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Lecture: “Antigone in the War on Terror: Kamila Shamsie in Conversation with Ankhi Mukherjee” (virtual)
October 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
“Antigone’s Worldings” opens with a conversation between award winning writer, Kamila Shamsie, and postcolonial theorist, Ankhi Mukherjee, on Shamsie’s most recent novel, Home Fire. Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Home Fire re-contextualizes Sophocles’ Antigone in the global present of the on-going “War on Terror,” while complicating our understandings of agency, identity, and power as we see Aneeka struggle with the impossibility of burying her twin brother Parvaiz.
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This colloquium is organized by Andrés Henao Castro. It is presented by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University with additional support from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation. Cosponsors are the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Classical Studies; the Department of English; the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; the Department of German Studies, the Department of International Comparative Studies; the Program in Literature, the Department of Romance Studies, as well as the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Islamic Studies Center, all at Duke University. Additional cosponsors are the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia, and the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory, a research entity jointly promoted by the University of Virginia, Duke University and the University of Bologna.