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Contemporary Arabic Literature and Literary Translation

Organiser: BRISMES Outreach and Pedagogy Committee

Chair: Dr Hanem El-Farahaty (Associate Professor of Arabic Translation and Interpreting, University of Leeds and BRISMES Council Member)

Discussant: Dr Abdel-Wahab Khalif (Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting, Cardiff University)

Speaker: Leila Aboulela (Fiction Writer, Essayist, Playwright; Prof Reem Bassiouney (Professor of Linguistics, American University in Cairo; Alice Guthrie (Translator, Editor, Curator; Prof Wen-chin Ouyang (Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, SOAS University of London); Yussef El Guindi (Playwright)

This panel will discuss contemporary Arabic literature and literary translation published in the last dozen years, particularly following the onset of the ‘Arab Spring’. Distinguished international writers, translators and researchers within the Arabic literary (translation) field will discuss and reflect on recent developments as well as publishing trends and practices. Panellists will also examine some of the recently published translated Arabic literature, survey its predominant contemporary narratives and showcase their own recent award-winning novels, plays and research projects.

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Understanding Palestine: An online journey through contemporary Palestinian realities

Organiser: LSE Middle East Centre

Chair: Michael Mason (LSE Middle East Centre)

Speakers: Akile Ahmet (LSE Eden Centre); Mehdi Beyad (Makan); Aimee Shalan (Makan)

In this event, Makan, a Palestinian-led education organisation that strengthens voices for Palestinian rights, will launch their curated online course, 'Understanding Palestine'. The launch will include a discussion with the head of Inclusive Education at the LSE Eden Centre for Educational Enhancement, Akile Ahmet.

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Theorising Disappointment: The Social Sciences and Algerian History

Organiser: Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London

Speaker: Hugh Roberts (Edward Keller Professor of North Africa and Middle Eastern History, Tufts University)

The vitality of the revolutionary tradition in Algeria was demonstrated by the Hirāk in 2019-2020. But the difficulty of remobilising this tradition against the state successfully, to secure qualitative political and constitutional change, was also demonstrated in this affair, as in the earlier episodes of would-be revolutionary contestation of the regime by the FIS and its armed offshoots in 1989-1999, their precursor, the MIA, in 1982-1987 and the FFS in 1963-1965. There are several reasons for this but the one Dr Hugh Roberts will examine is the fact that the tradition, as remobilised, vehicles an incomplete understanding of the politics of the original revolution of 1954-1962 and so fails to orient its adepts effectively.

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Religious Cultural Heritage: Concepts and Issues in the Modern Middle East

Online Short Course, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, 14-21 October 2022

This is a two-day introductory course on the theme of religious cultural heritage (RCH) in the Middle East. It aims to contextualise RCH as the living cultural heritage of its community of users. In addition, the course attempts to present RCH as a contemporary construct of its socio-political and religious context through its connections to ethnicity, gender, nationalism, as much as religion.

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Ecological Impacts of Proposed Jonglei Canal, National Identity Crisis, Communal Conflicts and the Peace in South Sudan

Organiser: The Sudanese Programme in collaboration with the South Sudanese Community (UK)

This one-day hybrid conference with take place at St Antony's College, University of Oxford and online. There are no conference fees for attendance, but registration is essential. 

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Rivalling Rome: Parthian coins and culture

Organiser: British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)

Speaker: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (British Museum/BIPS)

The first official encounter between Parthia and Rome happened in 96 BC when envoys from these two empires met along the river Euphrates. This was the beginning of a series of endless encounters, clashes as well as periods of peace between two political powers who fought over political and economic supremacy in the ancient world. While numerous secondary Roman sources describe Rome’s continuous clashes with its mighty eastern opponent, Parthian sources are few and far between, but the coins of this period are an important primary source for Parthian history and culture.

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