School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Professor Parvati Nair, B.A., M.A., Ph.D (University of London)


Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8317
Room Number: Arts One 118


Parvati Nair is currently on secondment from Queen Mary, University of London to work as Founding Director of the United Nations University Institute in Barcelona, Spain, which focuses on globalization, culture and mobility. She is Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research is in Cultural Studies, with a particular interest in theories and representations of migration, mobility, urban spaces, displacement, ethnicity and gender. She writes mainly on photography, film and music in these contexts and relies on an interdisciplinary approach that includes fieldwork. She is the Principal Editor of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture and on the editorial board of the Hispanic Research Journal. Parvati Nair has published and spoken in the media, in particular in the Guardian and on BBC Radio 4. She also writes a blog on flamenco that is linked to her research interests in this area.




  • A Different Light: The Photography of Sebastião Salgado (December 2011, Duke University Press)

  • Rumbo al norte: inmigración y movimientos culturales entre el Magreb y España, Barcelona, 2006, Barcelona, Edicions Bellaterra

  • Configuring Community: Theories, Narratives and Practices of Community Identities in Contemporary Spain, 2004, London, Modern Humanities Research Association

Edited books

  • Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Critical Discourses and Cinematic Practices, co-edited with Julian Gutierrez-Albilla, May 2013, Manchester University Press.

  • Gender and Spanish Cinema, co-edited with Steven Marsh, 2004, Oxford, Berg

Selected publications in edited books and refereed journals

  • 'Displacing the hero: masculine ambivalence in the cinema of Luis García Berlanga' in Entertaining Ideologies: 100 Years of European Cinema, ed. D. Holmes,Manchester: Manchester University Press, June 2000

  • 'Homing the Other: the Immigrant as New European in David Planell's Bazar in Beyond Boundaries, ed. Andy Hollis, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, December 2000

  • 'Elusive song: flamenco as field and negotiation among the gitanos in Córdoba prison', in Constructing Identity in Twentieth Century Spain: Theoretical debates and Narrative Practices, ed. Jo Labanyi, Oxford University Press, 2002

  • 'Vocal In-roads: Flamenco, Orality and Postmodernity in Las 3000 Viviendas: Viejo Patio (EMI, 1999)' in Music, Culture, Identity, edited by Richard Young Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2002

  • 'Border-Line Men: Gender, Place and Power in Representations of Moroccans in Recent Spanish Cinema' in Gender and Spanish Cinema edited by Parvati Nair and Steven Marsh, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2004, 103-118

  • 'Another Beat: Displacement and Relocation in Spanish-Moroccan Raï' in Between the Local and the Global: Popular Music and National Identity edited by Ian Biddle and Vanessa Knights, London: Ashgate, 2007, 65-80

  • 'Europe's "Last" Wall: Contiguity, Exchange and Heterotopia in Ceuta, the Confluence of Europe and North Africa" in Border Interrogations edited by Simon Doubleday and Benita Sampedro, Oxford, Berghahn Publishers, 2008, 15-41

  • 'Fotografía en torno al Estrecho,' in Dos siglos de imágenes de Andalucía edited by Alberto Egea, Sevilla, Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2006

  • 'Trazar frontera: inmigración y movimientos culturales en España,' chapter in Irene Blásquez and Ángel Chueca (editors), Migraciones internacionales en el Mediterráneo y UE: un reto, 2009, p.11-21

  • 'After-Images: Trauma, History and Connection in the Photography of Alfredo Jaar,' chapter in The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, 2010, edited by Pamela Prado, Santiago de Chile: Dirac Publishers, 63-78

  • 'Travelling Song: Music, Iteration and Translation in La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time, Isaki Lacuesta, 2006)', in Rob Stone and Lisa Shaw (eds.), Screening Songs (forthcoming in 2012, Manchester University Press)

Articles in refereed journals

  • 'Between Being and Becoming: an ethnographic examination of border crossings in Alma gitana (Chus Gutiérrez, 1995)', Tesserae, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 5:2, December 1999, 173-188

  • "Albums of No Return: Ethnicity, Displacement and Recognition in Photographs of Moroccan Immigrants in Spain', Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 1, March 2000, 59-73

  • 'Straddling the personal and the public: elastic boundaries or a case-study of two gitana daughters of reknowned flamencos' in Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, Spring 2001, 49-63

  • 'In Modernity's Wake: transculturality, deterritorialization and the questio n of community in Las flores de otro mundo', in Postscript, April 2002, 38-49

  • 'Memory in Motion: Ethnicity, Hybridity and Globalization in Self-Photographs of Moroccan Immigrants in Spain', Journal of Romance Studies, Vol.3.1, 2003, 73-86

  • 'Moor-Veiled Matters: the hijab as troubling interrogative of the relation between the West and Islam', new formations, no. 51, winter 2003-2004, 39-49

  • 'The Regard of the Gypsy: Ramón Zabalza's gitano photographs and the visual challenge to the stereotype' inPrácticas de poder y estrategias de resistencia en la España democrática, edited by Óscar Cornago Bernal, special issue of Iberoamericana, 24.4, 2006

  • 'Voicing Risk: migration, transgression and relocation in Spanish/Moroccan raï' forthcoming in Interventions, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Summer 2006

  • 'Autography from the Margins,' Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2008, p.181-190

  • 'Here, Now, Then, There: Cities, Memory and Movement in Photographs by Young Refugees/New Londoners' in Moving Worlds, special issue edited by David Farrier, Autumn 2012.

  • 'Beirut: City of Lines', Wasafiti, March 2013