boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture
Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California,
"The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture"
4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2006
501 Cathedral of Learning
Aamir Mufti received a Ph.D. from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where he studied with Edward W. Said. He holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Anthropology from Columbia. He has also studied Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the editor of a recent collection for boundary 2, Critical Secularism. He has taught at the University of Michigan where for some time he held the Steelcase Research Professorship.
He edited and introduced Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives, (with Anne McClintock and Ella Shohat, 1997). He has published widely on blasphemy and literature, the post-literate public sphere, and the Urdu-language short story. He has written on minority cultures in Europe and elsewhere, on exile and displacement, human rights, and on refugees and the right to asylum. His publications analyze modernism and fascism, language conflicts, and the history of anthropology. His new book, Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture, is from Princeton University Press.