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Migrating Views: Identity and Nationalism in a World on the Move

Event 109 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Movement, not rootedness, is the abiding condition of human history and identity.” – Kanishk Tharoor

Humanity has been on the move for millennia, so why is migration frequently treated as a disruptive force?

In this session, our panel of global nomads discuss the paradoxes of personal and national identity, how they shape our political life, and how understanding each other’s experiences can build bridges between divided peoples.

Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor now living in Canada, where he is an outspoken advocate for peace, tolerance and communication, saying “it is not where you are but who you are.”

Afra Atiq is the first Emirati female spoken word artist and slam poet and has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy; she has performed at international events and enjoys giving back to the UAE community through workshops and mentorships.

Jamal Mahjoub is a British-Sudanese author whose books frequently explore the relationships between Europe and Africa; he is currently writing a non-fiction book about Sudan’s troubled history.

Kanishk Tharoor is an Indian author based in New York who has written extensively about migration, indigenous rights, cultural destruction and nationalism – and the cultural blindspots that lead nations to ignore historical problems.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Migrating Views: Identity and Nationalism in a World on the Move

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Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2

Event 204 Friday 3 March, 8pm-9.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry team up once again for a night of powerful poetry. Following the success of their 2016 joint event, poets from the two cutting edge collectives will will perform together once more.

Lineup so far:
Afra Atiq, Anne Brechin, Farah Chamma, Dana Dajani, Frank Dullaghan, Marie Dullaghan, Mark Fiddes, Danabelle Gutierrez, Zeina Hashem Beck, Hind Shoufani, Ali Khan.

Language: English

Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2

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Poetry Mix: Journeys

Event 101 Friday 10 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Guess me whose map will tell the larger truth?” – Kei Miller, ‘The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion’

Take a poetic journey with four very different poets whose writing maps the world of ideas. Expect to be surprised and moved in this brief introduction to some major talents.

Amanda Calderon is a 2014 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. She is currently working on her first manuscript.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Michael Cooperson is Professor of Arabic at UCLA. In 2016 his translation of the Virtues of the Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal by Ibn al-Jawzī won Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding.

Kei Miller won the 2014 Forward Prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion; the same year he was named one of 20 Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society.

Language: English, Arabic 

Poetry Mix: Journeys

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