Julia Giese

Embodied Partitions: Exploring women’s embodied memories of the 1947 Partition of India through dance

Julia Giese

Julia Giese is a PhD Researcher at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. She is interested in the historiography of the 1947 Partition of India and embodied counter-memories among the female Bengali diaspora in London.

Julia holds an MA in Global Studies for which she studied at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany, Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Jawaharlal-Nehru-University in India. She completed a BA in Political Science at Universität Hamburg in Germany and Linnéuniversitetet in Sweden. Her achievements have been substantiated by multiple work experiences in the academic sector and in different women-centred organisations.

PhD research description

Julia's project will explore the gendered nature of Partition memory among the Bangladeshi community in the Tower Hamlets, London. By introducing the category of the body as a carrier of memory and identity, this study aims to deconstruct discourses of South Asian Partition historiography. Focusing on non-written and non-verbal accounts, the project can contribute to include racialized, sexualized, gendered and religionized women to the making of history and pays respect to their diasporic identities today. Alongside traditional qualitative research methods, such as interviews and observations, critical dance methodologies and community dance practice will help give insight to first and second hand memories of Partition and their role in the formation of contemporary experiences and identities. Fieldwork will be conducted in collaboration with East London Dance as a key partner.
This PhD studentship forms part of the larger five year project ‘Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination (MMPI): British Asian Memory, Identity and Community after Partition’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Dr Emily Keightley. 

PhD supervisors

Julia's PhD is supervised by Dr Clelia Clini.

Awards, grants or scholarships received

DAAD Short-term Research Grant to conduct field work in Delhi, India
Research Track Scholarship of the Excellence Initiative at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Full Doctoral Scholarship granted by the Leverhulme Trust
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