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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.

  • About


    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

  • Teaching

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

    Second year undergraduate:
    Geographies of Everyday Life
    Development, Power and Imperialism
    International Field Study to Berlin

    Final year undergraduate:
    Globalisation, Democracy and Change

  • Research

    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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  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Bassi, C. (2011). The counter-counterinsurgency manual: Or, notes on a demilitarizing American society. ANTHROPOLOGICAL FORUM, 21 (1), 77-78.

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

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

    Bassi, C. (2008). Risky pleasures? Club cultures and feminine identities. GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, 15 (4), 445-446.

    Bassi, C. (2006). Space Invaders: Race, gender and bodies out of place. GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, 13 (3), 317-318.

    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.

    Book chapters

    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. (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).

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