AKMI Workshop
So 16 Nov 2003 – Di 18 Nov 2003

Poetry’s Voice – Society’s Norms: Forms of Interaction Between Middle Eastern Writers and Their Societies

Organized by: Interdisciplinary Centre “Social and Cultural History of the Middle East” (Free University Berlin), Working Group Modernity and Islam (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin) and the House of World Cultures, Berlin

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin und Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Wallotstraße 10, 14193 Berlin

Please find the program here.


Sunday, 16 November
7.00 pm
Ferial Ghazoul, “The Arab Poet: From the Spokesman of the Tribe to a Tribune of the Dispossessed”
Introduction: Angelika Neuwirth

Monday, 17 November 
9.00 - 9.15 am
Introduction: Angelika Neuwirth, Friederike Pannewick

Panel: Writing in the “Stepmother Tongue”
9.15 - 10.15 am 
Chaired by Friederike Pannewick
Ami Elad-Bouskilla, "Arabs Writing In Hebrew-Modification and Affirmation Of Norms"
Discussant: Alexandra Nocke

10.15 - 11.15 am 
Doris Ruhe, "Which Society's Norms? Francophone Writers in Algeria Facing the Postcolonial Dilemma"
Discussant: Ines Kappert

11.40 am - 12.40 pm
Sonja Mejcher, "Speaking out against oppression: Etel Adnan’s Sitt Marie Rose and The Arab Apocalypse"
Discussant: Ken Seigneurie

Panel: Gender Norms – Deconstructed
Chaired by Maryam Mameghanian-Prenzlow

2.20 - 3.20 pm 
Mona Amyuni, "Women’s Writing in the Literature of Wounded Beirut 1975-90" Discussant: Alois Hahn

3.20 - 4.20 pm 
Renate Jacobi, "Layla al-Akhyaliyya- an Umayyad feminist?" 
Discussant: Sunil Sharma

Panel: Writing Against Politics
Chaired by Kirill Dimitriev

4.40 - 5.40 pm 
Stephan Guth, "Instructors of Rebellion. Two novels from Turkey on how to overcome Western cultural domination" 
Discussant: Michael Hess

5.40 - 6.40 pm 
Nima Mina, "Literature of resistance: Post-revolution Persian prison memoire writing" 
Discussant: Maryam Mameghanian-Prenzlow

Tuesday, 18 November 
Panel: Debating Norms in "Canonical" Literature
Chaired by Michael Marx

9.00 - 10.00 am 
Samer Mahdy Ali, "Mutanabbi's Dirty Exchange with the Sufi: Correcting Poetic and Mystic Practice in a Staged Confrontation between Poet and Patron"
Discussant: Abdul-Rahim al-Shaikh

10.00 - 11.00 am 
Vahid Behmardi, "The Madira of Baghdad versus the Sikbaj of Nishapur - An Illustration of Socio-cultural Contrasts" 
Discussant: Asli Niyazioglu

11.20 am - 12.20 pm
Sunil Sharma, "The Poet/Lover and his Other in the Persian Ghazal" 
Discussant: Nima Mina

1.40 - 2.40 pm 
Asli Niyazioglu, "Dreaming of the Dead, Partiying with Friends: An Early seventeenth century Ottoman Poet and his Reasons for Composing Mesnevis" 
Discussant: Andreas Islebe

Panel: Norms Through a Caleidoscope
Chaired by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin

2.40 - 3.40 pm
Ibrahim Abu Hashhash: "Arabic Poets and the American Norms: New York in Arabic Poems at the Beginning and at the End of the 20th Century"
Discussant: Sonja Mejcher

4.00 - 5.00 pm
Abdul-Rahim Al-Sheikh, "Troy Never Fell, Achilles Never Defeated: Decoding Darwish's Aporia in the Post-Oslo Writings" 
Discussant: Martin Treml

5.00 - 6.00 pm 
Ken Seigneurie, "The Importance of Being Kawabata: The Narratee in Today’s Literature of Commitment" 
Discussant: Andreas Pflitsch

8.00 pm 

Rashid ad-Da’if (reading from "Lieber Herr Kawabata" [Arabic and German], discussion with Angelika Neuwirth)

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