories, and trace some of their intersections and divergences as they engender specific forms of affect and temporality.
Gayatri Gopinath is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Her work on queer studies, popular culture and the South Asian diaspora has appeared in numerous articles and anthologies, most recently in the Blackwell Companion to LGBT Studies (eds., Molly McGarry and George Haggerty, 2008). She is the author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures (Duke UP, 2005). A longer version of the paper presented at this conference is forthcoming in the anthology Political Emotions (eds., Ann Cvetkovich et al, 2009).
Isaac Julien: Mobility, ‘Unbelonging’ and ‘Asylum’
Ranjana Khanna considers the manner in which contemporary artists cite earlier technologies of artistic production. She is particularly interested in the way postcolonial artists foreground technologies of mobility, and gives a reading of the technology through a post-
Heideggerian understanding of dwelling and mobility to theorize un-belonging.
Ranjana Khanna works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published articles on transnational feminism and psychoanalysis in journals such as Diacritics, Art History, positions: east asia critique, Screen, Signs, Third Text, The Duke Journal of Law and Gender. She is the author of two books: Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her current book project in progress is entitled Asylum: The Concept and the Practice.
Asian Bloomsbury and the Evolution of Global Modernities
This paper examines Bloomsbury, commonly seen as the symbolic icon of Euro-American modernism, as a transnational geographical and intellectual space, opened up by the presence of several influential Indian writers, radicals and intellectuals living within its environs during the first part of the twentieth century. Drawing on new archival research, deriving from Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad 1870-1950 (an inter-disciplinary research project funded by the AHRC), it will explore how the presence of India within Bloomsbury impacted on and shaped a global modernity, changing at the same time the focus of local British perspectives and angles of vision. Whilst keen to demonstrate the influence and significance of empire in the evolution of global circuits in our contemporary readings of modernity, attention has not always been sufficiently focussed on material histories, local specificities of time and place, artistic networks, or the formation of cross-cultural relationships which generated such exchanges. In other words, mapping Asian Bloomsbury not only exposes a unique ‘contact zone’ at the heart of empire, a space where dynamic and often radical cultural/political liaisons occurred, but also reveals WC1 to be an important site of intellectual interaction where such networks flourished. Exploring Asian Bloomsbury through a series of case-studies, the discussion will reflect on figures such as Mulk Raj Anand, Tambimuttu, Krishna Menon, Aubrey Menen amongst others. In so doing, it will trace the often hidden contours of a differently inflected modernity, situated both within as well as outside the European body.
Susheila Nasta is Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University and Editor of Wasafiri, the internationally renowned magazine of contemporary writing, which she founded in 1984 and celebrates its 25th birthday this year. Well-known internationally for her pioneering books on Sam Selvon as well as a ground-breaking collection of essays on women’s writing, Motherlands (Women’s Press; Rutgers UP, 1991) she has continued to publish widely on Caribbean, South Asian and Black British writing. Recent publications include: Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain (Palgrave, 2002) and Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk (Routledge, 2004). She is completing a monograph on Jamaica Kincaid, Writing a Life and is Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded research project, Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad 1870-1950. Complicating the common perception that a homogenous British culture only began to diversify after the Second World War, Making Britain explores how the early presence of South Asians in Britain impacted on Britain’s literary, cultural and political life. See: http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/south-asians-making-britain for more information on this project; also http://www.wasafiri.org.uk/ for details of Wasafiri’s twenty-fifth anniversary events.
Making Connections: Arts, Migration and Diaspora
This paper reflects upon a 10 yr trajectory of research predominantly in the East Midlands funded by the AHRC using participatory action research and participatory arts working in partnership with forced migrants (those situated in the asylum-migration nexus) and community arts organisations. The paper considers the benefits and issues surrounding this kind of creative, participatory and arts-based work in relation to the transformative potential of art, narrativity and storytelling, and processes and senses of belonging and place-making.
Maggie O'Neill is based in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. She convened the Making Connections: arts, migration and Diaspora network in the East Midlands and supported the development of the network into the BeyondBordersuk.org trajectory of work in partnership with regional artists, community and participatory arts organisations and Universities. A sense of belonging, one outcome of an AHRC knowledge transfer research project is available on line at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/gallery/2009/jan/13/sense-of-belonging-exhibition
On the board of directors of the global Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network and vice-chair of the ESA research network on Biographical Perspectives on European Societies, her latest book, Asylum, Migration and Community is published in 2010; as well as a co-edited special edition of Visual Studies on Walking Art and Ethnography. Prostitution: sex work, policy and politics is published September 2009.
