University of Pittsburgh
September 27, 2006

Pitt to Host UCLA Literature Professor, Who Will Deliver a Lecture Titled "The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture," Oct. 5

The Pitt literary journal boundary 2 will sponsor this event
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Aamir Mufti, an associate professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver a lecture titled "The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture" at 4 p.m. Oct. 5, Room 501, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus. Pitt Distinguished Professor Paul A. Bové, editor of the Pitt literary journal boundary 2, is coordinating this event, which is free and open to the public.

Mufti specializes in colonial and postcolonial literature, with a primary focus on India and Britain and 20th-century Urdu literature. His scholastic interests lie in Marxism and aesthetics, genre theory, canonization, minority cultures, exile and displacement, the cultural politics of Jewish identity in Western Europe, human rights, refugees and the right to asylum, modernism and fascism, language conflicts, and the history of anthropology.

Mufti studied anthropology at the London School of Economics; he earned the Master of Arts degree in anthropology and philosophy as well as his Ph.D. degree in comparative literature at Columbia University. In addition to writing scholarly articles, Mufti is coeditor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives (University of Minnesota Press, 1997), and has a forthcoming book from Princeton University Press, titled Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and Dilemmas in Postcolonial Culture. He also is a member of the editorial collective of boundary 2.

Published by Duke University Press, boundary 2 is an international journal of literature and culture, available in print or online. Primary funding of its Pitt-based editorial office comes from Pitt School of Arts and Sciences' Dean N. John Cooper.

For more information on boundary 2, visit Questions about the upcoming lecture can be e-mailed to Bové at