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Reposting on behalf of @williams.msu (the English Department is co-sponsoring this event)

Join us next Monday for a fireside chat with the author of A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza! Look forward to seeing you all.
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Absolutely delighted to announce that in a few weeks, the University of Chicago Press will be shipping out copies of EPIDEMIC EMPIRE: COLONIALISM, CONTAGION, AND TERROR, 1817–2020 by Prof. Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb. Check out the book description below (and tap the link in our bio to visit the publisher's webpage for the book). Anjuli also asked that we give a shout-out to the amazing Williams alums who helped her with the book as research assistants: Stef Hernandez, Paul Griffith, Leonard Bopp, Rachel Clemens, and Erin Hanson. Congratulations, Anjuli! Can't wait to read this important and timely study.

Book Description: Terrorism is a cancer, an infection, an epidemic, a plague. For more than a century, this metaphor has figured insurgent violence as contagion in order to contain its political energies. In Epidemic Empire, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb shows that this trope began in responses to the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and tracks its tenacious hold through 9/11 and beyond. The result is the first book-length study to approach the global War on Terror from a postcolonial literary perspective.

Raza Kolb assembles a diverse archive from colonial India, imperial Britain, French and independent Algeria, the postcolonial Islamic diaspora, and the neoimperial United States. Anchoring her book are studies of four major writers in the colonial-postcolonial canon: Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Albert Camus, and Salman Rushdie. Across these sources, she reveals the tendency to imagine anticolonial rebellion, and Muslim insurgency specifically, as a virulent form of social contagion. Exposing the long history of this broken but persistent narrative, Epidemic Empire is a major contribution to the rhetorical history of our present moment.
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Tonight! 7pm. Tap link in bio for Zoom link.

Reposting: From Shawn Rosenheim, director of the English Department's Class of 1960's Scholars Program:

“Apocalypse” can mean many things: its synonyms include not only “catastrophe” and “devastation,” but also, and more fundamentally, “revelation.” Please join Franny Choi, Jim Shepard, and Ricardo Wilson at 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 18 for The Pleasures of Apocalypse, an evening exploring the anticipation, satisfaction and dread that come from thinking about The End.

A conversation with the panelists will follow the reading.

Join Zoom Meeting https://williams.zoom.us/j/96262002051 (or tap link in bio to access Zoom link)
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[From Bernie Rhie:] Ruth Ozeki visited Engl 239 (Zen and the Art of American Literature) this morning to answer questions about A Tale for the Time Being, which we're finishing up this week. SO grateful for the amazing visit. 🙏 (And at the end of her visit, she dropped the title of her next novel, which is scheduled to come out September 2021: The Book of Form and Emptiness. Wanted to share the exciting news. Cannot wait to read it!) ...

POSTDOC SEARCH: the English Department at @williamscollege invites applications for a two-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Latinx Literatures to begin July 1, 2021. The period, area, and research specialization for the position are open. Application deadline December 15, 2020. Please share widely!

For more info and application instructions:

https://apply.interfolio.com/80839 (or tap link in bio)
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Friday, noon, featuring Audrey Koh ‘21! Come talk about campus activism under the pandemic. Organizing is built on communities, but how can we sustain our communities in isolation, behind masks, socially distanced? ...

From Shawn Rosenheim, director of the English Department's Class of 1960's Scholars Program:

“Apocalypse” can mean many things: its synonyms include not only “catastrophe” and “devastation,” but also, and more fundamentally, “revelation.” Please join Franny Choi, Jim Shepard, and Ricardo Wilson at 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 18 for The Pleasures of Apocalypse, an evening exploring the anticipation, satisfaction and dread that come from thinking about The End.

A conversation with the panelists will follow the reading.

Join Zoom Meeting https://williams.zoom.us/j/96262002051 (or tap link in bio to access Zoom link)
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