The Odyssean Audience?
In his recent manifesto, The Defense of Reading (2008), Daniel Schwarz proposes the notion of the ‘Odyssean Reader’: “We need to think of our readings as odysseys with their own beginnings and endings or, in contemporary terms with their own take-offs and landings, departures and arrivals. When we begin a book, we seal ourselves off from other worlds, just as when we take a trip to a different society.” This paper critically reflects on this flighty notion of the reader in order to ask a number of questions about the role of reading within the local and global imagination. Is the diasporic reader really the odyssean reader par excellence? How does place participate in the construction of global audiences? Drawing on a case study of transnational readers of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), this paper situates itself at the cusps of this conference’s concern with writing/migration/place.
James Procter is Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literature at Newcastle University. He is the editor of Writing Black Britain (2000) and (with Keown and Murphy) Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas (Palgrave, 2008), and the author of Dwelling Places (MUP, 2003) and Stuart Hall (Routledge, 2004). He has published articles a variety of journals, including New Formations, Moving Worlds, Interventions and Kunapipi. He is Principal Investigator on a collaborative AHRC project looking at the relationship between reading, location and migration (http://www.devolvingdiasporas.com/).
Glocalized Trajectories in the Writing of Amitav Ghosh
Drawing on work in cultural geography and critiques of globalization, this paper considers issues of discursive location in the writing of Amitav Ghosh. Its main contention is that Ghosh’s work projects a human geography that attempts to mediate between cosmopolitan and subaltern voices, frequently demonstrating the porousness of borders and boundaries and the extent to which supposedly discrete territories and cultural formations overlap. To illustrate this, the paper particularly considers Ghosh’s recurrent interest in etymologies and his representation of places, which can be seen to exemplify Doreen Massey’s contention that space is “the sphere in which distinct trajectories coexist; as the sphere therefore of co-existing heterogeneity”. The paper will also consider the relationship between the finite local space of the literary text and the contexts in which it is received. Brief reference will be made to a range of Ghosh’s writing, including The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, The Hungry Tide and his most recent novel, Sea of Poppies.
John Thieme teaches at the University of East Anglia. He has held Chairs at the University of Hull and London South Bank University and has also taught at the Universities of Guyana and North London. His books include The Web of Tradition: Uses of Allusion in V.S. Naipaul's Fiction (1987), The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (1996), Derek Walcott (1999), Post-Colonial Con-Texts: Writing Back to the Canon (2001), Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary (2003) and R.K. Narayan (2007). He is Editor of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and General Editor of the Manchester University Press Contemporary World Writers Series.
This talk analyses the high and growing levels of speedy machine–based movement that were so characteristic of twentieth century organisations and social lives at least in the ‘rich North’. It asks whether such patterns and practices will indeed continue into the coming century. Indeed has the twentieth century through climate change, massive population growth and energy descent dealt the new century such a hand that extensive mobile lives will soon come to be seen as only a brief century or so in world history? What are some future post-mobility scenarios that can be imagined through science, through social science, and through art/literature?
John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Founding Academician, UK Academy of Social Sciences; Chair Sociology RAE Panel (1996, 2001); Honorary Doctorate, Roskilde University. Currently Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research with research funding from EPSRC, ESRC, Forestry Commission, Department for Transport, and Department of Trade and Industry (Foresight).
He has published c40 books and special issues of journals, c70 refereed articles and c100 chapters. Recent books include Sociology beyond Societies (2000), The Tourist Gaze. Second Edition (2002), Global Complexity (2003), Performing Tourist Places (2004), Automobilities (2005), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies (2006), Mobilities (2007), Aeromobilities (2009), After the Car (2009). He is currently writing Mobile Lives, co-editing a journal special issue on Global Heating and Social Science, co-writing a third edition of The Tourist Gaze, and co-editing a book on Mobile Methods.
Global, Local or Glocal Identities? The Many Functions of Multilingualism in EU-rope
This paper seeks to identify and analyze processes of (national and transnational) identity constructions within Europe and at its boundaries, while focusing on the manifold functions of multilingualism in EU-rope today. I claim that such debates on multilingualism and language choice are influenced by a range of linguistic ideologies which relate in complex ways to identity construction, on local, global and glocal levels.
