1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences


Peer-Review Articles

  • “More on the Missing ½ Second: A Review of Hansen (2000, 2015) and Hayles (1999, 2012)” (boundary 2, forthcoming)

Other Publications

  • “Jean Genet”; “Nirala”; “Mahmoud Darwish” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (ed. Stephen Ross, forthcoming in 2016).

Conference Activity

Panels Organized

  • “Literature’s Boundary Work: New Media and New Textualities,” ACLA Seminar, Co-Organizer, with Annie Galvin, Scott Kushner, and Jonathan Abel, March 17-20, 2016.

Selected Presentations

  • “Posthuman on the Periphery: Problems of Digitality and Animality in Animal’s People” Modern Language Association (MLA) 2017: Panel on Digital Boundaries of the Global South. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January 5-8, 2017. (Pending Panel Approval)
  • “Libet’s Missing ½ Second, Digital Technology, and Political Critique.” Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), UC Santa Barbara. The Humanities, the Neurosciences and the Brain. Santa Barbara, CA. May 12-13, 2016.
  • “Coetzee Against the Disc: Literary Ownership and Our Fear of New Media.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA): Panel on Literature’s Boundary Work: New Media and New Textualities. Cambridge, Mass. March 17-20, 2016.
  • “American Racism in a Global Field: An Investigation of Multiple Media Forms.” SAMLA 87: Panel on Comparative Literature and Media. Durham, North Carolina. November 13-15, 2015.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • “CGII Graduate Student Research Grant,” sponsored by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, awarded fall 2015.
  • “GSAS Foreign Study Fellowship,” sponsored by Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, awarded fall 2014.
  • “UVA Department of English Research Grant,” sponsored by UVA Department of English, awarded fall 2014.
  • “Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship—Master’s,” sponsored by SSHRC, awarded 2010-2011.
  • “Viola Whitney Pratt Memorial OSOTF Scholarship in English,” sponsored by the Viola Whitney Pratt Memorial Fund, awarded 2011.

Related Research Activity

  • Participant in “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture,” seminar offered by School of Criticism and Theory (SCT), led by W. J. T. Mitchell, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June-July 2016.
  • Participant in “Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements,” seminar offered by Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), led by E. Losh and J. Wernimont, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 2016. 
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M.A. University of Toronto, 2011
B.A. University of Toronto, 2010


Jap-Nanak Makkar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of English, UVA, currently completing a dissertation on the representation of digital media and technology in global fiction.

Please visit her personal website, http://jmakr.github.io, for further details on her research and teaching.