Dr Devika Mehra

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Dr Devika Mehra
Position/Fellowship type:
Early Career Research Fellow: Inclusion, Participation and Engagement
Fellowship term:
01-May-2022 to 01-Oct-2022
Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies
Home institution:
Newcastle University
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
English Literature
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Diversity and Children's Museums/Libraries: A Transnational Study

Dr Devika Mehra is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics at Newcastle University. Her current research project combines two interconnected strands: exploring the importance of archival material of Grace Nichols/John Agard, Grace Hallworth, and Valerie Bloom to address issues of race and diversity in archive centres and museums; and the role of young people's voices in increasing representation in children's book awards and prize culture. Before this she was a Fellow at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Munich, in 2020. She worked on select British children's fantasy literature by women writers to understand the generic development of and the construction of childhood in 20th-century children's fantasy. Her doctoral thesis defined and analysed the evolution of children's cinema as a genre in India, its emergent trends and transitions. Her areas of interest include 20th-century middle-grade children's fiction (British, American and South Asian), children's cinema (non-Western and Western), global and South Asian film studies, contemporary graphic novels and digital texts for children, and transnational digital media politics. She has worked as a Lecturer in the Department of English (University of Delhi) from 2015 to 2019 and has taught modules on contemporary and 20th-century literature and academic writing to undergraduates.

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