Upcoming Events

Visitors and Lectures, 2017-18

Kathryn Vomero Santos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Friday, October 13, 2017, Graduate Library, 2:30 — 4:30 p.m. 

Professor Santos will be discussing a section from her manuscript, “Babelian Performances: Early Modern Interpreters and the Theatricality of Translation,” which complements her other publications in Shakespeare and early modern cultural studies; she  is also a recent recipient of the Teaching Shakespeare Grant from Folger Shakespeare Library. Her visit is funded by a Houstoun grant and the Division of Research small grants.

The discussion piece can be found here — Santos_1

Please contact Prof. Ann Christensen [achrist@Central.UH.EDU] with any questions.


Visitors and Lectures, 2016-17

Sandeep Banerjee, McGill University

Monday, April 3, 2017, Graduate Library, 2:00-4:00 p.m

Please contact Auritro Majumder [amajumder@uh.edu] with any questions.

Paul Amar, UC Santa Barbara

Friday, February 24, 2017, Graduate Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m


Please contact Prof. Karen Fang [kyfang@central.uh.edu] with any questions. Readings for Prof. Amar’s event:

Amar_1 Amar_2 Amar_3

A Chinese Poet / Cop in the Global Age: A discussion with Novelist and Translator Qiu Xiao-long

Friday, January 27, 2017, Graduate Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m

Award-winning and best-selling novelist Qiu Xiaolong (http://www.qiuxiaolong.com/index2.html)
is best known for his “Inspector Chen” series of detective novels, which are set in rapidly changing Shanghai in the 1990s. He was been translated into more than twenty languages, and in addition to his fiction writing Qiu is also an accomplished poet and translator, who translates both T.S. Eliot and classical Chinese poetry. In this conversation, Qiu will discuss a variety of related subjects, such as the rationale and strategies and tactics for successful writing in the genre and beyond genre, the awareness of implied readers in the global age, the experiment of mixing multifarious cultural and linguistic sensibilities, and writing versus translating.
Please contact Prof. Karen Fang [kyfang@central.uh.edu] with any questions.
Reading 1:
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20160707/qiuxiaolong/ (can toggle between English and Chinese)
Reading 2:
Reading 3: Qiu 3

October 27 and 28, 2016

Barbara Harlow, Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English

University of Texas at Austin



1. Public Lecture,“The Drone Imprint: Literature in the Age of the UAV”

October 27, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.

Roy Cullen 102

All Welcome

2. Empire Studies Lunch Reading Group Featuring Prof. Harlow 

October 28, 2016 / 1:00-4:00 pm

Roy Cullen Room TBA



— Please note that you will need to RSVP to haboul-ela@uh.edu, latest by 10/15 if you are planning to attend the 10/28 event)

— The Empire Studies collective will be meeting a week prior, on 10/21 at 2 p.m. at the English Graduate Library, R.Cullen Bldg., to discuss four of Prof. Harlow’s essays in preparation for the 10/28 lunch reading group event. Do encourage interested others to attend.

A pdf flyer of the two events can be found here; and the essays (in pdf) we will discuss are

1 caterpillar, 2 class-talked-red, 3 history-and-endings4 extraordinary-renditions


2015-16 Fall Events

Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Aurora Picture Show present Kidlat Tahimik: Filipino CineSpace Explorer — November 13-16, 2015

Khidlat Tahimik, distinguished Third-Cinema director and icon of Filipino independent cinema, will be in town this fall. Post-screening Q&A with the director moderated by Auritro Majumder of Empire Studies (Nov 16). Please see attached flier for details: Tahimik flyer

Caribbean Film Series at UH — La Piscina (The Swimming Pool) — November 10, 2015

Director: Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba); Nov 10, 5:30pm. Roy Cullen C102
The film will be introduced by Dr. Mabel Cuesta (Hispanic Studies)
Light Refreshments will be served. See attached flyer

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents a documentary on South Sudan — We Come As Friends — October 18, 2015. 

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Peace Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Post-film discussion with director Hubert Sauper (via Skype) and Nick Flynn of the English department at UH. Please see website for details — http://www.mfah.org/films/we-come-friends/

Caribbean Film Series at UH — Starting October 7, 2015

A group of Caribbean Studies faculty, including Kavita Singh of Empire Studies, have started a Caribbean Film Series to screen 2-3 Caribbean movies per semester. It is open to the UH community. The first film this semester will be the Dominican movie Love Child (La Hija Natural) Wednesday, Oct 7, at 5:30pm. In the second week of November we’ll screen the Trinidadian-Canadian film Dal Puri DiasporaPlease see attached flyer for details: caribbean film series poster, la hija natural


Visitors and Lectures, 2014-15

1) October 8, 2014: Sam Ho, Film Critic and Former Curator, Hong Kong Film Archive

Introduced by Karen Fang, Empire Studies 

2) November 11 and 12, 2014: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee

Introduced by Jesse Sharpe, English Librarian (Nov 11), and Hosam Aboul-Ela, Empire Studies (Nov 12)

3) January 29-30, 2015: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University

Introduced by Hosam Aboul-Ela, Empire Studies (Jan 29); Reading Group discussion moderated by Auritro Majumder, Empire Studies (Jan 30)


November 11 and 12, 2014

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Talk, Q&A, Reception

November 11, 2014 / 4:00-5:30 pm

Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library (second floor)/ All welcome


Reading with Peter Kimani

November 12, 2014 / 5:30-6:30 pm

Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library (second floor)

All welcome


January 29, 2015

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

University Professor, Columbia University

Gayatri Spivak

Gayatri Spivak


 Reading Group to discuss selected Spivak essays

 January 30, 2015 / 1:00-4:00 pm, 105 R Cullen


 Public Lecture

 January 29, 2015 / 5:30 pm

 University Center Theater

 University of Houston

 All Welcome



Photo credits: Ngugi: Niccolò Carranti / unmodified / Creative Commons License / Spivak: Universiteit Utrecht