14th International symposium on Comparative Literature opens at Cairo University Tuesday

Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Nov 2018

Writing Across Borders, is the this year's theme of the international symposium on comparative literature

Cairo University
Cairo University (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The Department of English Language and Literature at Cairo University will hold the 14th International Symposium on Comparative Literature from 13 to 15 November.

The theme of the symposium, "Writing Across Borders", will be addressed by three keynote speakers: Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid, AUC's Omid Tofighian, and Bermingham University's Gëzim Alpionas, as well as 165 Egyptian and non Egyptian researchers in the areas of refugee issues, nomadism, multimodality, multilingualism, intersectionality, myth, fantasy and folklore, digital humanities, visual and performing arts.

Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid, 71, is an Egyptian award-winning novelist, best known for his novel "No One Sleeps in Alexandria."

Gëzim Alpion is an academic, political analyst, writer, playwright, and civil society activist. He holds a BA from Cairo University and a PhD from Durham University in the UK. He is currently based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham.

Omid Tofighian is lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition in the School of Literature, Art, and Media and an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney.

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