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Faculty: Uppinder Mehan

Dr. Uppinder Mehan

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto, English

M.A., York University, English

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Selected Publications:

“Teaching Postcolonial Science Fiction.” Teaching Science Fiction Ed. Peter Wright. Forthcoming.

“ Terror and Education in the U.S.A,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 27, 1 (Winter 2010): 159-62.

“Devotion in Frames,” India’s Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, and Other Heroes, by Karline McLain, American Book Review, 30, 4 (May/June 2009), 22.

“Colonizing the Futurist Representation,” Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of our Fantastic Future. Eric Dregni and Jonathan Dregni, eds. American Book Review, January-February 2008.

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy. Uppinder Mehan and Nalo Hopkinson, eds. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004.

“Laurence Yep,” Asian-American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Liu, Miles X. (ed. And preface). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 377-83.

“G. V. Desani,” Asian-American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Liu, Miles X. (ed. And preface). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 41-44.

“‘Nation’ and the Gaze of the Other in Eighth Century Northumbria,” Comparative Literature: The Journal of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Townsend. 53, 3 (Winter 2001). 1-26.

Transgressing Bodies in Postcolonial Fiction," Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics. 24, 1-2 (2001): 1-13.

“Balachandra Rajan,” Asian-American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Nelson, Emmanuel S. (ed. And preface). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000. 303-07.

The Domestication of Technology in Indian Science Fiction Short Stories." Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 74 (1998). 54-66.

The City in Postcolonial Fiction." Genre 18 (1997): 49-68.

Van de Graaff Days, by Ven Begamudre, Paragraph, 16, 3 (Summer 1994), 28-29.

Thresholds of Difference, by Julia V. Emberly, Paragraph, 15, 3 and 4 (Winter 1993, Spring 1994), 44-46.

The Bonus Deal, by Archie Crail, Paragraph, 15, 1 (Spring 1993).

Voices: Canadian Writers of African Descent, ed. Ayanna Black, Paragraph, 15, 1 (Spring 1993).


“Idealized Dialogues and the Dream of Disembodiment,” Southern Comparative Literature Association 36th Annual Conference, October 21-23, 2010, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Symploke: Journal Salon. Roundtable: The New Book Culture,” Cultural Studies Association 8th Annual Meeting, March 18-20, 2010, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

“Outer Space and Cyberspace Migrations,” Migration, Border, and the Nation-State, April 8-11, 2009, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

“The Utopian Company Town of Eureka,” 30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, February 25-28, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“From ‘Do We Not Bleed’ to ‘How You Like Me Now’: Responding to Fear and Loathing.” 13th Annual Multicultural Conference, Fear and Loathing: The Springboards of Modern Culture, April 24-26, 2007, San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX.

Panel presentation at the Texas Speech Communication Association convention, Oct. 4-7, 2006, Amarillo, TX.

“Through Alien Eyes.” Arisia 2005, January 21-23, 2005, Boston, USA.

“The Calcutta Chromosome and Postcolonial Science.” A Commonwealth of Science Fiction, August 5-8, 2004, Liverpool, England.

“Possessions Spiritual and Technological in Nalo Hopkinson’s Novels.” 28th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, May 26-31, 2003, Belize.

“Possession as metaphor for intersubjectivity in the fiction of Erna Brodber” at “From Kumblas to Blackspace: A Symposium on Erna Brodber.” Department of Literatures in English, University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, April 26-27, 2002.

“Translating Orishas into Hi-Tech Intelligences.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, April 20-22, 2001, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado.

“Dark Matter.” Otelia Cromwell Day, November 2, 2000, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Invited guest lecture on the intersection of multiculturalism and Science Fiction and Fantasy written by black writers.

“Off Color.” Readercon 12, July 21-23, 2000, Burlington, Massachusetts. Panelist with Suzy Mckee Charnas, Samuel R. Delany, Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, Betsy Mitchell, Sheree R. Thomas.

“Marginalizing Hamlet: Absurd and Postcolonial Re-Tellings of the Tale.” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, October 30-November 1, 1998, Morgantown, West Virginia.

“The Passage of India: The Formation and Dissolution of India in Indian Fiction in English," Paper delivered at Competing Realities: Fifty Years of South Asian Literature, September 19-21, 1997, Toronto.

“The Domestication of Technology in Indian Science Fiction Short Stories," Paper delivered at the Fourth International Conference on the Short Story in English at the University of Northern Iowa, June 7-11, 1996.

Chair, Modern African Literature at Northeast MLA conference in Pittsburgh, April 8-10, 1994.

“Ngugi and the Boundaries of the Self," Paper delivered at Northeast MLA conference in Philadelphia, March 26-28, 1993.

“G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr and the Two Posts," Paper delivered at the Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, May 20-June 8, 1990.

“Measuring the Distance from the Centre," Paper delivered at the ACLALS Silver Jubilee Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, August 24-31, 1989.

“The individuating Mr. Clarke," Paper delivered at the Eighth Annual Conference on West Indian Literature, Biography/Autobiography, University of West Indies, May 18-21, 1988.