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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

CCLPS Seminar Series

Details of Seminar Series in the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS).

The CCLPS Seminar Series aims to fulfil one of the centre's primary objectives​ ​to pioneer disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices through regular seminars on Comparative Literary, Cultural and Postcolonial Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East​.

The seminars are open to SOAS students and staff, to academics and students of other institutions and to the general public. These seminars are often linked to other activities, such as lectures, research workshops and conferences, and constitute one of the key intellectual endeavours of the centre.

The CCLPS seminar series takes place on Wednesdays from 3.15pm - 5pm in FG01 (Faber Building, 23-24 Russell Square), during the autumn and spring terms in 2018-19. Events are free and open to the public.

Previous Events in this series

The Locations of (World) Literature: perspectives from Africa and South Asia

(various)

Two day workshop looking at the ways in which modern and contemporary South Asian and African writers who produce their work from specific locales consider their place in the world, in world literature, in the wider geographical regions or national literary histories.

19 June 2017, Ecole Normale Superieure, College de France, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Decolonising the Cultural Institution? A Critical Intervention into Discourses of Decolonisation in the Cultural Sphere

One day conference Decolonising the Cultural Institution? invites graduate and post-graduate students to interrogate what processes of ‘decolonisation’ might mean in the contexts of the production, dissemination and consumption of cultural practices, as well as for processes of knowledge production and the assignment of value onto ‘art’.

15 June 2017, Main College Buildings and Brunei Gallery, SOAS, DLT, G3, B111, B102, 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

A Case of Exploding Markets: Latin American and South Asian Literary “Booms” in a Comparative Perspective

Dr Roanne Kantor (Harvard)

Self-conscious allusions to mid-century Latin American literature abound in late-century South Asian Anglophone texts, and yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to the common geopolitical and market forces that connected these literatures and brought brought them to international prominence. This paper theorises the recent popularity of South Asian Anglophone literature in light of the Latin American “boom” of the 1960s.

7 June 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Ghost in the Tamarind reading by S. Shankar

Professor S. Shankar (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)

Who can you love? What do you owe to love and what to the world at large? In his forthcoming novel GHOST IN THE TAMARIND, S. Shankar explores these and other questions against the background of anti-caste movements in India.

24 May 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Interactive Story telling Workshop with Dr Vayu Naidu

Dr Vayu Naidu (SOAS)

Come and learn how to be a story-teller. Explore the narrative and performance strategies of story-tellers, and the cultural politics of story-telling traditions around the world with Dr Vayu Naidu, story-teller and author.

10 May 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, 563, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger

(Various)

This one day symposium sets out to examine the contemporary danger of words as it affects exiled writers. It will interrogate diverse aspects of the 'Danger of Words' from denying exiled writers the freedom to write about the ills in their societies, to the manipulation of words, as it affects exiled writers, by dark and sinister forces in our established democracies.

1 April 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 10:15 AM - 6:00 PM

Girlhood translated: Fénelon’s De l’éducation des filles (1687) as a text of Egyptian modernity (1901, 1909)

Professor Marilyn Booth (Oxford)

In an era of intense cultural translation in Egypt, and as a market and constituency for gendered conduct-oriented school texts was emerging, what was the valence of Fénelon’s work? How did it operate as an Egyptian and Arabic text? What kinds of editing did its intercultural travel require or encourage?

22 March 2017, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Landscapes of a Lyric Empire

Dr Fatima Burney (SOAS)

Presenting the comparative poetics of Sir William Jones to demonstrate the role of orientalist readings of ghazals in the history of lyricization.

8 March 2017, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India and the Colonial Archive

Professor Javed Majeed (King's College London)

Professor Javed Majeed examines how Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India constitutes a particular kind of archive which raises specific questions about the production of knowledge in colonial India, its epistemology of uncertainty, and its creative instabilities.

22 February 2017, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures

Professor Aamir Mufti (UCLA)

Discussion with Professor Aamir R. Mufti (UCLA) of his book Forget English: Orientalisms and World Literatures. LINKS event.

8 February 2017, Brunei Gallery, B111, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Vegetative Love - a film by Dror Shohet

Dr Yair Wallach (SOAS)

Film screening: a meditation exploring the place of trees in urban landscapes, arid desert planes, farming communities, and fields across Israel-Palestine. Followed by post-film screening discussion.

18 January 2017, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Writing Fictive Histories

Vayu Naidu (author 'Sita’s Ascent' and 'The Subaltern Sari')
14 December 2016, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Shakespeare in Yemen

Dr Katherine Hennessey (Warwick)
19 October 2016, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Multilingual Sri Lanka II: Reading Multilingual Texts

Professor Ronit Ricci

Professor Ronit Ricci will share and discuss excerpts from a Sri Lankan Malay manuscript titled Hikayat Tuan Gusti (knowledge of Malay not required) (event 2 of 3).

26 April 2016, Brunei Gallery, B103, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Multilingual Sri Lanka I: Itineraries

Professor Ronit Ricci

Professor Ronit Ricci will lead a discussion of essays relating to Multilingual Sri Lanka for graduate students and academic colleagues (event 1 of 3).

20 April 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, L67, 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Networked Culture: Second Panel

Katherine Butler Schofield & David J Lunn (King's College)
26 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, L67, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bei Dao and World Literature

Dr Jacob Edmond (University of Otago)

Part of the CCLPS special lecture series Approaches to World Literature: Critical Methods beyond Eurocentrism.

26 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Practice and Practicalities of 'East Asian Theory'

Dr Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford)

The third of four lectures in the CCLPS series Approaches to World Literature: Critical Methods beyond Eurocentrism.

7 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Approaches to World Literature: Critical Methods beyond Eurocentrism III

Reading Group

NB. Postponed to 13 December 2010 (originally scheduled for 06 December)  

The third of three reading group meetings in the CCLPS Seminar Series Approaches to World Literature: Critical Methods beyond Eurocentrism.

13 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, 100, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM