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Postcolonial Melancholia Conference
March 13-14, 2009
Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall
Brown University

Friday, March 13

9:30-10:00am Introductory Remarks
  Elliott Colla (Comparative Literature, Brown University)
10:00-12:00pm Panel I
  Nauman Naqvi(Comparative Literature, Brown University):
"Melancholy as Counter-Historical Askesis"

Abdul JanMohamed (English, UC Berkeley):
"Between Dying and Speaking: The Subaltern in the Context of U. S. Slavery"

Zahid R. Chaudhary (English, Princeton University):
"Subjects in Difference: Walter Benjamin, Historical Difference, and Postcolonial Theory"

Respondent: Jacques Khalip (English, Brown University) |
2:00-3:30pm Panel II
  Serguei A. Oushakine (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Princeton University):
"Communities of Loss, Metonymies of Death: Dealing with Colonial Wars in Post-Imperial Russia"

Esther Whitfield (Comparative Literature, Brown University):
"Postwar Havana and the Aesthetics of Ruin"

Respondent: Michal Oklot (Slavic, Brown University)
4:00-6:00pm Keynote Address I
  David Scott (Anthropology, Columbia University):
"The Ruins of Time and Generations of Memory"

Saturday, March 14

9:00-10:30am Panel III
  Gil Anidjar (Religion, Columbia University):
"Trust No One: Vicissitudes of Christian Melancholia"

David Kyuman Kim (Religious Studies, Connecticut College):
"Future Perfect/Past Conditional"

Respondent: Corey Walker (Africana Studies, Brown University)
11:00-12:30pm Panel IV
  Samera Esmeir (Rhetoric, UC Berkeley):
"Humanism and the Loss of the Human: Reflections on Egypt's Colonial History"                           

Marc Nichanian (Independent Scholar, Istanbul):
"History as Mourning"

Respondent: Réda Bensmaïa (French, Comparative Literature, Brown University)
2:00-3:30pm Panel V
  Iain Chambers (Faculty of Arts, Instituto Universitario Orientale, Naples):
"Mediterranean Blues: Memory and Modernity at War with Itself"

Marinos Pourgouris (Comparative Literature, Brown University):
"The Unbearable Melancholia of Being British"

Respondent: Rey Chow (Comparative Literature, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University)
4:00-6:00pm Keynote Address II
  Ranjana Khanna (English and Women's Studies, Duke University):
"Hope, Demand, and the Perpetual"
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