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Post-Millennial MENAWA: a 2-day Interdisciplinary Conference

June 21, 2022 - June 22, 2022

A two-day interdisciplinary conference – Lancaster University (online) 21-22 June 2022

About this event

This conference examines MENAWA creative expression through innovative lenses and new critical paradigms. We identify emergent trends across literature and visual media as well as networks of production, reception, and circulation (pedagogy, literary translation & criticism, publishing) in order to illuminate new approaches to understanding creative cultural expression from these regions. To that end, we extend beyond established analyses of such forms of art and the dominant theoretical frameworks through which to view them.

Keynote Speakers:

Marcia Lynx Qualey (Arablit; Arablit Quarterly) – “Cinderella’s Bloody Slipper”: How Publishers, PR, and Critics (Re)-Fit Arabic Literature for English Translation

Dr Aroosa Kanwal (International Islamic University of Islamabad – Pakistan) – Frozen Grief: Muslim Geographies of Invisibility and Silence

Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (Lancaster University) – Redefining ‘Taboos’: A Postfeminist Reading of Ida Panahandeh’s Titi (2020)

Programme Highlights:

Book Spotlight: Lindsey Moore in conversation w/ Rachel Gregory Fox on two new and important texts – Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory, Resistance (2021) | (Re)Framing Women in Post-Millennial Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran: Remediated Witnessing in Literary, Visual, and Digital Media (2022)

Translation Roundtable: A conversation on the philosophy and practice of literary translation w/ award-winning Arabic-to-English literary translators Leri Price (Death is Hard Work; Planet of Clay) and Sawad Hussain (What Have You Left Behind?) as well as Persian-to-English translator and linguist, Dr Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (University of Chicago, USA)

You can find the full downloadable programme here.