Videos from Writers of India - World Writers' Festival 2014

More than 2,500 people attended the five-day festival in Paris. The second year of the festival follows the enormous success of the inaugural edition held at venues across Paris last September, which featured 30 of the world’s leading writers, including Columbia Professor Richard Ford, Salman Rushdie, John Banville and Ma Jian. For the first time, the festival also came to campus at Miller Theater on Oct. 27, 2014, for a panel discussion on India Beyond Technology and Yoga: The Power of Literature in a Globalizing World

Globalization and Literature

Our distinguished panel of special guests will discuss the effects of globalization on their reading, their work, and their interpretation of the world.

To some, globalization once appeared to hold great promise, in countries large and small, for authors who wrote in vernacular languages. Publishers and writers alike hoped that the barriers of borders and language would break down, opening up new markets in the process. Has that happened? Or has globalization had a negative impact on writers and their ability to have their work published in new countries and translated into other languages?

Our distinguished panel of special guests, Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, author, and faculty member of the Committee on Global Thought; Dr. Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs; and author and publisher Urvashi Butalia, discussed the effects of globalization on their reading, their work, and their interpretation of the world – good and bad, expected and unexpected. In conversation with Damien Aubel, literary critic for Transfuge.

Recorded Sept. 20, 2014, in Paris at Columbia Global Centers | Europe


Gallery of World Writers' Festival: Writers of India

These are but a broad sampling of images from the World Writers' Festival: Writers of India, held Sept. 17-21 in Paris and co-hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Europe and  la Bibliothèque nationale de France.