World Picks, January and February ‘21

25 January, 2021

27 JAN (WED) 18:00–19:30 CET — Scheherezade Cultural Events
How Love is a Revolution: In Conversation with novelist Rana Haddad, author of The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor

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Rana Had­dad’s vivid and satir­i­cal nov­el cap­tures life in Syr­ia “dur­ing the Fin de siè­cle era peri­od of the last cen­tu­ry when a mous­ta­chioed mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor, with an abnor­mal­ly large head, named Hafez al-Assad ruled Syr­ia.” It’s also a play­ful yet pro­found com­ing-of-age nar­ra­tive about Dun­ya Noor, a curly haired anti-estab­lish­ment young pho­tog­ra­ph­er who does all the things a girl like her is not sup­posed to do and whose curi­ous spir­it and rebel­lious heart are pit­ted against her soci­ety’s expectations.

Rana Had­dad will read from the nov­el and dis­cuss the writ­ing process and “how love is a rev­o­lu­tion” with Dr Itzea Goikolea-Ami­ano. This event is part of the Scheherezade Cul­tur­al Events series organ­ised by MULOSIGE-SOAS and N4 Library (Isling­ton), which was post­poned due to the pan­dem­ic and is now being held virtually.



28 JAN (THU) 18:00 GMT | 19:00 UK – THE MOSAIC ROOMS Artist Presentation & Panel Discussion
Egypt’s 2011 Internet Shutdown:
Digital Dissent and the Future of Public Memory

In the first days of Egyp­t’s 2011 upris­ing, the nation­al gov­ern­ment shut down the Inter­net to quash online dis­sent. To cir­cum­vent the black­out, pro­gram­mers devel­oped Speak2Tweet, a dig­i­tal plat­form that allowed Egyp­tians to record voice mes­sages by phone to be post­ed online.

On the 10th anniver­sary of the shut­down, Speak2Tweet’s co-devel­op­er Abdelka­rim Mar­di­ni, Mid­dle East media schol­ar Adel Iskan­dar and artist Heba Y. Amin revis­it Speak2Tweet’s sig­nif­i­cance. They dis­cuss the rev­o­lu­tion­ary promise once asso­ci­at­ed with social media plat­forms, and ask what impact are advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies hav­ing on free­dom of speech, dis­sent, and democ­ra­cies world­wide? Mod­er­at­ed by Antho­ny Downey.


29 JAN (FRI) 18:00 GMT | 19:00 CET | 20:00 Palestine
Theatre & Film in Palestine with Saleh Bakri and Guy Elhanan, moderator Miko Peled

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Author/activist Miko Peled, hosts a viru­tal event with Pales­tin­ian film and the­ater actor, Saleh Bakri and Israeli actor and play­wright, Guy Elhanan to dis­cuss the­atre in Pales­tine and Israel, cen­sor­ship of the arts, inequity in fund­ing, as well as their indi­vid­ual careers.

Guy Elhanan wrote his PhD on bilin­gual and ara­bic the­atre prac­tices and teach­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. He is a play­wright, direc­tor, actor and lec­tur­er who spe­cial­izes in mul­ti­cul­tur­al and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary stage work, includ­ing music, mime and pup­petry. Some of his work includes Mars at Sun­rise, The Time that Remains, The Attack, and others.

Saleh Bakri is a Pales­tin­ian film and the­ater actor. He began his career in the the­ater. His work includes Death and the Maid­en, Salt of this Sea, When I Saw You, Wajib, and others.

Join this event via Zoom on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 29, 2021 @ 1 PM ET • 8 PM Palestine



30 JAN (SAT) 16:00 GMT — AFIKRA Panel Discussion
Jews in the Golden Era of Cinema and Music, the Founder of Modern Egypt, “Algerian Chronicles” and Resistance in Representation 

Join four pre­sen­ters, Louisa Mam­meri, Laith Bas­sam, Helana Reyad and Zainah Asfoor, as they for­ward top­ics of their inter­est from the fields of cul­ture and his­to­ry in and from the Arab world in four afikra FWDs. These pre­sen­ta­tions were worked on and devel­oped through­out Afikra pre­sen­ter work­shops. (You can join an Afikra work­shops:

Time: 12PM NYC | 16:00 GMT | 17:00 Lon­don | 18:00 CET | 19:00Beirut


25 FEB (THU) 19:00 GMT THE MOSAIC ROOMS Book Launch (W)archives. Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art 


How are dig­i­tal and data tech­nolo­gies trans­form­ing the archives of con­tem­po­rary war­fare, and how are artists respond­ing to these changes? Join Heba Y. Amin, Antho­ny Downey, Sophie Dyer and Oraib Toukan for the book launch of (W)archives. Archival Imag­i­nar­ies, War, and Con­tem­po­rary Art (Stern­berg Press, 2021).

(W)archives brings togeth­er artists’ and schol­ars’ per­spec­tives to inves­ti­gate dig­i­tal archiv­ing as inte­gral to the tech­nol­o­gy of war­fare, and the response of art and visu­al cul­ture to this mate­r­i­al. (W)archive is used as a term to look at how dig­i­tal archiv­ing inter­sects with images, bod­ies, sens­es, infra­struc­tures, envi­ron­ments, mem­o­ries, and emo­tions. The book exam­ines how this new dig­i­tal archival mate­r­i­al of war is addressed and recon­fig­ures artists’ archival prac­tices over the last decades. It sug­gests how archives can be mobilised to artic­u­late polit­i­cal demands, shape new forms of evi­dence, and make pal­pa­ble the expe­ri­ence of liv­ing with war.

The dis­cus­sion is chaired by the book’s co-edi­tors Daniela Agostin­ho and Solveig Gade.

Respon­dents invit­ed to the dis­cus­sion:
Nan­na Thyl­strup (Depart­ment of Man­age­ment, Soci­ety and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Copen­hagen Busi­ness School) and Kristin Veel (Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­tur­al Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Copenhagen)

You can order your copy of the book here.



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