Talks & Events

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The Novel of Ideas in Africa: Philosophy As/Against the Global on the panel “After Continental Coherence: Reading African Literature in the Era of World Literature,” African Literature Association annual conference, Yale University, 2017.

African Literature, Epistemological Decolonization, and Intellectual History, in roundtable discussion on “The Worlds of African Literature,” African Literature Association annual conference, Yale University, 2017.

Chair and participant in Simon Gikandi keynote roundtable Prepositioning African Literature as World Literature, African Literature Association annual conference, Yale University, 2017.

 Co-convenor of the seminar Worlding Literary Form Across Form at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2017.

Global Novels of Non-Ideas: African Deaths of Philosophical Suicide, Wits University English Department, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017.

The Wedge that Binds: South African Exceptionalism as Periodizing Device, at the Interdisciplinary Workshop “Cultural Solidarities: Colonial Modernity, Anti-Apartheid and Word-Making Networks,” Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017.

The Novel of Non-Ideas: The African Death of Philosophical Suicide, invited talk at Duke University’s NOVEL symposium “Globalizing the Novel,” 2017.

The Struggle for Form: The Novel’s Split Trajectory in Russia & South Africa, invited talk at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Latitudes” working group, 2016.

Comparison Beyond the Global Frame, invited talk at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

Demons of the Global South: The Novel of Meta-Ideas, on the panel “Global Dostoevskys” at the ASEEES Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., 2016.

South African Literature’s Russian Soul, invited talk in Drew University’s World Literature program, 2016.

South African Literatures Russian Soul, invited talk through the Davidson College Departments of Russian, English, Africana Studies, and Global Literature, 2016.

Comparative Literature Outside the Global Frame: Theorizing Contiguity in Southern Africa, keynote lecture in the “World Literature: Scales of Reading” Symposium at Uppsala University, Sweden, 2016.

In Defense of Failure: Africa, the Novel, and the Logic of Martyrdom, invited talk in the University of South Africa’s Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop, 2016.

Comparison Beyond the Global Frame, invited talk in Rutgers’ Comparative Literature Department, 2015.

Live Interview with the Edinburgh-based Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu hosted by South Africa’s Good Book Appreciation Society.

Live Interview with Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah hosted by South Africa-based The Good Book Appreciation Society.

Radio Interview with Voice of America about some of my experiences in Zimbabwe in 2015.

In Defense of Failure: ‘Afro-Pessimism’ and the Problem of Secular Equivalence, on the panel “Form and Limit: Coetzee and the Edges of Narrative” at the International Conference on Narrative, 2015.

‘Zimbabwefication:’ A Bi-National Poetics of Ambivalence, invited talk at Emory University’s African Studies Seminar, 2015.

Into Africa: The Novel as Modern Martyr, invited talk at the End Times: Catastrophism and Its Limits colloquium at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014.

Co-organizer of the panel “A Turn to Method: African Literary Studies Now” at the 2014 conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY.

The Only Way Forward is Down: Breaching the Surface in New African Novels at the 2014 conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY.

Invited speaker at the Yale University Working Group on Interdisciplinarity in Slavic Studies, Whitney Humanities Center, 2012.

What’s Old Is New Again: Locality and Comparative World Literature, delivered at the 2012 national conference of The South African Society for General Literary Studies (SAVAL), Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Mark Behr and the Not-Quite-Global Novel: South Africa, San Francisco, and the Art of Repossession, invited talk in the Faculty Research Seminar Series at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2012.

You Are Where You Aren’t: Mark Behr’s Paradys between the Global and the Universal, delivered at the 2012 annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association as part of the seminar “Contemporary South African Literature: Modernity, Futurity, Banality,” Providence, RI.

Trajectories of Agency: Nadine Gordimer, Miriam Tlali and the Shape of the Social Novel, delivered through the Yale Forum on African Languages and Literary Studies, 2011.

Nadine Gordimer’s July’s People and the Liberal Novel in/as Crisis, delivered through the Yale Comparative Literature Open Forum, 2011.

Retreating Reality: Chekhov’s South African Afterlives, delivered at the 2011 International Conference on Narrative, St. Louis, MO.

Organizer of the panel “Aftermath as Affirmation: Re-Thinking the Classic After Hybridity” at the 2010 annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, LA.

Diminution Never Dies: The Russian Classic in Afrikaans Literature, delivered at the 2010 annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, LA.

It Isn’t Lofty, But It’s Love: Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf (Or, the ‘Other’ South African Dog Novel), delivered at ZOOS: 2009 Annual Graduate Conference, Yale Department of Comparative Literature.

‘We Drifted Along With the Crowd:’ White South African Literature and the Re-Negotiation of the Public Sphere, delivered at States of Crisis: 2009 Annual Graduate Conference, Brandeis University Department of English and American Literature.

Sex on Stage: Tretiakov, Shostakovich and Performing Social Progress, delivered at the Yale University Slavic Colloquium, 2009.

Epic Aspirations: Lukacs, Steiner and Williams on Tolstoyan Totality, delivered at the 2007 Yale University Graduate Slavic Symposium.

Regressing Ad Infinitum: Apocalypse and Negative Infinity in Bely’s Petersburg, delivered at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Columbia University.

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