20-21st Century Anglophone Literature, Globalization, Modernism, Postcolonialism, History of Criticism and Theory, Environmental Humanities, Media Studies
19th-21st century Anglophone literatures (Victorian, modernist, Irish, British, South Asian), crowds and forms of democracy, minor literatures, environmental, queer, cultural and postcolonial theory
19th, 20th, 21st century literatures; global studies; modernism and modernity studies; colonial/postcolonial/Empire studies; the novel; film, media, new media studies; critical and political theory; aesthetics and philosophy; queer and feminist theory; visual culture; the Global South; critical geography; Global Wests, American West; eco-critical studies and activism; precarity, labor, poverty, class; mass culture, TV studies; classics; the epic; Irish literature and culture; contemporary global fiction; science; mysticism.
Statement of Interest as Candidate for MLA’s Executive Committee LLC 20th and 21st Century English and Anglophone Literatures My interest in serving on the Executive Committee for Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English and Anglophone Literatures stems from my ongoing research within these fields and from my commitment to addressing the changing structure of the profession and its effects on knowledge production and scholarly activity. I take the current ideological and financial pressures placed on the humanities and literary studies occurring in the context of ecological and employment crises as challenges to be met on a number of fronts. I will work toward fomenting an inclusive atmosphere in the organization of sessions, panels, and other scholarly activities to encourage dialogue among all ranks of teacher-scholars across racial, gender, ethnic, sexual, and class identifications. I am interested in supporting a range of scholarship that foregrounds methodological debates about interpretative practices and ways of reading colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial modernities; scholarship that reflects on the protocols of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary formations in era of an increasingly globalized and digitalized literary studies; and scholarship that considers how these debates, practices, and protocols are shaped by precarities emergent with the contraction of employment opportunities and resources for those working in the fields of twentieth and twenty-first century literatures. I will work to encourage the participation of graduate students, Early Career Researchers, and independent scholars in reimagining the intellectual landscape of the field and its professional practices. Finally, given the unevenly experienced effects of the climate crisis, I will support environmental humanities work that foregrounds marginalized perspectives while reconfiguring the boundaries of humanistic thought through engagement with social sciences, natural sciences, and science and technology research.
My recent research work has been devoted to re-defining Scottish studies as a ‘theoretical borderland’ in relation to the Empire and postcolonialism, as well as to map out pathways and patterns of interdisciplinary conversation across these fields. I have also researched and published widely on contemporary Scottish literature and Scottish Modernism, my main interest in the latter field being a questioning of the Anglo-American canon and a re-evaluation of the role of ‘vernacular modernisms’. Other research interests lie in the field of critical theory, with a special focus on postcolonial theories, nationalism and literature, the historical novel, border theories and, more recently, issues of canonicity and canon formation, memory studies, eocriticism/environmental studies. While I have often developed my research work in collaboration with or within Scottish institutions, I have always privileged a comparative approach, networking with colleagues from different countries and different disciplinary backgrounds. Within ESSE, I collaborated with ASLS in setting up panels focused on Scottish studies (Turin 2010, Istanbul 2012, Kosice 2014, Galway 2016). Within MLA I organised two special sessions, respectively on “Transforming the Atlantic: Caribbean-Scottish (Post)Colonial Relations” (Seattle 2012) and on “Postcolonial Celts: reframing Celticity between Otherness and Authenticity”(2014). I have been invited to speak as keynote speaker/guest lecturer at major Institutions in the UK, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester and the Open University in London, and in other countries, including Spain, France, Germany, China, Malaysia and the US. I have also delivered the 2013 “Scottish Literature International Lecture” at the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh. I was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling in 2008, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in 2010/2011, and Affiliate Professor at the University of Glasgow in 2016/2017. I am currently co-editing a special issue of Humanities on “Environment, Ecology, Climate and ‘Nature’ in 21st Century Scottish Literature” (forthcoming). I am a member of the steering committee of the forthcoming 2020 IASSL Conference (Prague). I have been elected Convenor of IASSL (2020-23).
Before accepting this unique opportunity at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, in January 2018, I taught at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee, India), The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), and other American institutions. In addition to a joint PhD in English and Comparative Literature/ Critical Theory, I hold English & Critical Theory certificates from Cornell and Cambridge universities. I also hold Digital Humanities certificates from forums including DHSI at Victoria, Canada; ESUDH at Leipzig, Germany; and DHOxSS at Oxford, UK. I speak, in this order, English, Hindi/ Urdu, Spanish, and German. I am co-editor of “South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon” (London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2020), co-author of “Migration, Gender and Home Economics in Rural North India” (New Delhi: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2019), author of “Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging” (London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and co-editor of “Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics” (New York: Lexington Books/ Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2016). I have widely published peer-reviewed essays in diverse fields, and have held various grants and fellowships at Washington, Cornell, Cambridge, Humboldt-Berlin, Yale, and Leipzig universities. I’ve recently delivered talks at Emory University, Virginia Tech, University of Delhi, University of Melbourne, and the University of California-Berkeley. My teaching commits to students during and after their studies, the competitive job market, and interfaces of technology with everyday life. I have strong stakes in diversity, equity, and inclusion (cultivated by my upbringing in Washington, DC). My teaching and research critically interrogate power relations that buttress technology, race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, nationality, etc., that surface in the 21st Century. As such, I aim to transform skewed power relations within diverse learning spaces, and have lived in the USA, UK, Germany, and India in addition to Australia. I am Co-Editor, with Professor Bina Fernandez (University of Melbourne), of the Routledge/ Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Book Series.
20th/ 21st C British and Anglophone Literatures, Scottish Literatures, Vernacular writing, Postcolonial Studies, Digital Humanities, Composition and Rhetoric.
20th and 21st century British literature; women’s literature; the novel; children’s literature.
20th-21st Century Fantastic Literature.
20th-21st Century Peninsular Narrative.
Catalan Literature, Italian Literature, Comparative Studies, 20th and 21st Century Literature, Postmodernity & Postmodernism