MLA Special Forum with WSIP Scholars

WSIP-affiliated scholars participated in a Special Forum at the Modern Language Association Convention (Chicago, Jan 10-12, 2014) including a main forum on “Reframing Postcolonial and Global Studies in the Longer Durée” and two linked sessions.

Below are the password protected links to the Abstracts and Bibliography Suggestions of the papers presented at the Convention

We invite you to follow the links below (in blue) for related publications by panelists; they are posted below paper titles.

Friday, 10 January, 3:30–5:15 p.m
346. Reframing Postcolonial and Global Studies in the Longer Durée
Presiding: Sahar Amer, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1. “(De)Imperialization and the Dialectics of World History,” Laura Doyle, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
–“Inter-Imperiality: Dialectics in a Postcolonial World History”
2. “Customs, Ceremonies, and the Problem of Early Modern ‘Religion,'” Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
“History Speaks Many Languages”
3. “Early Globalities and Its Methods: An Inquiry into the State of Critique,” Geraldine Heng, Univ. of Texas, Austin
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4. “Empire, Nation, Imperium,” Barbara Fuchs, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
–“Golden Ages and Golden Hinds; or, Periodizing Spain and England”

Saturday, 11 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m.
547. Languages in and between Empires: Translation, Script, and Geopolitical Agency
Presiding: Laura Doyle, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
1. “Translating the Ancients: Politics of Language from Abbasid Modernity to the Age of Sultanate Postmodernity,” Hayrettin Yücesoy, Washington Univ.
–“Translation as Self-Consciousness: Ancient Sciences, Antediluvian Wisdom, and the ‘Abbāsid Translation Movement”
2. “Writing as Imperial Technology, Past and Present,” Lydia H. Liu, Columbia Univ.
“Postphonetic Writing and New Media”
3. “Terms of Exchange: Script Change and Linguistic Palimpsests in the Comparative Literatures of Senegal,” Annette Damayanti Lienau, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
–“The Ideal of Casteless Language in Pramoedya’s Arok Dedes
Respondent: Simon E. Gikandi, Princeton Univ.
–“Transporting Fiction: The Novel in a (Post)Colonial World”

Sunday, 12 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
707. Global Genealogies of Diaspora, Genre, and Intertextuality
Presiding: Yogita Goyal, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
1. “Franco-Arabic Intercultural Poetics in the Middle Ages,” Sahar Amer, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2. “Transpacific Imperial Tropings, Ancient-Modern Address,” Yunte Huang, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
“Angel Island and the Poetics of Error”
3. “Genealogical Accountings and the Diasporic Imaginary,” Ato Quayson, Univ. of Toronto
–“Postcolonialism and the Diasporic Imaginary”
Respondent: Shu-mei Shih, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
–“Comparison as Relation”

Our special thanks to Mary Louise Pratt, who encouraged and inspired this forum. Here’s a link to one of her most recent contributions to discussions about language, empire, and political economy: “Monolingismo/Monopolismo: Language, Empire, and the Post 9/11 Imperial Panic.”