Adult event
East Meets West: Daniel L Newman, Karim Hauser & Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

East Meets West: Daniel L Newman, Karim Hauser & Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Date/Time: Friday 4 February 2022 18:00-19:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 2, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No. 21 

The long history of globalisation is reflected in our art, literature, and food– perhaps more than we first think! From echoes of the British Empire in the works of Dickens all the way back to the earliest trade contacts between Asia and Europe, ideas have flowed back and forth alongside goods and wealth – sometimes leading to valuable cultural exchanges, but at other times wild misunderstandings. Come and hear fascinating stories of East Meets West, including an Imam’s account of his stay in 1820s Paris, pseudo-Japanese Victorian paintings, and more.

Daniel L Newman is Chair of Arabic Studies at the University of Durham and author of An Imam in Paris: Account of a Stay in France by An Egyptian Cleric and The Sultan’s Feast: A Fifteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook.

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is a descendent of Charles Dickens and a prolific author of fact and fiction, including Dickens's Artistic Daughter Katey and Charles Dickens and His Circle.

Karim Hauser is Head of International Relations at Spain’s Casa Árabe, where he has edited three books on the Arab presence in the Americas, and has previously worked as BBC Mundo’s correspondent in the Middle East, based in Cairo (2005-2008). Raised by a Mexican father and an Egyptian mother, Karim is fluent in four languages and intercultural mediation.

This panel will be in discussion with writer Rehan Khan. An avid observer of history and the many cross-cultural connections it unearths Rehan has always been intrigued by how ideas move from one civilisation to the next, and the first in his historical fiction series, A Tudor Turk, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2020.

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