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CFP Shooting the Event: Revolutionary Art & Thought in the Arab Uprisings
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American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon/University of Central Florida, USA
Shooting the Event:Revolutionary Art & Thought in the Arab Uprisings
November 5-7, 2012
What epitomizes an event? To what extent is the event a catalyst for artistic creation? What becomes etched into our memories that speaks to, re-imagines, and attempts to re-articulate an event? The actionable differences that emerge from witnessing (think: the Arabic shahid) an event and the actions that follow the event allow for a multiplicity of creative interpretations utilized through various (new) modes of expression. As the Arab Uprisings seem to begin, continue, and come to a close (if an event ever truly comes to a close), this symposium seeks to investigate the multiplicity of responses and articulations of the Arab Uprisings from an arts and humanities perspective. Looking back on the event/s of the Arab Uprisings and analyzing how the event was captured and shot (art and photography), framed and read (literature), theorized and debated (philosophy), we can begin to think the future of revolutionary artistic, literary, and philosophic practices in the twenty-first century that offers a bridge between East and West. By taking multiple perspectives, from various interpretive models, as well as diverse cultural viewpoints, we can come to a better understanding of not only the event of the Arab Uprising, but also the event of artistic production itself.
1. Bringing scholars and students from the United States and Lebanon to exchange, present, discuss and evaluate research and information concerning The Arab Uprising.
Potential research questions could include (but not limited to) the following topics:
• What role do the Humanities have within/without the Arab Uprisings?
Submission of Abstracts:
Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2012