The influential theorist and public intellectual Edward W. Said (1935–2003) produced a body of work that, right up to the present, resonates worldwide in a variety of fields. On the 10th anniversary of his death, this interdisciplinary symposium seeks to reread his works—from Orientalism (1978) to On Late Style (posthumously, 2006)—with a view to today’s cultural and political realities, including those in the Arab world.
During political upheavals in a number of Arab countries, activists turned his concepts into their slogans. In Tunisia, his words appeared as graffiti on the walls of the revolting streets.
Said’s ideas have thus continued their journeys across diverse territories to be interpreted and adapted both within and outside of academia. Using formats that take up Said’s interdisciplinary method, the symposium will reflect on themes ranging from Orientalism Traps and Engagement, Resistance and Imagination to Power, The Anti-Narratives of Late Style, Weakness and Agency and Beyond the Limits of Power.
Ruanne Abou-Rahme & Basel Abbas, Meltem Ahiska, Ahl al Kahf, Mohammad al Attar, Rana Barakat, Asef Bayat, Akeel Bilgrami, Burnt Friedman & Saam Schlamminger, Subhi Hadidi, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Abdelfattah Kilito, Mahmood Mamdani, Samia Mehrez, W.J.T. Mitchell, Prabhat Patnaik, James Quandt, Adania Shibli, Michael Steinberg, Fawwaz Traboulsi, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Michael Wood, Feridun Zaimoğlu.
All events will be simultaneously translated into German, Arabic, and English
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Website