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Theory's Vicissitudes: Translating Arab Thought and Emancipatory Practice

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 9, 2022. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

Join Concerning Violence: A Collaborative Research Group for a workshop with Dr. Fadi Bardawil (Associate Professor, Duke University).

In this workshop, Dr. Bardawil proposes to re-consider the notion of translation to argue against two prevalent critical modes of apprehending Arab thought and political practice. The first concerns the politics of translation at work in critical contraptions that apprehend the writings of modern Arab intellectuals as derivative copies of a Western original. When read along these lines, these Arab intellectuals become discursive compradors of sorts whose works, either wittingly or not, serve imperial interests. The second pertains to the translation of politics, in particular the first wave of Arab revolutions (2011-), one that forecloses the practices of revolutionaries from the domain of emancipatory politics by recourse to ideological first principles or critical theories. In both cases, Bardawil is interested not only in resisting these critical modes but in thinking about how our critical concepts can be stretched, and displaced to articulate a critical theory attuned to the emergence of newness in the world and to the pulse of men and women struggling against domination and exploitation.

This event will be held over Zoom. RSVP to receive Zoom link.>>
 

Our research group is generously supported by the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages and the Stanford Humanities Center, made possible by support from an anonymous donor, former Fellows, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is co-sponsored by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford.

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