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Heike Harting

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Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de littératures et de langues du monde

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx office C8122

heike.harting@umontreal.ca

514 343-6192

Biography

Heike Härting received her doctoral degree from the University of Victoria and joined the department in August 2003.

Heike Härting specializes in Canadian literature and criticism, postcolonial literary studies, and diaspora and globalization studies. She has also worked on narrative theory and rhetoric, focusing on the development of a postcolonial practice and politics of metaphor in contemporary Canadian fiction.

Currently, her research evolves around histories, epistemologies, and representations of violence, warfare, and humanitarianism in contemporary film and literature in English. She received a SSHRC research grant for her work on postcolonial narratives of civil and global war and was a co-investigator in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Globalization and Autonomy (McMaster University). She holds an FQRSC grant for her project on "The politics of corpses in Rwandan and Sri Lankan Narratives of Global War" and has co-edited a special issue on "Narrative Violence: Africa and the Middle East" of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Together with Smaro Kamboureli, she is presently editing a special issue on "Canadian Peacekeeping Narratives, Security and the Canadian Imaginary" of University of Toronto Quarterly (78.3 ; Summer 2009). She published "Global Civil War and Postcolonial Studies," in the Working Paper Series of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (McMaster U., globalization.mcmaster.ca/wps.htm). Her essays "Global Violence and Political Legitimacy in Sri Lankan Narratives of Ethnic Civil War" and "Culture, Race, and the Global Imaginary in Roméo Dallaire's Shake Hands with the Devil" are forthcoming with the University of British Columbia Press. She has finished her book manuscript Unruly Metaphor: Nation, Body, and Diaspora in Contemporary Canadian Fiction and published articles on, amongst others, Michael Ondaatje, Austin Clarke, David Dabydeen, and Jeannette Armstrong. She is also the editor of Postcolonial Text (http://postcolonial.org).

Combining her research interests with her commitment to teaching and pedagogy, Heike Härting enjoys supervising a number of doctoral research projects. She also co-founded the Department's inter-university graduate research colloquium with the University of Guelph and the TransCanada Institute (see Guelph-Montreal Exchange Colloquium at www.transcanadas.ca). A three-year pilot project, the Colloquium is designed to bring together graduate students from both universities to collaborate on issues of Canadian literatures and criticism in various cultural and linguistic contexts.

Härting won a Government of Canada Award from the International Council for Canadian Studies and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is presently a SSHRC Co-investigator for the Major Collaborative Research Initiative Globalization and Autonomy / Mondialisation et Autonomie based at McMaster University. Her research will contribute to the project's various editorial and publishing ventures.

She has published on Maragaret Atwood, Anita Rau Badami, Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison, and Wole Soyinka in such journals as ARIELThird Text, and Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en Littérature Canadienne. Two of her articles are forthcoming in Postcolonialism and Pedagogy: Canadian Literatures in the Classroom, edited by Cytnhia Sugars and in La Troisième Solitude: Écriture Minoritaire Canadienne / The Third Solitude: Canadian Minority Writing, edited by Lianne Moyes. She is also an editor of Canada's first online journal on postcolonial literatures, Postcolonial Text.

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Affiliations

  • Codirectrice – CELCP — Centre de recherche des études littéraires et culturelles sur la planétarité
  • Membre – RéQEF — Réseau québécois en études féministes

