Oxford Nahda Workshop 2015 Programme

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The Arab Nahda in its Regional and Global Contexts

Venue: Ertegun House, 37A St Giles, Oxford

Day 1: Wednesday 22 April

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30-11.00 Opening round-table: The Arab Nahda Beyond Identity Politics?

With short presentations from: Nadia Bou Ali, Jens Hanssen,  Stephen Sheehi, Faisal Devji, Munir Fakher-Eldin

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.00 Panel 1: Translation and Translatability

Chair: Marilyn Booth

Peter Hill, ‘The Arabic Adventures of Télémaque

Rana Issa, ‘The Nahda Bible: a Global Commodity’

12.00-12.45 Panel 2: Formations of the Political

Chair: Hannah-Louise Clark

Jens Hanssen, ‘Translating Nafir Suriyya: Some Reflections on the Semantic Horizon of the Nahda’

Nadia Bou Ali, ‘The Arab Nahda and the Nation Form: Debt, Morality, and Universalism’

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Panel 3Class, Gender, Minority

Chair: James McDougall

Fruma Zachs, ‘To Vote or not to Vote: Women Debating their Rights in the Nahda Press, 1890-1914’

Aaron Jakes, ‘Geographies of Union and Mobilization: the Azhar Strike of 1909’

Katrin Köster, ‘The Alawite Reform Movement: from Marginalized Minority to Political Elite’

15.00-15.45 Panel 4: Nahda Aesthetics

Chair: Ahmed Dailami

Alex Seggerman, ‘Visualizing the Nahda: Satirical Cartoons and Portrait Photography in Late Nineteenth-Century Cairo’

Diana Abbani, ‘Al-Tamaddun wa-l-Dhawq (Modernization and Taste) in Late Ottoman Beiruti Musical Discourse’

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Panel 5: At the Limits of Liberalism

Chair: Aaron Jakes

Wael Abu-‘Uksa, ‘Liberalism Revisited: Genealogy of Freedom, 1798-1878’

Munir Fakher-Eldin, ‘Testing the Limits of Liberalism: Nahda Reformers in Palestine and the Transition from Ottoman to British Rule, 1909-1923’

Hussein Omar, ‘Arabic Thought in the Liberal Cage’

17.30-18.30 Drinks reception in Ertegun House

19.00 onwards Workshop Dinner, venue tbc

 

Day 2: Thursday 23 April

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30-11.00 Panel 6: Time and Temporality

Chair: Robin Ostle

Nicole Khayat, ‘Reflections on Religion, Reform and Progress: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation in Arabic’ 

Adam Spanos, ‘Farah Antun and the Arabic Novel of Temporal Displacement’

Alya El Hosseiny, ‘Ancients and Moderns: Time-Travel in the Early Arabic Novel’

11.00-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.45 Round-table: Language and Literature

With short presentations from: Marilyn Booth, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Ezgi Ulusoy Aranyosi, Raphael Cormack, Robin Ostle

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Panel 7: Viewing the Nahda from the Frontiers

Chair: Faisal Devji

Dženita Karić, ‘The Arab Nahda and Bosniak Intellectuals’

Esmat Elhalaby, ‘The Global Nahda’

Alp Eren Topal, ‘Gökalp Reconsidered: Revivalism and Political Thought in Late Ottoman Context’

Firat Oruc, ‘Comparative Revivals: The Nahda in a Critical Regionalist Perspective’

15.00-15.15 Coffee break

15.15-16.45 Round-table: Civilisation and Enlightenment beyond Europe

With short presentations from: Andrew Kahn (The Russian Enlightenment), Elisabeth Forster (The May 4th Movement, China), Dominic Brookshaw (Qajar Persia), other speakers tbc

16.45-17.15 Closing remarks

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