"Impossible Exiles: Palestinians in Arab Cities"
Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2
This talk will analyze representations of Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad in the second half of the 20th Century as they appear in fictional and non-fictional texts written by Palestinian authors. The lecture is based, in part, on Professor Ahmad Diab’s book manuscript tentatively entitled Intimate Others: The Arabs in the Palestinian Imaginary. The project offers an account of the politics and poetics of being Palestinian in the Arab world after the Nakba in 1948.
Ahmad Diab is Assistant Professor of modern Arabic literature in the Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Diab completed his undergraduate studies in English literature at Damascus University, and his doctoral degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He joined the U.C. Berkeley faculty in 2016. His interests include Arabic literature, Middle Eastern cinema, modernism, translation studies, Arabic philology, postcolonial studies, and the modern cultural and political history of the eastern Mediterranean.