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Haunting the Secular: Language, Nation, and Religion on Maltese Television

Haunting the Secular: Language, Nation, and Religion on Maltese Television
UTM, CCT Building, room 2150
Time: Mar 24th, 3:00 pm End: Mar 24th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Philosophy (UTM), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Islamic Studies, Historical Studies (UTM), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), 1950-2000
Public Lecture by Michael Cooperson, UCLA

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Humour, Play, and Games is pleased to present

Michael Cooperson, UCLA

Haunting the Secular: Language, Nation, and Religion on Maltese Television

Since becoming a republic in 1974 and joining the European Union in 2004, the tiny nation of Malta has struggled to assert itself as a Catholic European country whose national language combines Arabic, Sicilian, Italian, and English. This talk will look at how a popular comedy series about a haunted apartment building stages questions of history and identity.

Michael Cooperson teaches Arabic language and literature at UCLA. He works on the cultural theory of the early Abbasid caliphate, time travel as a literary device, and Maltese language and culture. His most recent monograph is Al Ma 'mūn, a biography of the Caliph. His most recent translation is Ibn al-Jawzī's Virtues of the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, for the Library of Arabic Literature.

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Kim Yates, Associate Director at the Jackman Humanities Institute, at (416) 946-0313.

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NOTE for University of Toronto faculty members, graduate students, and advanced undergrads:  Michael Cooperson will also present a lunch seminar on Arabic translation on Thursday 26 March from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Bancroft Hall room 200B. Participation is by RSVP: please contact Professor Jeanne Miller by 16 March 2015.

This event was supported by the following units at the University of Toronto:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Comparative Literature
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Department of Language Studies (UTM)
  • Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Middle East History and Theory Workshop
  • Toronto Arabic Studies Colloquium


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