Muslim "Racialization" and the Conceptual Limits of the Arabophone: Translational Disjunctures and Comparative Horizons across the Global South

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Feb 04, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Annette Damayanti Lienau, Harvard University

Professor Lienau’s core research uses the legacy of the Arabic language as a lens for comparative studies of post-colonial literature, offering an alternative approach to the often binary (colonial/post-colonial) constructions used in more isolated studies of national literatures. Drawing on an extensive background in comparative Arabic, Indonesian, African, and Francophone writing, her research explores cultural and historical dynamics not fully explained by a single colonial legacy. Her work has been generously supported by national fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, and several competitive grants from Yale University. She was most recently the co-recipient of a Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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