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MULOSIGE Project Update March 2016

7 March 2016

Having officially begun in January, the project is off to a flying start. In addition to advertising for two postdoctoral researchers, planning has begun for the first major conference on Multilingualism before Colonialism, to be held at SOAS in June 2016.

Other highlights include:

  • Professor Ronit Ricci will join us as a visiting fellow in April, holding three sessions on Multilingual Sri Lanka;
  • Francesca Orsini spoke on "'Significant geographies' in lieu of 'world' literature – it's not just about the cosmopolitans" at the séminaire "Littérature et cosmopolitism" at ENS, Paris, on 5 February 2016;
  • She also delivered a paper "What can kathas tell us about multilingual literary culture in north India?" for the network of scholars working on the DELI project (Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Indian Literature), at the BULAC (Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations), 11 March 2016 (Bhakti et Littératures);
  • Later this month, she will speak on "Who were [are] the cosmopolitans? Thoughts from multilingual South Asia", at the international conference Cosmopolis and Beyond: Literary Cosmopolitanism after the Republic of Letters, Trinity College, Oxford, 18–19 March 2016.

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