Dr Shari Daya
BA Hons (UCT), MA (Durham, UK),
PhD (Durham, UK)
Since my PhD I have worked on a range of
projects, looking at issues from
sustainable consumption to the link
between neighbourhoods and adolescent
mental health. My current work addresses
the cultural values driving processes of
production and consumption in urban areas.
I joined the department in 2008 and teach
in the field of cultural geography at
undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
EGS 4042F Cultural Geographies
EGS 3022S Geographic Thought
EGS 2014S Contemporary Urban Challenges
My research interests lie in the
sub-discipline of cultural geography and
my theoretical work focuses on questions
of modernity and identity in the global
South - particularly Africa and India. I
am also interested to understand how
modernity is not just talked and written
about, but embodied, enacted and otherwise
materialised in everyday life. To this
end, I explore how people imagine and
participate in different economic systems,
including formal capitalist markets,
informal trading, 'green' and alternative
economies such as cooperatives and the
Fair Trade movement, and creative
industries. My current empirical work is
on the economies of craft in urban Cape
Town, alcohol consumption in the Western
Cape, and the ethical production of fynbos
in Flower Valley on the Agulhas Plain.
- Daya, Shari (forthcoming) Performing place, mobility and identity in South Africa. Area.
- McEwan, Cheryl and Daya, Shari (forthcoming) 'Geography, culture and global change' in Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. & Sidaway, J. Human Geography, Issues for the 21st Century. London: Pearson.
- Daya, Shari (2010) Eating, serving, and self-realisation: food and modern identities in contemporary Indian women's writing. Social and Cultural Geography 11 (5). 475-489.
- Daya, Shari (2010) 'Modernity' in The Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1928-1931.
- Daya, Shari (2010) Book review: Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader, by Jennifer Harding and Deirdre Pribram, eds. Emotion, Space and Society.
- Daya, Shari (2009) Embodying modernity: reading narratives of Indian women's sexual autonomy and violation. Gender Place and Culture 16 (1). 97-110.
- Amin, Ash; O'Neill, Michael; Brown, Donna and Daya, Shari, eds. (2009) Thinking About Almost Everything: New Ideas to Light up Minds. London: Profile Books.
- Daya, Shari (2008) 'Modernity and the body: textual constructions of the new Indian woman' in Zowie Davy et al. (eds.) Bound and Unbound: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. 201-218.
- Daya, Shari and Lau, Lisa (2007) 'Introduction: power and narrative' in Lisa Lau and Shari Daya (eds.) Power and Narrative. Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry 17 (1).