Veli N. Yashin

First name: 
Veli N.
Family name: 
Yashin
Country: 
USA
Institution: 
Columbia University
Department: 
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies & Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Title: 
PhD Candidate
Short description: 

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, where I am also affiliated with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. I am coming to American University of Paris's Department of Comparative Literature and English as a visiting scholar via the American University of Beirut, where I was affiliated with their Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies.

My dissertation project, a comparative study of Arabic and Turkish literary modernity, investigates the rhetoric of sovereignty in Arabic and Turkish literary, literary-historical, and literary-critical discourses in the 19th century. Bringing together examples of fiction, travelogue, literary history and criticism written in Arabic and Turkish and attending to the divided figures of the sovereign and the author, I implicate recent theoretical discussions on the notion of sovereignty with theories of writerly authority. The political, social, and cultural pressures exerted by the Tanzimat reforms—the re-ordering of the empire that responded to the crises of Ottoman legitimacy and identity—and the attendant emergence of an Ottoman polity per se, I argue, figure as corporeal inscriptions in late-Ottoman literary and writerly practices.

 

Languages: 
Turkish (native); Ottoman Turkish (reading); German (near native); Modern Standard Arabic (high advanced); Lebanese Colloquial (intermediate); Modern Hebrew (advanced); Spanish (reading)
Research areas: 

20th century Arabic and Turkish literature and culture; Late-Ottoman literary, cultural, and intellectual history; literary and cultural theory; theories of sovereignty; political theology

 

Conferences: 

Invited lectures

“The End(s) of the World: Or, Where Europe Begins.” The Program in Cultural Translation, American University of Paris, April 30, 2013.

“Al-Shidyaq's Corpus: The Sovereign and the Author.” Department of Comparative Literature and English, American University of Paris, March 26, 2013.

“Poetry Calls.” A Response to the movie Habibi Rasak Kharban after its screening at Johns Hopkins University, April 5, 2012.

 

Conference papers and presentations

“Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and the Boundaries of the Arab Body Political.” Beyond Liberalism and Islamism: Homage to Albert Hourani, Arts and Humanities Initiative, American University of Beirut, May 8, 2013.

“Euro(tro)pology: The Philological Legacy of Erich Auerbach.” Collapse/Catastrophe/Change, American Comparative Literature Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Brown University, March 29, 2012.

“Euro(tro)pology: Philology, World Literature, and the Legacy of Erich Auerbach.” Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) Graduate Colloquium, Columbia University, March 1, 2012.

 “Al-Shidyaq’s Corpus.” Mutual Perceptions, 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, University of Chicago, May 13, 2011.

“Stuttering: On the Institution of Turkish Literary Studies.” 2010 Turkish and Ottoman Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, April 16, 2010.

 “Excuses: On the Institution of Turkish Literary Studies.” Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms, American Comparative Literature Association 2010 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 3, 2010.

“(En-)countering Auerbach: Modernity, Comparativity, and Erich Auerbach.” Global Languages, Local Cultures, American Comparative Literature Association 2009 Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 29, 2009.

 

Conferences and sessions (co-)organized

Co-organizer, “Sites of Modernity.” 3rd Annual MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, March 1-2, 2012.

Co-organizer, “Teaching Arab Intellectual Thought and the Changing Role of the Literati,” Conference, The Arabic Studies Seminar, Columbia University, May 7-9, 2011.

Chair, “Roundtable Discussion.” “Teaching Arab Intellectual Thought” Conference, Columbia University, May 8, 2011.

Chair and respondent, “Institution and Representation: Genealogies of the Intellectual.” “Teaching Arab Intellectual Thought” Conference, Columbia University, May 8, 2011.

Chair, “Workshop on Michelle Campos’s Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Early-Twentieth Century Palestine.” Columbia University, March 23, 2011.

Co-organizer, “Imaginary Geographies.” 2nd Annual MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, February 17-18, 2011.

Chair and respondent, “Turkish Frontiers and Horizons.” 2nd Annual MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, February 18, 2011.

Co-organizer, “Magic in Clarity: Teaching Arabic Literature,” Conference, The Arabic Studies Seminar, Columbia University, May 7-8, 2010.

Chair, “Workshop on Sami S. Chetrit’s ‘Revisiting Bialik: A Radical Mizrahi Reading of the National Jewish Poet.” Columbia University, February 17, 2010.

Co-organizer, “Uselessness: Questions of Utility.” ICLS Annual Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, April 9-10, 2010.

Co-organizer, “Creolization and Languages of Science: Knowledge, Reform, Revolution.” Multi-day Seminar, American Comparative Literature Association 2010 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2-3, 2010.

Co-organizer, “Travel: Boundaries and Sojourns through the Unfamiliar.” ICLS Annual Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University, April 17-18, 2009.

Publications: 

“Euro(tro)pology: Philology, World Literature, and the Legacy of Erich Auerbach.” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, forthcoming.

“Al-Shidyaq’s Corpus: The Sovereign and the Author.” In preparation.

Review of Shaden M. Tageldin, Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt, Journal of Arabic Literature, forthcoming.

Review of Muhsin al-Musawi, Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic LiteratureJournal of Arabic Literature 41: 1-2 (2010), 198-200.