Friday, April 6
1:30-3:30 pm: Writing from Literal and Literary Margins
Chair: Ghenwa Hayek, University of Chicago
Hoda El-Shakry, Pennsylvania State University
"Theorizing from Below: Culture and Critique in the Maghreb"
Dima Ayoub, Middlebury College
"Paratextual Attachments: Modern Arabic Literature in English Translation"
4:30 pm: Keynote and 5th Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature
Shaden Tageldin, University of Minnesota
"Measures of the Modern: Arabic Literature in the Shadow of Comparison"
Note: this lecture will take place in Saieh Hall, Room 146
Saturday, April 7
10:00 am-12:00 pm: Marginalized Geographies, Marginalized Bodies
Chair: Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago
Haytham Bahoora, University of Toronto
"Excavating the Early Iraqi Novel: Mahmud Ahmad al-Sayyid and the Search for Form"
Alexandra Chreiteh (Shraytekh), Tufts University
"Politicizing Horror: the Undead and Body Politic"
Johanna Sellman, Ohio State University
"The Subversion of Borders in Hassan Blasim’s Short Stories and Theater"
12:00 pm: Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm: Widening Classical Scopes
Chair: Kay Heikkinen, University of Chicago
Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
"Two picaresque Tales and a Yellow Cow: Black Humor and Qurʾānic References in Hamadhānī’s al-Maqāma al-Mawṣiliyya"
Jocelyn Sharlet, UC Davis
"Grace Under Pressure in Three Classical Arabic Anecdotes"
Lara Harb, Princeton University
"Plot in Aristotelian Arabic Poetics"