Maya is Postdoctoral Research Associate in English Literature to the collaborative public engagement project Beyond the Frame: Indian-British Connections 1850-1950. Maya's doctorate, at the University of Leeds within the School of English, explored the manifold ways in which the prolific South Asian ‘double diaspora’, displaced twice from Gujarat to East Africa and later to Britain, represents cultural identity.
Maya's research specialisms include South Asian and diaspora studies, alongside postcolonial cultural studies. Maya is interested in embodied forms of cultural identity, Indian Ocean studies, and memory studies. Through interdisciplinary-led methodologies she has explored how loss and trauma are articulated via embodied practices. These interests are coupled with a burgeoning attentiveness to how South Asian cultural identities manifest themselves within evolving digital networks and upon new media.