Dr Maya Caspari


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. I teach undergraduate modules in the School of English and the School of Languages Cultures and Societies. I am Associate Editor at parallax journal.

Research interests

My current book project examines the politics of touch in contemporary world literature. Exploring how authors from diverse contexts represent histories of modern violence—including the Holocaust, colonialism and transatlantic slavery—I argue that the texts’ diverse engagements with touch open new possibilities for relationality, as well as challenging prevailing critical assessments of world literature's political potential. Drawing the authors’ approaches to relationality into its methodology, the book  argues that an original methodological approach to world literary reading is required. I propose a creative-critical mode of ‘frictional’ reading, which closely attends to the moving, unsettled and potentially uncertain effects of comparing different texts.

I am also very interested in how research might be communicated through public exhibitions, events and digital spaces. I have previously worked at, or with, organisations including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Frames of Representation (FoR) film festival, the Migration Museum and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Centre. I am currently curating an exhibition on protest, feminism and mass media at the German Historical Institute in London.


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  • PhD, University of Leeds, 2020
  • MA Comparative Literature, UCL, 2014, Distinction
  • BA English and Modern Languages (German), University of Oxford, First