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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

GSWS Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett Hall room 345

Zita Nunes, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, will discuss her work in progress “Racism in Translation: Multilingualism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Birth of Comparative Literature in the United States.” Professor Nunes works at the critical intersections of African diasporic, postcolonial, and global south studies. 

Professor Nunes’ first book Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas (University of Minnesota) is described by Brent Edwards in the following manner: “With its rich and varied archive, counterposing novels and newspaper articles, manifestoes and visual art, the book unearths the parallels between African American and Afro-Brazilian strategies of contesting racial exclusion.” Professor Nunes is also the PI on the first phase of a digital archive of the black press in multiple languages, titled Digital Bilingual (Portuguese/English) Edition of Correio de Africa [Africa Mail] Newspaper (1921-24) with Scholarly Apparatus. 

Her next project, “Racism in Translation,” is in its final stages. We greatly look forward to the opportunity to hear Professor Nunes discuss her latest work. The presentation will have a workshop format to enable conversation among us. Lunch will be served.

Co-organizers: Professors David Eng and Margo Natalie Crawford, Department of English

[Image credit: University of Maryland, Department of English]