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Edward W Said London Lecture

About the series

Literary critic, writer, activist, and spokesperson for the Palestinian cause, Edward Said (1935-2003) was one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. The lecture series aims to promote his spirit through the continued examination of the links between culture and politics in the Middle East and across the world.

The series gives Said’s legacy a public platform in the very heart of cultural and intellectual life in the UK. The 2022 Edward W. Said London Lecture will be given by Abdulrazak Gurnah to address the significance of place in the thought and self-definition of the displaced self. Previous speakers include Wadie Said, Susan M. Akram, Hassan Jabareen, Philippe Sands, Amira Hass, Professor Mahmoud Mamdani, Naomi Klein, Daniel Barenboim, Raja Shehadeh, Noam Chomsky, Ahdaf Soueif, Rashid Khalidi and Marina Warner.

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Previous lectures:

Francesca Albanese: Israel’s Settler Colonialism: Law, Humanity, Empire

Abdulrazak Gurnah

Wadie Said, Susan M. Akram, Hassan Jabareen & Philippe Sands: Is Justice Still Possible? Palestine, International Law, and Public Discourse

Amira HassThe Preventable: Israeli Fantasies and Techniques of Population Expulsion

Mahmood Mamdani: Justice Not Revenge – Examining the Concept of Revolutionary Justice

Naomi Klein: Let Them Drown – The Violence of Othering in a Warming World

Daniel Barenboim: The Role of Music in Life

Raja Shehadeh: Is There a Language of Peace? 

Noam ChomskyViolence and Dignity: Reflections on the Middle East

Ahdaf SoueifEdward Said and the Egyptian Revolution

Rashid KhalidiHuman Dignity in Jerusalem

Marina WarnerOriental Masquerade – Fiction and Fantasy in the Wake of the Arabian Nights

The organising committee includes: Mariam C. Said, Ahdaf Soueif, Mary-Kay Wilmers, Jacqueline Rose, Bashir Abu-Manneh and Omar Al-Qattan.

This series has been supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation, The Mosaic Rooms and the London Review of Books, as well as a number of generous individual gifts. If you would like to support future talks, please contact Rachael Jarvis rachael@mosaicrooms.org


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