November 20, 2014
Anouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president for Global Affairs and the director of the Center for Global Humanities, recently gave the concluding keynote address at the European Beat Studies Network Third Annual Conference commemorating the centenary of the writer William Burroughs.
In his address, titled "Tangier and the Literary Misimagination," Majid wondered whether Tangier played any significant role in the creative work of the so-called Beat writers, reflected on the ways Europeans and Americans got away with a lot in colonial and early post-colonial Tangier, invited his audience to examine a bit more critically the place of the "expat" in Tangerian society, discussed the nagging issue of language in Morocco and described the new international culture in the emerging metropolis.
The conference brought together writers from around the world, especially since this is a special year for Burroughs scholars.
Majid also used the occasion to autograph a few copies of his novel Si Yussef and to meet a group of impressive graduate students at the local public university.
Read more about Majid’s experience at the conference in his blog