Arthur Ravenscroft Memorial Lecture on Postcolonial Literature

The 2017 Arthur Ravenscroft Memorial Lecture on Postcolonial Literature, entitled "Can the Other Speak?" will be delivered by Leverhulme Visiting Professor Tabish Khair.

Date: 16-11-2017
Time: 17:30 -

The School of English is pleased to announce that the 2017


Arthur Ravenscroft Memorial Lecture on Postcolonial Literature



will be delivered by


Tabish Khair

(University of Aarhus /

Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Leeds)


‘Can the Other Speak?’




“Distinguishing between the ‘Other’ and the ‘subaltern,’ and drawing upon his creative and critical work, Tabish Khair will ask: ‘Can the Other speak (and write)?’ His lecture will argue for the preservation of the concept of the ‘Other’ as an ontological-epistemological category and against its reduction to a historical one. It will situate literature, including the writing of literature, as a kind of responsibility to the Other, but not – as is erroneously assumed at times – a writing of or by the Other.”




Tabish Khair was educated in the small town of Gaya in Bihar (India) and the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus (Denmark).  He has worked as a journalist and academic, is a poet and a novelist, and is currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the School of English, University of Leeds, UK -- see



Workshop Theatre

School of English

Thursday 16th November, 5.30pm



+++ All Welcome +++

Please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment




For further information, please contact:


John McLeod

Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures

School of English

University of Leeds

Woodhouse Lane

Leeds   LS2 9JL




Location: Workshop Theatre, School of English
Cost: Free