Dr Chalotta Salmi, BA and MA (York), DPhil (Oxford)
Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literature
I come from Finland and grew up in a bilingual Swedish and Finnish speaking family. After moving around Europe throughout my childhood, I came to the UK to study English and History at the University of York, where I stayed to complete a Masters in Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality. After my MA I moved to Oxford to pursue a PhD in contemporary partition writing from South Asia and the Middle East.
I finished my PhD in 2013 and took up a temporary lectureship at Queen Mary. In 2014 I won a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham. I finished my postdoc on protest and violence in global graphic narratives this summer, and am excited to be back at Queen Mary.
- Postcolonial Literature and Theory
- Graphic Narratives
- Literary Form
- Conflict and protest literature
- Borders and the state
Recent and On-Going Research
I have two on-going research projects, both stemming from my interest in literary form, conflict and protest. The first is a book, Bordering the World in Contemporary Post-Partition Literature, that I am currently completing out of my doctoral research on partition writing from India, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine. My second project stems from my British Academy funded postdoc on the graphic narrative as a global literary form. As part of this research I have written on comics collectives in Israel and South Africa, graphic narrative traditions in India, the rise of the graphic human rights narrative, and comics as a form of protest writing. I am also preparing a book on how graphic narratives are used both by and against the state. I am particularly interested in graphic narratives on/from the Arab Spring, women’s and LGBTI rights movements in South Asia and beyond, Black Lives Matter and the recent refugee crisis.
“Visualizing the World: Graphic Novels, Comics, and Human Rights” The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. Ed. Crystal Parikh. Contracted. Forthcoming 2018.
“Graphic Narrative.” The Cambridge Companion to World Literature. Ed. J. Zimbler and B. Etherington. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2017.
“The Graphic Novel.” The Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 10: South and South-East Asia ed. Alex Tickell. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2017
“Sequential Art in the Age of Postcolonial Production: Comics Collectives in Israel and South Africa.” Popular Postcolonialisms: Discourses of Empire and Popular Culture. Eds. N. Atia and K. Holden. Routledge. Forthcoming 2017.
“Reading Footnotes: Joe Sacco and the Graphic Human Rights Narrative.” Special Issue: Trans/Forming Literature Journal of Postcolonial Writing 52.4 (2016).
“Partition Literature” in Oxford Bibliographies: Literary and Critical Theory ed. Eugene O’Brien (Oxford University Press, 2015).
“’A Necessary Forgetfulness of the Memory of Place’: Mahmoud Darwish’s Poetry of No Return.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 14.1 (2012)
“Reflections on a National Cartography: The Freedom to Roam and the Right to Imagine in Raja Shehadeh’s Travel Writing.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48.4 (2012)