Conference Presentations

African Literature Association Conference, New Haven, June 14-17, 2017.
I will present a paper, “The ‘Fundamentals’ of World Literature: The Silent Minaret and Post-9/11 Global Forms.” Both this paper and the one below are aimed at developing my second project, Terrorist Plots: Narrative Fiction and Fear 1888-2016.

Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Baltimore, March 24-26, 2017.
I will present a paper, “Finding a Form for the Fragments: Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here is Too Great” on the panel  “Stained Pages:  Fundamentalism, Action, and Reaction in Contemporary Novels.” I will also chair the panel I organized: “Post-Post-Colonial? Time in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction.”

African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 1-3, 2016.

In addition to presenting a paper on the panel “Narrations of Time, Memory, History” on December 3, I organized and chaired a panel on December 1. “Orientalism and the Globalization of Africa: New Directions with Africa at the Center” was an interdisciplinary panel with participants addressing history, music, literature, and cultural studies. You can access the ASA program here.

Select recent conference presentations for 2016; a full list of past presentations is available under “CV.”

“Time and the Other: Negotiating Temporalities in African Fiction,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2016.

“Waiting and Creating: Presenting African Futures in The Cry of Winnie Mandela and Radiance of Tomorrow,” Waiting as Cultural Practice Interdisciplinary, International Conference, Paderborn, Germany, May 2016.

“The Trauma of Waiting: Gendered Time in Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, March 2016.

“Time to Revisit: Nadine Gordimer and Times of Transition,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“Waiting: Keywords for the Global South,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.