The Research Institute for Literature and Cultural History welcomes Elleke Boehmer, who will talk about and read from her most recent collection of short stories To the Volcano (Myriad Editions, 2019). The stories are all set in southern countries, including Argentina, Zimbabwe and Australia, or face out to the southern hemisphere. The collection epigraph from Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is 'If you keep going south you will meet yourself.' In conversation with Filippo Menozzi, Elleke Boehmer will explore some of the implications of this provocation for her writing.
Elleke Boehmer, BA (Hons), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FRSL FRHistS FEA, is Professor of World Literature in English in the English Faculty, University of Oxford. She is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) and Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. Further biographical information is available here.
Session chair Filippo Menozzi is a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and the author of Postcolonial Custodianship: Cultural and Literary Inheritance (2014) and World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time (2020). He guest-edited a special issue of New Formations on Rosa Luxemburg and recently published on Ernst Bloch and Orientalism in the journal Textual Practice.
Filippo Menozzi: lecturer in Postcolonial and world literature at Liverpool John Moores University