Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Early Modern Europe and Islam Seminar at U Maryland

Please join the Comparative Literature Program for an exciting seminar on Early Modern Europe and Islam with Professors John Archer and Nabil Matar at 3:30 on October 30th in the Deans' Conference Room, 1102J Francis Scott Key Hall.

This seminar is the first in the 2008-09 Comparative Crossings Series on "The Archive." The speakers in the series will model an engagement with a critical understanding of the archive, its history and politics, prompting a self-conscious discussion of how we study what we do and why in the field of Comparative Literature. The scholars have been paired according to field and their different use of a specific archive. Papers/articles will be pre-circulated. The speakers will open with a fifteen-minute talk about their work and then engage in a conversation with each other and with the audience.

John Archer is Professor of English at New York University. He specializes in Renaissance drama, early modern literature and culture, the history of subjectivity, literary theory, colonial and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Citizen Shakespeare: Freemen and Aliens in the Language of the Plays (Palgrave Macmillen, 2005); Old Worlds: Egypt, Southwest Asia, India, and Russia in Early Modern English Texts, (Stanford University Press, 2001); and Sovereignty and Intelligence: Spying and Court Culture in the English Renaissance. (Stanford University Press, 1993.

Nabil Matar is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. His research and writing focus on 16th- and 17th-century interactions between Europe, especially England, and the world of Islam. Among his numerous publications are Britain and Barbary: 1589-1689 (University Press of Florida, 2005) and Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (Columbia University Press, 1999).

For more information and to receive copies of the papers, please contact Zita Nunes at znunes@umd.edu.
Seating is limited.

Zita Nunes
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Director, Program in Comparative Literature

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