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Professor Tariq Jazeel

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UCL Department of Geography
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Tariq Jazeel graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Studies. He completed an MA in Cultural Geography, and a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, before working there briefly as a Teaching Fellow. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Human Geography at The Open University, and then taught in the Geography department at The University of Sheffield from 2005 till 2013. He joined UCL in 2013.

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 Environment and Planning d: Society and Space, on the Editorial Collective of Social Text, former editor of the journal Antipode, and serves on the editorial boards of Geography Compass: Cultural Geography and Society and Culture in South Asia.

Tariq co-founded and co-directs UCL's Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World, which is based in the College's Institute of Advanced Studies.



Journal Articles

Jazeel, T. (2019). Singularity. A manifesto for incomparable geographies. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 40 (1), pps.5-21

Jazeel, T. (2018). Urban Theory With an Outside. Environment and Planning d: Society and Space 36 (3), pps.405-419 DOI: 10.1177/0263775817707968

Jazeel, T. (2017). Mainstreaming Geography's Decolonial Imperative. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42 (3), pps.334-337 DOI: 10.1111/tran.12200

Jazeel, T. (2017). Tropical Modernism/Environmental Nationalism: the politics of built space in postcolonial Sri Lanka. Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 27 (2), pps.134-152

Powell, R.C., Klinke, I., Jazeel, T., Daley, P., Kamata, N., Heffernan, M., Swain, A., McConnell, F., Barry. A. and Phillips, R. (2017). Interventions in the Political Geography of Area, Political Geography 57, pps.94-14

Friess, D. and T. Jazeel (2017). Unlearning 'Landscape', Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107 (1), pps.14-21

Jazeel, T. (2016). Between area and discipline: progress, knowledge production and the geographies of geography, Progress in Human Geography 40 (5), pps.649-67

doi: 10.1177/0309132515609713

Jazeel, T. and N. Mookherjee (2015). Aesthetics, Politics, Conflict, Journal of Material Culture 20 (4), pps.353-359 [Introductory Essay to themed issue on 'Aesthetics, Politics, Conflict']

Jazeel, T. (2015). Utopian urbanism and representational cityness: on the Dholera before Dholera smart city, Dialogues in Human Geography 5 (1), pps.27-30 [essay in response to lead article by Ayona Datta].
doi: 10.1177/2043820614565865

Jazeel, T. (2014). Subaltern Geographies: geographical knowledge and postcolonial strategy, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35 (1), pps.88-103.

Conde, M. and Jazeel, T (2013). Kicking off in Brazil: manifesting democracy. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 22(4), 437-450.

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.

Jazeel, T. (2012). Postcolonial Spaces and Identities. Geography, 97(2), 60-67.

Jazeel, T. (2012). Postcolonialism: Orientalism and the Geographical Imagination. Geography, 97(1), 4-11.

Jazeel, T. (2011). Spatializing Difference Beyond Cosmopolitanism: rethinking planetary futures. Theory Culture & Society, 28(5), 75-97.

Jazeel, T. (2010). Sri Lanka inside-out: cyberspace and the mediated geographies of political engagement. Contemporary South Asia, 18(4), 443-449.

Jazeel, T. and McFarlane, C. (2010). The limits of responsibility: a postcolonial politics of academic knowledge production. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 35(1), 109-124.
(Reprinted in: Gregory, D. and Castree, N. (eds.) Human Geography, Volume 1. Sage, London. ISBN: 9781412903691)

Jazeel, T. and Ruwanpura, K. (2009). Dissent: Sri Lanka's new minority? (Guest Editorial). Political Geography, 28(7), 385-387.

Jazeel, T. (2009). Reading the geography of Sri Lankan island-ness: colonial repetitions, postcolonial possibilities. Contemporary South Asia, 17(4), 399-414.

Jazeel, T. (2009). Governmentality. Social Text, 27(3 100), 136-140.
doi:10.1215/01642472-2009-024 (pdf download)

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. (2007). Spectres of tolerance: living together beyond cosmopolitanism (Review essay). Cultural Geographies, 14(4), 617-624.

Jazeel, T. and McFarlane, C. (2007). Intervention: Responsible Learning: cultures of knowledge production and the north-south divide, Antipode, 39(5), 781-789.

Jazeel, T. (2007). Awkward Geographies: spatializing academic responsibility, encountering Sri Lanka. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28(3), 287-299.

Clark, N., Greenhough, B. and Jazeel, T. (2006). Reply: when response becomes responsibility. The Geographical Journal, 172(3), 248-250.

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.

Greenhough, B., Jazeel, T. and Massey, D. (2005). Introduction: geographical encounters with the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Geographical Journal, 171(4), 369-371.

