UPCOMING TALKS (scroll down further for info and some video from past events):
May 2-3, 2013: “Innocents Abroad: Sonallah Ibrahim and Muhammad Malas in Moscow.” At “Midans of the Self,” a colloquium on Sonallah Ibrahim organized by Elliott Colla and the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, DC.
June 20-21, 2013: Workshop on Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet Literary Ties at the Oriental Faculty, St. Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia.
April 7, 2013, 6pm: “Arts in Protest: The Arab Spring.” Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.
March 28, 2013. “From Tahrir to ‘Tahrir’”: a talk in the Doomed by Hope Theatre Series, Yale University, New Haven (Canceled)
March 1, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm: “The French Source of the Earliest Surviving Arabic Hamlet.” A talk on the Arab Hamlet Tradition at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center seminar on Shakespearean Studies, William Carroll and Coppelia Kahn, chairs.
January 30, 2013, 12:30pm:“The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Arts”: a talk in the Boston University Alumni Association’s “Arts, Culture, and Ideas” lecture series.
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at the MLA Convention in Boston:
Paper in “Cultures of the Arab Uprisings” session: “Between Tahrir and ‘Tahrir’: Some Paradoxes of Memorializing a Revolution in Real Time.”
November 17-20, Middle East Studies Association conference (Denver)
Paper, “Letters to Tolstoy: Arab Writers Between Prophesy and Fiction,” in session on Russian and Soviet Strands in Arabic Literature co-organized with Spencer Scoville.
September 27-30, St. Andrew’s College, Scotland
Presentation on Russian-Arab cultural ties at the 1st Honeyman Conference: “At the Crossroads of Arabic Literature: The Arabic Literary Heritage in the Context of World Literature.”
Sunday, March 25, 2011 at George Washington University, Washington, DC
“What Can Arab Shakespeares Teach the Field of World Literature?” at symposium on “Cultural Translations: Medieval, Early Modern, Postmodern”
hosted by the GWU Department of English and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI)
Photos (by Alex Huang and his indefatigable co-organizers) are here.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 4:30pm, Anthro Department, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Hamlet on the Barricades: Shakespeare and Arab Revolutions
Tisch Library 304
Part of a series on “Degrees of Belonging”
February 21, 2012, 12:15-1:15pm, at Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Workshop on early Arabic Hamlet translation as part of “Translating the Canon” event, Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Friday, February 3, 2012 Kevorkian Center at New York University 12:30-2pm
Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost
Details at http://neareaststudies.as.nyu.edu/object/kc.events.hamlet
December 15, 4pm at NYU Abu Dhabi conference on World Literature and Translation. Panel on “Tragedy and Translation” (i.e. Hamlet and Oedipus!) with Philip Kennedy and Peter Meineck.
Lecture series at universities in Cairo, co-organized by the respective departments with the Arabic Theatre Working Group of IFTR under the umbrella title: “Hamlet on the Barricades: Shakespeare in ُEgyptian Political Theatre.” These are all 45-minute talks followed by discussion, of which about 20 minutes are common to all the talks, and the last half focuses on a different case study each time.
Thursday, December 8, 3:30pm at Helwan University, Comparative Literature department “نكون أو لا مكون؟؟” Shakespeare and Arab Revolutions. Video to come.
Thursday, November 24, 4-5:30pm at Ayn Shams University Department of Drama: The Global and Local Sources of Mohamed Sobhi’s Hamlet.
Thursday, November 17 10:30am-noon at Al-Alsun University Department of English “Justice or Oppression, That is the Question:” Alfred Farag’s Hamletesque Freedom Fighter
Saturday, November 19, 5pm at Cairo University, English Department.
Special seminar featuring adapter/director Hani Afifi and Mohammad Fahim: Hani Afifi’s I Am Hamlet: The Shakespeare Tradition Comes to Cafe Cilantro.YouTube video (kindly filmed by Nadine Tawdi) is here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=C20ACB9A8D81640A Part 1 is the intro by Prof. Lobna Ismail. My talk is mostly in English, the discussion with Hani and Mohammad is mostly in Arabic, and the Q&A is mixed
Monday, November 21, 1-2pm at American University in Cairo, New Cairo, English and Comparative Literature department. Organized by the AUC Literature Club:
Hamlet on the Barricades: Global Shakespeares, Arab Dreams. In the picture below, the image on the leftis from Tahrir; some students left after the talk to go precisely there. (Some photos, mostly of the excellent Literature Club head Mohga Hassib, here; video of the talk should be coming online somewhere.)
Tuesday, November 15, 12-5pm
Workshop for theatre students at National Center for Theatre, Film, and Folk Arts (Hassan Sabry Street, Zamalek): “Arab Theatre Between Local Contexts and Global Audiences: Shakespeare as a Case Study” المسرح المصري بين السياقات المحلية والجماهير العالمية: شكسبير نموذجاً Not many of my original goals were realized, but the students were really sharp, and it was very thought-provoking and enjoyable exercise in cross-expectational communication in its own right!
Conversation with playwright-director Sulayman Al-Bassam and Shakespeare scholar Graham Holderness at Boston University, Oct. 12, 2011 (hit launch EchoPlayer, sorry for weird recording quality), and at Paramount Theatre, Boston (click Extras), Oct 13, 2011.
Talk at Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Beirut, May 5, 2011: “2001-2011: A Decade of Arab Performance Under American Eyes” (on YouTube)