World Picks, January and February ‘21

25 January, 2021
Reading Time :4 minutes

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.

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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.

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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

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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: afikra.com/workshop)

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

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


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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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