Parvati Nair

  • Parvati Nair


    Ph.D, Spanish Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

    Biographical Statement

    Prof. Dr. Parvati Nair has taught and published in the fields of Cultural Studies and Hispanic Studies. Her particular areas of focus are on questions of gender, ethnicity and cultural identity in contexts of mobility and displacement. She also writes on the representations of migration in cultural media, especially photography. She is the Principal Editor of the refereed journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Single-authored

      A Different Light: The Photography of Sebastião Salgado, 2011, Durham and London: Duke University Press.

      Rumbo al norte: inmigración y movimientos culturales entre el Magreb y España, 2006, Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra

      Configuring Community: Theories, Narratives and Practices of Community Identities in Contemporary Spain, 2004, London: Modern Humanities Research Association


      Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Critical Discourses and Cinematic Practices, co-edited with Julian Gutiérrez-Albilla, 2012, Manchester University Press

      Gender and Spanish Cinema, co-edited with Steven Marsh, 2004, Oxford: Berg Publishers

    Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

    • ‘Displacing the hero: masculine ambivalence in the cinema of Luis García Berlanga’ in Entertaining Ideologies: 100 Years of European Cinema, ed. D. Holmes,Manchester: Manchester University Press,June 2000

      ‘Homing the Other: the Immigrant as New European in David Planell’s Bazar in Beyond Boundaries, ed. Andy Hollis, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, December 2000

      ‘Elusive song: flamenco as field and negotiation among the gitanos in Córdoba prison’, in Constructing Identity in Twentieth Century Spain: Theoretical debates and Narrative Practices, ed. Jo Labanyi, Oxford University Press, 2002

      ‘Vocal In-roads: Flamenco, Orality and Postmodernity in Las 3000 Viviendas: Viejo Patio (EMI, 1999)’ in Music, Culture, Identity, edited by Richard Young Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2002

      ‘Border-Line Men: Gender, Place and Power in Representations of Moroccans in Recent Spanish Cinema’ in Gender and Spanish Cinema edited by Parvati Nair and Steven Marsh, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2004, 103-118

      ‘Fotografía en torno al Estrecho,’ in Dos siglos de imágenes de Andalucía edited by Alberto Egea, Sevilla, Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2006

      ‘Voicing Risk: Displacement and Relocation in Spanish-Moroccan Raï’ in Between the Local and the Global: Popular Music and National Identity edited by Ian Biddle and Vanessa Knights, London: Ashgate, 2007, 65-80

      ‘Europe’s “Last” Wall: Contiguity, Exchange and Heterotopia in Ceuta, the Confluence of Europe and North Africa” in Border Interrogations edited by Simon Doubleday and Benita Sampedro, Oxford, Berghahn Publishers, 2008, 15-41

      ‘Trazar frontera: inmigración y movimientos culturales en España,’ chapter in Irene Blásquez and Ángel Chueca (editors), Migraciones internacionales en el Mediterráneo y UE: un reto, 2009, p.11-21

      ‘After-Images: Trauma, History and Connection in the Photography of Alfredo Jaar,’ chapter in The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, 2010, edited by Pamela Prado, Santiago de Chile: Dirac Publishers, 63-78

      ‘Postcolonial Theories of Migration: Historicizing Displacement, Dissonance and Difference,’ in Immanuel Ness (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Global Human Migration (forthcoming in 2012, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell)

      ‘Reconfiguring the Rural: Fettered Geographies, Unsettled Histories and the Abyss of Alienation in Recent Socially Engaged Cinema from Spain,’ in Julian Guierrez-Albilla and Parvati Nair (eds)., Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Critical Discourses and Cinematic Practices (in press, Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming in 2012)

      ‘Travelling Song: Music, Iteration and Translation in La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time, Isaki Lacuesta, 2006)’, in Rob Stone and Lisa Shaw (eds.), Screening Songs (forthcoming in 2012, Manchester: Manchester University Press)

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • ‘Between Being and Becoming: an ethnographic examination of border crossings in Alma gitana (Chus Gutiérrez, 1995)’, Tesserae, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 5:2, December 1999, 173-188

      ‘Albums of No Return: Ethnicity, Displacement and Recognition in Photographs of Moroccan Immigrants in Spain’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 1, March 2000, 59-73

      ‘Straddling the personal and the public: elastic boundaries or a case-study of two gitana daughters of reknowned flamencos’ in Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, Spring 2001, 49-63

      ‘In Modernity’s Wake: transculturality, deterritorialization and the question of community in Lasflores de otro mundo’, in Postscript, April 2002, 38-49

      ‘Memory in Motion: Ethnicity, Hybridity and Globalization in Self-Photographs of Moroccan Immigrants in Spain’, Journal of Romance Studies, Vol.3.1, 2003, 73-86

      ‘Moor-Veiled Matters: the hijab as troubling interrogative of the relation between the West and Islam’, new formations, no. 51, winter 2003-2004, 39-49

      ‘The Regard of the Gypsy: Ramón Zabalza’s gitano photographs and the visual challenge to the stereotype’ in Prácticas de poder y estrategias de resistencia en la España democrática, edited by Óscar Cornago Bernal, special issue of Iberoamericana, 24.4, 2006

      ‘Voicing Risk: migration, transgression and relocation in Spanish/Moroccan raï’ in Interventions, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 8, Issue 1, Summer 2006, 67-82

      ‘Autography from the Margins,’ Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2008, 181-190

      ‘Islamigration or the Other Within: Testing the Limits of European Democracy and Tolerance’, in Revista de Derecho Migratorio y Extranjería, Volume 21, July 2009, 11-20

      ‘The Body Politic of Dissent: the Paperless and the Indignant,’ Citizenship Studies, Volume 16, Numbers 5-6, 1 August 2012 , pp. 783-792

      ‘The Refuge of Photography: Perspectives on Asylum, Citizenship and Belonging in London’ in Moving Worlds, special issue edited by David Farrier, Autumn 2012

      ‘Beirut: City of Lines,’ Wasafiri, March 2013