Postcolonial Studies at NYU

Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

Antonija Primorac
Assistant Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split, Croatia.
Fulbright Scholar, Department of English, NYU.
     Her interests range from Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature and Victoriana on film, postcolonial studies, through queer theory and gender studies, to links between English and Croatian literature. She is currently writing about the relation between the representations of colonial space and female subjectivity in nineteenth-century novels in English and their film adaptations. 
     Her publications include articles on contemporary postcolonial literature (with stress on Canadian literature), language and hybridity, and on the figure of femme fatale in Fin-de-Siècle literature and fine art. She edited and partly translated an anthology of Canadian short story which was published in Croatian as Život na sjeveru (Northern Exposure) in 2009.

Lutfi Sunar
Department of Sociology, Istanbul University.
Visiting Scholar, Department of English, NYU.
     Research topic: ‘Oriental Societies in Marx and Weber’.

Sean Mills
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, NYU.
     Research interests include postcolonial thought, migration, race, gender, and the history of empire and oppositional movements. He has published widely on Quebec and Canadian history, and is the author of The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal. He is also co-editor of New World Coming: the Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, a major collection of essays reassessing the meaning, impact, and global reach of the period's social movements. Currently he is in the process of co-editing an issue of Race and Class dealing with Canada, as well as working on a book project exploring Quebec and its complicated relationship with imperialism and migration.

Manav Ratti
Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick.
Fulbright Scholar, Department of English, NYU, currently Assistant Professor at Salisbury University, MD
     His interests range from Postcolonial Studies to Continental Philosophy to World Literatures. He is particularly interested in the secularism debates within South Asia and the wider questions they provoke in law, political science, and cultural studies on both national and transnational scales. The representativeness of human rights and the attendant questions of aesthetics and citizenship are among his ongoing interests, across a range of nation-state contexts including Canada, Sri Lanka, and the US, as expressed in his article on Anil’s Ghost in a special issue of Ariel on ‘Law, Literature, Postcoloniality’. His monograph The Postcolonial Secular: God and Country in South Asian Anglophone Fiction pursues the possibilities of a ‘post-secular’ imagination as explored through literature, and is forthcoming with Routledge.

Sahar Abdel-Hakim
Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, Egypt.
Fulbright Scholar, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU.
     Interested in and published research pertaining to the fields of travel literature, postcolonial studies, gender studies, literary and cultural studies both in English and in Arabic languages. She wrote extensively on the case of Egyptian and Arab cultures, and their relations to western culture. She is the co-editor of a series of anthologies of travel to Egypt the last of which, Traveling through the Deserts of Egypt, appeared in 2009.
     She is currently researching the concept of travel as an age-old and persistent means of cross-cultural communication and miscommunication with particular focus on the cultural concepts that drove it, the technology that enabled it, the economy that was involved in it and the institutions that supported it at different cultural and historic moments with particular focus on the case of Egypt and the Middle East, which offer one of the oldest and richest reservoirs of such knowledge.

Mélanie Heydari
L'Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines; Assistant Lecturer, Department of English, Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, France.
Visiting CNRS-NYU scholar from September 2009 to January 2010.
     My research interests encompass Indo-Anglian postcolonial literature. My PhD dissertation bears upon Vikram Seth and his rewriting of Western canons. Indeed, the staggering generic heterogeneity of this protean work seems to mask a hidden unity, which lies in a deliberate and frantic use of pastiche and parody.

Annalisa Oboe
University of Padua, Italy
Annalisa Oboe is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Padua, Italy. Her research, which combines a focus on fiction and history with questions of subjectivity, identity formation and race, centers on South African and Black Atlantic cultures, British contemporary literature, and Australian Indigenous writing. Her publications include Fiction, History and Nation in South Africa; the Italian edition of Olive Schreiner’s short stories, 1899; the edited volumes Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections (with A. Scacchi, Routledge, 2008); Approaching Sea Changes: Metamorphoses and Migrations across the Atlantic (Unipress, 2005); and Mongrel Signatures: Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo (Rodopi, 2003). She has just completed the collection Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (Routledge, 2011) and is working on a book investigating the relationship between South African and black diasporic cultures.

Mashael Al-Sudeary
Mashael Al-Sudeary is Associate Professor of English Literature at Princess Nora University, Saudi Arabia.  Her major is the modern English novel, with special emphasis on postcolonial and feminist studies. She is particularly interested in exploring feminist issues pertaining to the Eastern world. She received the Fulbright award in 2011 at which time she had a double affiliation as visiting professor to both Columbia and New York University. She is now working with the Western Studies Institute in Riyadh whose primary aim is to build a cultural bridge between nations and cultures.