Neelofer is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is completing her dissertation, Afrasian Imaginaries: Global Capitalism and Labor Migration in Indian Ocean Fictions, 1990 – 2015, which curates an archive of literary texts from across Africa and Asia whose representations of the circuits of capital and labor migrations elucidate longstanding cultural and economic exchanges of the Global South and, more specifically, across the Indian Ocean. Afrasian Imaginaries argue that such contemporary fiction reveals that writers are situating their critiques of the postcolonial state in relation to deep regional histories rather than the familiar colonizer-colonized binaries. Such ‘provincializing’ of colonial experiences reckons with and honors the plurality of Indian Ocean Worlds, both historic and contemporary. The Indian Ocean, in addition to providing a cartography, contributes a fresh framework. Rather than following the teleology of colonized to free enshrined by the (post)colonial state, Afrasian Imaginaries show how thinking with and from the ocean offers an alternative vantage for theorizing migration and transnational un/belonging in the age of neoliberal global capital.
In addition to her research, Neelofer has taught numerous literature and writing courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To see syllabi and assignments from these courses, check out her teaching portfolio. Currently, she is a Program Assistant for the Women of Color Leadership Network at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and she works as a Writing Associate for the Amherst College Writing Center.