Education Programs

  • Literature and Languages

Courses

  • ANG79211 Dissertation Seminar 1

Areas of Expertise

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Captive bodies, dissident voices : carcerality and resistance in third-world women's narratives Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2021 - 2021
Graduate : Boughattas, Imen
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Against oblivion : narrating the refugee camps in contemporary literary works in english Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2021 - 2021
Graduate : Kouki, Safa
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Female identity and race in contemporary Afrofuturist narratives : "Wild seed" by Octavia E. Butler Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2020 - 2020
Graduate : Boccara, Ella
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Gender, globalization and beyond in Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2019 - 2019
Graduate : Ayari, Mohamed
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Shapeshifting in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2019 - 2019
Graduate : Payam Askari, Fahimeh
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
The aesthetics and politics of political violence in West African literature Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2019 - 2019
Graduate : Guesmi, Haythem
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Linguistic imperialism : a study of language and yoruba rituals in Wole Soyinka’s Death and the king’s horseman Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2016 - 2016
Graduate : Karimi, Golnar
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Consumption of Bias and Reptition as a Revisionary Strategies in Palace of the Peacock and in the Thought of Wilson Harris Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2015 - 2015
Graduate : Bannouri, Salma
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Dance and the colonial body : re-choreographing postcolonial theories of the body Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2013 - 2013
Graduate : Belghiti, Rachid
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
The Hybridity of Violence : Location, Dislocation, and Relocation in Contemporary Canadian Multicultural and Indigenous Writing Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2013 - 2013
Graduate : Lapierre, Maude
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Queering the Cross-Cultural Imagination: (Trans)Subjectivity and Wilson Harris's The Palace of the Peacock Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2013 - 2013
Graduate : Lor, Prathna
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Rethinking community in Dionne Brand’s What we all long for, Ahdaf Soueif’s The map of love, Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s ghost and Joseph Boyden’s Three day road and through black spruce Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2012 - 2012
Graduate : Ben Gouider Trabelsi, Hajer
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Postcolonial readings of resistance and negotiation in selected contemporary African writing Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2012 - 2012
Graduate : Mzali, Ines
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Grounds for telling it : transnational feminism and Canadian women's writing Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2011 - 2011
Graduate : Beverley, Andrea
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
Nation and its configuration : the (mis)representation of the Orient in the literary imagination of Melville Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2006 - 2006
Graduate : Rabhi, Wadii
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
From Shakespeare's globe to our globe Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2006 - 2006
Graduate : Ben Gouider Trabelsi, Hajer
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

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Les études culturelles et littéraires sur La planétarité: Pratiques, épistémologies, et pédagogies transformatrices Projet de recherche au Canada / 2020 - 2025

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
Co-researchers : Heather Meek , Catherine Mavrikakis , Simon Harel , Catherine Leclerc , Monica Popescu , Yves-Marie Abraham , Yasmin Jiwani , Domenico Beneventi , Isaac Bazié , Karoline Truchon , Raphael Canet
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-(SE) Programme Soutien aux équipes de recherche - Stade de développement : Nouvelle équipe

L'espace planétaire. Les humanités au carrefour du local et du post-global Projet de recherche au Canada / 2019 - 2021

Lead researcher : Simon Harel
Co-researchers : Heike Harting , Laura Tusa Ilea
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV152160-Subvention Connexion

Planetary Cultural and Literary Studies: New Epistemologies and Relational Futures in the Age of the Anthropocene / Études culturelles et littéraires planétaires: Nouvelles épistémologies et avenirs Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2021

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
Co-researchers : Simon Harel
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV152160-Subvention Connexion

Afronauts, Afrofuturism, and African Science Fiction: Imaging Planetary Futures Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2021

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVX20020-Subvention institutionnelle du CRSH - Subventions d'exploration

ATELIER: COSMOPOLITAN FILM CULTURES: NARRATIVE, THEORY, PRODUCTION Projet de recherche au Canada / 2011 - 2013

Lead researcher : Heike Harting

ATELIER : COSMOPOLITAN FILM CULTURES: NARRATIVE, THEORY, PRODUCTION Projet de recherche au Canada / 2011 - 2013

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Aide aux ateliers et aux colloques de recherche au Canada

GLOBA IZING AFRICA IN FILM AND LITERATURE: CULTURE, MILITARISM AND THE RISE OF HUMANITARIANIST CAPITAL Projet de recherche au Canada / 2009 - 2011

Lead researcher : Heike Harting

AFRICA IN ENGLISH CANADIAN LITERATURE FROM IMPERIAL ROMANCE TO HUMANITARIAN SENTIMENT AND SATIRE Projet de recherche au Canada / 2008 - 2008

Lead researcher : Heike Harting

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