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Saturday 1st April 2017

10.00 am – 6.15 pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube: Russell Square)

This one day symposium sets out to examine the contemporary danger of words as it affects exiled writers. It will interrogate diverse aspects of the 'Danger of Words' from denying exiled writers the freedom to write about the ills in their societies, to the manipulation of words, as it affects exiled writers, by dark and sinister forces in our established democracies.

Exiled Writers and scholars, from Afghanistan and Egypt to Ethiopia and Argentina, will examine the ramifications of the country of origin’s continuing censorship of exiled writers’ literary production post exile and of the silencing in the country of destination, in relation to the writers’ literary, aesthetic and ontological negotiation and resistance to it. Exiled literary voices will articulate their response to the implosion of liberalism in the country of origin and the crisis of liberalism in the countries of destination throughout Europe with the rise of the xenophobic right, and of the US right. In a further session on the danger of words, Jewish and Muslim poets will express their own nuanced and varied personal subjectivities and narratives resisting the simplistic and dangerous identities imposed on them.
The symposium will conclude with an exiled writers’ poetry recital.


9.15 to 10.00 Registration

10.00 to 10.15 Welcome and Introduction: Dr Sara Marzagora and Dr Jennifer Langer

10.15 to 11.30 – Panel 1 – Literary Voices and the Implosion of Liberalism in the Country of Origin (chair: Dr Nadia Faydh).

  • Edin Suljic: Terra Incognita

  • Bejan Matur: Sea of Faith

  • Suhrab Sirat: Voices of Young Afghan Poets post 9/11

11.30 to 1.00 – Panel 2 - Forbidden: Censorship Across Borders (chair: Dr Abol Froushan)

  • Hamid Ismailov: Post-Exilic Censorship Uzbekistan

  • Ali Abdolrezaei: Post-Exilic Censorship Iran

  • Alemu Tabeje Ayele: Post-Exilic Censorship Ethiopia

1.00 to 1.45 – lunch break (lunch not included)

1.45 to 3.15 – Round Table – On The Frontline: Jewish and Muslim writers’ self representation (discussant/chair: Dr Jennifer Langer)

  • Dr George Szirtes

  • Sabrina Mahfouz

  • Dr Aviva Dautch

  • Reza Hiwa

3.15 to 3.45 – tea and coffee

3.45 to 5.20 – Panel 3 – The Danger of Words in the Country of Destination (chair: Abbas Faiz)

  • Leonardo Boix: Poetry and Journalism in parallel: A Latin American perspective

  • Annie Holmes and Dr Olumide Popoola: To find a Story and Not to Tell it.

  • Annie Webster: Stick to Your Story to Save Your Life: The Dangers of Storytelling in Exile

  • Frances Grahl: Translating and Performing Refugee Identities: Childhood Exile in London

5.20 to 6.15 – Poetry Recital by exiled poets on the ‘Danger of Words in the Age of Danger’ (host: Catherine Davidson)

  • Alemu Tabeje Ayele

  • Barbara Lopez

  • George Szirtes


Information: jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk



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