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Camila Bassi

Dr Camila Bassi BA (Hons) PGCE DPhil

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


Camila is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Human Geography. She teaches on the undergraduate Geography and Human Geography degrees. Camila was awarded a Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award in 2014 and a University Inspirational Teaching Award in 2015. She also won the Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Academic Staff of the Year Award in 2016.



Department of Geography, University of Sheffield: DPhil (ESRC award R00429934028)

University of Sheffield: Certificate in Social Science Research Training

Open University: Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory)

University of Newcastle upon Tyne: BA (Hons) Geography, First Class
Ford Prize in Geography for Best Performance
WW Anson Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation


First year undergraduate:
Approaches to Human Geography
Key Concepts in the Social Science

Second year undergraduate:
Geographies of Everyday Life
Development, Power and Imperialism

Final year undergraduate:
Globalisation, Democracy and Change


My principal research interests are: geographies of ‘race’, ethnicity and sexuality, critical geographies, and Marxist geographies.

My doctoral research on Birmingham (UK) and recent research on Shanghai concern the intersection of ‘race’ and sexuality within and through urban political economy. My ongoing project within critical geography is to indicate the benefits of a return to, and reinvigoration of, Marx and Marxism. Accordingly, my work has offered an original exploration of key ideas from Marx and Gramsci to think through more subtle accounts of capitalism - specifically, instances from within that escape its oppressive conditions (see: Bassi, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2016, 2016). I make a case for a return to Marxism as an alternative to the seeming necessity to reconfigure Marxianisms via queer theory (and, more generally, post-structuralism). My ACME paper (Bassi, 2010) builds on this ‘return to Marxism’ by critiquing the revolutionary left vanguard of England's anti-war movement through what I argue to be the spirit of Marxism, that is, the task of building a third camp of independent, internationalist, working class politics. An excavation of early Marxist work on the Jewish question guides my writing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and issue of left-wing anti-Semitism (Bassi, 2011). Finally, I explore the present-day political deadlock between a current of radical feminists and transgender activists, which has played out on social media and across university campuses, whilst offering a route out of this through a Marxist-inspired call for dialogue (Bassi, 2017).

My personal blog, Anaemic On A Bike, contains a range of posts and podcasts which synthesise my academic ideas with wider political currents, and reflects my commitment to open access and public engagement. See:

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Journal articles

Bassi, C. (2016). What’s radical about reality TV? An unexpected tale from Shanghai of a Chinese lesbian antihero. Gender, Place & Culture, 23 (11), 1619-1630.

Bassi, C. (2011). The inane politics of Tony Cliff. Journal for the study of anti-semitism, 3 (2), 729-738.

Bassi, C., Borsboom, A.D., Bruckner, D., Burns, G.L., Dukes, K., Endres, K.W., ... Toussaint, S. (2011). Book Reviews. Anthropological Forum, 21 (1), 77-108.

Bassi, C. (2010). It’s new but not that new: on the continued useof old Marx. Feminist Legal Studies, 18 (1), 69-76.

Bassi, C. (2009). ‘The anti-imperialism of fools’: a cautionary story on the revolutionary socialist vanguard of England’s post-9/11 anti-war movement. ACME: an international e-journal for critical geographies, 9 (2), 113-138.

Bassi, C., Budd, L.C.S., Dittmer, J., Hensley, S., Lambert, D., & Lemanski, C. (2008). Book reviews. Gender, Place & Culture, 15 (4), 445-455.

Bassi, C. (2006). Book Reviews. Gender, Place & Culture, 13 (3), 317-328.

Bassi, C. (2006). Riding the dialectical waves of gay political economy: a story from Birmingham's commercial gay scene. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 38 (2), 213-235.

Bassi, C. (n.d.). The precarious and contradictory moments of existence for an emergent British Asian gay culture. New Geographies of Race and Racism.

Book chapters

Bassi, C. (2019). On the Death Throes of Education: Erich Fromm’s Marxist Rallying Cry for a Healthy University. In Juergensmeyer, E., Nocella II, A.J., & Seis, M. (Eds.) Neoliberalism and Academic Repression : the fall of academic freedom in the era of Trump. Brill:

Bassi, C. (2017). On identity politics, ressentiment, and the evacuation of human emancipation. In Nocella, A.J., & Juergensmeyer, E. (Eds.) Fighting academic repression and neoliberal education : resistance, reclaiming, organizing, and black lives matter in education. (pp. 64-75). New York: Peter Lang:

Bassi, C. (2016). Tunnels of social growth within the Leviathan: A story of China’s Super Girl. In Brown, G., & Browne, K. (Eds.) The Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. (pp. 89-96). London: Routledge:

Bassi, C. (2016). Tunnels of social growth within the leviathan: A story of China’s super girl. In The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. (pp. 89-96).

Bassi, C. (2012). ‘Shanghai Goes West’: A Story of the Development of a Commercial Gay Scene in China. In Sexualities: Past Reflections, Future Directions. (pp. 226-245). Palgrave Macmillan UK:

Bassi, C. (2012). ‘Shanghai Goes West’: reflections on the city’s gay political economy. In Hines, S., & Taylor, Y. (Eds.) Sexualities: past reflections, future directions. London: Palgrave MacMillan:

Bassi, C. (2009). The precarious and contradictory moments of existence for an emergent British Asian gay culture. In New Geographies of Race and Racism. (pp. 209-222).

Bassi, C. (2008). The precarious and contradictory moments of existence for an emergent British Asian gay culture. In Dwyer., C., & Bressey, C. (Eds.) New geographies of race and racism. (pp. 209-222). Aldershot: Ashgate:

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