JAMES DANIEL ELAM
2015 | Ph.D., Northwestern University | Rhetoric and Public Culture
2010 | M.A., Northwestern University | Rhetoric and Public Culture
2008 | A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, minor in German | Highest Honors and Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
2019 – | Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong
2018 – 2019 | Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
2016 – 2018 | Assistant Professor (limited term), English and Drama Department and Transnational/Diaspora Studies Program, University of Toronto
2015 – 2016 | Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, “Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere,” Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2014 – 2015 | Lecturer, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University
AWARDS, HONOURS, GRANTS
2015 | Outstanding Dissertation Award, Rhetoric and Public Culture Program, Northwestern University
2015 | Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University Associated Student Government
2013 – 2014 | Graduate Fellow, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University
2012 – 2013 | Affiliate, Northwestern University Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
2011 – 2012 | Fulbright-IIE/Nehru Research Grant, Institute for International Education
Elam, J. Daniel. World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Democracy. In preparation.
Elam, J. Daniel, Kama Maclean, and Chris Moffat, eds. Writing Revolution in South Asia. London: Routledge Press, 2017. Print.
Maclean, Kama, and J. Daniel Elam, eds. Revolutionary Lives in South Asia: Acts and Afterlives of Anticolonial Political Action. London: Routledge Press, 2014. Print.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Elam, J. Daniel. “A Theory of Anticolonial Reading.” PMLA (forthcoming; 2018): 9 manuscript pages. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “The Martyr, the Moviegoer: Bhagat Singh at the Movies.” BioScope: The Journal of South Asian Screen Studies 8.2 (January 2018): 181-203. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “Commonplace Anticolonialism: Bhagat Singh’s Jail Notebook and the Politics of Reading.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 39.3 (September 2016): 592-607. Print. Rpt. in Writing Revolution. Ed. J. Daniel Elam, Kama Maclean, and Chris Moffat. London: Routledge, 2017. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel and Chris Moffat. “On the Form, Politics, and Effects of Writing Revolution.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 39.3 (September 2016): 513-524. Print. Rpt. in Writing Revolution. Ed. J. Daniel Elam, Kama Maclean, and Chris Moffat. London: Routledge, 2017. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “‘Take Your Geography and Trace It’: The Cosmopolitan Aesthetics of W.E.B. DuBois and Dhan Gopal Mukerji.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 17.4 (2015): 568-584. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “Echoes of Ghadr: Har Dayal and the Time of Anticolonialism.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 34:1 (2014): 9-23. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “The ‘Arch Priestess of Anarchy’ Visits Lahore: Violence, Love, and the Worldliness of Revolutionary Texts.” Postcolonial Studies 16:2 (2013): 138-152. Print. Rpt. in Revolutionary Lives in South Asia. Ed. Kama Maclean and J. Daniel Elam. London: Routledge, 2014. 28-42. Print.
Maclean, Kama and J. Daniel Elam. “Who is a Revolutionary?” Postcolonial Studies 16:2 (2013): 111-121. Print. Rpt. in Revolutionary Lives in South Asia. Ed. Kama Maclean and J. Daniel Elam. London: Routledge, 2014. 1-11. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “The Anticolonial Ethics of Lala Har Dayal’s Hints for Self Culture,” Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Papers: History and Society 9 (2012): 1-20. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel, Kama Maclean, and Chris Moffat, eds. “Writing Revolution: Practice, History, Politics in Modern South Asia.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 39.2 (2016). Print.
Maclean, Kama, and J. Daniel Elam, eds. “Reading Revolutionaries: Texts, Acts, and Afterlives of Political Action in Late Colonial South Asia.” Postcolonial Studies 16:2 (2013). Print.
Review Essays, Interviews, and Other Scholarly Publications
Elam, J. Daniel. “Homi Bhabha.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Communications and Critical Studies. Ed. Dana Cloud. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019): 4 manuscript pages.
Elam, J. Daniel. “Postcolonial Theory.” Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory. Ed. Eugene O’Brien. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2018): 20 manuscript pages. Print.
Ghosh, Amitav and J. Daniel Elam. “The Temporal Order of Modernity Has Changed: A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh.” boundary 2 45:2 (May 2018).
Elam, J. Daniel. “Crowded Modernism: Mulk Raj Anand and World Literature.” The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Eds. Ken Seigneurie and B. Venkat Mani. New York: Wiley Blackwell (forthcoming, 2018): 10 manuscript pages. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. Review of Ajay Skaria’s Unconditional Equality. Political Theory (2017): 1-5. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989.” Transfers 3:3 (2013): 135-140. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “New Cosmopolitanisms of Forgotten Diasporas.” American Quarterly 65:2 (2013): 425-435. Print.
Selected Public and Popular Press Writing
Elam, J. Daniel. “Dhan Gopal Mukerji.” Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America. Ed. Samip Mallick. Philadelphia: South Asian American Digital Archive, 2019 (forthcoming): 5 manuscript pages. Print.
