Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance Launches New Website | News | Department of Political Science

Notre Dame, IN. Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance, a research collective and lecture series focused on the study of Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian and North African literatures, founded by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and hosted at the University of Notre Dame’s Initiative on Race and Resilience, is delighted to announce the launch of its new website,

The website has been redesigned to reflect the growth of the research collective and its series of online events. The new website includes an archive of recorded events featuring transnational writers and scholars from Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Colombia, Chile and the United States. United whose work bears witness to truth and history and the global struggle for freedom.

“Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance is a space for writers and artists who see art as a form of transformational witnessing,” said Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. “It is a space to examine in our own words and images how resistance movements and political violence in our ancestral and adopted homelands have shaped our language, our stories, and our collective and individual identities.”

The site features an interactive map that traces the personal migration routes of featured guests, as well as members of the research collective. Writers such as Sonallah Ibrahim, Sinan Antoon, Solmaz Sharif, Ibtisam Azem, Isabella Hammad, Elias Khoury, Susan Abulhawa and Mosab Abu Toha are featured alongside scholars who study literatures that have been shaped by transformational movements, decolonization , migration and human rights. offences. Together, their flyways illustrate patterns of movement over the Mediterranean Sea and across the Atlantic Ocean. Users of the interactive map can learn more about each writer/artist/scholar through links to recorded conversations, written interviews, and more. The map was developed by poet, artist and researcher Amira Hanafi.

Screenshot of the Lit of Exile interactive digital map embedded in the website

Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance invites visitors to explore the new website and register for upcoming events, held monthly live on Zoom. Lina Meruane and Nadia Owusu are featured guests on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST. Randa Jarrar and Zeyn Joukhadar chat with Mejdulene B. Shomali on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST. Visitors can also watch videos of past events featuring literary readings and conversations between writers, filmmakers and scholars.

About Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance

Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance is a research collective and lecture series taking an interdisciplinary approach to the Middle East/Southwest Asia and North Africa. Launched by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, it is co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and hosted at the Race and Resilience Initiative, led by Mark Sanders, Professor of English and African Studies.

Screenshot of the People section of the Lit Of Exile website

The Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance research collective includes Asher Kaufman, Ebrahim Moosa, Atalia Omer and Ernesto Verdeja, faculty members of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Alison Rice, Perin Gürel, Olivier Morel, Ernest Morrell, Francisco Robles and Mark Sanders. External collaborators include Chana Morgenstern, co-founder of the Archives of the Disappeared Initiative and associate professor of postcolonial and Middle Eastern literatures at the University of Cambridge; Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist and translator and associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Refqa Abu-Remaileh, Associate Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Film at Freie Universität Berlin and Principal Investigator of PalREAD; Amir Ahmadi Arian, Iranian novelist, journalist and writer, and Ammiel Alcalay, poet, novelist, translator, critic and professor at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center.

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Originally posted by Literature of annihilation, exile and resistance at to February 08, 2022.

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