09:30 - 18:00
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 and North Africa. 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. 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 currently holds a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship (2012-2015) with a programme entitled Imagining the Common Ground: Utopian Thinking and the Overcoming of Resentment and Distrust. Caroline Rooney is also currently a RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow.