Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas

Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas

Join Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and Playwrights Canada Press as we celebrate the recent publication of Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. As the first English-language anthology worldwide in any genre of drama, prose, or poetry by Jewish and Palestinian writers, Double Exposure is a groundbreaking and pointedly needed collection in today’s heated political climate.

THE EDWARD W. SAID MEMORIAL LECTURE  with Professor Catherine Hall

Professor Catherine Hall will deliver the annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture. From Hall's first reading of Orientalism, Edward Said's work has acted as an inspiration and a provocation to understand the other. Her focus has been on English imperial identities in the C18 and C19. She understands the effort to enter imaginatively the states of mind that have underpinned those identities as part of the project of 'unlearning' modes of cultural domination. In this lecture, Hall focuses on Edward Long, C18 slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian, who's encyclopaedic History of Jamaica (1774) explicates pro-slavery politics. Long's imagined geographies, rooted both in his lived experience and his attempted theorisations of racial difference, constituted the Atlantic as a place of white power, made productive by enslaved black labour. His politics of place fixed England, Jamaica and Africa in a fateful triangle, secured by racial binaries of "White" and "Negro." Those binaries could only be sustained by disavowal, that practice of knowing and not knowing the humanity of others, that remains central to an understanding of racisms in the present.  

Call for applications: Columbia University Seventh Annual Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies: 2016-17

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce and to invite applications for the seventh annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award, a post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies. The one-semester fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar at Columbia University, as appropriate.  

The Arabic Print Revolution: Cultural Production and Mass Readership

The Arabic Print Revolution: Cultural Production and Mass Readership

Join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Ami Ayalon of Tel Aviv University on the topic of printing. Printing was adopted in the Arab countries in the nineteenth century and assumed mass proportions during the last half-century of Ottoman rule there. The talk will discuss the formative phase of that practice in the region and examine some of the problems and creative solutions in early Arab printing, publishing, and diffusion.

The Architecture of Exile: Refugee Heritage

with Suad Amiry, Nikolaus Hirsch, Thomas Keenan, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal

"The Architecture of Exile: Refugee Heritage," with Suad Amiry, Nikolaus Hirsch, Thomas Keenan, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal

Friday, February 24, 7pm

311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

The panel will also be streamed live here.

Refugee camps are considered—by definition—to be temporary spaces. They are designed to be dismantled, abandoned. Their conflict for being meant to be quickly resolved. Yet there are some Palestinian refugee camps that are now almost seventy years old; the conflict, seemingly permanent. What is the type of history cultivated within Palestinian refugee camps? Could their historical presence mean there is value in their preservation? Instead of being perceived as a threat, can this history be mobilized for the right of return?  How do concepts of heritage and conservation change by being applied to refugee camps? Within the context of Refugee Heritage, a new e-flux architecture project by Alessandro Petti, this panel seeks to address the potential for practices and institutions of conservation to be understood as a force capable of mobilizing the political constitution of built space.

With Suad Amiry, Thomas Keenan, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal; moderated by Nikolaus Hirsch.

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine.

Thomas Keenan is Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Literature, Human Rights Program at Bard College.

Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture, and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York.

Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti are architects, artists, and educators whose work combines critical and rigorous theoretical research with an architectural, artistic, and pedagogical practice engaged in the struggle for justice and equality.  

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