The Global Soul: Imagining the Cosmopolitan


The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice presents “The Global Soul: Imagining the Cosmopolitan” Spring Symposium in collaboration with the Bath Spa Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education. Participants include John Freeman, Xiaolu Guo, Aleksandar Hemon, Kapka Kassabova, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Taiye Selasi, and Kamila Shamsie.

This symposium has been convened by Animatta Forna, and takes place at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA on 26 and 27 March 2017. All panels and events are free and open to the public to attend. Full details can be found here: The-Global-Soul-Imagining-the-Cosmopolitan

Speaking Volumes is pleased to have helped facilitate the participation of Guo, Kapka, Taiye and Kamila. The full programme can be seen below.


Keynote Speech by Aleksandar Hemon
7:00 PM | Copley Formal Lounge
Moderated by Andria Wisler, Executive Director, Center for Social Justice
Book Signing & Reception to follow


Coffee & Breakfast
9:00 AM | Copley Formal Lounge

Writing in Englishes
9:30 AM | Copley Formal Lounge

The Canon: Do Countries Need a National Literature?
11:00 AM | Copley Formal Lounge

The Sporting Spirit: Does Sport Unite or Divide?
2:00 PM | Copley Formal Lounge
Moderated by Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation

Going Global, Staying Local: How to Be Cosmopolitan
3:30 PM | Copley Formal Lounge

Authors’ Reading
with Taiye Selasi, Kamila Shamsie, Kapka Kassabova, Xiaolu Guo, John Freeman
5:00 PM | Copley Formal Lounge
Book Signing to follow

An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
7:30 PM | Gaston Hall
Hosted by Lannan Chair of Poetics Aminatta Forna
Book Signing & Reception to follow on Healy’s second floor corridor.

Free and open to the public. For more information visit: