Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture: “On State and Stateless Imaginations”

Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture Fund, Department of English
Department of Near Eastern Studies
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
Princeton Committee on Palestine
American Studies

We are proud to announce this years Edward W. Said Memorial Lecturer, Professor Moustafa Bayoumi. A former student of Edward Said’s, Professor Bayoumi is currently a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). Professor Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction, and of This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press), which was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was also awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. With Andrew Rubin, he edited The Edward Said Reader (Vintage), which will be reissued next year in an expanded edition, and he also edited Midnight on the Mavi Marmara, a book about the 2010 attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla (published by O/R Book and Haymarket Books). A frequent contributor to The Guardian, Professor Bayoumi has also written for The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The Nation, CNN.com, The London Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other places.

What does the 1960 large-scale multi-artist painting Le Grand Tableau Antifasciste Collectif, produced to denounce French atrocities in the war in Algeria, have to do with contemporary journalism around the War on Terror? How has social media expanded our possibilities for limited thinking? Why must we constantly remember that the struggle for the liberation of Palestine has never been solely about Palestinians but about human emancipation more generally? And on what axis can we begin to answer these seemingly disparate questions? In this lecture, Professor Bayoumi will discuss the idea of state and stateless imaginations, and why the latter is necessary today, more than ever.

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