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 within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. She is interested in the embodied memories of the 1947 Partition of British India, the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh and the subsequent migration to London among the female Bangladeshi diaspora in Tower Hamlets, 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 explores the gendered nature of cultural memory among the British-Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, London. This project studies the role of professional and vernacular dance as a vehicle for embodied memories of political ruptures and migration to include racialised, sexualised, gendered and religionised women to the making of history. 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 is conducted in collaboration with A Season of Bangla Drama, Mulberry School for Girls, and Mohila Ongon.

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 Professor Emily Keightley, Dr Clelia Clini and Dr Arianna Maiorani.

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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