Part of Special Engagement
This event marks the release of The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism by renowned scholar and cultural critic Hamid Dabashi, published by Zed Books. Dr. Dabashi will read from the book and discuss recent developments on this topic in Syria and Bahrain.
The Arab Spring analyzes the causes of the Arab Spring in its many different locations, drawing on the geopolitics and history of the region and also the international context to establish how and why these revolutionary forces were able to galvanize in this way at this moment.
Pointing to a “delayed defiance” against postcolonialism, Dabashi makes a compelling case that the Arab Spring signifies no less than an end to postcolonialism in the region and the arrival of a new era in Middle Eastern history and politics. He also effectively demonstrates what this will mean for the rest of the world. The Arab Spring is the book to read to unpack the huge significance of the events that we have seen over the past year.
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in the field. He has taught and delivered lectures in many North and Latin American, European, Arab, and Iranian universities. He is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. He has written twenty books, edited four, and contributed chapters to many more. He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles, and book reviews in major scholarly and peer-reviewed journals on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art (trans-aesthetics). A selected sample of his writing is co-edited by Andrew Davison and Himadeep Muppidi, The World is my Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader (Transaction, 2010). Dabashi is the series editor of “Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World” for Palgrave Macmillan and the founder of Dreams of a Nation, a Palestinian Film Project, dedicated to preserving and safeguarding Palestinian Cinema.
Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.
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So curious about this.
Uncle Dayton on Tumblr
Went to this art show yesterday. Haven’t seen anything serious in Palestine since a while.
“And what we have created—and I say this in humility—what we have created are new men.” – Lt. General Keith Dayton, US Security Coordinator to Israel-Palestine
“The Stories of Uncle Dayton” (2012)
Installation: TV, Publication, 16 Digital Prints 50x100
Ra’ouf Haj Yahia, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Basel Abbas
General Dayton arrived to Palestine in 2005 with the exceptional task of not only training but also in fact building the very foundations for the Palestinian Authorities new security forces. In a speech that takes place in 2009 at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dayton boasts repeatedly of their success in creating new Palestinian men. Taking on the form of a children’s story book, and using a range of collected material from advertisements and brochures to iconic imagery, the work humorously deconstructs these discourses and explores the absurdities of how they are producing ‘new’ Palestinian men.
الذي حققناه وأقول هذا تواضعاً ، هو اننا صنعنا رجالاً جدداً” - الجنرال كيث دايتون, المنسق الأمنى الأمريكي للشئون الإسرائيلية الفلسطينية
(2012) حكايات العم دايتون
تلفزيون ، مطبوعة ، لوحات ديجيتال 100*50
رؤوف حاج يحيي، روان ابو رحمة وباسل عباس
عام 2005 ، وصل الجنرال دايتون الى فلسطين مع مهمة استثنائية ، وهي بناء الأسس الجديدة لقوات الأمن في السلطة الفلسطينية. في خطابه التلخيصي عام 2009 في معهد واشنطن لسياسة الشرق الادنى ، يفتخر دايتون مرارا من النجاح الذي حققه مع فريقه في خلق الرجال الفلسطنيين الجدد. انطلاقا من خطاب دايتون ، يقدم المشروع رؤية نقدية للاساليب والآليات التي تستخدمها القوى الاستعمارية في محاولاتها لانتاج ليس فقط لواقع جديد في المكان ، بل وإعادة تشكيل ملامح السياق الفلسطيني المعاصر، على شكل قصة اطفال تروي “حكايات العم دايتون” مبنية من مواد دعائية وكتيبات وصور ،تقوم بشكل ساخر بتفكيك هذا الخطاب لاستعراض واعادة انتاج شخصية وملامح المجتمع الفلسطيني.
This is fantastic, thanks Bekriah. Click through the link above to download the book.
Inspired by leftist-linguaphile’s post
Some revolutionary words:
• revolution = ثورة = thawra
• liberty = حرية = hurriyya
• change = تغير = tagayyur
• nation = أمة = umma
• action = عمل = ‘amal
• resistance = مقاومة = mukawama
• resistance/steadfastness = صمود = sumud
• solidarity = تضامن = tadamon
• hope = أمل = amal
• education = تعليم = ta’leem
• culture = ثقافة = thakafa
• health = صحة = sih-ha
• love = حب = hubb
• humanity = الإنسانية = al-insaaniyya
• the people = الشعب = al-sha’ab
And if you’re in Toronto, you should attend this