P21 Gallery Reading Group - The Word and the World

Literatures, Cultures and Histories of the Islamicate World - Convened by Karima Laachir and AbdoolKarim Vakil

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 6:45-8:00pm
Palestinian Literature
with Atef Alshaer
Poems by Mahmud Darwish

Wednesday, February 20
Muhammad Iqbal’s The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
with Javed Majeed

Wednesday, March 20
Palestinian Writing in Hebrew
with Anna Bernard
Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular

Wednesday, April 24
Pashtoun Literature
with James Caron
Short stories by Abdul Wakil Sulamal Shinwari
Poetry by Pir Muhammad Karwan

Wednesday, May 22
with Nadia Atia

Wednesday, June 19
Contemporary Lebanese Literature
with Wen-chin Ouyang

Readings for each session are provided to participants. Attendance is by registration, and booking is essential as places are strictly limited. Please call 020 7121 6190 or email:

Dr Atef Alshaer, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Political Communication, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies.
Professor Javed Majeed, Director of Comparative Literature Programme, Comparative Literature Programme/Department of English Language and Literature, King\'s College London
Dr James Caron, Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Anna Bernard, Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, Department of English/Comparative Literature Programme, King\'s College London
Dr Nadia Atia, Lecturer in World Literatures, Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Wen-chin Ouyang, Reader in Arabic Literature, Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Karima Laachir, Chair, Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
AbdoolKarim Vakil, Lecturer in History, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies/Department of History, King’s College London

The P21 Gallery is an independent London-based non-profit organisation established to promote contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab identities by focusing on their art and culture with distinct focus on Palestine. The work of artists in this and in neighbouring regions is celebrated for its candor and innovation in the global art forums, however much of its manifestations cannot always find an audience in the West; such work is necessary, if not essential, to create a much needed dialogue between these artists and the wider global artistic community whose public remains increasingly interested in the art from such a complex and diversified region.

In addition to displaying contemporary works of art, the P21 Gallery will screen films and documentaries as well as experimental works from an expanded field of lens-based media, and will establish training workshops and reading groups for adults and children, aimed at encouraging a better understanding of cultural diversity.

P21 Gallery Reading Group - The Word and the World

Event Title: P21 Gallery Reading Group - The Word and the World
Postcode: 21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD
Contact Email: info[at]p21.org.uk