Roshon Singh Nandhra

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Roshon Singh Nandhra is a PhD student and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) doctoral fellow in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University. Drawing from postcolonial and decolonial thought, Indigenous literatures, South Asian literatures, and Lacanian psychoanalysis, his research focuses on the psychosocial inscriptions and convergences of duress as they figure in and beyond discourses of empire. He intends to conduct a literary analysis of dominant archival narratives of origin, belonging, and struggle, to better understand how intertextual formations discursively obscure and (de)limit the parameters through which historical relations between Indigenous peoples and South Asians are understood. Rather than reinscribe a linear temporal procedure to formulaically convert ambivalent colonial encounter into “historical event,” he aims deconstructive scrutiny towards this process itself to illuminate ways in which creative archival interventions between South Asians and Indigenous peoples nonlinearly ex-sist beyond the symbolic inertia characterized in the former approach to assemble historicity.

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