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Global Lunchbox: Writing Games and the Making of Literary Worlds: The Case of the Afghan Writer Asef Soltanzadah

When: Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox series, a weekly conversational forum hosted by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies featuring work-in-progress by members of the Northwestern community.

Nasrin Qader is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literary Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in French in the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern. She is an active member of the core faculty of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and the Program of African Studies. Qader brings together Francophone African literature, Arabic literature of the Maghreb, Islamic thought and mysticism, and contemporary literary and visual theory.

Her first book, Narratives of Catastrophe: Boris Diop, ben Jelloun, Khatibi (2009), examines the relationship between récit (narration, story) and catastrophe. Her second book, tentatively titled "Twists of Light and Shadow: on Visuality and Writing," explores the question of visuality in film and literary writings from North and West Africa. Qader also works on contemporary Persian literature from Afghanistan: she has published on the Afghan writer and filmmaker Atiq Rahimi and is currently working on selected short stories by the Afghan writer Asef Soltanzadeh.

Qader’s teaching interests include the detective novel; contemporary literary writing in French, Arabic, and Persian; contemporary literary and visual theory and in particular the works of Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, and Abdelkebir Khatibi. In 2009-2010, she was awarded a New Directions Fellowship by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which allowed her to study the religious and literary traditions of India. In the summer of 2012, she participated in the Institute for World Literature organized by Harvard University and Bilgi University, Istanbul.

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