Associate Professor Shari Daya



My academic training is in literary studies and cultural geography, and I have worked on a range of projects exploring the connections between place and culture. Most of my research explores identity and inclusion in some way, whether through literature, craft production, food or pedagogy. My current work explores multispecies stories through walking workshops, as well as imaginative modes of writing about landscapes, belonging, and more-than-human connections.


Selected Publications

  • Pande, Amrita; Chaturvedi, Ruchi and Daya, Shari, eds. (2023) Epistemic Justice and the Postcolonial University. Wits University Press.

  • Daya, Shari (2022) Meat in black and white. Food, Culture and Society. DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2022.2039873

  • Anderson, Molly and Daya, Shari (2022) Memory justice in ordinary spaces. Antipode.

  • Daya, Shari (2021) Moving from crisis to critical praxis: Geography in South Africa. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 47 (1). 9-15.

  • Daya, Shari (2019) Words and worlds: textual representation and new materialism. cultural geographies 6 (3). 361-377.

Dr Tammy Wilks

Lecturer and Course Convenor of DOH1010S: Texts in the Humanities


Dr Tammy Wilks examines religion and belonging in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research explores how religious communities forge and maintain belonging in a city beset by change, crisis, and conflict and regards these forms of belonging as infrastructural to the making of Nairobi. She employs this research focus in her teaching to investigate how communities in Africa create, communicate, and preserve their texts and teaches a range of texts including oral histories, sermons and khutbahs, material culture, vernacular, and ritual practices.


Selected Publications

  • Wilks, T., 2022. Bypassing the Bulldozer: The Materiality of State Violence on Religion in Kibera, Nairobi, in van Liere, L. and Meimena, E. eds. Material Perspectives on Religion, Conflict, and Violence: Things of Conflict. Brill. 73-93.

  • Wilks, T., 2022. Coexisting in Color, Material Religion. 18(2): 278-281.