Rebecca R. Gould


Talks & Lectures


January 2021

November 2020

October 2020


February 2020

Multilingualism as a Stimulus to Islamic Literary Theory” Maynooth University, Ireland, Arts and Humanities Institute

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September 2019

Keynote Lecture, “Constructing the ‘Public Intellectual’ in the Premodern World,” University of Manchester

July 2019

The IHRA Definition of Antisemitism and Palestinian Solidarity,” Palestine Expo, London

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March 2019

Multilingualism as a Stimulus to Islamic Literary Theory” Plenary lecture for “Studying South Asian Narratives Through Pluralist and Dialogic Frames,” Comparative Literature Association of India Biennial International Conference, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Hyderabad)   &  India International Centre (Delhi)

Arabic Poetics and Russian Aesthetics: Mīkhāʼīl Nuʿaymah as a Russian Poet” at the workshop “Reshaping Landscapes of Arab Thought, the Legacies of Gibran, Rihani, and Naimy,” George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair, University of Maryland.

My lecture has now been published (in revised form) and is available here under the title “Naimy and the Russian Literary Canon” (2019).

April 2019

The Obligation to Migrate: Hijra and Cultural Memory in the Literatures of the Soviet Caucasus,” Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and Global, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (3-5 April 2019). Part of the Muslim Worlds – World of Islam? Conceptions, Practices, and Crises of the Global project.

                                                       May 2019

Dangerous Definitions: On the Politics of Defining Racism,” Antisemitism and Islamophobia, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna.

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June 2018

The Communist International and the Muslim Umma: Marxist Solidarities from Baku to Calcutta, University College London, Institute for Advanced Studies (Keynote lecture for “Communism in the vernacular: international imaginaries, local politics,” 2018:

Focusing on the life and work of Mir-Said Sultan Galiyev. You can download the Powerpoint presentation for the above lecture here.

October 2018

Translation as Dancing in Chain: Bijan Elahi in English” University of Oxford, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation discussion group 

 December 2018

I convened  “Global Southern Epistemologies,” English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India (funded by the British Academy and the Global Research Challenges Fund)

March 2018

The Obligation to Migrate and the Stimulus to Narrate” (University of Arizon)


February 2017

“Anticolonial Poetics in the Caucasus” (New York University)


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