Towards an Arab Left Reader: Key Documents in Translation and Context

12 April 2018 - 14 April 2018

Newnham College, Cambridge

This event will be a closed workshop. The call for papers has now closed. 

 

Convenors

Hana Morgenstern (University of Cambridge)

Mezna Qato (University of Cambridge)

 

Summary

Why is there as yet no reader or anthology of Arab leftist thought in English translation? 

This workshop will bring together an international group of scholars and translators from a wide range of disciplines to identify, discuss and translate a selection of documents that have played a pivotal role in the formation of socialist, anti-colonial and democratic thought in the Arab world. The ultimate outcome of this gathering will be the publication of the first English-language Arab left reader, in which translated documents will be accompanied by essays that locate them within a larger historical, political and translational context. The collection aims to bring Arab leftist traditions into conversation with other non-Western and international political texts now available in English, as well as to function as a pedagogical tool and a resource for those interested in political thought in the Arab world.

The workshop will be comprised of six panels on the following themes: 1) Political Mobilization & Muslim Societies 2) Turath: Heritage and Cultural Decolonization 3) Literary Aesthetics and Politics 4) Nation, State and Liberation 5) Feminism and Gender Equality 6) Political Economy.

 

Sponsors

       

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Faculty of Asian and Middle East Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Newnham College.

 

Administrative Assistance: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk