The Locations of (World) Literature: Perspectives from Africa and South Asia
19 June 2017 - 20 June 2017
The aim of the two-day workshop is to look at the ways in which modern and contemporary South Asian and African writers who produce their work from specific locales consider their place in the world, in world literature, in the wider geographical regions (Africa, South Asia, etc.) or national literary histories in which their work is often read or identified with. How do these writers work through, use, challenge or re-invent the macro categories (region, nation, sub-continent, continent, world), with which literary histories are written and literary cartographies constituted? What is the relevance of these geographical categories, and how are they often reallocated or realigned? What worlds do these literatures simultaneously inhabit and create?
Organised by Professor Francesca Orsini (SOAS) and Dr Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS, Paris) as part of the ERC funded project “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature” and with the support of the LabeX TransferS (Ecole Normale Superieure, College de France, PSL).