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Workshop "Unwriting Literary History: Palestinian & Indigenous Literary Imaginaries"

Feb 10, 2020 | 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Discussion workshop of the ERC-Project PalREAD. Registration required.

Mahmoud Darwish’s poem, “Speech of the ‘Red Indian’” has become a hallmark of Palestinian poetics of solidarity and identification with Native American and Indigenous histories. Departing from the ethical and political premises of this poem and going beyond it, this workshop aims to put Palestinian literature in conversation with Indigenous Studies and Indigenous literatures in the Americas.

Through engagement with various theoretical and critical texts from Palestine and Mexico, and North and Latin America more broadly, and dialogue with guest speakers, we will collectively address the following topics:

  • Decolonial approaches to writing literary history of stateless, subalternized and minoritized literatures
  • Indigenous epistemologies of reading
  • The Maya category ts’íib
  • Orality and literary ethnography, comparative trajectories and possible/impossible translations

Ultimately, our goal is to establish links between the distinct notions of literary productions and their contributions to global indigenous literature.

The workshop is hosted by the ERC project PalREAD-Country of Words, and will be led by Dr. Amal Eqeiq (Williams College, USA) and PalREAD PI Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh, with guest speakers (via Skype) Dr. Paul M. Worley (Western Carolina University, USA), Dr. Rita M. Palacios (Conestoga College, Canada) and Eman Ghanayem (University of Illinois, USA).
Participants are required to register by Wednesday 5th February 2020 via email to ruth.abou-rached@fu-berlin.de

Reading materials in Arabic, English and Spanish will be sent to registered participants in advance. Knowledge of all three languages is not required.

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2020 | 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Institute of Arabic and Semitic Studies
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin
Room 2.2051 (2nd floor, near the elevator)