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SOAS South Asia Institute

From Karachi to London ... and back: Hermitage and Other Stories

Aamer Hussein (short story writer), Amina Yaqin (SOAS)

Date: 12 June 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 12 June 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

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Aamer Hussein in conversation with Amina Yaqin

Aamer Hussein is a short story writer and critic. Born in 1955, Hussein grew up in Karachi, spent most of his summers in Indore, studied in Ooty for two years, and moved to London in 1970. He has written several collections of short stories, including Mirror to the Sun (1993) and Insomnia (2007). He has also written a novella titled Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and a novel, The Cloud Messenger (2011). Hermitage is his latest collection of short stories, which, as Bina Shah puts it, “delve into the realms of mythology and the metaphysical…his language is that of myth and legend, and in interpreting the symbols and signs of his own parlance, he helps us understand our own…” . 

Amina Yaqin is an academic and writer and Chair, Centre for English Studies, SOAS. She grew up in Lahore and moved to the UK in 1991. Her publications include a co-authored book with Peter Morey on Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 911 (Harvard University Press, 2011); co-edited books on Contesting Islamophobia: media, politics and culture (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury 2019); Muslims, Trust and Multiculturalism: New Directions (Palgrave MacMillan 2018); Culture, Diaspora and Modernity in Muslim Writing (Routledge 2012). She shares with Aamer Hussein a passionate interest in women's writing in Urdu and a broader outlook on Urdu literary cultures.

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