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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

CCLPS Reading Groups

CCLPS Reading Group
Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies

In preparation for our CCLPS ERC-funded project on “Multilingual locals and significant geographies: a bottom-up approach to world literature”, this  reading group will discuss current understandings and alternative approaches to world literature and to literary multilingualism, ground us in multilingual literary sites, and examine approaches to multilingualism regarding texts, genres, and literary cultures. In 2015-16 the reading group will have a particular focus on pre-colonial multilingual literary cultures and their transition to colonialism. The reading group will meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Room L67, 3.30-5pm. 

If you want to join the group, please write to

P21 Gallery Reading Group: The Word and the World

Literatures, Cultures and Histories of the Islamicate World
Convened by Karima Laachir and Abdool Karim Vakil

The P21 Gallery is an independent London-based non-profit organisation established to promote contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab identities by focusing on their art and culture with distinct focus on Palestine. The work of artists in this and in neighbouring regions is celebrated for its candor and innovation in the global art forums, however much of its manifestations cannot always find an audience in the West; such work is necessary, if not essential, to create a much needed dialogue between these artists and the wider global artistic community whose public remains increasingly interested in the art from such a complex and diversified region.

In addition to displaying contemporary works of art, the P21 Gallery will screen films and documentaries as well as experimental works from an expanded field of lens-based media, and will establish training workshops and reading groups for adults and children, aimed at encouraging a better understanding of cultural diversity.

Set readings for each session are provided to participants. 

Attendance is by registration, and booking is essential as places are strictly limited. To sign up for the reading group, please call 020 7121 6190 or email:

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