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BA; English Honours, Cape Town. D.Phil, Oxford

Caroline Rooney was born in Zimbabwe. She studied as an undergraduate at the University of Cape Town before taking up a Beit Fellowship to undertake doctoral research at Oxford University. She works and publishes mainly in the area of postcolonial studies and Arab cultural studies, focusing on liberation struggles and their aftermaths in both sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. Her research engages with postcolonial theory in relation to diverse philosophical and spiritual traditions, literary and political uses of language, and cross-cultural articulations of gender and sexuality. Her current work is particularly concerned with contemporary Arab writing and popular culture in relation to the Arab uprisings, and explores the resources of arts activism both critically and creatively.

From 2009-12, she was an ESRC/AHRC Global Uncertainties Fellow with a research programme entitled Radical Distrust: A Cultural Analysis of the Emotional, Psychological and Linguistic Formations of Political and Religious Extremism [8]. This programme analyses the emotional, psychological and discursive formations of extremism and radicalism through a study of literary texts and popular culture across the areas of postcolonial and Middle Eastern studies. It has been conducted through projects on Global Youth Cultures (2009-2010); Egyptian Literary Culture and Modernity (2009-2010); Transnational Representations of the ’82 Siege of Beirut (2010); Settler Cultures (2011); and Popular Imagination and the Arab Spring (2011-12). She has recently held a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship [9] (2012-2015) with a programme entitled Imagining the Common Ground: Utopian Thinking and the Overcoming of Resentment and Distrust. The activities and research of this leadership fellowship serve to explore both the pitfalls and constructive possibilities of utopian thinking with reference to cultural notions of the common ground and civil society in contemporary African and Middle Eastern contexts. As part of this programme she initiated and worked on a play and three documentaries, contributing also to protest poetry collections.  She enjoys ongoing collaborations with musicians, spoken word performers and visual artists, and she is currently the UK PI on an AHRC Newton programme, ‘Egypt’s Living Heritage’.

