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, photography 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 lectured in media and cultural studies at the University of Northampton, media and film studies at Brooklands College, Surrey, and worked as a Teaching Associate in human geography at Royal Holloway.

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 (esp. the  works of M.R. James, Lafcadio Hearn, George Ewart Evans and W.H.Hudson)
  • folklore and oral history
  • gothic Marxism and phantasmagoria
  • spaces of memory and trauma
  • biography of place
  • auto-ethnography, narrative research and creative methodologies

 

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