Reading Group Announcements

Reading Group Meeting 2 — 2015-16

February 12, 2016 1-3 p.m., English Graduate Library — Led by Dr. Lauren Zentz (English Department)

Texts (PDFs attached below): Sinfree Makoni and Alastair Pennycook, Chapter 1, Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages

Recommended Reading: Pennycook, “The Myth of English as an International Language”

Makoni&Pennycook2006 UH version

Pennycook2006 UH version

Reading Group Meeting 1 — 2015-16

October 30, 2015 1-3 p.m., English Graduate Library — Led by Auritro Majumder, and Duy Nguyen (Modern and Classical Languages)

Texts (PDFs attached below): Fredric Jameson, Introduction to The Geopolitical Aesthetic; Jameson, “Cognitive Mapping”

Recommended Reading: Jameson, Chapter 4, The Geopolitical Aesthetic

(This last piece is an essay on the Filipino filmmaker Khidlat Tahimik’s Perfumed Nightmare (1977); the film along with some of Tahimik’s other works will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival between November 13-16, with the director in attendance — see Events)

Fredric Jameson – Intro to The Geopolitical Aesthetic

Jameson_Cognitive Mapping

Jameson – (Recommended) Chapter 4 The Geopolitical Aesthetic


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

The Empire Studies collective is pleased to announce a reading group discussion on January 30, 2015, 1-4 p.m. with Gayatri C. Spivak, University Professor at Columbia University. The discussion will be moderated by Auritro Majumder. Empire Studies will gather on Friday, January 16th at 2 pm in Roy Cullen room 105, to pre-discuss the four articles that Professor Spivak has chosen. PDFs are provided below:

On the previous evening, Jan 29, Professor Spivak will be lecturing on “Lessons from My Travels” — see full details in Events.