Judith Butler: Palestinian Writers Today

Palestinian writers Najwan Darwish, Randa Jarrar, and Adania Shibli share their work, experiences, and visions, revealing how a literature is both imagined and created under occupation, siege, and exile. This panel discussed moderated by Judith Butler  takes place Saturday, May 04, 2013, 3:00pm  at The New School: Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th St., New York, NY 10011

Judith Butler is a professor of Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. Her forthcoming book is Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and Jewish Voice for Peace. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

Najwan Darwish is one of the foremost poets working in the Arabic language. Darwish’s poetry has been translated into ten languages. In 2009, Hay Festival Beirut39 named him one of the thirty-nine best Arab writers under 40. He is the literary advisor to the Palestine Festival of Literature


Randa Jarrar is the author of A Map of Home. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Chapters, The Oxford American, The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, and elsewhere.
Adania shibli born in Palestine in 1974, has twice been awarded the Young Writer’s Award–Palestine by the A.M. Qattan Foundation, for her novels MASAAS (TOUCH, al-Adab: 2002), and KULLUNA BA’EED BETHAT AL MIQDAR ‘AN AL HUB (WE ARE ALL EQUALLY FAR FROM LOVE, al-Adab 2004). She has published short stories and essays in such literary magazines as Ramallah’s Al-Karmel, the Beirut literary periodicals Al-Adaab and Zawaya, and Alexandria’s Amkenah, among others. Many of these pieces have been translated into French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Korean, and English. English translations of her work have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, and Banipal. Her play The Error has been staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London, and as part of the New Works festival at the New World Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts. Shibli has a Ph.D. in media and cultural studies from the University of East London. She currently lives in Berlin where she has a postdoctoral fellowship – Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.







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