Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

James Riding

Dr James Riding

I am a cultural geographer interested in finding new ways to creatively and critically narrate geographies of place, region, and landscape through oral history, ethnographic exploration and performative interventions in a variety of spaces. In my research I employ a range of methodological approaches and fieldwork techniques to describe regions, places and landscapes, and their inhabitants, drawing from performance studies, memory studies, and heritage studies, as well as poetry and literature. Much of the grounded fieldwork I have undertaken is located in estranged and difficult spaces such as former conflict zones and seeks to understand post-conflict societies through the writing of places and people, from the trenches of northern France to the once besieged city of Sarajevo.

My recent articles deal with questions of trauma, memory, and nostalgia in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, exploring the post-socialist ethno-nationalist politics of the state, cultural heritage and memorial sites, spaces of activism and resistance, and the everyday spaces of the post-conflict city. I joined Newcastle University in September 2019 as a NUAcT Fellow in the Department of Geography. Please get in touch if you are interested in pursuing PhD research on the politics and geography of memory; nostalgia in post-socialist states; creative and cultural geographies of landscape and place; ethnographic and animated studies of regions; and transitional justice and reconciliation in post-conflict states.