Humaira Saeed

Humaira Saeed

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Dr Humaira Saeed is a Lecturer in English Literature with a focus on gender, sexuality, critical race and postcolonial studies. She also acts as Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, supervises research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is involved with pastoral support of students at all stages of their degrees.

Dr Saeed is interested in the role culture has in understandings of the self, and how large-scale societal shifts affect individuals. She has a deep commitment to social justice, and believes that engagement with cultural production can expand and develop our understanding of the world in challenging, exciting and productive ways.

Dr Saeed considers teaching to be a central part of this academic practice, and she is invested in the idea that we can learn from each other in classroom environments. Seminar discussions are a dialogue in which all ideas have value, and this approach led her to be awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award in the Humanities in 2015.

Dr Saeed’s work is interdisciplinary, and she is involved in community organising within Nottingham: the connections between scholarship and lived experience are crucial to how she approaches her work.

Career overview

Dr Saeed completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. Before joining NTU in 2013, she taught at a number of institutions including the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Central Lancashire.

Research areas

Dr Saeed's research focuses on:

  • Representation of dissident sexuality in postcolonial fiction
  • Contemporary fiction and film from Pakistan, with a focus on women's cultural production
  • Postcolonial and transnational feminist / queer theories and practices
  • Literature and sexual dissidence; queer theory
  • Queer (South Asian & Islamic) diasporas
  • Post 9-11 British culture
  • Gendered nationhood, effects of national belonging, and national geographies
  • Trauma, cultural memory and the politics of emotions.

Dr Saeed is author of a monograph entitled Persisting Partition: Affect, Memory and Trauma in Women's Narratives of Pakistan (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018), and is beginning work on a new research project tentatively entitled “Exploring Dissident Sexuality in Postcolonial Texts,” which includes co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on “Postcolonial Sexualities.” Work on the early stages of this project was recently awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant.

Dr Saeed supervises research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is on the supervisory panel for the following PhD students

Director of Studies:
Connor Murphy (AHRC M3C consortium funded), ‘Love me or kill me’: Desire and Trauma in the Theatre of Sarah Kane.

Arwa Almefawaz, Intersecting Factors Shaping Contemporary Black American and British Female Bodies on Stage from 1990 to the Present.

External activity

Dr Saeed runs a monthly reading group ‘Queer Reading’ in Nottingham. The group is open to all, and meets to informally discuss a range of LGBTQ literature. More information can be found here: Queer Reading

She is a member of the AHRC research networks Decolonising Sexualities and Comparative Partitions.

Dr Saeed regularly participates in public-facing events, in collaborations with musicians, creative writers and activists, and speaks on non-academic panels (including those for student union events). She also works with a number of community projects and organisations, she is a founding member of the groups QTIPoC Notts (LGBT people of colour) and Not Your Model Minority (alternative grassroots organising), and she welcomes invitations to work with other groups outside of the academy.

Recent events include an afternoon of film screenings in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary, entitled “South Asian Sexualities in Film” that featured a discussion with directors and academics.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Saeed’s current research project, “Exploring Dissident Sexuality in Postcolonial Texts” is supported by the British Academy.


“Postcolonial Sexualities and the Intelligibility of Dissidence.” Saeed H in (ed) Jenni Ramone, Postcolonial Literary Studies, forthcoming, Bloomsbury

Affecting Phantasm: the Genesis of Pakistan in The Heart Divided. Saeed H, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2014, 50 (5), 535-546

Introduction. Moving Feminism: How to ‘trans’ the National? Saeed H, Women: A Cultural Review, 2012, 23 (1), 1-12

Proudly African and Transgender. Le Roux G with Saeed H and Tebbutt C, Women: A Cultural Review, 2012, 23 (1), 79-95

Khamosh Pani. Saeed H in (eds) F Khan and P Kenyon-Leigh, Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict, 2011, Cornerhouse Publications

Ramchand Pakistani, Khamosh Pani and the Traumatic Evocation of Partition. Saeed H. Social Semiotics, 2009, 19 (4), 483-498

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