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Housed at Penn English, Latitudes is a graduate reading group that spotlights issues of transnationalism, postcoloniality, race, empire, and globalization across time and space. We provide an encouraging forum for intellectual exchange across a vast range of disciplines such as literature, anthropology, history, economics, sociology, and gender/sexuality studies. Every year, Latitudes welcomes critics, writers, and filmmakers from the region and beyond to present and discuss their impressive new work. In addition to faculty from Penn, other past speakers have included Kandice Chuh, Anupama Rao, Meg Wesling, film directors Grace Lee (American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs) and Sanjay Kak (Red Ant Dream). We also warmly invite other graduate students in their dissertating stage to use the forum as a workshop for their research in progress.


Graduate Reading Group for Empire, Race, Postcolonialism, Transnationalism, & Globalization

Should you wish to join our mailing list or have any questions or comments, please contact our coordinators Aaron Bartels-Swindells at; Rovel Sequeira at or Nick Millman at

Fall 2017 Schedule:

September 14 - 12pm-2pm, Fisher-Bennett Hall 330: Natalie Melas, "The Rise and Fall of Postcolonial Critique: Reflections on Situatedness."

September 25 - 3:30pm-5pm [graduate student panel] and 5pm-6:30pm [reading and lecture by Antjie Krog], Meyerson Seminar Room in Van Pelt Library: Antjie Krog at Penn: South Africa, Writing, and Social Justice. *Antjie Krog will be present* (sponsored with the Department of English, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Africana Studies, Kelly Writers House)

September 27 - 4:30pm, Fisher-Bennett Hall 330: Conversation with Ania Loomba and Melissa Sanchez, "Studying Race, Gender and Sexuality in Earlier Periods: Lessons, Limits, and Intersections" (Co-sponsored with Med/Ren and Gen/Sex).

October 11 - 5pm, Fisher Bennett Hall 410: screening of Iffat Fatima's Khoon Diy Bharaav (Blood Leaves Its Trail)

October 13 - 5pm-7pm, Meyerson Conference Center in Van Pelt Library: Adam Shellhorse, "Affect, Immanence, and Politics in Latin American Anti-Literature." (Co-sponsored with Theorizing)





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