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Rewriting English: Gauri Viswanathan’s Masks of Conquest at Twenty-Five

General Programming

November 7, 2014 Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm EST The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • University Seminars
  • Columbia University Press
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Department of English
  • Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
  • New York University Department of English

The Heyman Center hosts an all-day conference celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Gauri Viswanathan's Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. Viswanathan’s book changed the way we think about English Literature as a "discipline" -- both educational and colonial; it continues to be one of the most important works on the teaching of English in colonial India, and one of the most important analyses for the idea of literature as a conscious strategy of hegemony. In this commemorative event, sixteen of her former students, along with other scholars of postcolonial thought, will give short papers that consider the legacy of this work.

Event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Program

November 7, 2014  Friday

9:30am - 10:00am EDT

Welcome and Introduction

10:00am - 11:00am EDT

Speaking, Reading, Being Read

Sonali Perera

Associate Professor of English

Hunter College, City University of New York

Tim Watson

Associate Professor of English

University of Miami

Siraj Ahmed

Associate Professor of English

Lehman College, City University of New York

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Colonial Exchange and Change

Suzanne Daly

Associate Professor of English

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sunil Agnani

Associate Professor of English and History

University of Illinois at Chicago

Amy Martin

Associate Professor of English

Mount Holyoke College

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Break I

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Out of Place

Michael Malouf

Associate Professor of English

George Mason University

Cóilín Parsons

Assistant Professor of English

Georgetown University

Sarah Phillips Casteel

Associate Professor of English

Carleton University

Sanjay Krishnan

Associate Professor of English

Boston University

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

The Political Conscious

Helen Kapstein

Assistant Professor of English

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Richard Jean So

Assistant Professor of English

University of Chicago

Joshua L. Miller

Associate Professor of English

University of Michigan

3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

Break II

3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Method and Mentorship

Sailaja Sastry

Lecturer in English

Barnard College

Moustafa Bayoumi

Professor of English

Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

Radhika Jones

Deputy Managing Editor

Time Magazine

4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

Crossing Paths

Isabel Hofmeyr

Professor of African Literature

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Una Chaudhuri

Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama

New York University Abu Dhabi

Participants
  • Sunil Agnani Associate Professor of English and History University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dohra Ahmad Associate Professor of English St. John's University
  • Siraj Ahmed Associate Professor of English Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Moustafa Bayoumi Professor of English Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
  • Sarah Phillips Casteel Associate Professor of English Carleton University
  • Una Chaudhuri Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Suzanne Daly Associate Professor of English University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Elaine Freedgood Professor of English New York University
  • Isabel Hofmeyr Professor of African Literature University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Radhika Jones Deputy Managing Editor Time Magazine
  • Helen Kapstein Assistant Professor of English John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Anjuli Raza Kolb Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Williams College
  • Sanjay Krishnan Associate Professor of English Boston University
  • Michael Malouf Associate Professor of English George Mason University
  • Amy Martin Associate Professor of English Mount Holyoke College
  • Joshua L. Miller Associate Professor of English University of Michigan
  • Cóilín Parsons Assistant Professor of English Georgetown University
  • Sonali Perera Associate Professor of English Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Sailaja Sastry Lecturer in English Barnard College
  • Richard Jean So Assistant Professor of English University of Chicago
  • Tim Watson Associate Professor of English University of Miami