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Publications

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Book
Rooney, C. (2007). Decolonising Gender: Literature and a Poetics of the Real. London: Routledge.
Rooney, C. (2006). African Literature, Animism and Politics. Routledge.
Dieterich, V. et al. (2005). Book Unbinding: The Ontological Stain. London: Artwords Press.
Edited book
Jones, K.R. et al. eds. (2015). Cosmopolitan Animals. [Online]. Palgrave MacMillan. Available at: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137376275.
Nagai, K. et al. eds. (2015). Cosmopolitan Animals. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137376282.
Rooney, C. (2013). The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art, and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut. [Online]. Rooney, C. R. and Sakr, R. eds. New York and London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ethics-Representation-Literature-Journalism-Transnational/dp/0415655994.
Rooney, C.R. and Nagai, K. eds. (2010). Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism. [Online]. Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230290471.
Book section
Rooney, C. (2015). Animal Religion and Cosmonautical Allegories. in: Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave, pp. 58-71. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137376282.
Rooney, C. (2015). Islamism, Capitalism and Mimetic Desire in the Terrorism Novel: Fantasy and Dream. in: Hamdar, A. and Moore, L. eds. Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315726731.
Rooney, C. (2015). People like to make films about me and Overture. in: Bell, K., Lee, E. and Logan, S. eds. Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge. Five Leaves Publications.
Rooney, C. (2013). Concrete and Al Hurreya Fi Misr. in: Abelvik-Lawson, H., Sumpton, L. and Hett, A. eds. In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. London: Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studiy, University of London. Available at: http://www.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/protest-new-poetry-anthology-explores-human-rights-and-social-justice.
Rooney, C. (2013). 'We teach life, sir': States of Siege, Youth and Filmed Testimony. in: Rooney, C. R. and Sakr, R. eds. Radical Distrust: A Cultural Analysis of the Emotional, Psychological and Linguistic Formations of Religious and Political Extremism. Bloomsbury Academic. Available at: http://www.researchcatalogue.esrc.ac.uk/grants/RES-071-27-0071/outputs/read/0454b444-4843-48e0-a4c0-6acc1bfb535f.
Rooney, C. (2013). Music Sans Frontières? Documentaries on Hip Hop in the Holy Land and DIY Democracy. in: Hamamsy, W. E. and Soliman, M. eds. Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. Routledge.
Rooney, C. (2013). The Contemporary Egyptian Maqama or Short Story Novel in Egypt as a Form of Democracy. in: March-Russell, P. and Awadalla, M. eds. The Postcolonial Short Story, Contemporary Essays. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 111-132. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137292087_8.
Borossa, J. and Rooney, C. (2013). Fortress Hypochondria: Health and Safety. in: Auestad, L. ed. Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia. Karnac Books.
Rooney, C. and Dillet, B. (2013). From Liberation Theory to Postcolonial Theory: The Poststructuralist Turn. in: Mackenzie, I., Porter, R. and Dillet, B. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 471-489.
Rooney, C. (2013). A Question of Faith in Humanity: Jean Said Makdisi's Beirut Fragments and Other Beirut Fragments. in: Rooney, C. R. and Sakr, R. eds. The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art, and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut. Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415655996.
Rooney, C. (2012). The Contemporary Egyptian Maqama or Short Story Novel as a form of Democracy. in: Awadalla, M. and March-Russell, P. eds. The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays. Hampshire: Palgrave, pp. 111-132. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Postcolonial-Short-Story-Contemporary/dp/0230313388.
Landry, D. and Rooney, C. (2010). Empire's Children. in: Rooney, C. R. and Nagai, K. eds. Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 58-78. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230224469.
Rooney, C. (2009). Derrida and Said: Ships That Pass in the Night. in: Ghosh, R. ed. Edward Said: The Literary, Social and Political World. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 36-52.
Rooney, C. (2005). Against the Corruption of Language: The Poetry of Chenjerai Hove. in: Muponde, R. and Primorac, R. eds. Versions of Zimbabwe: New Approaches to Literature and Culture. Harare: Weaver Press; Michigan U.P., pp. 57-74.
Article
Rooney, C. (2018). The First Nakba Novel? on Standing with Palestine. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies [Online] 20:80-99. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2017.1401951.
Rooney, C. (2016). For a Martyr From Afar: A Response to Laila Soliman's No Time for Art. For a Martyr From Afar: A Response to Laila Soliman's No Time for Art, Contention.
Rooney, C. (2015). Sufi Springs: Air on an Oud String. CounterText [Online] 1:38-58. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/count.2015.0005.
Rooney, C. (2015). Egypt's Revolution, Our Revolution: Revolutionary Women and the Transnational Avant-Garde. Journal for Cultural Research [Online] 19:139-149. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2014.982918.
Rooney, C. (2014). Prison Israel-Palestine: Literalities of Criminalization and Imaginative Resistance. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 50:134-147. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2014.884264.
Rooney, C. and Sakr, R. (2013). Mischa Hiller, interview by Caroline Rooney and Rita Sakr. The Ethics of Representation on Literature, Art and Journalism: Transnational Responses to Beirut 1982 [Chapter]:191-198. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203078211.
