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Dr Daniel James

Lecturer in Human Geography

 Amory 406


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

 Office hours:

Tuesdays: 16:00 to 17:00

Thursdays: 16:00 to 17:00

Office hours by appointment only. Please email to book an appointment: 


I am a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Exeter. I joined Exeter in September 2022. Before this, I worked for three years as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of East Anglia. I hold a PhD from the London School of Economics. 

My research explores the memory of political violence in Argentina. 


PhD, Sociology: London School of Economics

MSc, IR (with Distinction): University of Bristol

BA (Hons), Geography: University of Nottingham

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Research interests

My research explores the cultural memory of political violence in Argentina. I am interested in how different groups compete to inscribe the memory of forced disappearances in the landscape in order to shape the type of politics that is possible in the transition to liberal democracy. Most of my research considers the memory of violence in Argentina following the 'Dirty War' of the 1970s, but I have also explored these interests in relation to Chile after Pinochet and post-war Germany. 

Research projects

I am currently trying to think through the relationship between sites of memory and mourning. My first paper, published recently in Memory Studies, explored this relationship through a study of mourning practices among visitors in the memorial park in Buenos Aires. I have a second paper under review, and I am currently working towards completion of a third. Each paper uses the work of a different critical social theorist to explore what role mourning might play at a site that has been dedicated to the memory of the 'disappeared'. 

Research networks

I am a member of the Cultural and Historical Geographies reading group, and the Space, Power and Politics reading group at Exeter. 

I am a member of the Memory Studies Association, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and Society for Latin American Studies and have presented at several MSA, RGS and SLAS conferences. 


I contribute to the teaching of a range of undergraduate and postgraduate geography modules at Exeter. I am the module convenor for GEO2132 Global Urban Futures. I am also a personal tutor and supervise a group of dissertation students. 

GEO1106 Geographies of Global Change

GEO1309 Study Skills

GEO1316 Concepts in Geography

GEO2132 Global Urban Futures

GEO2327b Geographies of Justice

GEO2329 Geographies of Consumption

GEO3311 Dissertation

GEOM132 Space, Power & Politics

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