Title — Associate Professor of English
Office — Rome Hall, Room 668
Phone — (202) 994-6637
E-mail — email@example.com
Areas of Expertise —
Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian American Literature and Cinema, Feminist and Queer Theory, Race and Globalization, Digital Humanities, visual and new media cultures, Bollywood cinema, imperialism, migration, Subaltern Studies.
Professor Daiya’s research interests are interdisciplinary, seeking to explore cultural representations of gender, violence and citizenship in various media, in relation to historical, theoretical and anthropological accounts of colonial and postcolonial experience, in India, South Asia, South Africa and various other global sites. Her current research follows upon her first book Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India (Temple University Press, 2008; New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013), and explores the relation between refugee stories and embodied secularism in post-Partition India. She is also interested in thinking through formations of intimacy – domestic, queer, national, exilic – in postcolonial literatures and cinemas, and her articles address questions about intimacy, marginality and citizenship in South African, Nigerian and Indian writing, as well as in Indian and Pakistani film. Professor Daiya is founder and director of a Histories of Migration and Violence Project www.1947Partition.org. She also serves as Associate Editor for the South Asian Review. Her research has been generously supported by fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and George Washington University.
Ph.D. Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago.
Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008. New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013.
“Refugees, Gender and Secularism in South Asian Literature and Cinema” in Representations of War, Migration and Refugeehood: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Ed. Daniel Rellstab and Christiane Schlote (Routledge, 2013)
“Visual Culture and Violence: Inventing Intimacy and Citizenship in Recent South Asian Cinema,” South Asian History and Culture 2.4 (2011): 589-604.
“Visual Culture and Violence: Inventing Intimacy and Citizenship in Recent South Asian Cinema” in South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century (Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series). Ed. Babli Sinha. New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2012.
Co-editor, Special topic issue of South Asian Review, on “Imagining South Asia,” with Amardeep Singh. Winter 2008.
“Home and the Nation: Women, Citizenship and Transnational Migration in Postcolonial Literature.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 44.4 (Dec 2008): 391-402.
“Postcolonial Masculinity: 1947, Partition Violence and Nationalism in the Indian Public Sphere,” Genders March 2006. www.genders.org
“Provincializing America: Engaging Postcolonial Critique and Asian American Studies in a Transnational Mode,” South Asian Review 26.2 (Dec 2005): 265-275.
“‘No Home But in Memory:’ Migrant Bodies and Belongings, Globalization and Nationalism in Amitav Ghosh’s Novels,” in Brinda Bose, ed., Amitav Ghosh: Critical Essays (New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2003).
“‘Honourable Resolutions:’ Gendered Violence, Ethnicity and the Nation,” Alternatives: Global Local Political 27.2 (April-June 2002) 72-86.