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Academic Biography

Dr. Madeline Clements is Senior Lecturer in English Studies and specialises in postcolonial, British Muslim and particularly Pakistani literature in English. Prior to joining Teesside University in 2015, she worked as Assistant Professor in English at Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan. She studied for her BA in English language and Literature at Christ Church, University of Oxford and for two MA degrees at the University of London. Her PhD on contemporary South Asian Muslim fiction, completed under the supervision of Professor Peter Morey at the University of East London, was awarded in 2014.  

Madeline is the author of a monograph, Writing Islam from a South Asian Muslim Perspective: Rushdie, Hamid, Aslam, Shamsie (Palgrave, 2015). Her articles and chapters have appeared in the journals Sohbet, Wasafiri, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and in the edited collections Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representations, Literary and Non-literary Responses Towards 9/11: South Asia and Beyond (Routledge, 2019), Contesting Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim Prejudice in Media, Culture and Politics (I B Tauris, 2019). Beyond academia, her reviews of contemporary world literature have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and Dawn newspaper’s Books and Authors supplement. She has also curated exhibitions of contemporary Pakistani art in London, Teesside, Karachi and Hartlepool. Madeline has been a recipient of AHRC funding and in 2012 completed a fully-funded research Residency at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Her current research traces the presence of Pakistani Christians in literature and visual artworks published and exhibited since Pakistan’s formation in 1947, and seeks to situate them in the social, political and cultural contexts of their production. It was partly inspired by the time she spent teaching literature at Forman Christian College and continues to evolve as a result of collaborations and exchanges with colleagues in Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

She convenes English and Creative Writing Research Group Workshops at Teesside University, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. In 2019 she joined the Advisory Board for the QR GCRF-funded research project, Decolonising Feminism, and has since - with her colleague Dr Rachel Carroll - been successful in obtaining QR GCRF funding for a further project entitled Women Writing Pakistan: gender in the South Asian literary landscape (2020-2021), on which she is Co-Investigator.

Madeline is delighted to be approached about supervision by prospective PhD candidates for projects encompassing such areas as postcolonial, South Asian, and Anglophone Muslim writing; literature and art from Pakistan; and cultural representations of religious minorities in Islamic (including diasporic) contexts.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Postcolonial Culture and Globalisation
  • Literature, Art and 9/11 and 7/7
  • Representation of South Asian Muslims
  • Pakistani Literature (in English)
  • Literature, Art and Minorities in Pakistan

External positions

Editorial Board member, Journal of Postcolonial Writing

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