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E. Khayyat

Visiting Scholar


Previously the 2018 Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Visiting Fellow, E. Efe Khayyat returns to the Woolf Institute as Visiting Scholar in 2019.

Efe is assistant professor at Rutgers University. He received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied at the Department of English and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Before Rutgers he taught in Frankfurt and Istanbul, Paris and New York, mostly philosophy of literature and religion.

He completed his last book, Istanbul 1940, as a fellow at the Woolf Institute in 2018. Istanbul 1940 engages Erich Auerbach's pioneering works of contemporary literary and cultural history, some of which were produced at Istanbul University in the 1940s, against the background of his Turkish colleagues Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962) and Halide Edib's (1884-1964) works. He is currently working on an edited volume on the cultural history of artificial intelligence, and a new book on Khôra.

Among his awards are various fellowships and visiting professorships at Gutenberg in Mainz, Science Po and Paris 8 in Paris, and Jamia Millia Islamia of Delhi; a UNESCO award, the Marjorie Hope Nicolson doctoral fellowship and an ICLS fellowship at Columbia University. He is a member of the founding board of Harvard University's Institute for World Literature.

During his 2018 Visiting Fellowship, Efe organised the workshop, People of the Book - People of Books. Read about the themes covered in the workshop in the blog post here.

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