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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Global Literatures & Global Literacies: Teaching Texts, Old and New

World map with the continents filled with books.

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 1:30-4:30pm

"Global Literatures & Global Literacies: Teaching Texts, Old and New" is a symposium to advance thinking about the current and future teaching of literature, as well as a new literature major, at UW. It is also an opportunity for networking and collaboration among faculty members whose teaching emphasizes trans-national, trans-regional, trans-historical, and/or trans-cultural orientations. Organized by Naomi Sokoloff (Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilation), Gordana Crnković (Professor, Slavic Languages & Literature), and Gary Handwerk (Professor, Comparative History of Ideas), the symposium is open to all and will be hosted on Zoom.

Registration in advance is required for attendance. A full program will be emailed to registrants in advance of the symposium and will include the Zoom meeting URL along with a Google Drive link to materials related to the panel discussions. You can register for Global Literatures & Global Literacies at If you would like to share this event with your colleagues and/or students, we welcome you to download and distribute the accessible .pdf version of the Global Literatures & Global Literacies Flyer, pictured below.

The event is co-sponsored by:

Asian Languages & Literature, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Comparative History of Ideas, English, French & Italian Studies, Germanics, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Symposium Overview:

1:30 pm Opening Remarks

Brian Reed (Divisional Dean for the Humanities)

1:45 pm Session I – Cross-Cultural Themes in Literature

Ellwood Wiggins (Germanics): “Sympathy for the Devil”

Olga Levaniouk (Classics), Heidi Pauwels (Asian L&L): “Epic Emotions from Ancient Greece to Contemporary India”

Richard  Block (Germanics): “Sibling Rivalries”

2:15 pm Session II – Literature Across Time and Space

Bich-Ngoc Turner (Asian L&L): “Twentieth Century Vietnamese Literature”

Eduardo Viana da Silva (Spanish & Portuguese): “Introduction to Lusophone Literature”

Annegret Oehme (Germanics), Beatrice Arduini (French & Italian): “Global Middle Ages”

Terri DeYoung (NELC):  “Canonicity and Arabic Literature”

Galya Diment (Slavic): “Big Books”

2:55 pm Session III – New Pathways in the Humanities

Chad Allen (English): “Always on Native Ground” 

Sarah Stroup (Classics): “Introducing Humanities First”

3:20 pm Session IV:  Integrative Literary Studies

Jason Groves (Germanics): “Literatures and Cultures of Extinction”

Juliet Shields (English): “Globalization and the Literature of Slavery”

Aria Fani (NELC): “Near Eastern Travel Writing and Translation”

Monika Kaup (English): “Global Detective Fiction”

Selim Kuru (NELC): “Senior Seminars”

3:55pm Session V: The Future of Global Literary Studies

Moderator: Gary Handwerk (CHID)

Respondents: Sasha Senderovich (Slavic), Lauren Poyer (Scandinavian)

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 20, 2021 to Simpson Center Events, 206-685-5260,

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