This week we turn to law, interdisciplinarity and working in a different academic culture. @eepwrites researches literary jurisprudence and diasporas communities - I'm really looking forward to hearing more about the fusion of law and literature.
I am currently a Marie Curie a Research Fellow on the diasporic Constructions
of Home and Belonging ITN. The project considers diaspora from a number of disciplinary perspectives - my own research is on the legal right to free movement within the literature (plays, poetry and novels) of the Roma Diaspora.
As a scholar with a background in literature (I read English at King's College
London) and law (International and European Human Rights Law) I am fascinated in radical interdisciplinary methodologies which do more than merely see the second discipline as a cumbersome 'add-on' to the first. My own PhD research
looks at how to construct a literary jurisprudence of the right to free
movement - from this approach, I regard literature as both the source of an
alternative way of reading law and a way of reading refractions of contemporary migration law.
I have been based in Muenster in Germany for the past three years, which has
been an experience! It is always fascinating to engage with a university system in a different country, not to mention working within an institution in which you straddle two disciplines! It has taken me a long time to work out how to allow the two disciplines to work together, and it is something I hope to keep working on, even in a harsh academic climate in which research on minority literatures (like that of the Roma) is still highly undervalued, and
interdisciplinary scholarship is largely marginalised.