The Dean Family Speaker Series

The Department of English at Wake Forest University is proud to host the Dean Family Speaker Series. This series has been endowed by a gift from the Dean Family, and brings nationally and internationally-recognized scholars to campus. It encourages critical conversations and dialogue related to the study of English.  All talks are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.

Our recent speakers have included: Nancy Armstrong, Richard Begam, Lauren Berlant, Wai Chee Dimock, Jonathan Freedman, Robert S. Levine, Fred Moten, Marjorie Perloff, Carrie Preston, Martin Puchner, and Peter Stallybrass.

For further information about the Dean Family Speaker Series, contact director Judith Madera:

Recent Speakers

Ivy Wilson, Northwestern University

March 29, 2017

Tribble Hall |Room C216 | 4:30 pm

“Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” examines representations of Egypt to reconceptualize the meanings and limits of transnational affinity relative to discourses about the black diaspora.Covering a long historical arc from the 18th century to the present, with particular attention to the aesthetic practices of iconography, this talk analyzes how cultural producers have imagined Egypt in various representations from classical civilization to anti-colonial polity to animate “blackness” both as a critique of the nation and the embodiment of a transnational political currency.

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