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Tulane, NYU Professor to Discuss Global South Perspectives

Two respected visiting scholars will lecture on the “Global South” concept this week at the University of Mississippi.

Gaurav Desai, chair of the English department at Tulane University, speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 10) in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. The lecture is titled “Oceans Connect: The Indian and African Ocean Imaginaries.” A 6:30 p.m. reception in the foyer of Barnard precedes the event.

Michael Gomez, professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, speaks at noon Friday (Sept. 11) in the same location. His topic is “Global Africa.”

 Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and supported by 12 campus departments and institutes, the lectures are free and open to the public.

“Both guest lecturers will examine the global currents in and out of the U.S. South and help illuminate what critics and scholars now term the ‘Global South,'” said Annette Trefzer, professor of English. “These two lectures bring to a close a series of lectures and workshops hosted by the UM Faculty Working Group on the Global South, which is now in its third year.”

An ACLS Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Desai teaches both in the Department of English and the Program of African and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane. He is the author of “Subject to Colonialism: African Self-fashioning and the Colonial Library” (Duke University Press, 2001), and “Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism” (Rutgers University Press, 2005), which he co-edited with Supriya Nair. His volume “Teaching the African Novel” will be published by the MLA this December. He is working on a project tentatively titled “Post-Manichean Aesthetics: Africa and the Indian Ocean Imaginary.”

Gomez’s recent publications include “Black Crescent: African Muslims in the Americas” (Cambridge University Press, 2005), which won the 2006 Award in the Nonfiction Category of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He also wrote “Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora” (Cambridge University Press, 2005). In his lecture, Gomez examines the social worlds created by Africans and their descendants throughout the South, highlighting in particular developments along the Mississippi basin and the Georgia-South Carolina Low country. The objective is to follow trajectories of change and permutation that were always in creative tension with other forces.

For more information, contact Annette Trefzer at 662-915-7685. For assistance related to a disability, call 662-915-5993.