Martin Shaw

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

  • Professional title: Senior Lecturer
  • Academic title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Department: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSV)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1428038
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  • Room number: MF418
  • Location: Sundsvall
  • Employee in the 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


Life story
Romani and Travellers
Postcolonial studies
Postcolonial ecocriticism

Publication: 2021
The End of Imperialisms in Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Volume 28, Issue 2, Summer 2021
ISSN 1076-0962
EISSN 1759-1090

Teaching and tutoring

Campus campus-distance and distance teaching
Literature from English-speaking countries at first and second cycle levels (basic and advanced level)
Teacher education at early, intermediate and upper secondary learner levels
Independent Project supervision (first, second cycles and teacher education)

Research projects


Digital Database of National Tests


Articles in journals

Shaw, M. (2021). The End of Imperialisms in Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 28: 2, pp. 761-781.  

Shaw, M. (2019). Za tajemstvím doprovodných textů : Politická agenda v kolaborativním životním příběhu Gordona Silvestera Boswella The Book of Boswell: Autobiography of a Gypsy. ROMANO DŽANIBEN, vol. 26: 1, pp. 67-91.

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.

Conference papers

Shaw, M. (2022). The Time of the Gypsies: Covering Life Stories. In National Assocition for English Studies, 2022. Stockholm, 11-13 May.

Shaw, M. (2021). Fighting for Peace inUriah Burton’s Life Story UriahBurton ”Big Just” His Life, His Aims,His Ideals (1979). Paper presented at the GLS Conference on Romani Studies and Annual Meeting Prague, 8-10 September 2021

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  

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