Renowned scholar Ato Quayson to give lecture March 27 at art gallery
- Who: Visiting Scholar Ato Quayson
- What: Public Lecture – Human Migration and the Imagination
- When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013
- Where: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St., Kelowna
- Admission: Free and open to the public
Ato Quayson, renowned scholar of African and Commonwealth literature, postcolonial studies and literary theory, will deliver a free public lecture in Kelowna on Wednesday, March 27.
Taking a snapshot of the two main phases of imperial modernity from 1492-1600 that was dominated by Spain and Portugal, and from 1600-1960 that was dominated by Britain, France, Holland and Germany, this talk will lay out the various mass migratory patterns triggered by these two movements.
Quayson is a professor of English and director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.
“Linking migration and diaspora to the creative arts, I shall sketch out preliminary thoughts the three elements of place, nostalgia and what I am provisionally calling genealogical accountings for our understanding of the relation between migration and the human imagination,” says Quayson.
He has published widely on African literature, postcolonial studies and in literary theory including The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature and Fathers and Daughters: An Anthology of Exploration. He completed his BA at the University of Ghana and his PhD at Cambridge University.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St., 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.
Quayson’s lecture is part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Visiting Scholar series.
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