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Sarah Lincoln. Roundtable at the Portland Center for Public Humanities
Sarah Lincoln. Roundtable at the Portland Center for Public Humanities

Sarah Lincoln is a literature scholar. Her focus is late 20th century postcolonial and other global literature and film. Professor Lincoln’s research concerns waste, consumerism and economy/ecology in postcolonial contexts, and includes an interest in the political and literary economies of oil in Nigeria. She has published a couple of pieces on necropolitics, sovereignty, and inflationary entropy as these are articulated in the fiction of Nigerian writers Ken Saro-Wiwa and Ben Okri, and is more broadly intrigued by the apparent paradox of a country ruined (ecologically, economically, politically and morally) by its extraordinary riches. She is also concerned with the effects of oil and petro-politics on cultural and literary forms—the relationship between oil and the novel in Nigeria, for example, and the effects of petrodollar inflation on the country’s infamous culture of corruption.

In October 2010 she participated in a Roundtable Discussion on Oil Worlds: People, Places, and Petroleum at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.