Dr Divya P. Tolia-Kelly, PhD, London (2002), BA, Nottingham (1997)
Visual Culture and the Cultural Geographies of Landscape
Since 1997, I have, through my research collaborations with artists Melanie Carvalho, Graham Lowe, Rosanna Raymond and Kahutoi Te Kanawa, contributed to scholarship on visual culture, material culture, race and affect, visual methodologies, and the production of images that continue in circulation in national and international art collections. These images add to the grammars, vocabularies and iconographies of national cultures of landscape and identity. These canvases feature migrant sensibilities and thier experience of 'nurturing ecologies' in the landscape. These projects and linked exhibitions are: 'Describe a Landscape . . ' (1997-2003); 'Nurturing Ecologies' (2003-2009); 'Tales of the Frontier' (2007-2011); SPILL (2006-7); and currently 'Archaeologies of Race at the Museum' (2007-2014).
Geographies of Race, Memory and Materiality at the Museum
My current research interests take my material cultures research on identity through to the space of national exhibition spaces. With a particular engagement with critical race-theory and postcolonial theory at the museum cabinet. My key question of concern is: how do we exhibit national cultures in a post-Imperial world that are free seeing the world through an Imperial taxonomy? This current research is leading to a monograph entitled An Archaeology of Race at the Museum with Ashgate. This monograph builds on my recent exhibition (AHRC funded, with DU, Geography)'An Archaeology of 'race'' (http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/race/) and my monograph 'Landscape, Race and Memory: Material Ecologies of Citizenship': http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754649571.
Public Engagement: Art and Geography at Museums and Galleries
Public engagement has been key to my praxis within the discipline. I was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Public Engagement in 2010 (http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/about/beacons) as recognition of this work. Throughout my academic career I have been commited to engaging with theory through praxis. Using a participatory approach I have developed visual methodologies which garner landscape values of migrant communities living in Britain. My most recent co-curated exhibition 'An archaeology of race': http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/race/, which drew 12,500 visitors in its life accross three sites - Segedenum, Tullie House and the Fulling Mill, Durham University. This exhibition continues its life in the form of teaching packs used in the curriculum in county durham schools and beyond (8 000 downloaded by June 2012) see: http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/race/lessons/. This work exemplifies my approach to thinking through ‘national culture’ and how to represent this through a lens of inclusion, of all citizens.
I am a co-Investigator on the ERC Living Poets research project (PI Barbara Graziosi, Classics) which is about the sensory and contemporary resonances of ancient texts at heritage sites in Europe and through textural spaces.
I am currently on the editorial boards of Gender, Place and Culture, Geography Compass, and Geography. I have recently been an academic reviewer for the sub-discipline of cultural geography for Progress in Human Geography and been convenor of the Lived and Material Cultures Research Group in the department from 2005-2010.
Research ConversationsThese research collaborations and conversations are in in process: Violent Imaginaries (with Kathrin Horschelmann); Transcultural Ecologies of Home (with Rosie Cox); Connected Communities (Nayanika Mookherjee); Affecting Heritage (Emma Warterton and Steve Watson) and Translating Cultures: Between Islam and Christianity (with Anna Leone).
- University of Durham, Geography 2004 - present
- Lecturer, Geography 2003 - 2004 (Lancaster)
- Lecturer, Geography 2002 - 2003 (UCL)
- ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow 2001 - 2002 (UCL)
Journal papers: academic
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. The geographies of cultural geography III: Material geographies, vibrant matters and risking surface geographies. Progress in Human Geography. 2013;Online March 6th 2012.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. The geographies of cultural geography II: Visual culture . Progress in Human Geography. 2012;36:135-142
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Narrating the Postcolonial Landscape: Archaeologies of Race at Hadrian's Wall. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2011;36:71-88.
- Witcher, R., Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Hingley, R. Archaeologies of Landscape: Excavating the Materialities of Hadrian's Wall. Journal of Material Culture. 2010;15:105-128.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Crang, M.A. Editorial: Affect, race, and identities. Environment and Planning A. 2010;422309-2314.
