Martin Shaw

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer


I am from the city of Sheffield in England and moved to Sweden in 1994. I defended my PhD on Traveller and Romani life story at Umeå University in April 2006.

Area of interest

Life story
Collaborative life story (As-told-to life story)
Irish Traveller, Scottish Traveller and Romani/Gypsy/Traveller life story
Paratextual Analysis
The politics of (mis)recognition, the violence of categorisation, flexibility and the taken for granted


Life story
Life story production
Romani Studies (Romani and Traveller Life Story (UK))
Postcolonial/Globalisation studies
Postcolonial ecocriticism

Articles: accepted for publication 2023:

"Political Interventions in Space and Place in Uriah Burton’s Uriah Burton “Big Just”: His Life, His Aims, His Ideals"
Book: Approaches to a "new" world literature. Romani literature(s) as (re)writing and self-empowerment

Articles accepted for publication 2023/2024:

"Paratextual Ethics, Disrespect and Imperialist Nostalgia in Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle"
Journal: The Lion and the Unicorn.

Article provosionally accepted for publication:
"Imperial Nostalgia and Discursive Dissonance in Eva Petulengro’s The Girl in the Painted Wagon: Memories of a Romany Childhood"
Journal: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

Teaching and tutoring

Campus, campus-distance and distance teaching
Literature from English-speaking countries at first and second cycle levels (basic and advanced level)
Literary theory courses
Literature and text on teacher education programs at early, intermediate and upper secondary learner levels
Independent Project supervision (first and second cycles)
Faculty course: Theory of social and cultural sciences, 7.5 credits

Research projects


Digital Database of National Tests


Articles in journals

Allan, R. , Shaw, I. & Shaw, M. (2023). Building a Corpus of Written Tasks of Swedish National Tests in English : Motivation, Method and Research Applications. Nordic Journal of English Studies, vol. 22: 2, pp. 128-154.  

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. (2023). Political Interventions in Space and Place in Uriah Burton's Uriah Burton "Big Just" : His Life, His Aims, His Ideals. In Approaches to a "new" World Literature : Romani Literature(s) as (re)writing and Self-Empowerment. Munich : Akademische Verlagsgemeinschaft München (Ästhetik(en) der Roma- Selbst-under Fremdrepräsentationen / Romani Aesthetic(s) - self and external representation). pp. 47-65.  

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

Allan, R. , Shaw, I. & Shaw, M. (2022). Swedish National Tests in English : A corpus resource for teachers. Paper presented at the 15th Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC) Conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, July 13–16, 2022.    

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). In 2021 Gypsy Lore SocietyAnnual Meeting and Conferenceon Romani Studies : Book of Abstracts.. pp. 119-  

Shaw, M. (2020). Forgotten and Ignored, but not Defeated : Political Acts and Informal Justice in Romani UriahBurton’s Big Just”: His Life, His Aims, His Ideals (1979).. Paper presented at the Political Literatures, Sundsvall, Sweden, June 16, 2020.

Shaw, M. (2019). Maggie Smith-Bendall's Romany Gypsy Life Story : Judging Books by their Covers. In Book of abstracts. Madrid :

Shaw, M. (2019). Towards Nature: Gordon Boswell’s The Book of Boswell: The Autobiography of a Gypsy (1970) and Beyond. In Book of Abstracts.

Doctoral theses

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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