LSE Literary Weekend - Roundtable on Migrant Literature
Speaker(s): Kapka Kassabova, Mustafa Kör, Naema Tahir
Chair: Professor Luc Bovens
Recorded on 28 February 2009 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.
The migrant intellectual, writes Edward Said, has 'double perspective'. He or she is in a constant dialogue with his or her old and new home. Their writings often convey both a sense of loss and yearning but also display a richness wrought by the integration of multiple cultural identities, unique experiences and diverse modes of expression. These authors will explore what is it like to be migrant writers in their respective societies: what are the points of divergence, what are the commonalities? The authors will be invited to start off the evening by reading short excerpts from their work that typifies their own experiences as migrant authors. We will then explore some of the following questions in a roundtable discussion.