SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Jaya Shakira Madhvani

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Jaya Madhvani
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Jaya Shakira Madhvani
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Thesis title:
The representation of urban space in contemporary London narratives
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Biography

My research examines the representation of urban space in six contemporary London narratives. My thematically ordered topics are the geographies of community in Hanif Kureishi's Something To Tell You (2008) and Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things (2002); the post-9/11 metropolis in Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret (2005) and Rachid Bouchareb's London River (2009); and the global city in Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil (2012) and Zadie Smith's NW (2012).

After completing my undergraduate studies at Queen Mary, University of London, I worked in PR and events in the music industry. I also composed and released music, resulting in two LPs of electronica, a few EPs, some compilation releases and some remix work for various labels globally. I returned to study for my MA in 2012 at SOAS, before beginning my PhD research in 2014.

Publications

Jaya Shakira Kamlesh Madhvani, 'The representation of London in Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret: Home, Neighbourhood, Travel,' The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. 51, No. 3, (2016), pp. 432-445

Jaya Shakira Kamlesh Madhvani, 'The Colonial Archives: Photographs of Uganda and European Imaginative Constructions of Africa,' Journal of History and Cultures, Issue 5, (2015), pp. 100-139.

Conferences

'Conceptualising alterity: multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, post-ethnicity and conviviality,' An eye for the 'other': representations of alterity in contemporary postcolonial 'texts,' SOAS CCLPS Critical Forum, 18th May 2016

'The inherent complexities of multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and post-ethnicity as theoretical frameworks for the work of Hanif Kureishi,' Goldsmiths Literature Seminar, 25th February 2016

'The Colonial Archives: Photographs of Uganda and European Imaginative Constructions of Africa,' SOAS Travelling Africa and the Archives: A Postgraduate Conference, 7th-8th June 2013