Archives of Resistance:

Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Three-Day International Conference

University of Leeds, June 20-22 2018

**Please register here**

Monday 18 June (Pre-Conference Event)


Screening – Concerning Violence (2014)
Skype Q&A with director Göran Olsson.
Hyde Park Picturehouse

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Wednesday 20 June

13.00-13.30                 Registration in Hinsley Hall foyer

13.30-13.45                 Welcome

13.45-14.45                 Keynote (Margaret Clitherow Room):

Prof. Ben Hutchinson (University of Kent)

 “Late Reading: German Theory, European Culture, World Literature”

14.45-15.00                 Coffee

15.00-16.30                 Panels

Indigeneity, Ecology and the Non-Human in World Literature

(Margaret Clitherow Room)

  • Jane Hiddleston (University of Oxford):
    “Poetry in the World: Césaire, Glissant, and the Language of Landscape”
  • Dominic O’Key (University of Leeds):
    “Mahasweta Devi, Postcolonial Politics and the Nonhuman”
  • Rebecca Macklin (University of Leeds):
    “Quiet Violence, Quiet Resistance: Global Capitalism, Environmental Remediation and Decoloniality in K. Sello Duiker’s Fiction”

Cosmopolitanism and World Literature (John Wesley Room)

  • M Noor Davids (University of South Africa):
    “District Six’s forced removal archive as a post-apartheid cosmopolitan memory: re- imagining ‘glocal’ citizenship for a democratic world.
  • Joseph Twist (University College Dublin):
    “The Subject in the World and the World in the Subject: Navid Kermani’s Dein Name
  • Maria Roca Lizarazu (University of Warwick):
    “‘…there are no somebody else’s victims’: Towards a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Holocaust Memory in Katja Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther”

Challenging Human Rights and the Bildungsroman (John Wesley Room)

  • Alice E. Olsson (University College London):
    “Speculative Fictions of the Human: Literature and Human Rights Law”
  • Dima Chami (University of Leeds):
    “‘She is the meteor and I, her space’: Lyricism, the Ineffable and Biopolitical Trauma in Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail
  • Veronica Barnsley (University of Sheffield):
    “Troubling Innocence: the Child and World Literature”

Fictions of Southern Africa (Jeanne Jugan Room)

  • Danyela Demir (University of Johannesburg):
    “World Literature, Entanglement, and Representations of Struggles for Liberation in Southern African Fiction”
  • Rebecca Duncan (University of Stirling):
    “Returning to the Pastoral Unconscious: The Plaasroman in the Post-Rainbow Nation”
  • Deniz Gundogan-Ibrisim (Washington University):
    “Resisting Liberal Humanism Through Storytelling in Achmat Dangor’s Kafka’s Curse

16.30-17.00                  Coffee 

17.00-18.00                Keynote (Margaret Clitherow Room):  

Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia)

 “Hannah Arendt in Baddawi”

18.00-19.00                 Dinner

19.00-20.30                 Readings (Margaret Clitherow Room):

Zoë Wicomb and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh
(in conversation with Lyndsey Stonebridge)


Thursday 21 June 

9.30-11.00                   Panels

World-Ecology and World Literature (John Wesley Room)

  • Treasa De Loughry (University of Exeter):
    “Energetic Materialism and Historical Memory in Rachel Kushner’s Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers
  • Raya Alraddadi (University of Kent):
    “Munif’s Cities of Salt as Counter-Memory”
  • Jade Douglas (University of Leeds)
    “Memories of the Capitalist World-Ecology: ‘Place’ as Archive in Nellja Veremej’s Nach dem Sturm

Genres of World Literature (Jeanne Jugan Room)

  • Natalya Bekhta (Helsinki University):
    “Comics, Politicians and Messiahs:
Menippean Satire as Resistance in Contemporary Ukrainian Fiction”
  • Ian Ellison (University of Leeds):
    “Forms of Lateness: European World Literature at the Turn of the Millennium”
  • Peter Maurits (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    “Contradictions of Contemporary African Science Fiction: The Anxiety of Literary Inheritance and the Call of Hollywood”

Resistant World Literature (Margaret Clitherow Room)

