Dr Maya Caspari


I am a Postdoctoral Research and Engagement Fellow. I teach undergraduate modules in the School of English and the School of Languages Cultures and Societies.

Research interests

My current book project examines the politics of touch in contemporary world literature. Exploring how authors from diverse national contexts represent histories of modern violence, I argue that contemporary texts’ generate new possibilities for relationality beyond liberal humanist celebrations of empathy, 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 to approach such diverse texts and histories. I propose a creative-critical mode of ‘frictional’ reading, which closely attends to the moving, unsettled and potentially uncertain effects of comparing different texts. With Dr Ruth Daly, I am also currently co-editing a special issue of parallax journal, ‘Reading Otherwise’: a series of conversations between leading thinkers on decolonial feminisms. I am also developing my own creative practice.

I am very interested in how research might be communicated through public exhibitions, events and digital spaces. I have previously worked 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. In 2020–22 I led the curation of an exhibition on feminist protest and the media, in response to a brief set by the International Standing Working Group on Feminism and Medialization (ISWG), German Historical Institute in London: Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media. I also supported the creation of a public exhibition and associated events for Dr Amelia DeFalco’s Imagining Posthuman Care project. Following on from my curatorial work, I am also developing research on the ethics of curation, exhibiting activist histories, and the future of the museum.

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

Student education

I teach undergraduate modules in the School of English, and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures