Staff Profile:Dr Dave McLaughlin

Dr Dave McLaughlin
Job Title:
Teaching Fellow in Human Geography (Climate & Development)
Areas of Interest:
  • Literary geographies.
  • Cultural geographies.
  • Mobility.
  • Detective fiction.
  • Textual communities.
  • Walking/hiking.
  • Human/nature relations.

Key Facts:

Dave's research uses more-than-representational approaches to understand the performative nature of literary reading and writing and its role in co-producing communities, identities and spaces. His publications include a forthcoming book and a number of scholarly articles in interdisciplinary literary geography and wider cultural geography. His book, Playing the game: Imaginative mobilities and practical adventures in the world of Sherlock Holmes, is to be published as part of Palgrave Macmillan's Mobilities, Literature and Culture series. It is based on his AHRC-funded PhD research. It explores the importance of mobility - of bodies, of readers' imaginations, and of texts - to the co-production of the 'world of Sherlock Holmes' and the expansion of this world beyond the pages of Doyle's texts and into new spaces where the boundaries between the 'actual' and the 'fictional' blur and break. Dave has published referred articles, editorials and book reviews in: Literary Geographies; cultural geographies; Transfers; and contributed a chapter to Creating Heritage for Tourism, published by Routledge. Dave's work contributes to the development of interdisciplinary literary geography - a subject which combines research interests and practices from human geography and literary studies. He runs an annual Literary Geographies roundtable conference with Professor Sheila Hones from the University of Tokyo; and is a contributor to the Routledge Handbook of Literary Geography (forthcoming).

Dave is currently developing his work on more-than-representational approaches to reading and writing literature into a long-term research agenda which explores their community-creating and community-sustaining power. This research focuses on America's Appalachian region, particularly hikers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hiking route that runs along American's eastern seaboard from Georgia to Maine. This research runs across three strands. First, an exploration of the practical, more-than-representational role of texts and images in creating community and identity among hikers on the Appalachian Trail (known as the 'AT'). Secondly, an examination of the ways in which AT hikers' online journals are changing how we think about landscape writing; and thirdly, a project to digitally map the multifaceted spaces produced by AT hikers' online writings. The longer-term goals of his research focus on investigating the lessons that AT hikers' digital writings, about an ecologically important and culturally-charged landscape, teach us about the power of writing and digital tools to help us live with, and relate to, changing environments in the Anthropocene.

Dave joined the University of Reading in 2019 as a Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining the university, he taught in the Department of Social and Political Science at Brunel University. Dave was awarded a PhD in geography from the University of Cambridge, in 2018, with a thesis called Mobile Holmes: Sherlockiana, travel writing and the co-production of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Before starting his PhD, Dave worked for The Queen's Private Secretary in Buckingham Palace, for the Confederation of British Industry and as a Parliamentary researcher for the late Sir Stuart Bell MP.

Dave is also an assistant editor for literary reviews for Transfers, has edited three special sections of the journal Literary Geographies, and regularly acts as a reviewer for a range of academic journals.

In 2016, Dave was awarded the Bryce L. Crawford Memorial Essay Prize by the Norweigian Explorers of Minnesota, a Sherlock Holmes fan society based in Minneapolis.

Research groups / Centres:
Human Geography Research Cluster
Jump to: 2016
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