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The 2011 Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Dr. Saree Makdisi  

The Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Washington, DC  20037

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Oct 3, 2011   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The 2011 Edward Said Memorial Lecture
"Palestine: Epicenter of the Arab Revolutions"


Dr. Saree Makdisi
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UCLA

Monday, 3 October 2011
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
The Palestine Center

Dr. Saree Makdisi is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, and the author of Romantic Imperialism (Cambridge University Press, 1998), William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (WW Norton, 2008; revised and updated, with a new foreword by Alice Walker, 2010).

He is currently completing work on a book tentatively called Occidentalism, Race and Imperial Culture, which explores the convergence between the civilizing mission into which the British empire would morph in the nineteenth century and the almost exactly parallel mission inside England itself. The book includes chapters on William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Francis Place, Robert Southey and Thomas Macaulay, and Charles Dickens. Among other things, it aims to re-evaluate the significance of Romanticism as one of the key sites of resistance to the imperial culture that would consolidate itself in Britain after 1815, and would go on to affect virtually every aspect of British culture by the end of the nineteenth century.

He is also the co-editor of the volume The Arabian Nights in Historical Context (Oxford University Press, 2008), and of Marxism Beyond Marxism (Routledge, 1996).

He is also Editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Literature, which is published by the University of California Press.

He received his PhD from the Literature Program at Duke University in 1993, and his BA from Wesleyan University in 1987.

Most of his scholarship focuses on the culture of modernity and empire in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain (the Romantic period), but he is also interested in the consequences and afterlives of modernity and empire in the contemporary Arab world, especially Lebanon and Palestine, about which he has published extensively in scholarly books as well as in academic journals such as Critical Inquiry.

In the spirit of speaking not only to a relatively narrow circle of scholars sharing a common expertise but to a broader public as well, he has written a number of articles on contemporary events which have appeared in, among others, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation, The Huffington Post, The London Review of Books and the Beirut newspaper al-akhbar. He has also spoken or appeared on, among others, the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera, PBS, South African Broadcasting Corporationís SAFM, and Radio National in Australia.
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