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Lecture: “Overcoming Theory’s Resistances: Translating Arab Revolutions Past and Present” with Dr. Fadi A. Bardawil
November 6, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI is a weekly series that gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretive social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to departmental and interdepartmental colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields. Register here. For more information, visit here.
Looked at from the perspective of the Arab revolutions (2011), we seem to be entering a post-postcolonial time that is ushering in a political de-centering of the West in practice after it has been subjected to multiple theoretical critiques in the past. Today, the labors of translation are needed more than ever to invent new figures of thought to help us apprehend emancipatory practice and re-think a politics of solidarity. The first step in this process is to think through the theoretical resistances to translation that for the most part uncover a Metropolitan unconscious at work, which keeps the West at its heart, to laude it, or criticize it. I do so through excavating, and translating, the long-forgotten archive of the 1960s Lebanese New Left, and re-visiting the contemporary revolutions (2011-).
This event is organized by the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center (DUMESC), and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.