- Crang, M.A. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Nation, Race and Affect: Senses and Sensibilities at national heritage sites. Environment and Planning A. 2010;422315 – 2331
- Nesbitt, C. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Hadrian’s Wall: Embodied Archaeologies of the Linear Monument. Journal of Social Archaeology. 2009;9:368-390.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Motion/Emotion: Picturing Translocal Landscapes in the Nurturing Ecologies Research Project. Mobilities. 2008;3:117-140.
- Tolia-Kelly, Divya P. Fear in paradise: The affective registers of the English Lake District landscape re-visited. Senses and Society. 2007;2:329-351.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Organic cosmopolitanism: challenging cultures of the non-native at the Burnley Millenium Arboretum. Garden History. (Special Issue sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Landscape and Environment Programme). 2007;35:172-184.
- Tolia-Kelly D.P. SPILL:Liquid emotion and transcultural art. SPILL Exhibition Catalogue: SASA Gallery. 2007.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Affect - an ethnocentric encounter?: Exploring the 'universalist' imperative of emotional/affectual geographies. Area. 2006;38:213-217.
- Tolia-Kelly, Divya P. Mobility/stability: British Asian cultures of 'landscape and Englishness'. Environment and Planning A. 2006;38:341-358.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Morris, A. Disruptive Aesthetics? Revisiting the Burden of Representation in the Art of Chris Ofili and Yinka Shonibare. Third Text. 2004;18:153-167.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Landscape, Race and Memory: Biographical Mapping of the Routes of British Asian Landscape Values. Landscape Research. 2004;29:277-292.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Locating processes of identification: studying the precipitates of re-memory through artefacts in the British Asian home. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2004;29:314-329.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Materializing post-colonial geographies: examining the textural landscapes of migration in the South Asian home. Geoforum. 2004;35:675-688.
- Anderson, B. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Matter(s) in social and cultural geography. Geoforum. 2004;35:669-674.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Cultural Geographies in Practice: Intimate Distance: fantasy islands and English lakes. Ecumene. 2001;8:112-119.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Iconographies of Identity: Visual Cultures of the Everyday in the South Asian Diaspora. Visual Culture in Britain. 2001;1:49-67.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Landscape, Race and Memory: material ecologies of citizenship. Farnham: Ashgate; 2010.
- Rose, G. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Visuality / Materiality: Images, Objects and Practices. Ashgate; 2012.
- Cook I.J. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Material Geographies. In: Hicks, D. & Beaudry, M. Oxford Handbook of Material Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2010.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Social & Cultural Geography: Hybridity. In: Kitchin, R. & Thrift, N. The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier; 2009:258-263.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Social and Cultural geography: Material Culture. In: Kitchin, R. & Thrift, N. International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier; 2009:500-504.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Diasporic Cosmopolitanism. In: Dwyer, C. & Bressey, C. Race and Racisms. London: Ashgate; 2008.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. Participatory Art: Capturing Spatial Vocabularies in a Collaborative Visual Methodology with Melanie Carvalho and South Asian Women in London, UK. In: Kindon, S., Pain, R. & Kesby, M. Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place. New York, London: Routledge; 2007.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. A Journey through the Material Geographies of Diaspora Cultures: Four modes of environmental memory. In: Burrell, K. & Panayi, P. Histories and Memories: Migrants and their History in Britain. 2006.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. The geographies of cultural geography I: identities, bodies and race. Progress in Human Geography. 2010;34:358-367.
Other media: research equivalent
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Nesbitt, C. An Archaeology of Race (Exhibition Catalogue). 2009.
Other publications: research
- Fazakerley, R., Golda, A. & Tolia-Kelly, D.P. SASA (South Australian School of Art Gallery). 2007.
- Tolia-Kelly, D.P. & Crang, M.A. Cultural Heritage: UN Environment Assessment UK Case Study. 2010.
- An Archaeology of Race
- Durham Coaching and Mentoring Network
- Editorial Board: Gender, Place and Culture
- Emotional Geographies, Netherlands 2013
- Geography Compass (cultural geography), online journal
- Lived and Material Cultures Research Cluster
- Living Poets: A New Approach to Ancient Poetry
- Non-Stop Aparthied: Advisory Group
- SPILL: SASA Gallery Adelaide, October 2007
- Valuing Heritage