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CSAG-WICID Annual Lecture 2023: Registration Form

“or it was Time Playing upon Time”: Translation and the Indian Nation by Dr Sadia Abbas

Tuesday 7 March 2023, 17:00-18:30 | Ramphal Building R1.15 | In-person

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The lecture will focus on the writer Qurutulain Hyder’s engagement with Neoclassicism, colonial and nationalist archaeology, and the global history of the picturesque in her two Urdu novels Akhir-i-Shab ke Humsafar and Aag ka Darya, which she substantially rewrote in her own English translations Fireflies in the Mist and River of Fire. Framed through a discussion of translation and “transcreation”, the lecture will read Hyder’s ekphrastic treatments of ruins, statues, and frescoes as a critique of teleology and nationalist and Hindutva historiography, while also addressing the contradictions of ostensibly cosmopolitan Europe and the nationalist postcolonial state. The event will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

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About the Speaker

Dr Sadia Abbas teaches postcolonial studies at Rutgers University-Newark and is Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick. She is the author of At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament, winner of the MLA first book award, and the novel The Empty Room, shortlisted for the DSC prize for South Asian Literature. She is also co-editor of Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities, which was listed as one the best art books of 2021 by the New York Times. She is co-founder and co-editor of Ideas and Futures, a multi-media, interdisciplinary e-journal of culture and politics and Executive Director of Ideas and Futures: A Collaborative for Just and Vibrant Societies.