The Center on Forced Displacement Announces CFD Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Center on Forced Displacement is excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the inaugural CFD Annual Conference is Nobel Laureate, Abdulrazak Gurnah. 

Gurnah is the celebrated author of novels, as well as critical studies of postcolonial literature. He grew up on the island of Zanzibar but was forcibly displaced when, in the 1960s, the oppression and persecution of citizens of Arab origin were rampant in the country. He eventually received asylum in England. His novels regularly depict the impacts of decolonization in East Africa through an uncompromising refusal of oversimplification but tremendous compassion for his characters and their struggles.

This event will include a conversation between BU Professors Preston and Zaman and Gurnah on Monday, April 24 at 6:00pm.

The event is open to the public but registration is required. Please register HERE and join us. 

Gurnah’s keynote address is followed by a full-day research symposium on April 25 (register for the symposium HERE.)