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"Arabic Literature: Migration, Diaspora, Exile, Estrangement", to be held at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University, New York City on November 7-9, 2013.

Sponsors: The Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, Columbia University Seminars and Brill Academic Publishers.

Organizer: Professor Muhsin al-Musawi

    Elizabeth Holt, Bard College
    Yasmine Khayyat, Rutgers University
    Tarek al-Ariss, University of Texas at Austin
Steering Committee:
    Joscelyn Jurich
    Wendell Hassan Marsh
    Max Shmookler
    Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah
Arabic literature's relationship with questions of migration, diaspora and exile date from early Islamic engagements with hijrah or migration, to our own diasporic and exilic present, conveyed in the poetry and prose of migration, war, alienation, estrangement and displacement. We invite you to consider how Arab experiences of migration, diaspora, exile and estrangement mark and form Arabic literature, with an eye not only to the thematic terms of this encounter, but also its manifestations in debates over genre, publication geography, and literary historiography. Scholars working in all periods of Arabic literary and theoretical production are warmly invited to submit abstracts.

Topics will include: Poetry of the so-called Arab spring and its increasing diasporas; Palestinian literature, and the prose and poetics of exile, alienation and diaspora; Migration of literary and theoretical schools and movements between cities in the Arab world; Arabic literary engagements with Marxism and socialism; Arabic literature and world literary schools, such as existentialism, magical realism, modernism, etc.; Politics and history of literary translation to and from Arabic; Literary geographies and historiographies of the Nahdah/of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; Mahjar literature and poetics, old and new (experiencing America); The Francophone experience; Arab-American literary journalism, novels and poetry from the turn of the twentieth century to the present; Beur literature and film in contemporary France; Dislocation in Arabic travelogues; Formal and thematic itineraries of alienation in Arabic popular storytelling; Abbasid poetics of exile; Andalusian diaporas and their contemporary appropriation; Migration and journey in Arabic poetics.

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