Explorations in Time and Temporality

A Public Humanities Project by the Geoffrion Family Fellows at Miami University’s Humanities Center 2019-2020

Pheng Cheah

Our final guest of the 2019-2020 Altman Program Lecture Series is Dr. Pheng Cheah, a Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cheah’s research addresses theories of post-colonialism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, nationalism and diaspora, as well as literature’s role in recording and sharing these social constructs. He is the author of numerous books including What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature and Inhuman Conditions as well as an editor for the collaborative manuscript Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation. Dr. Cheah’s recent scholarly articles, “Diasporic Worldliness in Postcolonial Globalization” and “World Against Globe: Toward a Normative Conception of World Literature”, address cosmopolitanism, world literature and the destabilizing potential of diasporic interpretations of time.