Dr. Tariq Jazeel

Dr. Tariq Jazeel

Reader in Human Geography



Tariq is a human geographer who works at the intersections of South Asian studies and postcolonial and critical theory. His research explores the spatial constitutions of nation, identity and belonging in South Asian contexts, especially in Sri Lanka, as well as the challenges of engaging non-western contexts.

He has worked on the aesthetic and environmental constitution of politics in Sri Lanka, focussing particularly on the role that meanings and experiences of space, nature, and modern architecture have played in the production of ethnicity and difference. He is also interested in the translations of modern architecture as it has travelled through South Asia, and currently is working on the relationships between architecture, community and Utopian urbanism at Auroville in southern India.

Tariq has written on literary geographies and various diasporic and ‘multicultural’ formations, on the postcolonial politics of geographical knowledge production and responsibility, and on geographical engagements with radical alterity, a theme he is currently exploring in a project that focuses on disciplinary geography’s relationships with subaltern studies.

Tariq has held visiting attachments at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005, and 2006), and the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (2012). He has also been a British Academy visiting fellow at L’École Francais d’Extrême Orient, Pondicherry, South India (2012).

He is an Editor of the journal Antipode, on the Editorial Collective of Social Text, and serves on the editorial boards of Geography Compass: Cultural Geography and Society and Culture in South Asia. Tariq is also a member of the British Academy’s Area Panel for South Asia.

Key Publications

Jazeel, T. (2013). Sacred Modernity: nature, environment and the postcolonial geographies of Sri Lankan nationhood. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool.
– co-published by the Social Scientist’s Association (SSA), Colombo, Sri Lanka

Brun, C. and Jazeel, T. (eds.) (2009). Spatialising politics: culture and geography in postcolonial Sri Lanka, Sage, New Delhi.

Journal articles and Book Chapters:
Jazeel, T. (2014). Subaltern Geographies: geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35 (1), pps.88-103 doi:10.1111/sjtg.12053

Jazeel, T. (2013). Dissimulated landscapes: postcolonial method and the politics of space in southern Sri Lanka. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(1), 61-79. doi:10.1068/d7411

Jazeel, T. (2010). Sri Lanka inside-out: cyberspace and the mediated geographies of political engagement. Contemporary South Asia, 18(4), 443-449. doi:10.1080/09584935.2010.526200
Jazeel, T. (2009). Reading the geography of Sri Lankan island-ness: colonial repetitions, postcolonial possibilities. Contemporary South Asia, 17(4), 399-414. doi:10.1080/09584930903324138

Jazeel, T. (2009). Geography, spatial politics and productions of the national in Michael Ondaatje’s ‘Anil’s Ghost’. In: Brun, C. and Jazeel, T. (eds.) Spatialising politics: culture and geography in postcolonial Sri Lanka, Sage, New Delhi.

Jazeel, T. (2007). Bawa and beyond: reading Sri Lanka’s tropical modern architecture. South Asia Journal for Culture, 1, 7-26. (pdf download)

Jazeel, T. (2006). Postcolonial geographies of privilege: diaspora space, the politics of personhood and the ‘Sri Lankan Women’s Association in the UK’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31(1), 19-33. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2006.00192.x

Jazeel, T. (2005). The world is sound? Geography, musicology and British-Asian soundscapes. Area, 37(3), 233-241.

Teaching interests
Space, Modern Architecture, contemporary Urban Imaginations in Sri Lanka/South Asia
Aesthetics and cultural production in South Asia
Diasporic cultural production and politics

Areas of PhD research supervision:
Sri Lanka (modern and contemporary)
Architecture and aesthetics South Asia
South Asian diaspora