Ato Quayson’s “On the Affliction of Second Thoughts: Modes of Doubt in Postcolonial Tragedy”


Friday, February 26th, 2016
Rm. 5414, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Ato Quayson is Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.  He has written widely on postcolonial cultural and literary theory, disability studies, African studies, diaspora studies, and urban studies.  His books include Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writings (Indiana UP, 1997), Postcolonialism: Theory Practice or Process?(Polity/Blackwell, 2000), Calibrations: Reading for the Social (Minnesota UP, 2003), Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (Columbia UP, 2007), and Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke UP, 2014).  He is the editor of the 2-volume Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge UP, 2012), A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism (with Girish Daswani, 2013), and The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel(Cambridge UP, 2015), among others.  He is the general editor of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry and is a Fellow of both the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.

Postcolonial Oceanic Methods: A Talk and Discussion with Isabel Hofmeyr

Isabel Hofmeyr is Global Distinguished Professor at New York University and Professor of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand. Her work, including Gandhi’s Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading (2013) and The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrim’s Progress (2003), explores textual circulation in the Global South with a focus on the Indian Ocean. Join us for a discussion on new Oceanic methodologies in postcolonial studies.


Friday, December 11, 2015


The Graduate Center, CUNY

Room 5409

Rebecca L. Walkowitz’s “The Post-Anglophone Era”

Professor Walkowitz will be discussing contemporary world literature and the state of the novel from the perspective of what she calls the “Post-Anglophone Era.” She will also reflect on the argument of her new book, Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in the Age of World Literature.


Friday, November 13, 2015, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Room 4406 (English Department Lounge)

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department
and is part of its Friday Forum Series.