The Politics of Visuality and Identification in Teju Cole's Fiction: Contact Zones, Contests and Translations

17 October 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
Cambridge campus

Guest speaker: Professor Dr Birgit Neumann, HHU Düsseldorf

Abstract: Professor Neumann's talk sets out to investigate visual practices in Teju Cole’s fiction, illustrating how an engagement with visuality might add to our understanding of transcultural modes of articulation and identification. Cole’s fiction is centrally concerned with travelling and returning, with migration and cosmopolitanism, with nomadic subjectivities and a quest for identification.

It examines possibilities of construing new, nomadic epistemes that crisscross the world and that can translate between locally grounded practices and transcultural trajectories. Professor Neumann argue that Cole’s engagement with visual practices evoke historical experiences that lie outside established frames and reimage new symbolic forms with which to register the complexities of early 21st-century globalized life.

Event Details

17 October 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
Cambridge campus
Hel 209