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Palestine and the Politics of Decolonisation
30/01/2020 6:00pm - 30/01/2020 7:30pm
Decolonisation is a commonly used term in today's cultural sphere. We regularly hear of the decolonisation of syllabi, of academic institutions, of literature, and of the arts. Yet, there is an ironic dissonance between prevalent agendas of decolonisation in western countries and the actual realities of contemporary colonialism. Can there be meaningful decolonisation without genuine anti-colonialism? Can cultural and academic decolonisation be detached from internationalist solidarity? These are some of the questions that will be posed by Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti in this event.
Digital Humanities for Arabic Book History: First Work on Models by the KITAB Project
05/02/2020 6:00pm - 05/02/2020 8:00pm
Institute of Modern Languages Research & Kings College London
How can computer scientists and historians work together to better understand the history of complex written traditions? The Arabic tradition provides an important case at the forefront of this type of research. At present, the KITAB project – a collaboration between historians and computer scientists – has assembled a corpus of 1.5 billion words of Arabic texts and is seeking to understand how transmission practices resulted in a tradition that is both enormous and also hugely intertextual.