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Call for Applications - Wasafiri Studentship 2020, Queen Mary, University of London and the British Library, UK

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2020

Deadline: Mar 27, 2020

Wasafiri Studentship

We’ve won full funding for a fantastic Collaborative Doctoral Award through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) network (with Queen Mary, University of London and the British Library). Apply for this unique opportunity to draw upon Wasafiri’s 35-year archive to explore the cultural, political and literary history of the magazine and the material conditions affecting the publication and reception of writers of colour in Britain (1980 – 2020).


This project will explore the birth, background and context of Wasafiri. Drawing upon our unique archival sources, now housed in the British Library Contemporary Collections, and not yet publicly available, Wasafiri‘s particular history will act as a paradigm to offer broader insights into the material conditions affecting the production, publication and reception of black, Asian and diasporic writing in Britain from the fraught era of Thatcherism to the present.

The project is particularly timely given the BL’s  acquisition of the archive, Wasafiri‘s recent celebration of 35 years and 100 issues of publishing, and the scarcity of material currently available in tracking the history of this writing, including the early history of several now well-known figures, often featured in the magazine long before they were to rise to national and global prominence.


The student will be based in the School of English and Drama, QMUL, where Wasafiri is currently housed, and will work collaboratively under the supervision of the Contemporary Archives team at the British Library. Interdisciplinary in scope, the doctoral research will involve collection of primary data and materials from the archive at the BL, and will draw upon methodologies from postcolonial and global literary studies combined with book and magazine history, particularly the postcolonial history of the book and recent work on print/prize culture.

The work will be supervised and led by Professor Susheila Nasta (Founder, Wasafiri) and Dr Rehana Ahmed (Associate Editor, Wasafiri) in partnership with Helen Melody (Lead Curator of Contemporary Collections) at the British Library.

Deadline: 27 March, 2020

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