Welcome to the LLC Arabic forum! Members of the forum define “Arabic,” in the broadest sense, as both a multi-ethnic language and a multilingual ethnic formation. Therefore, we are interested in works written in Arabic as well as in Arab writing in other languages. We are interested in Arabic literature from the classical to the contemporary period, and we welcome comparative approaches that encompass other languages and cultures of the Middle East as well as those of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.
Although our forum is young, approved by the MLA in 2009-2010, we have grown by leaps and bounds. Every year eight to twelve panels that pertain to Arabic literature and culture are approved by the MLA.
Please feel free to post pertinent announcements, call for papers, panels updates, and your suggestions. We look forward to hearing from all members.
The Executive Committee of the LLC Arabic forum.
Anna Ziajka Stanton started the topic Seeking Nominees for Executive Committee + Delegate Assembly Rep (CLCS GAAM) in the discussion LLC Arabic on MLA Commons 3 weeks, 4 days ago
We are seeking nominations for the Executive Committee of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Forum at the MLA. We are also seeking nominations for a representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly on behalf of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Forum. Both appointments would begin after the MLA Convention in 2024. Please email all nominations…[Read more]
Leigh A. Neithardt started the topic Membership Suggestions for 2023 Forum Delegate Election in the discussion LLC Arabic on MLA Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The next election for this forum’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2023, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets in January 2023. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is required to nominate at least one candidate who…[Read more]
War diaries are often written under duress, and are attempts at documenting events as they unfold, or narrating stories of how people survive under trying circumstances. She argues that conditions of war under which authors produce their work dictate the form itself. When an author’s life is under threat, when safety is compromised, m…[Read more]
In Portuguese Nobel Laureate José Saramago’s As Intermitências da Morte (2005) and in Mahmoud Darwish’s epic poem Mural (2000), the authors contemplate the nothingness that accompanies death, a concern that increasingly permeates their later writings. Although ‘death’ is depicted differently, the authors fear that with death “the universe wo…[Read more]
Rielle Navitski started the topic 4/20 – Global South Cinephilias: A Virtual Roundtable in the discussion LLC Arabic on MLA Commons 10 months ago
Global South Cinephilias: A Virtual Roundtable
Wednesday, April 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm EDT
Register in advance here (required): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tppti7IbSuuEEXk3UMmJsA
The idea of cinema as an art is one born of cinephilia. While the term simply means “love of cinema,” cinephilia sets itself apart from the average film fan’s…[Read more]
In his introduction to Palestinian Walks, Raja Shehadeh remarks that in spite of the great number of travelers to Palestine, travel literature, for the most part, willfully ignored the living experience and existence of the land’s inhabitants. Often, Palestine was the imaginary place that was continuously invented to confirm r…[Read more]
Often described as an open-air prison, the citizens of the Gaza Strip have long resisted a subaltern existence. Conditions in Gaza, and specifically since the Second Intifada of 2000, have increasingly worsened. With the advent of Hamas in 2006-2007, a complete blockade was imposed on the Strip. A deafening silence by the world has resulted in…[Read more]
The theme of waiting permeates two poems by the late Syrian poet Nizār Qabbānī. The verse in both poems ‘Waiting for Godot’, and ‘A television interview with an Arab Godot’, describes an arduous wait, at once distressing and unpredictable. In the first poem, the poet urges Godot to arrive, as the savior who will appear in the form of the Messia…[Read more]
In his seminal study, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, Eyal Weizman argues how the Israeli occupation has forced a new imagined space to emerge, which is at once confining to the Palestinians and increases their sense of marginalization and loss. Changing the landscape through imposing architecture construction is a way to…[Read more]
In the Arab world, Beckett’s plays or their adaptations have not only been popular with audiences and directors but have also inspired other literary and media genres. The Beckettian wait itself has become synonymous with the condition of the Arab person. It is a wait that offers an unrealized potential of hope that reverberates with the d…[Read more]
The Nakba not only resulted in the loss of the homeland, but also caused the dispersal and ruin of entire Palestinian communities. Even though the term Nakba refers to a singular historic event, the consequence of 1948 has symptomatically become part of Palestinian identity, and the element that demarcates who the Palestinian is. Palestinian exile…[Read more]
Ghenwa Hayek started the topic Position: Arabic Lecturer, Full-Time, University of Chicago in the discussion Arabic Literature and Culture on MLA Commons 4 years, 4 months ago
<div>The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago are announcing a position for a full-time Lecturer in Arabic, for a one-year, renewable, appointment. The successful candidate will typically teach a</div>
<div>minimum of two courses of various levels of Arabic…[Read more]
The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University searches for a tenure-track assistant professor, with an anticipated start date on <span class=”aBn” tabindex=”0″ data-term=”goog_285680215″><span class=”aQJ”>July 1, 2019</span></span>. We are looking to hire a promising scholar and teacher with a focus at the…[Read more]
Jordan and Iraq are not countries that are often associated with a local film culture. Recently, however, a nascent film industry has started to grow in both Iraq and Jordan, producing films that have been shown in international film festivals. Even though the Jordanian film industry remains in its infancy, the films that have emerged of late…[Read more]
Hatem Akil replied to the topic CfP: Images and memory: representations of conflicts in Arab countries, 2010s in the discussion Arabic Literature and Culture via email on MLA Commons 4 years, 7 months ago
This sounds like quite a fascinating project. Thank you for sharing. Is this for an edited volume? Journal?
All the best,
Ghenwa Hayek started the topic CfP: Images and memory: representations of conflicts in Arab countries, 2010s in the discussion Arabic Literature and Culture on MLA Commons 4 years, 7 months ago
Images and memory: representations of conflicts in Arab countries during the 2010s.
The questions of memory and representations of conflicts are deeply rooted in the cinematic and artistic practices of Arab countries: Lebanese cinema always questions its civil war, since it started in 1975, exploring until today its consequences in a troubled…[Read more]
LLC Arabic CFPs for MLA 2019
The Forum on Arabic Literature and Culture invites paper proposals for four sponsored panels at the 2019 MLA convention in Chicago:
Textual Transactions in Arabic Theory
Exploring critical theories and philosophies from the Middle East, North Africa, and diaspora. Tracing transnational, transregional, and…[Read more]
CfP for MEHAT 2018, for graduate students. If you have/know graduate students, please encourage them to apply:
33rd Annual Middle East History & Theory Conference
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
May 4-5, 2018
We invite proposals for papers and pre-arranged panels from graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars about the Middle…[Read more]
Please join the Global Arab and Arab American forum at the following sessions during MLA 2018. This is a very crucial time for those engaged in Arab and Islamic topics at the MLA – and our solidarity is more essential than ever.
44A: Global Arab Precarity and the Contemporary US Academy: Race, Religion, Profession: …[Read more]
Hoda El Shakry started the topic LAST CALL: Arab/ic CFPs for 2018 MLA in NYC — Please apply or share! in the discussion Arabic Literature and Culture on MLA Commons 5 years, 11 months ago
Arab/ic CFPs for 2018 MLA in NYC — Please apply or share!
“Palestine, Ethics, and World Literature”
We invite proposals that examine BDS and the ethical engagement with literature, as well as Palestine and World Literature. We welcome critical engagements with Edward Said’s work, and papers that explore other boycott movements, state and aca…[Read more]
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