Thursday, 24 September 2009

Palestine: Culture, Conflict, Representation

This interdisciplinary one-day symposium at NTU takes place on 2nd October 2009 and  brings together scholars working within a range of academic and cultural perspectives to explore the complex relationships between culture, conflict and representation in the context of Palestine. The symposium poses two key questions. How might the various conflicts faced by Palestinian society be adequately represented? Conversely, what are the conflicts entailed in the act of representation, whether of a political, cultural, artistic or scholarly nature?

The keynote address, 'Edward Said and Rethinking the Question of Palestine', will be offered by Professor Nur Masalha of St Mary's University College. Across a range of panels, participants will discuss topics relating to the representation of space, territory and nation; questions of media representation and coverage; conflicts of cultural identity and belonging; the politics of transnational scholarly representation; the potential and pitfalls of (post)colonial studies and other forms of theorization as modes of representation; Said's legacy in the representation of the Palestinian struggle; and the ethics of representing conflict itself.

The symposium runs from 10.15 to 5.00 on Friday 2 October 2009 in room GEE219 (located in the George Eliot building on the Clifton Campus of NTU). The event is free to attend but it is essential that you register your interest in advance as space is limited. If you would like to attend, please email Anna Ball at NTU to reserve a place.
(Photo credit: Takver. Permissions)

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