On the Question of Negritude – Dec 7, 2018

On the Question of Negritude: Nimrod, Senghor, and Césaire

Reading Group followed by book launch reception

Fri Dec 7  //  4-6:30pm  //  Institute for the Humanities, Osterman Common Room

Introducing, discussing, and launching Nimrod: Selected Writings, recently published by the University of Michigan press. Nimrod is a Chadian philosopher, poet, novelist, and essayist, and one of the most dynamic and vital voices in contemporary African literature and thought. We read extracts from the book along with Fanon’s essay “The Negro and Language”. All readings can be found here. Joining us are Prof. Frieda Ekotto (Comparative Literature and DASS) and Sahin Acikgoz (Comparative Literature).

  • 4-5:30pm: Professor Frieda Ekotto will introduce Nimrod and the book, and begin our discussion of the book and the other suggested readings.
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: reception with refreshments.

Please RSVP here. The first 8 graduate students who confirm their attendance can receive a free copy of the book at the event.

Theory and Teaching, Nov. 2, 2018

Interrogating the Divide: Theory and Teaching

Nov 2, 1-3pm, Michigan History Department, Room 1014 Tisch Hall.

Event open to the general public, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty. RSVP here.

A round-table discussion
Reginald Jackson (Asian Languages and Cultures)
Duygu Ergun (Comparative Literature)
Chaired by: Omer Sharir (History)

A Missed Dialogue? Oct 4-5, 2018

Critical & Decolonial Theories: A Missed dialogue?

Oct 4-5, Michigan History Department, Room 1014 Tisch Hall.

Event open to the general public, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty. RSVP HERE.

 

Thu OCT 4 — from 4 to 5:30pm:

We read and discuss “Introduction” and Chapter 5 from Enzo Traverso’s 2016 book Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory. Click here for the readings.

Fri OCT 5 — from 10:00am to 1:40pm

10:00 to 11:45 Intertextual reading of short texts used by Traverso in his book. Suggested readings:

– Walter Benjamin “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (Theses 4, 6, 7, 8, 11-16)
– CLR James Marxism for our Times
– Fanon, “Violence in the international context”
– Adorno, “Minima Moralia” (Aphorisms 18, 33, 98, 149, 151, 153)
– WEB DuBois, The Negro and the Warsaw Ghetto
Click here for the readings.

 

11:45 to 12:30 Lunch break (from Exotic Bakery)

12:30 to 1:20pm: “Teaching with Theory”. Round table discussion, open to all, doderated by Arvind-Pal Mandair (Asian Languages and Cultures)

1:20pm to 1:40pm: Closing remarks and taking the Initiative Forward

Joining us: Surti Singh (American University in Cairo) and Sami Khatib (Leuphana University of Lüneburg).

RSVP HERE.

This event is part of the new partnership that the University of Michigan and the American University in Cairo (AUC) embarked on focusing on Public Humanities in the Global South supported by a Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to AUC.

Revisiting Violence, Sept 24, 2018

Revisiting “violence”

3-5pm, Michigan History Department, Room 1014 Tisch Hall.

 

We contextually read:

  • Aimé Césaire’s “Discourse on Colonialism”
  • Frantz Fanon’s “Concerning Violence”
  • Walter Benjamin’s work through the just-published review article by Sami Khatib “Society and Violence”. [map id=”1″]

We will be reading and discussing three texts, found HERE. 

The event will include refreshment, RSVP HERE  and on Facebook

 

Theory and Teaching, Nov. 2, 2018

Interrogating the Divide: Theory and Teaching

Nov 2, 2018, 1-3pm, Michigan History Department, Room 1014 Tisch Hall.

Lunch Served. Event open to the general public, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty, but registration is required, please registered here.

A round-table discussion about the challenges and difficulties that face graduate students and faculty in incorporating theory in their teaching and writing.

In this discussion, we will be joined by Reginald Jackson (Asian Languages and Cultures) and Duygu Ergun (Comparative Literature). Chaired by Omer Sharir (History)
This event is part of the University of Michigan and the American University in Cairo (AUC) partnership on Public Humanities in the Global South supported by a Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to AUC.