Last month saw the School of English continue its activities abroad as Professor Graham Huggan delivered keynote addresses at two international conferences.
The first conference was held at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, India. It brought together more than 200 delegates from all over India and three international guests from the UK and US, including Professor Huggan. The main topic of discussion was to what extent Indian literature can be considered a 'world literature', and the consensus reached was that the country's literatures, being as multiple as the 24 official languages in which they are written, are nothing if not connected to an equally plural series of 'wider worlds'.
The second conference was held at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. This conference was the inaugural event of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) branch of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and featured speakers from Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. The primary focus was ecological issues in Southeast Asian literatures, and the event gave ample evidence of ecocriticism as a global field.
Professor Huggan is a specialist in comparative postcolonial literary/cultural studies, environmental humanities, tourism studies, short fiction, and contemporary film. He holds the position of Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, and is currently leading Land Lines, a national research project exploring Britain's love for nature writing. Read his profile to find out more.