About me

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I am a cultural geographer based at the University of Tokyo. Before moving to Japan, I taught media communications, visual cultural theory and academic practice at University of the Arts London. I gained a PhD in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014.  Prior to this I completed an MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education at the Institute of Education. I have previously worked as a Teaching Associate in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and lectured in media and cultural studies at the University of Northampton, and media and film studies at Brooklands College, Surrey.

I was co-organiser, speaker and contributing artist at Uncanny Landscapes (March 2013), a week-long series of workshops, symposiums, a conference and exhibition. I have presented my research at conferences in the UK, Japan and China and have discussed my work into haunting and place on local and online radio. I am involved in an ongoing collaborative project with London-based artist Clare Parfree, which aims to survey the folkloric landscapes of wyrd England.

My work is concerned with the following themes:

  • conceptions of place and space
  • phenomenology of absence
  • affect and affective geographies
  • mapping, deep-mapping and alternative cartographies
  • materiality/immateriality and experience
  • hauntology, spectrality and the Fortean nature(s)
  • creative and literary geographies
  • folklore and oral history
  • gothic Marxism and phantasmagoria
  • spaces of memory and trauma
  • biography of place
  • cultural theory and aesthetics
  • auto-ethnography, narrative research and creative methodologies

 

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