Teresa Heffernan is Professor of English at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

She teaches courses in literary theory, the contemporary novel, modernism, postmodernism, short fiction, and travel writing.

Research

Current SSHRC-funded research: “Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination” 

Forthcoming: Cyborg Futures: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (Palgrave).

She is author of Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008/2012), Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism (University of Toronto Press, 2016), co-editor (with Daniel O’Quinn) of a critical edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters (Broadview Press, 2012); book series editor, with Reina Lewis, of Cultures in Dialogue, co-editor (with Jill Didur) of a special issue of Cultural Studies: “Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Empire” and a special issue of Cultural Critique (with Jill Didur and Bart Simon): “Critical Posthumanism.” Her articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Arab Journal for the Humanities, Subject Matters, Canadian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, English Studies in Africa, and Framework: Journal of Cinema and Media.

Series Editor (with Cathrine Hasse and Kathleen Richardson) for Palgrave MacMillan’s Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI  

Teaching

A recent senior seminar: “Animal Life, Social Robots, and Cyborg Futures.”

This class culminated in the Cyborg Futures Workshop with invited international and interdisciplinary speakers working in the fields of robotics and AI.

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