Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed


Research Focus: Modern Arabic Literature, Religion and Modernity, Postcolonial Literature, and Literary Theory

Background: He graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tunis with a Bachelor's in 2010 and a Master's in 2012 in English Literature, focusing on totalitarianism, political activism and the novel.  He is interested in the study of modernity in the postcolonial Arab world through the intersection of the literary,religious, and political realms.  In his PhD, he focuses on the study of literary theory and modern Arabic and postcolonial fiction,particularly as it relates to modernist religious reform, political activism, postcolonial processes of secularization and religious resistance in its many forms.

Undergraduate Institution: BA, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tunis

Master of Arts Institution: MA, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tunis

Conference/Workshop Participation:  Islamic Modernities: Time and Space by the Middle East & Islamic Studies (MEIS), University of Louisville & Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Louisville, presented “On Societal Disintegration and the Rise of Antisocial Utopias: Mohamed Achaari and neoliberalism in Morocco,”

Islamism and Post-Islamism: Religious and Political Transformations in Muslim Societies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, presented "On Anti-Social Subjectivities: A View of a Modern Muslim Society in Mohammed Achaari's

Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, presented "Arabic Culture and the Challenge of Modernity: Reconfiguring the Immutable and the Shifting in Adunis’s Poetic Experience,” April 2014

"Angle of Vision: Then, Now, and the Arabic Novel," Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Workshop at the University of Chicago, Participant, November 2013

Translator for Gamal Al Ghitany's lecture, "East West West East: the Literary Lives of an Egyptian Novelist" in November 2013 as part of the Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative at the University of Chicago

Article: "Arabic Islamic Culture and the Challenge of Modernity: Adunis' Critique of Traditionalist Thought,” Zaytoon Journal, 2014.

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