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Tabish Khair


Information about forthcoming conference (open to all students and faculty members):





Hosted by the Institute of Language, Literature and Culture (English Department), Aarhus University

4th May 2009, Room 332, Building 1481, Nobelparken, Aarhus University


09:00 - 09:15: Introduction: Dr Tabish Khair, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark.

09:15 - 10:15: Keynote Address: ‘The Veil: On Colour and the Violence of Prepositions', Professor Charles Lock, English Department, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


10:15-10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:15: First Session (Three presentations of 25-30 minutes each, followed by discussion at the end of the session)

  • ‘Otherness in the Danish National Debates on Muslim Veils and Body Coverings', Linda Lund, Research Assistant in the EU project VEIL, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • ‘Talking Identities: A Discourse Analysis of how Ethnic Britons and British Muslims talk about Social Identities', Niels Svane, Research student, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.


  • ‘The Transparent Veil: Muslim Male Figures in Paul Bowles's Short Stories', Dr Sebastien Doubinsky, French Department, Aarhus University, Denmark.


12:15 - 13:15: Lunch Break


13:15 - 15:00: Second Session (Three presentations)

  • ‘Veiling India', Lotta Strandberg, PhD student, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Helsinki, Finland.


  • ‘Covered by Sheet, Veil, or Curtain: Interpretations of Veiling in Salman Rushdie's Novels', Professor Joel Kuortti, Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Vaasa, Finland.


  • ‘Of Veils and Shame: Taslima Nasrin, Feminisms and Censorships in South Asia', Professor Brinda Bose, Hindu College, Delhi University, India.


15:00 - 15:15: Coffee Break


15:15 - 16:15: Third Session (Two presentations)

  • ‘Diasporic Encounters: Reading Leila Aboulela's Novel, Minaret', Anitta Kynsilehto, PhD student, Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere, Finland.


  • ‘Behind the Veil of Difference: Silence and Communication across Borders in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide', Karin Filipson, PhD student, Växjo University, Sweden.


16:15 - 16:30: Concluding Remarks: ‘A Reading of Imtiaz Dharker and Ismat Chughtai', Dr Tabish Khair, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark.