Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance: The Politics of Home

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Lina Meruane is an award-winning Chilean writer and scholar. She has published two collections of short stories and five novels. Translated by Megan McDowell into English are her latest: Seeing Red (Deep Vellum & Atlantic) and Nervous System (Graywolf & Atlantic). Meruane has written several non-fiction books, among which is her memoir Becoming Palestine and her essay on the impact and representation of the AIDS epidemic in Latin American literature, Viral Voyages (Palgrave MacMillan). She received the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Novel Prize (Mexico 2012), the Anna Seghers Prize (Germany, 2011) as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a DAAD Writer in Residence in Berlin, and the Casa Cien Años de Soledad (Mexico 2021), among others. She currently teaches Global Cultures and Creative Writing at New York University.  (Photo credit: Lorena Palavecino)

Nadia Owusu is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. Her first book, Aftershocks,  topped many most-anticipated and best book of the year lists, including The New York TimesThe Oprah MagazineVogue, TIMEVulture, and the BBC. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Nadia is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Orion, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, and others. 

By day, Nadia is Director of Storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm working for justice and liberation in partnership with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She teaches creative writing at the Mountainview MFA program and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

This conversation will be co-moderated by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing, and Atalia Omer, Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Call Me Zebra, winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award, the John Gardner Fiction Award and longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award. She is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and a Whiting Writers Award Winner. Her novel, Savage Tongues, is forthcoming in 2021. She is an Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing and a Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.  and a Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 

Atalia Omer is Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on religion, violence, and peacebuilding as well as theories and methods in the study of religion. Omer was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2017. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Program’s Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative. 

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Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance, launched by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, is a research collective and lecture series co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. We are proud to announce that we are now housed at Notre Dame University's newly launched Initiative on Race and Resilience, directed by Mark Sanders, Professor of English and Africana Studies. Global in scope and comparative and interdisciplinary in critical approach, the Initiative on Race and Resilience is dedicated to challenging systemic racism and promoting racial equality through scholarship, education, and community empowerment.

The Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance research collective includes Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies faculty members Asher KaufmanEbrahim MoosaAtalia Omer, and Ernesto Verdeja and College of Arts and Letters faculty members Alison RicePerin GürelOlivier MorelErnest MorrellFrancisco Robles, and Mark Sanders.  External collaborators include Chana Morgenstern, co-founder of the Archives of the Disappeared Initiative and Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literatures at Cambridge University; Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist and translator, and Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University; Refqa Abu-Remaileh, Associate Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Film at Freie Universität Berlin and Principle Investigator of PalREAD; and Amir Ahmadi Arian, Iranian novelist, journalist, and non-fiction writer. 

Originally published at kroc.nd.edu.

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