Series : Faculty Focus & Humanism of Medecine (in English)
Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
"The Social Life of DNA: Genetics, Ancestry, and the Politics of Race in the U.S."
In The Social Life of DNA, Alondra Nelson explains how cutting-edge DNA-based techniques are being used in myriad ways, including grappling with the unfinished business of slavery: to foster reconciliation, to establish ties with African ancestral homelands, to rethink and sometimes alter citizenship, and to make legal claims for slavery reparations specifically based on ancestry.
"Les nouveaux horizons de la littérature marocaine"
Anissa Bouziane et Abdelhak Najib présenteront leurs livres respectifs qui viennent de sortir : Dune Song et Le Printemps de fueilles qui tombent. Ils parleront de l’émergence d’une littérature marocaine contemporaine et de ce que ce mouvement littéraire révèle des tendances créatives, culturelles et socio-politiques du pays. La soirée aura lieu deux jours avant l’ouverture du Salon du livre à Paris où le Maroc sera le pays invité d’honneur. Cette rencontre donnera au public une feuille de route pour mieux découvrir les écrivains marocains.
Series : Politics of Translation - Translating Cultures (in English)
Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa. From 1980 to 1982, Gurnah lectured at the Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. He then moved to the University of Kent, where he earned his PhD in 1982. He is now a Professor and Director of Graduate studies there within the Department of English. His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is associate editor of the journal Wasafiri. His novels include Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker and the Whitbread Prize), By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker and shorlisted for the LA Times Book Award), and Desertion.