  • May Hawas (American University in Cairo):
    “World Citizenship, Literary Bastards”
  • Elisabeth Herrmann (University of Warwick):
    “Resisting World Literature and Archives of Resistance in Kafka’s Prose”
  • Aretha Phiri (Rhodes University & Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study):
    “What’s in a Name? Archives of Resistance in Contemporary African Diasporic Literature”

Migration and Borderscapes in Contemporary World Literature (Mary Ward Room)

  • Tasnim Qutait (Uppsala University):
    “Security Politcs and Migrant Writing in the Short Stories of Hassan Blasim”
  • Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds):
    “Francophone Literary ‘implicated subjects’ and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis”
  • Christinna Hobbs (Liverpool John Moores University):
    “‘Heroes of the Borderlands’: Semi-Peripheral Borderscapes in Latife Tekin’s Swords of Ice (2007) and Orhan Pamuk’s Snow (2005)”

11.00-11.30                  Coffee

11.30-13.00                  Panels

The Dialectic of World Literature: From Criticism to Metafiction

(Margaret Clitherow Room)

  • Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm University)
    “Critical Practice and Resistant Reading: Provocations from the ‘Global South’”
  • Nasia Anam (Princeton):
    “Loose Canons: The Self-Reflexivity of the Global Anglophone Text”
  • Daniel Hartley (University of Leeds):
    “Capital Personified: From Impersonality to the Dialectic of World Literature”

Tragedy and Dystopia as Modes of World Literature (John Wesley Room)

  • Patricia McManus (University of Brighton):
    “The Figure of the World in Dystopian Fiction”
  • Walaa Said (University of Marburg):
    “Surviving in and Revolting against Dystopian Realities: J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarian (1980) and Ahmad Khaled Towfeek’s Utopia (2008)”
  • Amy Rushton (Nottingham Trent University):
    “The Danger of the Single Reading: Tragedy as a Literary Mode of Resistance in African Fiction (2000-2010)”

Print Culture, Memory & the Visual (Mary Ward Room)

  • Amaal Akhtar (Jawaharlal Nehru University):
    “Partition’s Visual Memories and Literary Topographies: Expressions of Muslim Belonging in Urdu Literature”
  • Maria Zirra (Stockholm University):
    “Bronzing Van Gogh’s Ear: European and South African Visual Memory in Wopko Jensma’s Avant-Garde Poetry”
  • Rebekah Vince (University of Warwick):
    “Metamorphic Memories and Literatures of the World”

13.00-14.00                 Lunch 

14.00-15.30                 Panels

AHRC Leadership Fellow Panel (Margaret Clitherow Room):

The Future of Modern Language Study

  • Janice Carruthers (AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages)
  • Charles Forsdick (AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’)
  • Laura-Lucia Rossi (University of Leeds, Co-Director of CompLab)

The Limits of Transnational World Literature (John Wesley Room)

  • Sona Mnatsakanyan (American University of Armenia) & Meri Yeranosyan (Academy of Science of the Republic of Armenia):
    “On the Literary Works of Zaven Biberyan as a Challenge to World Literature”
  • Lida Amiri (University of Liverpool):
    “Alternative Narratives about Afghanistan: How Translingual Author Atiq Rahimi Defies Cultural Stereotypes”
  • Ajibola Fabusuyi (Obafemi Awolowo University):
    Weltliteratur and the Nigerian Novel: Between Western Literary Form and Local Narrative Voice” 

15.30-16.00                 Coffee

16.00-17.00                 Keynote (Margaret Clitherow Room):

Prof. Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

“The Multiple Manifestos of World-Literature in French: Mobility, Migration, Human Rights”

18.00                           Dinner


Friday 22 June

9.00-10.45       Panels

International Solidarity & Revisiting the “Third World” (Margaret Clitherow Room)

  • Nicolas Allen (University of Buenos Aires):
    “Alfredo Varela and the ‘Novelist’s International’”
  • Gül Bilge Han (Stockholm University)
    “World Literature, Lotus and the Transnational Networks of Afro-Asian Solidarity”
  • Sarah Jilani (University of Cambridge):
    “Comparative Work on Post-Independence and Decolonisation Literatures: Revisiting ‘Third World’ as a Category”

