Just a quick note to mention a few upcoming talks I’m giving (which is a none-too-subtle way to apologize for the slow posting these days):
Poetic Forces: Creative Change in and Beyond the Arab Spring (Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 PM, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium, Brown University)
Very much looking forward to this event, which will feature Egyptian rapper Deeb alongside Tricia Rose, Lara Dotson-Renta, Nancy Khalek, and myself. If you haven’t heard him yet, Deeb’s one of the most interesting artists rapping in Arabic at the moment. I’m a sucker for colloquial artistry of any stripe, and his lyrics are sharp, funny, self-deprecating, and very revealing of Egyptian political and cultural dynamics — without sounding like flat commentary. The video below is one of the few available with English subtitles, but if you’re interested in his lyrics, I’ll see if I can get permission to post the handout he sent us.
Habits of Living: Networked Affects, Glocal Effects (March 21-23, 2013, Brown University)
“An international, interdisciplinary collaboration located at Brown University and traveling through different international locations in Bangalore, Oslo and London. It is an inquiry into the networked conditions of our times, and how they produce ways, conditions and habits of life and living which need to be unpacked beyond mapping and analyzing networks as producing seamless globalizations.” I’ll be discussing epistemological problems engendered by the network and new forms of witness in the context of the Arab Spring (sort of along the lines of this post).
And on the remote chance that anyone reading this blog is based in Portland OR and is interested in hearing me talk about 14th century Arabic encyclopedism, I’ll be giving a talk at the American Oriental Society conference this weekend. Back to regular programming soon enough.