Alif 40

Mapping New Directions in the Humanities

Edited by Ferial J. Ghazoul
Walid El Hamamsy

This issue of Alif is dedicated to efforts to redefine and reorient the humanities in light of global institutional and intellectual realitie

English edition
5 December 2020
450 pp.
16.5X24cm
ISBN 9781617979668
For sale worldwide

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This issue of Alif is dedicated to efforts to redefine and reorient the humanities in light of global institutional and intellectual realities. “Mapping” is construed in several ways: the more literal meaning of geographical “reorientation” in the sense of efforts to redefine the relationship between global north and south, and between Western and non-Western intellectual traditions. It also refers to the remapping of the modern university by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work in the humanities that brings it to new shores such as the digital humanities and medical humanities. Essays map out ways for the humanities to better engage the extra-academic pressures shaping the modern university as it remains true to its own best long-standing goals and values.

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Ferial J. Ghazoul

Ferial J.  Ghazoul is an Iraqi scholar, critic, and translator. She is professor of English and comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and formerly editor of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. She has written extensively on gender issues in modern and medieval literature and is the author of Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context (AUC Press, 1996).

Walid El Hamamsy

Walid  El Hamamsy is assistant professor of cultural studies in the Department of English, Cairo University. He is the co-editor of Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook.
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