World-Literary Life Writing (Mary Ward Room)

  • Adam Kola (Nicolaus Copernicus University):
    “The Core-Peripheral Model à rebours with Some Remarks about Another World Literature (the case of the Czech-Chinese novel On the River)”
  • Emma Parker (University of Leeds):
    “Speculative Life-Writing as Late Style”
  • May Al Sahib (University of Kent):
    “Political Resistance in Contemporary Egyptian Autobiographies”

Aesthetics of Resistance (Mary Ward Room)

  • Praveen Tilakaratne (University of Colombo):
    “Aesthetics through and beyond Capital: Theoretical Speculations through a Case Study of Martin Wickramasinghe’s Gamperaiya and Virāgaya
  • Doro Wiese (Düsseldorf University):
    “Untranslatability as Resistance: The Deconstruction of Western Knowledge in American Indian Fiction”
  • Besa Hashani (Université Catholique de Louvain):
    “‘Elegy’ for the Victims of Misused Memory: Ismail Kadare’s Archival Cosmopolitan Resistance in Three Elegies for Kosovo (1998)”
  • Yi-Jen Chang (Fo Guang University):
    “Barely Alive: Improper Life in Post-Apocalyptic Manga”

Critical Cosmopolitanism (Jeanne Jugan Room)

  • Jason Eng Hun Lee (Hong Kong Baptist University):
    “Cosmopolitan Dialectics and the World-Historical Imagination”
  • Piia K. Posti (Linnaeus University):
    “Resisting the Cosmopolitan Novel? World Literature at Large”
  • Sam Durrant (University of Leeds):
    “Strange Company: Creaturely Cosmopolitanism in Teju Cole’s Open City

10.45-11.00                  Coffee

11.00-12.30                  Panels

Resisting World Literature (Margaret Clitherow Room)

  • Lorna Burns (University of St Andrews):
    “Citizens of Nowhere, or Antigone, Again: Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire and Literary Dissent”
  • Rehnuma Sazzad (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London):
    “Resisting World Literature and Decolonial Struggle in South Asia: The Grave (1952) as a Drama against the Proliferation of Cultural Compartmentalism”
  • Joanne Leal (Birkbeck):
    “The Limits of (World) Literature as Resistance in Thomas Lehr’s Fata Morgana (2010)”

World Literature, the Vernacular and Peripheral Readers (John Wesley Room)

  • Ruth Kelly (University of York):
    “Human Rights and Vernacular Literature”
  • Uhuru Portia Phalafala (University of Stellenbosch):
    “Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Matri-Archive of Resistance”
  • Sutida Wimuttikosol (Thammasat University):
    “A Case for ‘Peripheral’ Readers of World Literature”

Cities of World Literature (Mary Ward Room)

  • Brantley Nicholson (Georgia College):
    “All the World’s a Peripheral Global City: The 21st Century Latin American Bildungsroman as Emblem of Global Capital”
  • Ágnes Györke (University of Debrecen):
    “Cosmopolitan Fiction and Postmillenial Indifference”
  • Caitlin Vandertop (University of the South Pacific):
    “Colonial Urbanism, Modernist Literature, and the Spectacle of Unevenness”

Transnational Bodies (Jeanne Jugan Room)

  • Maya Caspari (University of Leeds):
    “Feminist Resistance and World Literature in Han Kang’s Human Acts
  • Rebekah Cumpsty (Weber State University):
    “Tracing the Transnational: Scaling (Neo)Imperial Realities through the Body in Chris Abani’s Fiction”
  • Igbinedion Obaretin (University of Aberdeen):
    “Extra-Legal Legality: Orientalism and Biopolitics in a State of Exception”

12.30-13.30                 Lunch

13.30-14.30                 Keynote (Margaret Clitherow Room):

Prof. Mariano Siskind (Harvard University)

 “About the End of the World: Towards a Cosmopolitanism of Loss”

 14.30-15.00                 Closing words


Lights in the Distance: Daniel Trilling in Conversation
Wharf Chambers, ground floor (wheelchair accessible)
Free registration, but spaces limited

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