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Beyond the Classroom - Reading after Empire : Literature. Politics. History
Has empire ended? And what, if anything, has replaced it? In what languages do we read and write in a world post empire? Are languages regional and national or are they also conceptual? Is what we read and write as important as how we do it? How is the idea of the nation-state shaped by language? What role does translation pay in a post-empire world? Is English truly a "world language" or does it dominate and demand obeisance from its subjects, much as the English empire did? Has anything changed? Are we still living with and in an empire?

Join us for this unique live conversation between Maya Jasanoff and Madhavi Menon on 11th December, at 7pm IST. Register below to receive a link to attend.

Dec 11, 2021 07:00 PM in India

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Maya Jasanoff
@Harvard University
Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. Her teaching and research extend from the history of the British Empire to global history. She is the author of three prize-winning books including The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, which examines the dynamics of modern globalization through the life and times of the novelist Joseph Conrad. Her first book, the Duff Cooper Prize-winning Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850, explores British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors, and was a book of the year selection in publications including The Economist, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. In 2017, Jasanoff was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize in recognition of her contributions to non-fiction literature. She is chair of judges for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Madhavi Menon
@Ashoka University
Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University. She earned her Bachelors and Masters in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. She completed her PhD from Tufts University. Prior to joining Ashoka as one of its first faculty members, she taught at Ithaca College and American University. She is the author of several books on queer theory, Shakespeare, and the history of desire. Her most recent book is Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India (2018), and her forthcoming book is titled The Law of Desire (2021). She is currently working on an edition of Shakespeare's Richard II for the forthcoming series of Cambridge Shakespeare Editions. This version of the play thinks through the Sufi provenance of ideas we commonly think of as Shakespearean. Professor Menon’s research interests include queer theory, Shakespeare, and histories of desire. She works with questions of sexuality, desire, gender, politics, history, and identity.