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Statement on the Events of April 25

The Department of Comparative Literature condemns the violent use of force that was authorized by the Emory University administration to disperse the student-led demonstrations that were held on campus on April 25, 2024.  We demand that all students and faculty who were arrested be released immediately, and that all charges against them be dropped.

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The Department of Comparative Literature congratulates Ishanika Sharma, this year's recipient of the Lore Metzger Dissertation Prize.  Ishanika will be graduating in Spring 2024 with a PhD in English and a Certificate in Comparative Literature.  Her PhD dissertation, Postcolonial Eventality: Fictions of Catastrophe in South Asia, draws from postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, and trauma theory in order to read what she calls "eventality," a literary attunement to the non-linear temporality of geopolitical and environmental catastrophes in modern South Asian fiction.

The Department of Comparative Literature is pleased to introduce two distinguished additions to our faculty starting Fall 2024: Professor Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús and Professor Irving Goh. Their scholarly contributions will encompass a diverse spectrum of expertise, spanning courses such as "Other Medusas: Caribbean Abjections" and "World Literature and the Question of Citizenship." Further information will be shared in the near future.



† José Quiroga, 1959-2024

The Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University held a memorial service honoring José Quiroga's life on Monday, April 15, 2024 in the Cannon Chapel at Emory University.

Topic: In Honor of José Quiroga

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