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Postdoctoral Fellow of French

smath006@email.unc.edu |


Education

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) University of California, Riverside, 2020

M.A. (Comparative Literature) University of California, Riverside, 2016

B.A. (English) University of Florida, 2011

Bio

Sean Singh Matharoo is a transdisciplinary scholar of French- and English-language speculative literature, media, and philosophy, which he studies in the contexts of postcolonial studies, the energy humanities, and performance studies. As part of the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, he is elaborating and updating his thesis into a book, which is provisionally titled The Damned of the Alienocene: Performatively Modeling Energy Aesthetics for a New Structuralism. Matharoo’s research responds to the Anthropocenic energy crisis and the need to transition to alternative energy sources by studying how literature, media, and philosophy contribute to the decolonization of petroculture by impelling us to find, in language, the gift of solar-powered futures. Important to this project is the structuralist pluralism of francophone Belgian science-fiction author J.-H. Rosny aîné’s Les sciences et le pluralisme (1922), which he is translating into English.

Matharoo is also a noise musician whose collaborative pieces about the environment may be understood to problematize the presupposition of colonial-racial divisions in thinking and being.

He is Book Review Assistant Editor for Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, and is a partner/collaborator with Vision Inclusive.

To see Dr. Matharoo’s full CV, click here.

Publications

  • “The Damned of the Alienocene: Reclaiming the Disaster.” Alienocene: Journal of the First Outernational, stratum 8, October 2020.
  • “Ubik Does Not yet Exist: Reading Philip K. Dick’s Ubik as a Case of Extro-Science Fiction.” Philip K. Dick: Essays of the Here and Now (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy), edited by David Sandner, McFarland, 2020, pp. 61-70.
  • “Samuel R. Delany.” Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature, 2019, doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199827251-0198.
  • “A fata morgana at the end of the world, or towards the eco-racial disaster of J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World.” J. G. Ballard and the Natural World, special issue of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, vol. 22, no. 4, 2018, pp. 366-380.
  • “‘A weird creature that’s operating in the theater’: Cult, synaesthesia and the ethico-politics of horror in Danny Perez and Animal Collective’s ODDSAC.” Sonic horror, special issue of Horror Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, Autumn 2016, pp. 275-291

Awards & Honors

  • UC Riverside Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2019-2020
  • Finalist for the 2020 Walter James Miller Memorial for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic
  • 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)