JAP-NANAK KAUR MAKKAR
Researcher of Postcolonial Literature
& the History of Technology
I am ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky. I received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto in 2010 and 2011, respectively; I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2018. My research examines the relationships between postcolonial fiction, poststructuralism, and the history of technology, focusing especially on the cultural legacies of cybernetics and information theory.
My book project, tentatively titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature and Theory after Cybernetics, reconsiders the relationship between poststructuralism and postcolonial literature in light of recently published historiographies of the Euro-American academy. Some of my work appears in Contemporary Literature and boundary 2.