Rooney, C. and Burkhalter, T. (2013). Activism and Authenticity: Palestinian and Related Hip Hop. The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity [Online]:209-228. Available at: http://norient.com/en/blog/the-arab-avant-garde/.
Rooney, C. (2013). From Cairo to Tottenham: Big Societies, Neoliberal States, Colonial Utopias. Journal for Cultural Research [Online] 17:144-163. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2012.756244.
Rooney, C. (2012). Review Essay: World Intifada. Wasafiri [Online] 27:89-107. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2012.716592.
Rooney, C. (2011). Egyptian Literary Culture and Egyptian Modernity: Introduction. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 47:369-376. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.590308.
Rooney, C. (2011). Ahdaf Soueif In Conversation with Caroline Rooney, Cairo University, 12 April 2010. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 47:477-482. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.590329.
Rooney, C. (2011). "In less than five years": Rehab Bassam interviewed by Caroline Rooney. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 47:467-476. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.590327.
Rooney, C. (2011). Utopian Cosmopolitanism and the Conscious Pariah: Harare, Ramallah, Cairo. Journal of Commonwealth Literature [Online] 46:139-155. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021989410396038.
Rooney, C. (2010). Arab hip hop in an international frame. Orient [Online] 3:17-25. Available at: http://www.orient-online.com/Issues/Orient-III-2010.
Rooney, C. (2009). The Disappointed of the Earth. Psychoanalysis and History [Online] 11:159-174. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E1460823509000385.
Rooney, C. (2007). What is the oceanic? (Sigmund Freud, 'Civilisation and Its Discontents'). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 12:19-32. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250701754921.
Rooney, C. (2007). Interview with Tsitsi Dangarembga. Wasafiri [Online] 22:57-62. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690050701336949.
Rooney, C. (2005). Obituary: Yvonne Vera. Wasafiri [Online] 46 (wi:69-71. Available at: http://www.wasafiri.org/pages/issue46.htm.
Rooney, C. (2005). Narratives of Southern African Farms. Third World Quarterly [Online] 26:431-440. Available at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/01436590500033693.
Rooney, C. (2004). From the universal to the cosmic: The surroundings of Beau Travail. Journal of European Studies [Online] 34:106-127. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047244104044245.
Rooney, C. (2004). Reservations..Concerning Libido Theory and the Afterlife of Psychoanalysis. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 9:37-52. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725042000232388.
Performance
Rooney, C. and El-Khairy, O. (2014). The Keepers of Infinite Space. [Play]. Available at: https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-keepers-of-infinite-space/about.
Visual media
Rooney, C. (2016). England Times Palestine. [Film].
Rooney, C. and Parry, W. (2015). Breaking the Generations. [Film].
Rooney, C. and Sakr, R. (2014). White Flags. [Film].
Rooney, C. (2013). The Road to Midan Tahrir. [Film].
Audio
Rooney, C. (2013). Russia Today TV, Crosstalk programme. [TV Programme]. Available at: https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/.
Rooney, C. (2006). 'The Word Divides the Hand from the Hand'. [Transmission: Speaking and Listening].
Edited journal
Rooney, C.R. and Brandes, B. eds. (2012). Global Youth Cultures. Wasafiri [Online] 27:1-2. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2012.714111.
Rooney, C.R. and El Desouky, A. eds. (2011). Egyptian Literary Culture and Egyptian Modernity. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 47:369-376. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.590308.
Internet publication
Rooney, C. (2011). The Crusader's Tragedy - Counterpunch [Article]. Available at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/07/30/the-crusaders-tragedy/.
Rooney, C. (2011). Riots, Revolutions and Big Societies. Counterpunch [Web article]. Available at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/12/riots-revolutions-and-big-societies/.
Other
Rooney, C. (2015). From Religion and Security to Religion and Liberty in Religion, Security and Global Politics Wolffe, J. and Moorhead, G. eds. [Publication]. Available at: http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/religion-martyrdom-global-uncertainties/reports.
Rooney, C. (2015). Inbox in Bleached Here at Random by Mysterious Forces. [Poetry Collection].
Rooney, C. (2015). Grimshaw Club Debate. [Televised]. Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalRelations/aboutthedepartment/grimshawclub.aspx.
Rooney, C. (2014). House of Lords, Select Committee: evidence accepted on The Transnationalism of Soft Power. [Policy Publication].
Rooney, C. (2013). Cambridge Union Debate. [Televised].
Rooney, C. (2010). In less than Five Years. The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol 47, issue 4, pp. 467-476. [Interview]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.590327.
Review
Rooney, C. (2005). Sign and Taboo: Perspectives on the Poetic Fiction of Yvonne Vera, Robert Muponde and Mandi Taruvinga, eds; Writing Still: New Stories from Zimbabwe, Irene Staunton, ed. Wasafiri [Online] 44:69-70. Available at: http://www.wasafiri.org/pages/issue44.htm.
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Research supervision

Caroline Rooney has supervised eleven PhDs (including on Palestinian, South African, Zimbabwean, Algerian and Egyptian literature), and she currently supervises five PhDs in progress. She welcomes applications in the areas of contemporary Arab and African writing, liberation literature and popular culture.

With Donna Landry, she is consultant editor for Routledge’s postcolonial monograph series and she serves on the advisory boards of the African Articulations Series and the Oxford Literary Review. She is also a member of the advisory panel for Translating Cultures (AHRC).

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