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The Transnational Turn in Modern Arabic Studies

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, 305
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The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and A&S Dean's Office welcomes Ahmed Idrissi Alami, associate professor of Arabic at Purdue University.

While the episteme of transcultural encounters has been central to various formulations of Arab renaissance or Nahda, recent Arab literary and cultural production in the last decades has witnessed a surge in transnational and transhistorical literary production that emphasizes patterns of exchange, cultural interaction and transfer that have enabled writers and critics to perceive and construct alternative Arab cultural geographies.  In his lecture, Alami analyzes the significance and implications of this emergent cultural movement and discusses how it valorizes new conceptualizations of identity beyond the binary of self/other, renegotiates Arab legacy through rewriting and counter narrative, and engages complex and heterogeneous modes of expression and discourse. These possibilities not only enable a new order of relational knowledge to emerge and a system of interconnected solidarities and identification to take shape but they redefine the contours of the traditional model of Arabic studies.​

This lecture is free and open to the public.