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.
20th century Arabic and Turkish literature and culture; Late-Ottoman literary, cultural, and intellectual history; literary and cultural theory; theories of sovereignty; political theology
“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: Philology, World Literature, and the Legacy of Erich Auerbach.” Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) Graduate Colloquium, Columbia University, March 1, 2012.
“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
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.
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, “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.
“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 Literature, Journal of Arabic Literature 41: 1-2 (2010), 198-200.