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

Jazeel, T. (2005). 'Nature', nationhood and the poetics of meaning in Ruhuna (Yala) National Park, Sri Lanka. Cultural Geographies, 12(2), 199-228.

Jazeel, T. (2005). Because Pigs Can Fly: sexuality, race and the geographies of difference in Shyam Selvadurai's 'Funny Boy'. Gender, Place and Culture. 12(2), 231-249.

Jazeel, T. (2003). Unpicking Sri Lankan 'island-ness' in Romesh Gunesekera's 'Reef'. Journal of Historical Geography, 29(4), 582-598.


Book Chapters

Theodore, T., T. Jazeel, A. Kent and K. McKittrick (2019). Keywords in Radical Geography: An Introduction. In: The Antipode Editorial Collective (Tariq Jazeel, Andy Kent, Katherine McKittrick, Nik Theodore, Sharad Chari, Paul Chatterton, Vinay Gidwani, Nik Heynen, Wendy Larner, Jamie Peck, Jenny Pickerill, Marion Werner & Melissa W. Wright) [Eds.]. Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50. Wiley Blackwell: Oxford. 1-13.

Jazeel, T. and S. Legg (2019). Subaltern Studies, Space and the Geographical Imagination. In: T. Jazeel and S. Legg (eds.), Subaltern Geographies, University of Georgia Press: Athens, Georgia. 1-35.

Jazeel, T. (2018). Building Sacred Modernity: Buddhism, secularism and a geography of religion in southern Sri Lanka. In: N. Bartoloni, S. MacKian and S. Pile (eds.), Spaces of Spirituality. Routledge, London and New York. 54-66.

Jazeel, T. (2013). Postcolonialism. In: N. Johnson, R. Schein and J. Winders (eds.), A New Companion to Cultural Geography. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford. 17-22.

Jazeel, T. (2012). Sacred Modernism or Secular Space: the ornamental politics of religion in Sri Lanka. In: Ghosh, R. (ed.) Making sense of the secular: critical perspectives from Europe and Asia. Routledge, London & New York. 144-156.

Jazeel, T. (2011). The geography of theory: knowledge, politics and the postcolonial present. In: Teverson, A. and Upstone, S. (eds.) Postcolonial spaces: the politics of place in contemporary culture Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke. 164-184.

Jazeel, T. (2010). Iconographies elsewhere: reading landscape in translation. In: della Dora, V., Digby, S. and Basdas, B. (eds.) Visual and historical geographies: essays in honour of Denis E. Cosgrove, Historical Geography Research Series 42, Royal Geographical Society, London. 119-129.

Jazeel, T. (2009). Social and cultural geographies: difference/politics of difference. In: Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0080449111

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

Jazeel, T. (2004). Parks. In: Harrison, S., Pile, S. and Thrift, N. (eds.) Patterned Ground: entanglements of nature and culture, Reaktion, London. 142-144.

Reviews and Miscellanea

Jazeel, T. (2020). 'And the Future Now?', a commentary on Natalie Oswin's Global City Futures (Wiley Blackwell, 2019), as part of a review forum, Antipode On-Line:

Jazeel, T. (2019). 'Peace, Secularism, Translation', in Review forum: Everyday Peace? Politics, Citizenship and Muslim lives in India, Philippa Williams, Wiley Blackwell (2015), RGS-IBG Book Series, Political Geography 68 (1), pps.164-170

Jazeel, T. (2017). Book review: A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: colonial network, nature and technoscience, by Jiat-Hwee Chang. Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 27 (2), pps.307-30

Murray, A., in collaboration with T. Jazeel. (2016). Encounters. Room 108. A book of creative writing (copies available on request).

Jazeel, T. (2015). FF4 "Matrimandir, Auroville", Society and Space open site:

Jazeel, T. (2015). South Asia Beyond Historical Amnesia: the utopian possibility of a return to geopolitical calculus, Sociological Bulletin (Journal of the Indian Sociological Society) 64(2), pps.223&4 [response to Pathak and Perera]

Jazeel, T. (2014). Book review: Enduring Violence: everyday conflict in Eastern Sri Lanka, by Rebecca Walker. Antipode On-line:

Jazeel, T. (ed.) (2010). Impact: knowledge production and the future of the British Academy.
Social Text website:

Jazeel, T. (2009). Book review: Colonial modernities: building, dwelling and architecture in British India and Ceylon, by Scriver and Prakash (eds.), South Asia Journal for Culture, 3, 100-101.

Jazeel, T. (2009). Book review: Colonial modernities: building, dwelling and architecture in British India and Ceylon, by Scriver and Prakash (eds.). Cultural Geographies, 16(1), 140-141.

