The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program
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Duren Professors 2015-2016
Professor Gaurav Desai, English and African and African Diaspora Studies: “The Invention of Africa” and “Oceans Connect: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Exchanges”
“The Invention of Africa” is an interdisciplinary treatment of the ways in which Africa has been imagined by Western observers, by those in Asia and the Arab world, and by Africans themselves. The “Oceans Connect” course will be designed around the time of the ascendancy of the Omani Sultanate in Zanzibar which by 1837 had gained suzerainty in the region. Professor Desai will use Duren funds to offer both courses and host speakers and scholars in each.
This course will be divided into two main parts, which in turn will be divided into multiple units. The first part of this course will focus on authorial film between 1960 and 1980, featuring works by leading directors of the Cinema Novo movement, Cinema Marginal, and the state-sponsored blockbusters of the 1970s. The second part will explore contemporary Brazilian cinema in relation to questions of urban violence, gender & sexuality, the travails of the middle class, and the process of reckoning with the period of authoritarian rule. Professor Dunn will use Duren funds to establish a durable Brazilian Cinema class that can be offered on a bi- or triennial rotation.
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and working across the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, and literature, this course will consider Katrina as a political, cultural, and environmental event in New Orleans, American, and transnational history. Duren funds will be used to transform an already ambitious class into something extraordinary: treating the city and region as a classroom, enabling students to have special private tours of the places they are learning about, and supporting a series of salon type lunches with nationally-renowned experts.
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