- Dr Shaira Vadasaria
- Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies
- Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Race and Colonialism, Law and Regulation, Forced Displacement and Refugee Studies, Reparations and Redress, decolonial thought, Feminist Theory and Research, Palestine Studies
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- By appointment
My research and teaching examines formations of race and racialization across law, social regulation, and settler colonial nation building. I enter these fields of inquiry through epistemological and methodological considerations, two of which have been central in my scholarship and teaching: First, how do we account for the continuity of race and racial violence as it changes in grammar and political form? Second, how do displaced and dispossessed communities make claims to life under on-going processes of social death and exclusion?
These two questions have given shape and content to my research program which engages with race and decolonial thought across multiple field sites and scholarly field debates, some of which include: The building of the ‘Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem’ on top of Mamilla Cemetery, a Muslim burial ground in Jerusalem (see ‘Necronationalism: managing race, death and the nation’s skeletons,’ Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture); The epistemic tensions within securitization studies in addressing anti-immigrant racism and the securitization of immigration (see ‘Uninhibited Violence: race and the securitization of immigration,’ Critical Studies on Security); The state of the field of socio-legal studies in Canada and its engagement with race and colonialism (‘Race and Colonialism in Socio-Legal Studies in Canada, forthcoming), and the racial politics of humanitarianism and return in the early years of Palestinian expulsion (see ‘1948 to 1951: The racial politics of humanitarianism and return in Palestine,' Oñati Socio-Legal Studies, 2020).
My SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) funded doctoral research received the ‘Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award’ issued by the Department of Sociology at York University and subsequently, received an additional award issued by the Canadian Sociological Association.
Currently, I am working on my book manuscript “Temporalities of Return: Race, Refusal and Claims to Otherwise in Palestine” which tends to the representational lives of return for displaced Palestinians from the Galilee to Gaza. I read these lived claims to return across law, aesthetics, sensory politics and land-based sovereignty movements.
Before joining SSPS, I held a Visiting Assistant Professor appointment at Al-Quds University - Jerusalem, Palestine and Carleton University - Ottawa, Canada.
Topics interested in supervising
Race and Colonialism; Law, Criminalization and Social Regulation; Forced Displacement, Critical Refugee Studies; Indigenous Sovereignty; Decoloniality; Feminist Theory and Research Practices; Cultural Studies; Critical Methodology; Palestine/Israel; Middle-East Politics; Political Imprisonment; Reparations and Redress; Sensory Ethnography