Plenary events included a keynote address by internationally acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh and a session with renowned cultural critics Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Mary Louise Pratt. In addition to panels, representatives from the major U.S. and European publishing houses exhibited a rich selection of the most recent scholarship in the humanities in Copley Formal Lounge.
One highlight of the conference was the ACLA Undergraduate Seminar on “Spaces of Otherness in the Global World,” which Pireddu said is particularly meaningful to the ethos of Georgetown. Nearly 90 undergraduate students from several continents submitted abstracts of papers to present at the conference, of which 15 finalists were selected, including three Georgetown students. Chaired by Professor Meital Orr of the Center for Jewish Civilization in the School of Foreign Service, the 3-day seminar showcased sophisticated comparative research.
The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement , as well as a number of other academic units, including the College Dean’s Office, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the President, the Faculty of Foreign Languages, and individual departments and programs (the Department of English, the Department of Italian, the Comparative Literature Program, and the Center for Jewish Civilization).