Associate Professor Shameem Black

Associate Professor Shameem Black

Position: MemoryHub Convenor

School and/or Centres: Research School of Humanities and the Arts


Researcher profile:

Shameem Black is Associate Professor in Gender, Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. Her research integrates critical and creative methods to investigate the literary, gender and cultural studies of India and its diaspora. She is the author of Fiction Across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Late Twentieth-Century Novels (Columbia UP, 2010) and Flexible India: Yoga’s Imaginative Power (Columbia UP, under contract). Her past body of research has explored memory in diverse literary texts with a focus on memory-making processes that might be considered fraudulent, sacreligious, violent, or criminal. Her current work takes yoga as a lens to inquire how embodied practices can envision new forms for memory in cross-cultural contexts. She is particularly interested in the role of culturally diverse forms of bodywork and handwork as they shape social imaginaries and political practices of memory, especially in globalised South Asian contexts.

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