On the one hand, the gate-keeping role(s) of language tests required for citizenship in many EU countries will be discussed, taking the Austrian case as primary example (de Cillia & Wodak, 2006). On the other hand, I will present some first results on language use in the everyday life of EU institutions while drawing on extensive fieldwork in EU organizations 1997 - 2008/9 (Muntigl et al., 2000; Krzyzanowski & Oberhuber, 2007; Wodak, 2009). It becomes apparent that forms and functions of multilingualism have changed – from a value of ‘diversity and related linguistic rights’ to a ‘knowledge brand’ for the knowledge-based economy. Moreover, issues of democratization and representation are salient in respect to multilingualism – following the challenges to confront the so-called ‘democratic deficit’.
De Cillia, R. & R. Wodak (2006) Ist Osterreich ein ‘deutsches’ Land? Innsbruck: Studienverlag
Krzyzanowski, M. & F. Oberhuber (2007) (Un)Doing Europe Bern: Peter Lang.
Muntigl, P., G. Weiss & R. Wodak (2000) EU Policies on Un/Employment Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Wodak, R. (2009) The Discourse of Politics in Action: Politics as Usual Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Ruth Wodak, PhD, Dr. Habil., is Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University since 2004 and has remained affiliated to the University of Vienna where she became full professor of Applied Linguistics 1991. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996.
Her research interests focus on discourse studies; gender studies; language and/in politics; prejudice and discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work.
She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse studies, and Language and Politics, and co-editor of the book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC).
She has held visiting professorships in Uppsala, Stanford University, University Minnesota, University of East Anglia, and Georgetown University, and is corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 2006 and 2007, she was chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the EURYI awards (ESF). 2008, she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament (at University Orebro).
Recent book publications include Ist Österreich ein ‘deutsches’ Land? (with R. de Cillia, 2006); Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences (with M. Krzyzanowski, 2008); Migration, Identity and Belonging (with G. Delanty, P. Jones, 2008), The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the Wehrmacht’s War of Annihilation (with H. Heer, W. Manoschek, A. Pollak, 2008), The Politics of Exclusion (with M. Krzyzanowski, 2009), and Gedenken im Gedankenjahr (with R. de Cillia, 2009). The monograph The construction of politics in action: ‘Politics as Usual’ (Palgrave) is in press (2009).
See http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/profiles/265 for more information on on-going research projects and recent publications.
Tuning In: Diasporas at the BBC World Service
The BBC World Service is a key player in the field of cultural diplomacy; The AHRC funded project, Tuning In: Contact Zones at the BBC World Service has explored the surprisingly under-researched World Service, which is a public sector broadcaster with global reach that acts as a contact zone for diasporic peoples and, often, as the most reliable source of up to date, trusted information and independent coverage of political and social events for people in many parts of the world. Our project covers the diversity of the service in its engagement with political conflicts and ecological disasters and the field of entertainment that ranges from the Afghan Archers to sport across diasporas, which highlights some of the spatial shifts in the terrain of sport, which, for example are well illustrated in cricket, the ‘game of empire’, from Britain to the Indian sub-continent. This paper explores some of the tensions that have informed the development of the World Service from its former description as the Empire Service speaking to and representing the British diaspora to a as a cultural intermediary in the global terrain of broadcasting and the transformation of texts through audience participation and everyday acts of interpretation that have led to the shifting trajectories of spatial global power geometries and the particular inflections of impartiality and fair play that have characterised the BBC World Service, which is nonetheless funded by the foreign and Commonwealth Office. The World Service presents a prism through which the mobilities of global diasporic identifications can be understood.
Kath Woodward is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She works on gender, diaspora and identities in the ESRC funded Centre for Research in Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and on Sport Across Diaspora as part of the AHRC funded Tuning In: Contact Zones at the BBC World Service project. She has chaired Open University courses in Women's Studies, sociology and interdisciplinary social science and, most recently, This Sporting Planet, a level one multi-media sports studies course.
Shamshad Khan’s performances have included collaborations with musicians and beatboxers. Her work explores themes of power, loss, identity and love. Shamshad runs creative writing workshops for all age groups.
Her solo poetry collection “Megalomaniac” is published by Salt Publishing 2007. www.saltpublishing.com isbn 978-1-84471-312-7