A GPISH student Semina Halani standing in sunshine and posing

GPISH (2018) alumna Semina Halani received a scholarship from Harvard University to attend a four-week Institute of World Literature Summer Programme in July.

The programme, which took place online this year owing to the pandemic, included a total of ten seminars taught by leading professors and researchers in world literature, together with outstanding guest lectures and the opportunity for participants to share their work in colloquia.

“Even through the online mode of study, this course has helped me to analyse the impact and value of the field of literature in the current times by looking at different relationships that world literature has with capitalism, cosmopolitanism and globalisation. I am certain that this intellectually stimulating journey will form an important anchoring point for my PhD studies,” Semina said.

Semina presented her thesis "Oral traditions in World Literature: Analysing the Bhagavad Gītā and the Gināns" at the Harvard colloquium ‘Premodern Literature and World Literature’. 

“The opportunity to share my work in the colloquium with valuable and insightful feedback from professors and peers from diverse backgrounds has helped me to situate and broaden my understanding of literature and its values in the current times,” she said.

We congratulate Semina on her scholarship and securing this unique and exciting opportunity.

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