22 Janaury 2021

In Transition

The Syntax of Everyday Injustice: A Reading & Conversation with Arundhati Roy

Moderator: Pavan Malreddy

22 January 2021
ZOOM/ 10.00-12.00 hrs. CET,
14:30-16:30 hrs. IST

No Registration for IEAS members.

All others, register at: pavanmalreddy@protonmail.com

Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer. She writes of the connections between caste, class, capitalism and imperialism. Her two novels, The God of Small Things (1997) and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017), have amassed readership in more than forty languages. Her extensive non-fictional work – Walking with the Comrades, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, My Seditious Heart, among others – draws attention to how capitalism and privatisation have undermined democracy, devastated the environment and accelerated the race to irreversible climate change. Both her fiction and non-fiction have been subject to lively – at times heated – scholarly debates both within and outside of India. This reading and conversation will be based on her recent collections of essays titled Azadi – Freedom. Fascism. Fiction (2020).

In Transit|ion – Frankfurt Lectures in Literary and Cultural Studies” is a prestigious lecture series organized by the Institute of English and American Studies at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Twice a semester, leading scholars and writers from around the world present their work in the fields of American Studies, English Studies, and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures.


10 December 2020

Kylie Crane (Potsdam)

Concrete ruins

ruins made of concrete, or specific ruins; also processes of ruining caused by concrete

Thursday, Dec 10, 6-8 pm | Zoom

In this talk, I will bring the (media representation of the) Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh together with Tim Edensor's urban explorations in Industrial Ruins. I draw on new materialist thought and postcolonial theory, together with Ann Laura Stoler's ideas of ruin and ruination as well as Rob Nixon's idea of slow violence, to think about ruin in an active sense, connecting otherwise seemingly disparate sites.


Kylie Crane is the author of the acclaimed book Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives (Palgrave, 2012). She teaches Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Potsdam. She was a Junioprofessor of Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Mainz-Germersheim (Germany). Starting 2021, she will hold the Chair of British and American Cultural Studies at the University of Rostock.


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Past Events

2020

  • 06 February 2020: ‘None of the Guilty Will Be Spared’: Atmospheric terror in George Brant’s Grounded. Guest lecture by Daniel O'Gorman. More information here...
  • 29 January 2020: "In Conversation with Pavan Malreddy & Reading from Satin Island". Guest lecture by Tom McCarthy. More information here...


2019

  • 14 November 2019: "Resisting Activism: The Politics of Apathy and Disengagement in South Asian Women's Fiction". Guest Lecture by Maryam Mirza. More information here...
  • 11 July 2019: "Interlopers: Mapping Creative and Destructive Encounters between Asia and the West". Guest lecture by Elmar Schenkel. More information here...
  • 27 June 2019: ‘A real event in slow motion’: (Northern) Irish Poetry After Brexit’. Guest lecture by Colin Graham. More information here...
  • 23 May 2019: Narrating Globalisation, Contesting Politics of Space in the Work of Amitav Ghosh. Guest lecture by Florian Stadtler More information here...
  • 09 May 2019: Queer Writing in Uganda – The Struggle for Literary Space. Guest lecture by Beatrice Lamwaka. More information here...
  • 25 April 2019: Australia’s Postcolonial Turn. The Mabo Decision and Australian Fiction. Guest lecture by Geoffrey Rodoreda (Stuttgart). More information here ...

     
  • 19 January 2019: Towards a Narrative of (Re)Conciliation? Post-War Sri Lankan Literature in English. Guest by Birte Heidemann-Malreddy (Bremen). More information here ...
     

2018

  • 15 November 2018: The Return of the Admiral: Re-fashioning Swahili waters in the 'Dragonfly Sea'. AFRASO guest lecture by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Nairobi/Berlin). More information here ...

     
  • 1 November 2018: Soundtrack included: How Music Adds an Extra Layer of Storytelling to a Bildungsroman. Guest lecture by Campbell Jefferys. More information here ...

     
  • 24 October 2018: Bandhani, emankeeki and kanga – Three Sisters of an Asian-African Heritage. The Complexities of Gendered and Race Relations in the Work of Sultan Somjee. Guest lecture by Mala Pandurang (Mumbai). More information here ...

     
  • 7 June 2018: The negotiation of (im)mobility in Anglophone Maori short stories. Guest lecture by Leonie John. Download the flyer here ...
     

  • 17 May 2018: Transcultural competence and English literature classes. A reconstructive study on the use of fictions of migrations in the EFL classroom. Guest lecture by Annika Kreft. Download the flyer here ...
     

  • 3 May 2018: Ngũgĩ in India: A Transcultural Dialogue. Guest lecture by Venugopalrao Nellutla. More information here ...
     

  • 8 February 2018: Can the Slum-dweller Speak? Katherine Boo and the Postcolonial Politics of Literary Journalism. Guest lecture by Alex Tickell. More information here ...
     

  • 1 February 2017: Concepts of Development in Postcolonial Kenyan Writing. Guest lecture by Martina Kopf. More information here ...
     

2017

  • 7 December 2017: ‘Travelling Cultures’:  Reading Nineteenth-Century British Narratives about Movement and Mobility. Guest lecture by Nadia Butt (University of Giessen). More information here ...

     
  • 26 October 2017: In Transition: The Aesthetics and Politics of the ‘Across Factor’. In Transition lecture by Ranjan Ghosh (University of North Bengal). More information here ...
     

  • 4 - 6 October 2017: South Asian Diaspora International Reseacher’s Network (SADIRN) Graduate Academy 2017. More information here ...
     

  • 13 July 2017: Sovereignty On Camera: Documentary, Performance and War in Syria. Guest Lecture by Enrique Galvan-Alvarez. More information here ...

  • 6 July 2017: Towards Transcultural Ecology: Learning | Reading. Guest lecture by Roman Bartosch. More information here ...
     

  • 13 June 2017: Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants. AFRASO Lecture and Film Screening by Shihan de Silva More information here ...

  • 4 May 2017: Sperm Count. The Scoresbys and the North. In Transition lecture by Graham Huggan. More information here ...
     

2016

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  • 1-7 December, 2014, Dakar (Senegal): Photographs of 19th and 20th century Africa: Changing perspectives and object histories in school textbooks and digital archives. More information here ...
     

  • 21-23 September, 2014: Postgraduate Forum Reading Across Cultures. New Comparative Approaches in a Globalized World.  More information here ...