Pluralism and the Engaged Humanities


Friday February 14

  • 9:00 am: Breakfast, Dogwood Room
  • 9:30 am: Welcome & Introductions, Dogwood Room
  • 10:30-12:00: Plenary I, Dogwood Room
    Biodun Jeyifo (Harvard University): Decolonization – With Or Without the Mother Tongue (for Eileen Julien)
  • 12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch break
  • 2:00-3:30 pm: Keynote I, State Room East
    Susan Andrade (University of Pittsburgh): Realist Networks: Why do we no longer care about Les Bouts de bois de Dieu?
  • 3:30-4:00 pm: Coffee break, State Room East
  • 4:00-6:00 pm: Roundtable I, State Room East - Visible Woman: The Humanities and the Future of Pluralism
    Sandra Zagarell (Oberlin College), Meg Arenberg (University of Pennsylvania), Walton Muyumba (Indiana University – Bloomington), Ranu Samantrai (Indiana University – Bloomington)
    6:30 pm: Reception, University Club

Saturday February 15 (All events in State Room East)

  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30-11:00 am: Plenary II
    Ken Harrow (Michigan State University): It’s Eileen’s Time: Traces of Life with Kalidou Sy
  • 11:00-1:30: Lunch break
  • 1:30-3:00 pm: Keynote II
    James Ogude (University of Pretoria): “Beauty and the Beast”: Eileen Julien’s Poetics on Orality and Literacy in the
    African Novel
  • 3:00-3:30 pm: Coffee break
  • 3:30-5:30 pm: Roundtable II - Travels with Eileen
    Michael Martin (Indiana University - Bloomington), Kassian Mmabatho Vaubel (Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota), Micheline Rice-Maximin (Swarthmore College), Angela Pao (Indiana University - Bloomington)
  • 5:30-6:00 pm: General Discussion with Eileen Julien (Professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, and
    African Studies – Indiana University Bloomington)

Organized by Akin Adesokan (Comparative Literature & the Media School) and Oana Panaïté (French & Italian)


Indiana Memorial Union
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Bloomington, IN 47405

Kalidou Sy, Village, 2000. Acrylic, clay, and burlap on canvas.