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Heike Harting

Professeure agrégée

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

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, room C8122

514 343-6192

heike.harting@umontreal.ca

Profile

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.

Affiliations and responsabilities

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)

2019

Shapeshifting in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon

Graduate : Payam Askari, Fahimeh
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
2019

The aesthetics and politics of political violence in West African literature

Graduate : Guesmi, Haythem
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
2013

Dance and the colonial body : re-choreographing postcolonial theories of the body

Graduate : Belghiti, Rachid
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
2012

Postcolonial readings of resistance and negotiation in selected contemporary African writing

Graduate : Mzali, Ines
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
2011

Grounds for telling it : transnational feminism and Canadian women's writing

Graduate : Beverley, Andrea
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
2006

From Shakespeare's globe to our globe

Graduate : Ben Gouider Trabelsi, Hajer
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

Projects

Research projects

2019 - 2021

L'espace planétaire. Les humanités au carrefour du local et du post-global

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
2018 - 2021

Afronauts, Afrofuturism, and African Science Fiction: Imaging Planetary Futures

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
2018 - 2021

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

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
Co-researchers : Simon Harel
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV152160-Subvention Connexion
2011 - 2013

ATELIER : COSMOPOLITAN FILM CULTURES: NARRATIVE, THEORY, PRODUCTION

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
2011 - 2013

ATELIER: COSMOPOLITAN FILM CULTURES: NARRATIVE, THEORY, PRODUCTION

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
2009 - 2011

GLOBA IZING AFRICA IN FILM AND LITERATURE: CULTURE, MILITARISM AND THE RISE OF HUMANITARIANIST CAPITAL

Lead researcher : Heike Harting
2008

AFRICA IN ENGLISH CANADIAN LITERATURE FROM IMPERIAL ROMANCE TO HUMANITARIAN SENTIMENT AND SATIRE

Lead researcher : Heike Harting

Outreach

Publications and presentations

Areas of expertise

  • Caribbean literature
  • Caribbean cinema and criticism
  • Theory of Metaphor
  • Canadian multiculturalism
  • Contemporary literature
  • Diaspora
  • Globalization
  • Feminism
  • Postcolonial theories