Wang Professorship Brings Scholar to Campus

Renowned author and scholar Simon Gikandi will visit GW next week as this year’s Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence.

A specialist in the literature of the African diaspora, Professor Gikandi is currently the Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association (MLA). He is the author of many books and articles including Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature and Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism.

Professor Gikandi’s latest book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste, won the Melbern Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Award, the Melville Herskovits Award for the most important scholarly work in African studies, and the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the MLA.

From October 26-31, GW’s English Department is hosting a series of events free and open to the public featuring Professor Gikandi:


Seminar for Students and Faculty with Simon Gikandi
Monday, October 27 (3:30-6 PM)
Rome Hall 771

GW Distinguished Lecture in Literary and Cultural Studies: “Archives without Subjects”
Tuesday, October 28 (5:30 PM)
Marvin Center 301

Seminar for Undergraduate Students with Simon Gikandi
Thursday, October 30 (2:15-3:15 PM)
Rome Hall 771

Visit the GW English Blog for registration and more info on these events.


Created through a gift by Albert Wang and his family—one of the largest philanthropic commitments to the Department of English in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences—the Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence Fund enriches GW’s academic community by bringing respected scholars to speak to and interact with GW students. Since 2009, the fund has supported professors Edward P. Jones (now a member of the GW English Department), José Esteban Muñoz, J. Jack Halberstam, and Michael Bérubé.


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Author: GW Impact

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