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Partitions series features free lectures, film screening, conference

The Center for International Studies is presenting a variety of events on the theme of “Partitions, Divisions, and Population Exchanges.” Their next event features two literature scholars, including the University of Chicago’s Kyeong-Hee Choi:

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 • 4:00-6:30 PM, Classics 110
Kyeong-Hee Choi, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“South Korean Women Writers’ Representations of National Division”
Asli Igsiz, Department of World Literature, Simon Fraser University
“Reading Through Personal Maps and Recipes of ‘Origin’: Recollecting Fragments of the 1923 Greco-Turkish Compulsory Religious Minority Exchange”

There will be two subsequent lecture events: on April 23, Keith Brown will present “Of Devolution and Disillusion: Micropartition in modern Macedonia.” On April 27, Kumkum Sangari will speak on women’s narratives of the Partition of India and Pakistan. For more information, see the Center for International Studies website.

On April 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the International House Assembly Hall, there will be a free film screening and discussion of the 1987 film Partition, adapted by Tariq Ali from Saadat Hasan Manto’s famous short story “Toba Tek Singh” and directed by Ken McMullen.

The “Partitions” series will culminate with a conference on May 1–2 titled “Partition Violence.” The conference will bring social scientists together to examine causes of violence and local level variation in levels of violence during the India/Pakistan partition, with a goal of understanding how violence and the spread of violence might be mitigated in other cases of population transfer and exchange. Get more information and preregister at the conference webpage.

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