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Dr Aya Nassar

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41887
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 216
Assistant Professor, Economy and Culture
Assistant Professor, Geographies of Life

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I am interested in elemental geography, the materiality of cities, memory, infrastructure, fragments of space and storytelling the politics of the postcolony. More recently, these interests revolve around geopoetics, aesthetics, ruination and attachements to postcolonial sovereignty. 

I hold a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. So far, my research has focused primarily on Cairo and, sometimes, Coventry. Methodologically, I work with archives, and I am interested in the city as archive as well living with incomplete and truncated research. I am also interested in autoethnography, narrative writing and storytelling.

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Department of Geography

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