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lectures on Postcolonial Studies at SOAS

Lectures at Cultural and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS), SOAS

We’ll have two lectures on Postcolonial Studies. The first is by our new CCLPS Research Associate, Dr Rehnuma Sezzad, who will speak on her forthcoming book about The Reflections of Edward Said’s Exile in the Works of the Most Prominent Middle Eastern Intellectuals, on Wed 6 January.

On Wed 3 February, Dr Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle), will speak on her forthcoming book on Frantz Fanon and Italian postcolonialism.

Two other events will relate to eco-criticism. One is a lecture by Prof Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick) on “Famines, Governance and (Post-) colonial literatures: an eco-critical perspective on Rudyard Kipling and Mahasweta Devi”, on 2 March 2016. The other is a Critical Forum by Charis Bredin (CCLPS) and Miriam Pahl (Languages and Cultures of Africa), both PhD candidates at SOAS, on Reading the Sahara: Between Deep Past and Apocalyptic Future, Animality and Plurality, on 9 March 2015.

Meanwhile, we will also continue our exploration of multilingual literary cultures. On 17 February Prof Clarissa Vierke (Bayreuth) will speak on The Swahili coast as a literary contact zone and what we can learn from it. And on 16 March, Dr Laetitia Zecchini (Thalim, CNRS, Paris) will speak on Cosmopolitanism as aesthetic/political survival? Defamiliarizing India and tell us about the netwok on literary cosmopolitism at Thalim that she has been part of.

Our world literature reading group will resume on Wed 13 January with a session on multilingual literary culture in India, and then continue with sessions on pre-colonial genres.

We also look forward to the lecture and seminars that Prof Ronit Ricci (ANU), the author of the celebrated book Islam Translated on the translation of an Arabic Islamic text in South-East Asian languages, will give in April 2016, when she is going to be visiting SOAS for three weeks.

All our events are on Wednesdays, starting at 3.30, in Room L67. Tea & biscuits will be available before the start of each lecture. Everyone is welcome!

Hakluyt Society Essay Prize 2016 and Conference

The Hakluyt Society announces the 2015-2016 round of its essay prize competitions for students and early career researchers in History and related disciplines. Submissions are invited of between 6,000 and 8,000 words on any aspect of the history of travel, exploration, and cultural encounter, in the tradition of the work of the Hakluyt Society. For more information about the essay prize and about last year’s competition, please visit the Hakluyt Society blog and the PDF.

The Essay Prize consists of up to £750, one-year membership of the Society, and the opportunity to publish the prize essay in the online Journal of the Hakluyt Society. Please find details about the competition attached. The submission deadline is 1 November 2015.

In addition, the Hakluyt Society also warmly invites postgraduate students to attend the Hakluyt Society Conference ‘Maritime Trade, Travel, and Cultural Encounter in the 18th and 19th Centuries’, held at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) in Hull, on 13-14 November 2015. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit the website.