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TALK | Cross-cultural encounters in contemporary book art between Baghdad and Beijing: a lecture by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi, American University of Beirut

  • Kent Hall, Room 403 1140 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Program in Chinese Literature and Culture at EALAC and CSSAAME Journal presents

Baghdad and Beijing in Book Art
a lecture by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi, American University of Beirut

Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:10pm-7:30pm, 403 Kent Hall

This talk focuses on the work of the Iraqi artist Rafa Nasiri (1940-2014) and his autobiographical account Rihlati ila Sin (My Journey to China, 2012). It explores cross-cultural encounters between Baghdad and Beijing in the context of geopolitical change after the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Iraq Revolution of 1958.

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi is an associate professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the American University of Beirut. She was a fellow in residence at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2017-18. Her research centers on modern Arabic literature, book culture and art, museum and collecting practices, private libraries, cultural/intellectual history and memory, and aesthetics and politics. Her publications include Rafa Nasiri: Artist Books ed. with May Muzaffar (2016); Reading across Modern Arabic Literature and Art (2012); Museums, Archives and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World ed. with John Pedro Schwartz (2012); Writing a ‘Tool for Change’: ‘Abd al-Rahman Munif Remembered (ed.) in MIT EJMES Vol. 7 (2007); in addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is currently working on a biography of the Palestinian writer Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and an edited volume on the Syrian playwright and public intellectual Saadallah Wannous.

Moderated by Professor Lydia H. Liu

Co-sponsored by: Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Weatherhead Institute; Starr East Asian Library; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; Middle East Institute; Center for Palestine Studies; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

Earlier Event: October 25
FILM | The Battle of Algiers
Later Event: November 6
TALK | Changing the Middle East