Worldcon 76 (the World Science Fiction Convention), is running from 15-20 August, and includes several panels on world SF, including one specifically on Arab literature with the somewhat wince-worthy title "1001 Years Later - What Happened to Arabian Fiction." The youtube channel of Yatakhaylon (They Are Imagining), a group which seeks to promote Arab fantasy and … Continue reading Arab Science Fiction at Worldcon 76
A symposium entitled "Palestinian historians/historians of Palestine: writing under the Mandate and beyond" took place this Friday at King's College, organized by Dr. Sarah Irving. The day was packed full of discussion on Palestinian historiography and papers focusing on Palestinian academics and historians, figures such as Abdul Latif Tibawi, Arif al-Arif, Izzat Darwaza, Nicola Ziadeh, Jabra … Continue reading Palestinian Historians, Historians of Palestine
"The Arab Archive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows," which took place over the past two days at John Cabot University in Rome, was advertised as an examination of "the political economy of the Arab Image" which "reflects upon the materiality, ethics, and aesthetics of filming, distributing and archiving post-2011." The workshop more than lived … Continue reading The Arab Archive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows
This weekend was MFest, "UK's first festival of culture and ideas dedicated to Muslim communities," which took place at the British Library between the 28th-29th April. The programme included several panels relevant to this blog. I was particularly interested by the panel "Spicing Up Sci-fi: The Dunes Strike Back" featuring Emirati writer Noura Al-Noman, author … Continue reading MFest 2018
A few years ago, I first learned about this project on Italian colonial memory called "Immaginari PostColoniali - PostColonial Visions".The project sought to establish "a large shared archive of everyday images and objects, an unconventional convention, exhibitions, performances and workshops in schools" about Italy's colonial history. I had a personal interest in this project because … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Immaginari PostColoniali/Postcolonial Visions?
The Rasism och Välfärd (Racism and Welfare) conference, organised by CEMFOR (Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism) at Uppsala University, took place between 11-12 October. The first keynote, by Philomena Essed, was entitled "Inclusive Beyond Race: Racism, Dehumanization and the Pursuit of Dignity." The main thread that Essed developed in her talk was thinking beyond … Continue reading Racism and Welfare Conference