Talks and Workshop by Aamir R. Mufti

Aamir Mufti, Professor of Comparative Literature, UCLA visited the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences from the 29th to the 31st of January 2018. During his visit, he delivered two public lectures and also engaged with students during a workshop. His first lecture, “The Nomos of World Literature,” a meditation on the failures of one-world thinking, particularly with respect to the question of world literature, was attended by a large audience from across the university and the city. His second public lecture, “The Missing Homeland of Edward Said,” a careful tracing of the relationship between Edward Said’s critical writings and his writings on Palestine, was held at the Gurmani House in Gulberg, and drew an equally diverse audience. In addition to these two talks, Professor Mufti was able to interact with advanced undergraduate students in a seminar setting, where he guided students on methods of reading through a close examination of Erich Auerbach’s essay “Philology and Weltliteratur.” The diverse audiences of all three events, undergraduates, faculty, and visitors from other institutions in Lahore made for excellent interlocutors with Professor Aamir Mufti, himself a defining intellectual of our times.