The Corporeal City: How Do Lived Experiences Shape the Urban Space?


Join the Literature & Critical Theory Student Union for our second academic seminar of the semester. Our panelists will discuss how lived experiences shape urban space.


Professor Ato Quayson is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, where he has been since August 2005. He completed his BA at the University of Ghana and received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1995. He then went on to the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow, returning to Cambridge in Sept 1995 to become a Fellow at Pembroke College and a member of the Faculty of English where he eventually became a Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.

Prof. Quayson has published widely on African literature, postcolonial studies and in literary theory. A list of his publications can be found on the Centre for Diaspora and Transational Studies website

Professor Quayson's talk will be titled: "A Literary Scholar Among the Urban Runes"

Professor Jens Hanssen is an Associate Professor of Arab Civilization at the University of Toronto-Mississauga and modern Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History at the St. George Campus. He received his D.Phil in Modern History from Oxford University in 2001 and joined the University of Toronto the following year. His dissertation has been published by Clarendon Press as Fin de Siècle Beirut, Oxford, 2005. He has authored two co-edited volumes: Empire in the City (Beirut, 2002); and History, Space and Social Conflict in Beirut (Beirut, 2005). He is finishing his translation of Butrus al-Bustani’s Nafir Suriyya (1860-1). A list of his publications can be found on the Near and Middle Easter Civilizations website.

Professor Judith Taylor is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto (St. George). Professor Taylor studies feminist women’s movements, especially during periods of retrenchment. Her current SSHRC-funded research project is entitled De-Institutionalizing Dissent: Canadian feminist responses to government retrenchment. She is also engaged in a collaborative project with Professor Ronit Dinovitzer and others that examines political and ethnic identity formation of youth involved in the Israeli Taglit movement. A list of her publications can be found on the U of T Focus on Research website.