World Literature Events and CFPs, via Dr. Dohra Ahmad

Suddenly there seem to be tons of World Literature-related events and CFPs popping up. Here are a couple of upcoming ones that Dr. Ahmad has already shared with her “Teaching World
Literature” grad class, that I thought other students might be interested in as well. Two are upcoming events at NYU (the second of which is part of an ongoing series on canonical revisions) and the last is a CFP for a conference next spring.

October 25, 2010 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: 19 Washington Square North
What languages will the cosmopolite speak? Is the cosmopolitan idea tied to the idea of a universal language or of master languages into which all others should be translated? Or does the cosmopolitan idea require that we preserve and cultivate that which is untranslatable amongst languages and cultures? Is true cosmopolitanism the experience of being at home in all languages, or an exile in them all, and differently in each? Through conversation, these questions will be discussed and debated.
Tahar Ben Jelloun Novelist, Paris and Tangiers
David Damrosch Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Jacques Lezra Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU

Space is limited. Please RSVP to
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November 4, 2010 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: 19 Washington Square North
In his adaptation of The Aeneid, Canadian playwright Olivier Kemeid tells the tale of civil war, loss, and exile in the 21st century through the lens of Homer’s epic poem. The evening will include a reading of the play and a conversation with Kemeid. The program is the first in a series of readings of modern revisions of classical texts organized by Judith G. Miller, Professor of French, New York University.
Written by Olivier Kemeid Artistic Director, Théâtre Espace Libre, Montreal
Directed by Kay Maschullat Associate Teacher, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Casted by Catherine Coray Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Moderated by Joy Connolly Associate Professor of Classics, NYU
Co-sponsored by The Center for Ancient Studies, NYU and La Maison Française, NYU

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Teaching World Literature: Perspective and Pedagogy/March 18, 2011
full name / name of organization: Kennesaw State University
contact email: Khalil Elayan
This conference incorporates discussion of curriculum, methodology, and assessment of the world literature course. Suggestions for topics include: the “arena” of the world literature classroom (increased class size, hybrid, or online classes); teaching the “world” in world literature (what texts? how many?); world literature as an important general education course (how do we approach teaching this course as a foundation for university level education? Other topics on perspectives and pedagogy are most welcome. Submit a proposal (400 words) to Dr. Khalil Elayan ( and Denise White ( Papers given should be no more than twenty minutes in length.
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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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