Visiting Research Fellow
Sarah Parker Remond Centre, Institute of Advanced Studies
Lara Choksey is a writer and researcher whose work focuses on confluences of embodiment, land, utility, and citizenship in the social reproduction of environment. She is currently working on a project on abandoned pastorals, strange arrivals, and resettlement in postwar anglophone and francophone literature. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, an Early Career Fellow at Warwick University’s Institute of Advanced Study, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter; and is now part of the UCL English Language and Literature department as a Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures in English. Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wolfson Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.
With a background in literary and cultural studies, Lara’s research draws from science and technology studies, world-systems theory, and critical race and decolonial studies, with a particular interest in speculative fiction and poetics. Her first monograph, Narrative in the Age of the Genome: Genetic Worlds, will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2021. She has had articles and chapters published in the Journal of Historical Geography, the Journal of Literature and Science, Sanglap: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, The Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science, and Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction (Palgrave, 2020). She edited Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s Readings (Seagull, 2014), and has written articles, fiction and non-fiction for Media Diversified, Global Social Theory, Nyx, a noctournal and Otro Páramo.
An erstwhile journalist, Lara has an abiding interest in the formation and curation of public history. From 2018-20, she co-facilitated the community history project Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire, funded by the European Cultural Foundation, which explored methods of investigating local histories with descendants of the Windrush generation in the Midlands. This interest in methodology and decoloniality has led to her more recent work on speculative methodologies.