Upcoming and Recent Talks

2018

Present Futures and the Legacies of Afrofuturism: Speculative Fiction, Globality, Utopia
Humanities Institute, Penn State. October 16 (with Matt Tierney)

The Dictator Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. September 27

Magical Realism, Dictator Novels, and “Booms”: Comparison with and through Latin America
Department of Hispanic Studies, Brown University. September 25

The Global South Novel: Before and After 
The Global South Novel. Society for Novel Studies 2018 Conference (“Novel Theory”). Cornell University. May 31-June 2

Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: The Aesthetics of Futurity in the Wake of Neoliberal Globalization
American Comparative Literature Association. Los Angeles, CA. March 29-April 1

Academic Communities Beyond Campus: Collaborating, Networking, Connecting (workshop)
American Comparative Literature Association. Los Angeles, CA. March 29-April 1

 

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The African Dictator in the 1990s: Post-Cold War Transitions and/as Permanent Crisis
Dictatorship, Authoritarianism, and the Conceptual Mapping of the Global South. Thinking the Global South: A Critical Vocabulary for the Twenty-First Century. Penn State. March 16-17

(organizer)
Thinking the Global South: A Critical Vocabulary for the Twenty-First Century Penn State. March 16-17

Mésaventures: The Politics and Poetics of the Dictator-Novel in the African Postcolony
Department of Comparative Literature Luncheon. Penn State. February 26

Homegoing: Reading the ‘Global’ African Novel in the Twenty-First Century
Twenty-First Century African Writers. Modern Language Association. New York, NY. January 4-7

From Atlantic to Global (roundtable)
Modern Language Association. New York, NY. January 4-7 

2017

Between the Archive and the Text: "Fathers of the Fatherlands," the Latin American "boom," and the Dictator-Novel in the Global South
Penn State Modernist Studies Workshop. December 4

The States of African Literary Criticism (roundtable)
African Studies Association. Chicago, IL. November 16-18 

Fathers of the Fatherlands: Writing, Politics, and Literary Form in the Latin American Boom
Ithaca College. October 9

At the Fulcrum of Empire: Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account as a Novel of the Global South
The Global South and the Question of Method. American Comparative Literature Association. Utrecht, the Netherlands. July 6-9

Planetary Detectives: On Genre and the (Post-) Global Circulations of African Literature
After Continental Coherence: Reading African Literature in the Era of World Literature. African Literature Association. Yale University. June 14-17

Secret Histories: Detective Fiction and the Global African Novel in the Twenty-First Century
Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative (MCSI) Summer Institute. Penn State. June 12-17

2016

From Below: Insurgent Globalism(s) at the Start of the Twenty-First Century
Red on Red: A Symposium on Post-Socialist Art and Critical Theory. Yale University. April 8-9 

Secret Histories: Detective Fiction and the Global African Novel in the Twenty-First Century
The 21st Century Novel at the Limit. ACLA. Boston, MA. March 17-20

The Dictator-Novel Beyond the Dictator: The ‘Corpolony’ and the Global South
The Dictator Novel International: Classical Works from Latin America and Africa. Modern Language Association. Austin, TX. January 7-10