On 22 January, the Indian
writer Arundhati Roy will be the featured guest speaker in the renowned
"In Transit|ion" lecture series at Goethe University Frankfurt. The series is an
international and transdisciplinary programme offered by the Institute of
English and American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. In the Zoom event:
"The syntax of everyday injustice" on 22.01.2021
10:00h - 12:00h CET (Central European Time)
14:30h - 16:30h IST (India Standard Time)
Roy will read from her new work, forms the
basis for the subsequent discussion, moderated by Dr. Pavan Malreddy,
research associate at the Institute of English and American Studies. The event
will be held in English.
Arundhati Roy is the author
of the award-winning bestseller "The God of Small Things," published
in 1997, in which she writes of the connections between the caste system, class
society, capitalism and imperialism. In the years between the publication of
her first and second critically acclaimed novel, which appeared two decades
later, she mainly wrote literary and political essays and confronted Indian
society on a variety of topics: religious persecution, economic inequalities,
caste and class hierarchies, the exploitation of natural resources and the resulting
expropriation of small farmers in the name of development.
Her extensive non-fiction work including "The Politics of Power," and
"From the Workshop of Democracy," and her second novel "The
Ministry of Extreme Happiness" explain how capitalism and privatisation
undermine democracy, destroy the environment and irreversibly accelerate
climate change. Both her novels and her non-fiction work are the subject of
lively, sometimes heated, scientific debates both inside and outside India. Her
works are read today in more than forty languages.
Roy is an outspoken critic of communalism and majoritarianism in Indian
politics. Her concise analysis of grassroots fascism and the ideological
breeding ground it needs to flourish in Indian society and elsewhere forms the
basis of her most recent work "Azadi - Freedom, Fascism, Fiction" (2020).
The lecture series
"In Transit|ion - Frankfurt Lectures in Literary and Cultural
Studies" is an international and transdisciplinary series organised by
the Institute of English and American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Twice a semester, leading writers and scholars from the English-speaking world
present their work in the fields of American Studies, English Studies and
Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. Since its inception in 2016, the series
has featured speakers from top international universities in Great Britain
(Oxford, Cambridge), the U.S. (Columbia, Chicago), Australia (Monash
University) and India (North Bengal).
Please register for the event
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pavan Malreddy, New English Literatures and Cultures (NELK) &
Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP)
Goethe University Frankfurt am