BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Fluid Culture," the 2011-12 series presented
by the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, continues its
presentation of art, literature and media events related to water,
globalization and culture with three spring lectures by
distinguished international authors.
All are free of charge and open to the public.
On March 19, Amitav Ghosh, the celebrated Bengali author,
humanities scholar and a much-translated star in the international
literary firmament will be here to present a talk titled "The
World's Emporium." It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lippes
Concert Hall, Slee Hall, UB North Campus.
Ghosh, the recipient of dozens of major literary awards, is best
known recently for his Ibis Trilogy, a series of novels with
enormous historical sweep set on the high seas.
The first novel in the trilogy was the bestselling "Sea of
Poppies," shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008. It
chronicles the seafaring adventures of an ordinary village woman, a
mulatto American sailor, an Indian rajah and an evangelist opium
trader in an era before the Opium Wars. The second, published in
2011 to critical acclaim is "River of Smoke," which follows its
storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China.
He is also the author of "The Circle of Reason," "The Shadow
Lines," "In an Antique Land," "Dancing in Cambodia," "The Calcutta
Chromosome," "The Glass Palace" and "The Hungry Tide."
On March 28, Lucia Sa, PhD, professor of Brazilian cultural
studies, University of Manchester, will present a talk, "Fluid
Stories, Water in Amazonian Literature," at 4 p.m. in 120 Clemens
Hall, UB North Campus.
Sa specializes in Brazilian literature and culture, and in
particular, the Brazilian city, ethnopoetics and native cultures in
Brazil and the South American lowlands.
She is the author of "Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts
and Latin American Culture."
On April 11, Ursula Heise, PhD, professor of English at Stanford
University specializing in contemporary American and European
literature and literary theory and a leader in environmental
criticism since the early 1990s, will present a talk, "Plasmic
Nature and Animated Ecologies," at 4 p.m. in 120 Clemens Hall.
Heise, currently a Guggenheim Fellow, has published extensively
on the ways in which global environmental crises impact the
literatures of the U.S., Eastern Europe, and Latin America
She is the author of "Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The
Environmental Imagination of the Global," which addresses
environmentalism, ecocriticism, and globalization.
Her most recent book is "After Nature: Species Extinction and
She is currently working on "The Avantgarde and the Forms of
Nature," which deals with the role of biological form in works of
the European, Latin American and North American avantgardes of the
The Fluid Culture series is organized by Justin Read, PhD,
associate professor, and Colleen Culleton, PhD, assistant
professor, both in the UB Department of Romance Languages and
The UB Humanities Institute is directed by Erik R. Seeman, PhD,
professor of history. The associate director is Carrie Tirado
Bramen, associate professor of English.