Jazeel, T. (2007). Bawa and Beyond: reading contemporary Sri Lankan architecture, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) monograph, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Copy available from author
Sinhala translation, by Samudrika Sylva, published in Patitha 2006 (4), 7-43, a journal of the Colombo Institute for the Advanced Study of Society and Culture.

Jazeel, T. (2007). Book Review: Abiding by Sri Lanka: on peace, place and postcoloniality, by Qadri Ismail. The Book Review India, 31(10), 78-80. (pdf download)

Jazeel, T. (2007). Book Review: Writing diaspora: South Asian women, culture and ethnicity, by Yasmin Hussain. Gender Place and Culture, 14(5), 621-623.

Greenhough, B., Jazeel, T. and Massey, D. (eds.) (2005). The Indian Ocean Tsunami: geographical commentaries one year on; themed section, The Geographical Journal, 171(4), 369-386.

Jazeel, T. (2003). Book Review: Thinking geographically: space, theory and contemporary Human Geography by Hubbard, Kitchin, Bartley and Fuller (Eds.). Progress in Human Geography, 27(5), 668-669.

Jazeel, T. (2001). Book Review: Decolonizing Ceylon: Colonialism, Nationalism and the Politics of Space in Sri Lanka by Nihal Perera. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 22(2), 194-197.

Jazeel, T. (2001). Book Reviews: Environmental philosophy and ethics in Buddhism by Padmasiri de Silva, and Spirit of the environment: religion, value and environmental concern, by Cooper & Palmer (eds.) Ecumene, 8(4), 513-516.

Tariq works at the intersections of human geography, South Asian studies and postcolonial and critical theory. In broad terms, 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.

His published work has focused on aesthetic and environmental formations and their relationships to the politics of Sri Lankan nationhood, especially in relation to the country’s rich recent history of national emparkment and its ‘tropical modern’ architecture. He has also written on literary geographies and various diasporic and ‘multicultural’ formations, particularly in relation to British-Asian culture; on the postcolonial politics of geographical knowledge production and responsibility; and on geographical engagements with radical alterity.

During 2015, Tariq worked with creative writer Amita Murray, a Leverhulme funded Artist in Residence, to explore relationships between text and place. Part of this project involved a creative writing workshop involving a wide constituency of people at UCL Geography, which resulted in the publication of a book of creative writing (Encounters 108, 2016). Examples of their writing are also available here.

In current research, Tariq continues to focus on ‘tropical modern’ architecture and planning in South Asia; on the relationships between politics, aesthetics, and spatialities of dissent, particularly in Sri Lanka; and on geographical knowledge production and the sublation of difference. With respect to the latter, he has been exploring the potentials that thinking between Subaltern Studies and critical geography offers to postcolonial geographical knowledge production. He is currently working on a project that examines the spatial politics and impact of British Asian dance music, specifically what became known as the 'New Asian Kool', between the mid-1990s and around 2010. Click here for a video of Tariq in conversation with Mercury Prize winning musician, Talvin Singh, at UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies and Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World.

Academic Trustee, The Geographical Association (the GA), 2017 -

Conducted school’s workshops on cultural geography

Written commissioned articles for the Geographical Association (GA) on postcolonial geography in secondary education

Invited participant in British Academy (BA) roundtable on the future of South Asian Studies in the UK

Presented to the University of the Third Age on Sri Lanka

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Current Students:

Emilia Weber, 'Performances of Politics, Power and Resistance in the UK’ (with Andrew Harris), 2017 -

Nicola Horne, 'Oyinbo as Other: The making and meanings of whiteness in Lagos, Nigeria' (with Ben Page), 2015 -


Completed (at UCL & University of Sheffield):

Vindhya Buthpitiya, 'Photography, Citizenship and the Tamil Imagi-Nation in post-war Sri Lanka' (with Christopher Pinney [Anthropology]), 2016 -

Sarah Kunz, 'Migrations from the north: expatriatism' (with Claire Dwyer), 2014 - 2018

Bharath Ganesh, ‘Can hip-hop kill Islamaphobia’ (second supervisor, with Jason Dittmer), 2012 – 2017

William Wright (at University of Sheffield), ‘Hydropolitical adaptation: post-tsunami sustainabilities in Sri Lanka’ (with George Holmes, University of Leeds), 2011 – 2015

Saskia Warren, ‘Audiencing artscapes: encounters between art and audiences at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ (with Jessica Dubow), 2008 – 2011

Junhua Lin, ‘Exploring multiple modernities in Taipei City, Taiwan’ (with Peter Jackson), 2006 – 2011

Ruth Healey, ‘Skill utilization of refugees: the case of Tamil refugees in the UK’ (with Paul White & Megan Blake), 2005 – 2009

Nissa Ramsay, ‘Forging connections: tracing the fragmentary lives of tourist souvenirs’ (with Chasca Twyman), 2005 – 2009