This years’ edition of the Skopje Pride Weekend focusses on the relationship between queerness, time and history. Under the title “QUEER CHRONOPOLITICS: History, Affects, Utopias” the festival is drawing on the observation that time is not an apolitical concept but deeply connected to politics, that there is a politics of time as well as a time of politics.
By Sana Tannoury-Karam, with translations by Fatima Kassem Moussa. In 1918, Omar el-Zeenni looked around him and declared “The world is madness”. Indeed, by the end of the First World War, el-Zeenni’s world was turning upside down. Born in Beirut in 1895, Omar el-Zeenni belonged to the “last Ottoman generation” that had come of age in the last few years of the Ottoman empire’s existence and whose politicization occurred during the First World War.
The band Muhtelif shared their second single called “Zümrüdüanka” with a video clip compiled from news footage documenting social movements and democratic struggles in Turkey over the past decade.
By Rim Naguib.
“On Rosenthal” is a zine on the life of Joseph Rosenthal (1872-1966): an Ashkenazi Jew who struggled for the ideals of solidarity and social justice in Egypt.
Sanabel Abdelrahman wonders why the 1001 Nights hero Sindibād is constantly evoked in Arabic trap music, and how? What is the connection between the post-2011 Sindibād of the trap and rap scene to the one of bygone decades?
Reclaiming Spaces from the Streets to the Gutter: Sketching Feminisms in Contemporary Arab Graphic Narratives
By Rasha Chatta. In a region where authoritarian and patriarchal regimes have held the monopoly on what circulates publicly and where spaces of contestation are under scrutiny, graphic narratives or qisas musawwara as they are referred to in the Arabic language—alongside other popular arts such as graffiti or street art—have carved out a new arena of dissent that was made possible by the hopes for social and political changes instigated in the wave of the so-called Arab Spring.
By Rana Issa. In this essay, Rana Issa proposes a look at the carnal as a libidial force that permeates Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s understanding of the literary. She argues that for al-Shidyaq the carnal is a method for a critical approach on literary history and literary composition.
This blogpost is the second part of a summary of the contributions to the EUTIM conference “Time Out of Joint: Literary (Re)Visions of Time in Eastern and Central Europe”. At the centre of the event were were narratives of time and conceptualizations of history in Central and Eastern European poetry, novels, film, and drama.
At the centre of the EUTIM conference “Time Out of Joint: Literary (Re)Visions of Time in Eastern and Central Europe”, were narratives of time and conceptualizations of history in Central and Eastern European poetry, novels, film, and drama. The event featured some of the leading scholars of Belarusian, Crimean Tatar, Czech, Polish and Ukrainian literatures. This contribution is the first part of a dossier with the paper abstracts.
Web Scraping and Digital Archives: A Program for the Retrieval of the Transcripts of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia
By Katarina Ristić and Nikola Ristić. Digital archives have created a number of opportunities for researchers, from accessing files and material collections irrespective of the archive’s location, to the possibility to search and obtain large amounts of material in a short time. At the same time, digital collections might be overwhelming, amounting to hundreds or even thousands of files which might be of interest for the research.