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 2017 Edward W. Said London Lecture was given by Professor Mahmoud Mamdani. Previous speakers include Naomi Klein, Daniel Barenboim, Raja Shehadeh, Noam Chomsky, Ahdaf Soueif, Rashid Khalidi and Marina Warner. The 2018 lecture will be given by Amira Hass. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date on future lectures in the series.
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 Chomsky: Violence and Dignity: Reflections on the Middle East
Ahdaf Soueif: Edward Said and the Egyptian Revolution
Rashid Khalidi: Human Dignity in Jerusalem
Marina Warner: Oriental 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org