Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cfp: "Saidism in the 21st Century," First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Edward W. Said’s Thought, Jagiellonian University, November 8-9, 2010.

The goal of the conference is to promote a new field of interdisciplinary research - SAIDISM - that is derived from Edward W. Said's (1935-2003) name and is interdisciplinarily connected to his thoughts, writings, political activities and academic work.


Session 1: Edward Said, Joseph Conrad and Literature:

- Edward W. Said and his Early Academic Period (1958-1967)
- Joseph Conrad and conradism – inspirations, motives, symbols, languages
- Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography
- World, the Text and the Critics - literary criticism
- Beginnings – intentions and methods of writing
- Philosophy in Literature – philosophies of writers, Jean Baptiste Vico, Antonio Gramsci, etc.
- Modernism and Postmodernism in Literature - James Joyce, etc.
- Erich Auerbach and Mimesis
- William Butler Yeats

Session 2: Edward Said, Orientalism and Postcolonial Studies

- Edward W. Said and his Transitory Period (1968-1978)
- Orient and Occident
- Orientlists and oriental studies - Gustave Flaubert, Jean Baptiste Fourier, etc.
- Orientalism – phenomenon
- Orientalism in culture – literature, art, politics
- Culture and Imperialism
- Colonialism and Postcolonialism – Africanism and Frantz Fanon, Caribbean Revival, Ireland and Irish Revival, Algierian Liberation, etc.
- Domination and Power
- Postcolonial Studies – Edward W. Said’s disciples, etc.

Session 3: Edward Said and Political Activism:

- Edward W. Said and his Full-Fledged Palestinian Period (1978-1990)
- Edward W. Said and Palestine – Palestinian political career, UN, relations with Palestinian Authorities and Yasir Arafat, Palestinians on E. Said and E.Said on Palestinians,
- The Middle East Modern History – Israeli-Arab wars, Palestinian-Arab relations, Gulf war, Iran-Iraq war, Muhamad Ali and Algerian National Liberation Front, etc.
- The Middle East Current Affairs - American invasion on Iraq, USA-Iran relations, Israel-Iran relations, etc.
- Israel-Palestinian Issues – conflict, peace process, status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees,
- Islam, Islamism and Islamocentrism – fundamentalism, etc.
- The Middle East Issues in Media – modern orientalism in media, Israeli, Arabic and Iranian media, language of media
- Political Activists – inspirations, opponents, etc.

Session 4: Edward Said, Saidism, and Philosophy:

- Edward W. Said and his Late Intellectual Period (1991-2003)
- Edward W. Said and himself – identities, auto-creations, self-presentations, languages, relatives, friendships, etc.
- Edward W. Said and his cities – idea of home (Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, New York),cosmopolitism (Paris, London, Berlin), intellectual home (schools, universities), etc.
- Philosophical Inspirations – Antonio Gramsci, Georg Lukacs, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc.
- Modernism and postmodernism – Theodor Adorno, Michael Foucault and Jacques Derrida, etc.
- Edward W. Said and his Philosophy - Travelling Theory, Exile, Dispossession, Borderlands, Intellectual Commitment, Intellectuals and Professionals, Humanism, Trans-humanism, etc.
- Intellectual and Academic Inspirations – Noam Chomsky, Gillo Pontecorvo, Frantz Fanon, etc.
- Intellectual and Academic Opponents – Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington, Francis Fukuyama, Daniel Pipes, Amos Oz, etc.
- Art, Music and Esthetics – paintings, comics, Wagner, Furtwängler, etc.
- Edward W. Said, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
- Edward W. Said and Media – journalism (“Al-Hayat”, “Al-Ahram Weekly”, “The London Review of Books”), radio, TV, film and film-makers, documentaries, etc.
- Late Style of Edward W. Said.

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