His chief research interests are in the areas of British, colonial and postcolonial literature, anthropology, art history and cultural theory.
His publications include Blackwell’s Companion to Postcolonial Literature co-edited volume with S. Chew (2010), Urban Generations: Post-colonial cities co- edited volume with T. Agoumy and T. Belghazi,, (2005) and Masks of Difference: Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art, Cambridge University Press (1995). He has published widely on Postcolonial and European Modernist writings and paintings, English Literature, anthropology and fine art, with publications on Christopher Okigbo, Derek Walcott, Homi Bhabha, Marlene Nourbese Philip, Neil Bissoondath, Chinua Achebe, Margaret Laurence, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Clifford Geertz, Sir James Frazer, Canon John Roscoe, Freud, Ferdinand de Saussure, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Malinowski, Picasso, Matisse, Max Ernst, Sir Walter Scott, Major John Richardson, Aphra Behn, John Gabriel Stedman, Titian, Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, Abdelkebir Khatibi, Edith Wharton, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille, and Max Raphael.
He has given lectures and papers at conferences and colloquia at universities throughout the UK, most recently at the universities of Cambridge, Bradford, York, London Metropolitan, Dundee, Edinburgh, Kent, at AHRB Centre CATH, Leeds, and The British Museum. Internationally, he has given papers and invited lectures at the University of Tampere in Finland, at the Universities of Lagos and Nsukka in Nigeria, at Plovdiv in Bulgaria, at NTU Singapore, and at Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China, and at numerous universities in Morocco.
He is currently completing a monograph on the cultural history of the archaic, which will examine the role of anthropology and (more centrally) archaeology in modernism and postcolonialism over the period from 1875 to the present. He is also developing an interdisciplinary collaborative project on the politics of memory.