Department of Anthropology

Iman Humaydan: Memory and Writing

Mon, October 24, 2011 | UNB 3.116 (Texas Union Governor's Room)

3:00 PM

Based on her experience as an Arabic novelist, Iman Humaydan will talk about the relation between memory and writing in Lebanon today. In a  country where reconciliation and speaking the truth about war atrocities have been difficult issues to tackle, artistic production such as novelistic writing play a major role in exposing the unsaid through memory work.  While political decision-making failed to foster reconciliation, art and literature took upon themselves the task to challenge the socio-political status quo. This lecture will address the writer?s work and how it is embedded in the question of memory in contemporary Lebanon.

Iman Humaydan is a Lebanese novelist, short-story writer and freelance journalist who lives and works in Beirut and Paris. She has published three novels in Arabic, of which B as in Beirut (ب مثل بيت مثل بيروت) and Wild Mulberries (توت بري) have both been translated into English, French, and German. Her newest novel, Other Lives (حيوات اخرى) is currently being translated into English and French.

The 2011-2012 Literary and Cultural Event Series is organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and co-sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature, the Department of English, the Chair in Ethnic and Third World Literatures, the Center for European Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies; this talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Arabic Flagship Program.

Please contact Dr. Sofian Merabet for more information.

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