Histories and Archives of Arabic Publishing

27 April '21 at 5:00 pm - 8 June '21 at 6:30 pm

This online series of talks explores publishing practices in Arabic as a site for unfolding intellectual networks, artistic practices and political imaginaries from the 1960s until the present.

Engaging with a variety of artistic, design, archival, curatorial and academic research projects, this series will reflect on the multiple and overlapping worlds of publishing and on the contemporary efforts to reconstruct and reimagine them.

Learning from the leading practitioners in the field, the series examines past and present practices of publishing in Arabic. It explores questions of scale of operations and reach; mediums and formats; audience and language; and the social and political context that gave rise to the practices in question. The series also explores contemporary collecting practices of publishing archives. It highlights collections’ capacity to foreground publishing archives not merely as a signifier of other historical processes but as a historical process in its own right.

Speakers include: Refqa Abu-Remaileh, Hala Auji, Fehras Publishing Practices, Moe Elhosseiny, Kristine Khouri, Maha Maamoun, Zeina Maasri, Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, and Ala Younis.

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Online (Zoom)


British Library

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