• The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Prema Arasu (they/she) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Minderoo-UWA Deep Sea Research Centre with a specialisation in creative writing and the environmental humanities. Prema has a strong interest in speculative fiction, experimental forms, sea monsters, mythology, multispecies ethnography, oceanic poetics, posthumanities and animalities, and the theory and praxis of worldbuilding.

Prema holds a BA (Hons) in English and Cultural Studies from UWA, a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St. Andrews, and a PhD in Creative Writing from UWA. Their PhD dissertation, titled The Anatomy of Witchcraft: Gender in Secondary Worlds is a full-length work of fantasy that draws upon queer and feminist scholarship to investigate and subvert the expectations of gender from within the genre. In 2023 The Anatomy of Witchcraft was shortlisted for the Fremantle Press Fogarty Literary Award.

Prema's research at the Deep-Sea Research Centre is necessarily interdisciplinary, involving aspects of animal studies and environmental philosophy to ask questions about the deep sea, its inhabitants, and the people who study it. Prema is interested in the construction of the ocean depths in the cultural imagination as demonstrated by all aspects of popular culture, including nature documentaries, horror films, clickbait articles, viedo games, and science fiction literature.

Prema is an early career writer who engages with experimental forms as a research methodology. Their creative output involves working closely with a team of scientists and engaging with the ongoing findings of the team through experimental writing. They are currently writing a poetry collection about the deep sea. Their edited anthology of sea monster stories, The Book of Sea Monsters, is forthcoming with Conway (expected publication 2025).

Prema welcomes enquiries from prospective Honours, Masters, or PhD students wishing to undertake research in areas related to the oceanic humanities, queer theory, science fiction and fantasy, horror, and the new weird.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Creative Writing, Doctor of Philosophy, The Antaomy of Witchcraft: Gender in Secondary Worlds, The University of Western Australia

6 Jan 20196 Jan 2022

Award Date: 25 May 2022

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, MLitt, The Ontology of Fantasy: Metafiction in Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jun 2018

English and Cultural Studies, BA(Hons), The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Aug 2017

Industry keywords

  • Creative Arts

Research expertise keywords

  • Fantasy And Science Fiction
  • Deep sea biology
  • Queer Theory
  • Posthumanism
  • Oceanography
  • Phenomenology
  • Gender
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Maritime History
  • popular culture
  • Literature and Environment

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