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Student Spotlight: Param Ajmera

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Fields: Long 18th Century Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Digital Humanities, Racial Capitalism, Colonial/Postcolonial Studies, the Novel and the Public Sphere

Param Ajmera is a Master’s student whose scholarly interests are long eighteenth-century studies, the novel and realism, colonialism, racial capitalism, and digital humanities. Param is a Research Assistant in the Digital Scholarship Group, housed in the Snell Library, where he has been involved with the development and use of the CERES: Exhibit Toolkit, a digital publication platform that draws on the contents of Northeastern’s digital repository and the Digital Public Library of America, to build interactive websites.

His thesis is a digital humanities project that uses text-mining to explore the intersections of racism, colonialism, and liberalism in Daniel Defoe’s fiction. By shifting focus to Defoe’s colonial episodes and the representation of slaves and natives, he discusses how the rise of the novel took place under the aegis of sanctioned racism.

Update June 2018: Param is pursuing his doctorate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and he is a Technical Editor for the journal Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries.

Published On: October 12, 2016