At the outset of this new, unprecedented semester, the CALAMEGS Reading Group would like to invite you to our first meeting of the year. Join us on Zoom today, September 17th from 6-7pm to reconnect, share, and plan for an exciting and full Fall semester! This will be an informal session to discuss goals for the group, establish a new theme for this academic year, and answer any questions potential participants might have.
In past years, the CALAMEGS Reading Group has explored themes of translation, reimagining geographies, and approaches to the archive. The group hosted a symposium to situate the Global South within a set of critical practices and examine the role of the academic establishment in those efforts. We have read texts by Saidiya Hartman, Isabel Hofmeyr, M. NourbeSe Philip, Ann Stoler, and Zeb Tortorici among others, and planned visits to gallery exhibits on Tricontinentalism and the Gulf Wars. These conversations with peers across fields and disciplines have been enriching, amicable and productive, and this year promises to be no different.
Housed in NYU’s Department of Comparative Literature, this working group seeks to complement the new certificate program “Comparative Approaches to the Literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Global South” (CALAMEGS). Our principal aim is to extend the geographic, linguistic and literary scope of Comparative Literature beyond its Eurocentric tendencies by tapping into the fields and work of Area Studies, History, Performance Studies and other programs. Further, we seek to explore the notion of the “Global South” as a paradigm for comparative research that moves beyond geographically-based programs of study. In addition to discussing theoretical texts and primary sources, we seek to be a platform for knowledge production where participants engage in translations, host interdisciplinary events and present their works-in-progress. We invite all students, faculty and others interested in such approaches to join. If you have not joined our mailing list and would like to stay up to date with readings and upcoming meetings and events, please sign up here! If you would like to be removed from the mailing list, please respond to this e-mail.