World Literature and Dissent

School of English Research Colloquium, 17–18 June 2016

Friday, 17 June 2016

9.30 Registration

Kennedy Hall, School of English

10.00 – 11.30 Plenary Lecture

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Professor Djelal Kadir, Pennsylvania State University

‘Dissent in the Reign of Ignorance, or Parsing the Epistemology of Empire’

11.30 – 11.45 Tea & Coffee

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

11.45 – 1.15 Plenary Panel

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Sharae Deckard, University College Dublin

‘“A Cyclone Turning Round and Round”: World Literature, Revolution, and Ecology’

David Farrier, University of Edinburgh

‘How do industrial forests think? Pine Trees, Pylons, and Peter Larkin’s Plantationocene Poetics’

1.15 – 2.00 Lunch

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

2.00 – 3.00 Open Panel Sessions

Panel 1: ‘Dissensus; or The Politics of Reading’

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Virginia Ramos, Stanford University

‘Enactive Perception: The Contemporary Lyrical Novel as an Aesthetic Praxis of Dissent’

Edward Powell, Independent Scholar

‘World-literature, Dissensus and Political Legitimacy’

Haifa Al-Faisal, King Saud University

‘Indigeneity and the Worlding of Postcolonialism’

 

Panel 2: ‘Border Crossings: The Ethics of Global Crises’

Kennedy Hall Watson Seminar Room

Lopamudra Basu, University of Wisconsin–Stout

‘Theorizing Refugees: Trauma, Memory, and Affect in Lyric Poetry of Dharker and Kahf and Ai Weiwei’s Refugee Photograph’

Carmen Thong, University of Oxford

‘Immersive Journalism and the Ethics of Distance’

Foara Adhikari, Lancaster University

‘Framing Ananda Devi as Francophone Mauritian Writer in Critical Practice: A closer look at Franco Moretti’s Distant Constellation’

3.00 – 4.30 Plenary Panel

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Aarhus University

‘Negative Enchantment’

Lorna Burns, University of St Andrews

‘Rhetoric of Innocence/Aesthetics of Dissent’

4.30 – 4.45 Tea & Coffee

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

4.45 – 6.15 Plenary Lecture

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Professor Robert Young, New York University

‘The Drama of Dissent: The Plays of Frantz Fanon’

6.15 Wine Reception

Kennedy Hall Stephen Boyd Room

Saturday, 18 June 2016

9.30 Registration

Kennedy Hall, School of English

10.00 – 11.30 Plenary Lecture

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Professor Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London

‘“World literature” as a Construct: Meta-reflective Dissent’

11.30 – 11.45 Tea & Coffee

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

11.45 – 1.15 Plenary Panel

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Oisín Keohane, University of Dundee

‘Languages on Trial: Staging the South African TRC’

Dominic Smith, University of Dundee

‘Paying Attention: Philosophy and Literature as Strong Therapy for the Information Age’

1.15 – 2.00 Lunch

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

2.00 – 3.00 Open Panel Sessions

Panel 3: ‘Aesthetics of Dissent; Subaltern Resistance’

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Daniel Elam, University of Wisconsin

‘The Mahatma’s Library: M.K. Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj and the Anticolonial Politics of Reading’

Sourit Bhattacharya, University of Warwick

‘What is World Literature for a Postcolonial Nation?’

Tara Needham, State University of New York, Albany

‘The Booker Prize and Violence’

 

Panel 4: ‘Transnational Encounters’

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Alberto Fernandez Carbajal, University of Leicester

‘Queer Micropolitical Disorientation as a Form of Dissent’

Giovanna Buonanno, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

‘Transnational Routes in Somali Diasporic Women’s Writing’

Emma Bond, University of St Andrews

TBC

3.00 – 4.30 Plenary Panel

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Nick Lawrence, University of Warwick

‘Everyday Dissent: Colonized Lifeworlds in Postwar Poetry’

Anna Bernard, King’s College London

‘International Solidarity and World Literature’

4.30 – 4.45 Tea & Coffee

Kennedy Hall Garden Room

4.45 – 6.15 Plenary Lecture

Kennedy Hall Lawson Room

Professor Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota

“Khaldunia: the Literary Politics of Radical Arabic Humanism”

6.15 Wine Reception

Kennedy Hall Stephen Boyd Room