Aaron Roberts

MA Georgia Southern University 2014
BA Eureka College 2012

Research Areas

Biopolitics, Irish studies, colonialism/postcolonialism, land law/land tenure

Research Interests

My research often falls under the broad umbrella of colonial/postcolonial studies. I focus particularly on the representation of land, landscapes, and the environment in literature. A key aspect of my research is using narrative alongside legal, historical, and anthropological documents to broaden our understanding of colonization, settlement, and dispossession. Recently, I examined Ireland and India in a comparative study of colonial famine administration from the perspective of the peasant farmer as depicted in literary works. My current research examines land tenure, legality, and “the law of the land” in colonial Ireland and Australasia. Theoretically, I often research and write about biopolitics as well as within the social and political sciences.

Recent Activity:

Publications:

Review of Irish Science Fiction, by Jack Fennell, Extrapolations (Forthcoming)

Review of Race and Immigration in the New Ireland, edited by Julieann Veronica Ulin, Heather Edwards, and Sean O’Brien, New Hibernia Review, 18.3 (Fall 2014): 149-152.

Conference Presentations:

“Fleeing and Starving: Settler Colonial Biopolitics in Ireland and Palestine.” Paper presented at the inaugural meeting of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies. Nijmegen, The Netherlands, April 2015.

“Starvation and Occupation: The Biopolitical Mechanisms of Israeli Settler Colonialism.” Paper presented at The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, GA, February 2015.

“Depicting Hunger: Carleton’s The Black Prophet as Literary Artifact.” Paper presented at the Georgia Southern University Research Symposium. Statesboro, GA, April 2014.

“Marriage and Agency in Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World.” Paper presented at The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, GA, February 2014.

“Misers, Middlemen, and Magistrates: The Biopolitics of Famine in Carleton’s The Black Prophet.” Paper presented at the Midwest Regional American Conference for Irish Studies. University of Iowa, October 2013.

“Cornflakes, Curry, and Culture: The Cultural Representations of Food in Lahiri.” Paper presented at the (Dis)junctions Conference. University of California Riverside, April 2013.

“‘Who Can Play the Gicaandi for Us Today?’: Oral Tradition and National Communities in Ngugi wa Thiongo’s Devil on the Cross.” Paper Presented at The British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, GA, February 2013.

Service:

President, UCR Graduate Students in English Association, 2015-2016

Representative, UCR Graduate Students in English Association, 2015

Student Representative, Graduate Program Committee, 2013-2014, Georgia Southern University

Panel Chair, 2013; 2014; 2015, British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference

Conference Committee Liaison 2013; 2014, British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference