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WLL Research Fellow, Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini, Invited to ECOTHEE 2017

November 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Akhlaq), WLL Research Fellow, was invited to the 5th International Conference on Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics, ECOTHEE 2017, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Greece from October 23rd to 27th, 2017.

This international conference was organized by the World Council of Churches and Orthodox Academic of Crete to engage theology on key ecological concerns from a variety of religious traditions and scientific perspectives within multi-disciplinary exchanges with a focus on care for the Earth and climate justice. Dr. Akhlaq’s paper, titled “Christians-Muslims’ Cooperation to Demonstrate God’s Image/ Caliph for Eco-Theology”, was received warmly.


Elie Wiesel’s legacy honored in day of learning, Daily Free Press

September 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace and humanitarian activist, was also Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he taught and lectured every fall for almost forty years. Working together with the University administration, Abigail Gillman, as interim director of the Wiesel Center in 2016-17, was responsible for planning a day-long tribute to Prof. Wiesel. Read more about “In Memory of Elie Wiesel: A Day of Learning and Celebration” that took place on September 17.


Click here to read the full story.

Introducing New WLL Student Club

September 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized

“As a member of BUWA, you’ll be a part of the diverse community that is World Literatures & Languages. We aim to bridge the gap between students spread out across the department, as well as to facilitate the communication between undergraduates and faculty. Becoming a resource for students looking to further their academic and/or career-oriented goals is also one of our priorities. We like to think of our group as a meeting point for all students passionate about good books, foreign languages, and discovering a global community.”

We are also happy to announce that we are starting a student publication related to the department. Come to our meetings every Monday at 5:30pm in the WLL Faculty Lounge (745 Commonwealth Ave, Room 611) to learn more about the project and to be a part of the editorial team.

All BU Students are welcome – having a WLL major or minor is not required.

Students interested in joining BUWA, or those with questions may reach out to the club’s 2017-2018 Executive Board:

Ata Sunucu (CAS ’19)
Nadine Chen (CAS ’20)
Victoria Cox (CAS ’19)
Darya Lugina (CAS ’19, CFA ’19)

Welcome, Dr. Xin Wei, to World Languages & Literatures and the BU Center for the Humanities!

September 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dr. Xin Wei is joining us this year as the Korean Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in WLL. She completed her PhD in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, with a focus on Korea. After taking her undergraduate degree in China, she has had extensive experience studying and researching in Korea and Japan. Her work focuses on Korean hanmun literature delineated within a broader East Asian literary context. Her research interests include literary criticism, world literature, East Asian comparative literature, and the literary history of Korea. Her first book, co-authored with James B. Lewis, Korea’s Premier Collection of Classical Literature: Excerpts from Sŏ Kŏjŏng’s (1420-1488) Tongmunsŏn (forthcoming from Hawai’i UP, 2018) is part of the Korean Classics Library series, She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her PhD thesis, “The Literary Chinese Cosmopolis.” This research project, set against the backdrop of literary Chinese as the cosmopolitan written language across East Asia, examines two superlative literary Chinese writers of the ninth century, Ch’oe Ch’iwon from Silla Korea and Sugawara no Michizane from Heian Japan.


Dr. Xin Wei’s full profile can be viewed here

Welcome, Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Akhlaq)!

September 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Akhlaq)

is a Research Fellow in the Department of World Languages & Literatures. Originally from Afghanistan, he received his PhD in 2009 from the Allameh Tabatabai University, Iran, in the field of comparative philosophy. He has been affiliated with Princeton University, George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, before which he held several academic positions in Afghanistan and Iran. He has published numerous books and articles. He is currently working on a project titled, “The History of Philosophical Ideas in Afghanistan,” a history of rational sciences and intellectual movements covering a broad but accurate spectrum of the evolution of theology, Sufism, Peripatetic philosophy, Illuminative philosophy, and modern intellectualism in Afghanistan.  He is also engaged in research on three more subjects in an Islamic context: terrorism/extremism; inter and intra-faith dialogue; Sufism and philosophy. Earlier this year, his co-edited work “The Secular and the Sacred: Complementary and/or Conflictual?” was published by the Council for Research in Values & Philosophy, Washington, DC. (

Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Akhlaq)’s full profile can be viewed here.

WLL’s Anna Elliott on Translating her Twelfth Novel by Haruki Murakami

August 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized

“Meet the woman who brings Haruki Murakami works to an enthusiastic Poland”

“Anna Zielińska-Elliott is now translating her 12th Murakami novel from Japanese into Polish, as she has done for 30 years.”

Click here to read the full article about Professor Elliot’s work in translating pieces by Haruki Murakami!

A New Approach to Understanding Classical Literary Cultures: Professor Denecke publishes The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature

May 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized

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The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature 1000 BCE through 900 CE (coedited by Wiebke Denecke, Wai-yee Li Xiaofei Tian. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) aims to provide a solid introduction to the field, inspire scholars in Chinese Studies to explore innovative conceptual frameworks and pedagogical approaches in the studying and teaching of classical Chinese literature, and facilitate a comparative dialogue with scholars of premodern East Asia and other classical and medieval literary traditions around the world. The handbook integrates issue-oriented, thematic, topical, and cross-cultural approaches to the classical Chinese literary heritage with historical perspectives. It introduces both literature and institutions of literary culture, in particular court culture and manuscript culture, which shaped early and medieval Chinese literary production. It problematizes the gap between traditional concepts and modern revisionary definitions of literary categories and fosters critical awareness of how this has shaped the transmission and reception of literature and literary history. It discusses both canonical works and works that fall between the cracks of modern disciplinary divisions of “philosophy,” “religion,” “history,” and “literature.” Adopting a thematic approach, it traces the trajectory of ideas and motifs articulated across different genres, periods, and cultural spheres and lays the groundwork for comparisons with other literary cultures. Finally, it places early and medieval China in its regional context by including chapters on translation, on cultural interactions with the Northwestern regions, and on the literatures produced in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam in Literary Chinese, recapturing the functioning of the East Asian Sinographic Sphere.

Amber Navarre Receives the Gitner Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology

April 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Amber Navarre is this year’s winner of the CAS Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology. Photo by Cydney Scott. BU Today

Amber Navarre is this year’s winner of the CAS Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology. Photo by Cydney Scott. BU Today

Amber Navarre has received a major award: the Gerald and Dean Gitner Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology. Congratulations to Amber. And congratulations to the Chinese program!

The BU today piece has the details. It also mentions Liling Huang, Jungsoo Kim, and Gisela Hoecherl-Alden,  and has great quotes from WLL students in Chinese.

As Amber states in her interview, “Language teachers teach language, we don’t teach technology,” she says. “So we should use free technology and easy technology. We don’t have to be computer geeks, but we can embrace what technology brings us.”

Congratulations again, Amber!

CAS Dean Ann Cudd on the Value of the Humanities

April 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized

CAS Dean Ann Cudd writes eloquently on the Humanities as a force of innovation, using Simone de Beauvoir’s invention of the sex/gender distinction as an example, and including a shout out to WLL’s recent symposium on the Tale of Genji.

STARTALK, Online Korean Teacher Training Program now Available!

April 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized

The program website for the STARTALK Online Korean Teacher Training program that will be held this summer is now up and running!

Anyone who may benefit from this new program is welcome to join.