About

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I am a cultural geographer and university lecturer. My teaching and writing span the fields of cultural geography, cultural and literary studies, and folklore.

My research is primarily concerned with the affective geographies of absence and specifically the spatial relations that exist between folklore, memory and place. My work is organised around three core themes: [1] Geographies of religion, spirituality and the occult; especially in the areas  of spectral geography, hauntology and the phenomenology of absence; [2] Regional and historical geographies of folklore, particularly those associated with the rural counties of East Anglia (and in literary representations of its landscape(s)); [3] Creative, embodied and experimental geographic research practices, specifically  auto-ethnographic, sonic, visual methods, and walking.

I was organiser of the Strange Naturalism: Reflections on Occult Geographies symposium (2011), co-organiser, together with fellow geographer and artist Rupert Griffiths, of the week-long international conference Uncanny Landscapes (2013), which included a series of symposia, artists talks, postgraduate workshops and an exhibition, and a co-organiser of the JSPS-funded Discovering “Dai-Nippon”: Memory, Place and the Politics of Identity (2017). I am currently a co-investigator on the three-year JSPS-funded collaborative research project Literary Geographies of Absence, led by Prof. Sheila Hones (The University of Tokyo). An up-to-date list of my publications can be found here.

I am currently working on a book-length project examining the cultural geographies of folklore in the UK and Japan.

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Education

  • PhD Cultural Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London (2014)
  • PGCE Post-Compulsory Education, Institute of Education, University of London (2008)
  • MA Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2007)
  • BA Media Studies, University of Northampton (2005)

 

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