Martin Shaw

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

  • Professional title: Senior Lecturer
  • Academic title: Studierektor
  • Department: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSV)
  • Telephone: 010-142 80 38
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  • Room number: MF418
  • Subject: English


I am from the city of Sheffield in England and moved to Sweden in 1994. My time is divided between the tasks involved in my role as the English section’s Director of Studies, teaching as a senior lecturer of literature and research. I defended my PhD on Traveller and Romani life story at Umeå University in April 2006.

Area of interest

Life story
Irish Traveller, Scottish Traveller and Romani/Gypsy/Traveller life story
The politics of recognition, the violence of categorisation, flexibility and the taken for granted

Current research

Life story and Irish Traveller Nan Joyce
Life story and English Traveller Dominic Reeve

Teaching and tutoring

Campus and distance teaching
Literature from English-speaking countries at basic (A, B, C) and advanced level (Master’s Programme)
Teacher education at early and intermediate learner levels
Essay supervision (first and second cycles)


Articles in journals

Shaw, M. (2018). Intersecting stories and gender support systems in Violet Cannon’s Gypsy princess: The true story of a Romany childhood. Romani Studies, vol. 28: 2, pp. 219-238.  

Shaw, M. (2016). Authentic violence : The changing sameness of ‘real’ Romani discourse in Dominic Reeve’s life story. Romani Studies, vol. 26: 2, pp. 129-149.  

Shaw, M. (2012). Hybridity and Violence in Nan Joyce's Traveller and My Life on the Road. NIS, vol. 11: 1, pp. 63-78.

Shaw, M. (2011). "Warning Signs: Violence and Flexibility in the Story of Irish Traveller Nan Joyce's Arrest". NIS, vol. 10, pp. 79-96.

Shaw, M. (2006). "Hopsvetsade röster". Invandrare och Minoriteter, vol. 3, pp. 21-24.

Chapters in books

Shaw, M. (2011). "Warning Signs and Reflexivity in Nan Joyce's Anti-Traveller Protest Story". In Beyond Ireland: Encounters Across Cultures. Bern : Peter Lang Publishing Group (Reimagining Ireland). pp. 139-157.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Shaw, M. (2006). Narrating Gypsies, Telling Travellers : A Sudy of the Relational Self in Four Life Stories. Dis. Umeå : Moderna språk, 2006