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Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community

November 21, 2021

On November 12, 2021 a one-day symposium will be held on the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor. This event is free and open to the public, with live-streaming via zoom.

It is co-sponsored by the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies, as part of the 2021-22 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest.

Co-organized by Graham Liddell and Khaled Mattawa, the symposium will explore how different forms of translation contribute to the making of Arab American communities in the Midwest, including a panel (Panel 3) featuring a conversation between three prominent Arab-American authors and translators about the aesthetics and politics of Arabic–English translation, within and beyond the realm of literature. Moderated by Nancy R. Roberts (translator of Arabic fiction), the panel includes Khaled Mattawa (poet, translator, and professor at U Michigan), Fady Joudah (poet, physician, and translator), and Dunya Mikhail (poet and lecturer at Oakland University).

The symposium will culminate in a reading by Iraqi-American poet, Dunya Mikhail.