Amit Chaudhuri to visit Duke University for series of literary events

Sarah Rogers
Monday, September 16, 2019
Amit Chaudhuri
Dr. Amit Chaudhuri. Photo by Geoff Pugh.

The Franklin Humanities Institute, the Department of English and Duke Arts will welcome novelist, poet, essayist, literary critic, North Indian classical singer and composer Amit Chaudhuri for a series of events at Duke University during the week of September 23, 2019.

 “Professor Chaudhuri has gained recognition in many fields—whether composing, writing journalism, fiction, poetry, or criticism,” said Franklin Humanities Institute Director Ranjana Khanna. “He consistently experiments with form and provides an astute critical lens on academic writing, contemporary issues, and the possibilities and impossibilities of cultural fusion.”

All events are free and open to the public, though some ask for an RSVP.

On Tuesday, September 24, Dr. Chaudhuri will deliver an evening lecture as part of the Franklin Humanities Institute's World Arts series, which explores both the world-making potential of the arts and the world as conceptualized within artworks. Titled The Strangeness of the "World" and How We Encounter It, the lecture asks how we come to know the "world," ranging over topics such as travel, world literature, and international influences in film and music (please RSVP). 

On Wednesday, September 25, he will lead a lunchtime seminar at the Franklin Humanities Institute called Literary Activism, or Creativity at the Fringes, reflecting on his experiences at a series of symposiums reconsidering creativity and its relationship to publishing and academia, and opening up questions about literature as "action" or activism (please RSVP).

On Thursday, September 26, as part of the English Department's Blackburn Fiction Festival, Dr. Chaudhuri will join author and playwright Caryl Phillips for a 7pm reading in the Rubenstein Arts Center's Ruby Lounge.

Finally, on Friday, September 27, he will give a combination talk and musical performance as part of the Rubenstein Arts Center's lunchtime Ruby Friday series, ‘Not Fusion’: Indian Classical Music, The Blues, and Other Soundscapes, exploring multiple musical inheritances including Western Pop and North Indian classical music, and soundscapes like the Berlin U-Bahn. 

“Writers, musicians, and critics will be engaged by Chaudhuri’s range and the manner in which the musical emerges in his writing and vice versa,” said Ranjana Khanna. “This promises to be a wide-ranging and stimulating series of events.”