Elam, J. Daniel. “Some Promissory Notes, Queer and Burnt.” Public Books 24 September 2018: n. pag. Web. publicbooks.org
Elam, J. Daniel. “The Form of Global Anglophone Literature is Grenfell Tower” Contemporaries Post45 Virtual Roundtable on “The Global Anglophone and Form” (forthcoming): n. pag. Web. post45.research.yale.edu
Elam, J. Daniel. Review of The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst. Quarterly Conversation 11 June 2018: n. pag. Web. quarterlyconversation.com
Elam. J. Daniel. “Anticolonialism.” Global South Studies 27 December 2017: n. pag. Web. globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu
Elam, J. Daniel. “Let them Rot: What to do With Statues That Must Fall.” Scroll 31 October 2017: n. pag. Web. scroll.in
Elam, J. Daniel. “The World of Gay World Lit.” Public Books 16 October 2017: n. pag. Web. publicbooks.org
Ghosh, Amitav, and J. Daniel Elam. “The Temporal Order of Modernity Has Changed,” b2o 14 March 2017: n. pag. Web. boundary2.org
Elam, J. Daniel. “Too Much Light.” Los Angeles Review of Books 18 August 2015: n. pag. Web. lareviewofbooks.org
Elam, J. Daniel. “Translating Gandhi.” South Asian American Digital Archive 9 July 2015: n. pag. Web. saada.org/tides
Elam, J. Daniel. “Echoes of Mutiny, and the Ghosts That Live On.” Asian American Writers’ Workshop 25 October 2013: n. pag. Web. aaww.org
“Vernacularity versus Solidarity: The Tensions of Afro-Asian Literature,” Communism in the Vernacular Symposium, University College London; London, UK 08 June
“The Martyr, the Moviegoer: Bhagat Singh at the Cinema,” National Law School of India University; Bangalore, India 23 May
“The Gandhian Apology: Between Loss and Renunciation,” Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore; India 22 May
“Atheism, Middlebrow Literature, and Bhagat Singh,” Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore; India 21 May “The Martyr, the Moviegoer: Bhagat Singh at the Cinema,” History Department, Ashoka University; Delhi, India 07 May
“Anticolonialism and Cinema,” Literature Department, University of Indonesia; Jakarta, Indonesia 30 April
“Renunciation, Disavowal, and M.K. Gandhi’s Lost Debates,” Pembroke Center Cultures of Pacifism Seminar, Brown University; Providence, RI 18 April
“Inqilab Zindabad: Lahore’s Bhagat Singh,” Afkar-e-Taza Literary Festival; Lahore, Pakistan 14 January
“Bhagat Singh’s Atheism,” Insurgency in the Archives Conference, University College London; London, UK 13 January
“Of Castes and Crowds: B.R. Ambedkar’s Anticolonial Endosmosis,” Reclaiming Social Justice, Revisiting Ambedkar Conference; Bangalore, India 22 July
“Is the Jail Notebook World Literature?” Imprisonment, Encampment, Incarceration: Prison Studies in a Global Frame; Madison, WI 12 May
“The ‘Global’ in ‘Global Literature’ and ‘Global Climate Change,’” Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research; Johannesburg, South Africa 11 April
“Is the ‘Global’ in ‘Global Literature’ the Same as the ‘Global’ in ‘Global Climate Change?” Conference on the Anthropocene, University of Toronto; Toronto, ON 07 April
“Sociological and Archipelagic Modernisms: An Indian Ocean Genealogy,” Archipelagoes/Oceans/Americas Conference, Brigham Young University; Provo, UT 06 October
“The Martyr, the Moviegoer: Bhagat Singh at the Cinema,” Queen Mary University of London; London, UK, 23 March
“Commonplace Anticolonialism: Bhagat Singh’s Jail Notebook and the Politics of Reading,” University of Wisconsin-Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar in “Bibliomigrancy”; Madison, WI, 06 November
“The Ghadr Party and the History of Ideas,” Griswold Historical Society Lecture Series, FC College; Lahore, Pakistan, 12 December
“Reading Edward Said, Erich Auerbach, and Weltliteratur,” English Department M. Phil Lecture Series, FC College; Lahore, Pakistan, 11 December
“Har Dayal’s Library and Ghadr’s Mutinous Reading,” Ghadr Centenary Conference at Lahore University of Management Sciences; Lahore, Pakistan, 07 December
“The City, the Crowd, the Mahatma, the Untouchable,” Affiliation/Affinity/Affect: Queer Theory in South Asia and its Diaspora Workshop; Evanston, IL, 07 March
“Middlebrow Mahatma: Dhan Gopal Mukerji’s Anticolonialism for American Audiences,” Northwestern University; Evanston, IL, 08 March
“‘Take Your Geography and Trace It,’” Columbia University Caste, Race, and Democracy Workshop; New York, NY, 27 September
“Towards a Book History of Anticolonialism,” Materialism and the Colony; Great Barrington, MA, 23 May
Author, Critic, Reader (graduate)
University of Toronto-Mississauga
Rotten Englishes: World Englishes and Postcolonial Literature
Human Rights Law and Contemporary Literature
Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
Introduction to Transnationalism and Diaspora Studies
Oceanic Feelings: Diaspora and Empire in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Reading World Literature
Literatures of Afro-Asian Solidarity
Literatures of South Asia and its Diaspora
The South Asian American Experience Before 1965
Critical Race Theory and Asian American Popular Culture