African Studies Workshop featuring Ato Quayson


Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event

Presenting: Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature

Ato Quayson Profile Photo

Ato Quayson is the Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Chair of the Department of English at Stanford.  He graduated with a First-Class Honors in English and Arabic from the University of Ghana before proceeding to complete his PhD at the University of Cambridge.  He taught at the University of Cambridge (1995-2005), was Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto (2005-2017), Professor of Postcolonial and African Literature at NYU (2017-2019) before coming to Stanford. He has published 6 monographs and 8 edited collections, with his latest book being Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (CUP, 2021). He is an elected member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and of the British Academy.

Discussant: Monica Popescu (McGill University)


A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies