Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

[Belfast] Nakba Lecture: The Work and Legacy of Edward Said (Pal Ed)

This sixty-fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, Tuesday 14th May, you are cordially invited to attend a public lecture outlining the work and legacy of the world renowned Palestinian writer, intellectual and activist, Edward Said.

For many years the late Said’s voice illuminated and provided a framework for understanding the politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict and the colonialist Orientalist mindset that asserted and continues to assert that Palestinians and Palestinian culture are primitive, foreign, other.  A brilliant critic of Western hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty, Said was also a vehement critic of the late Yasser Arafat and the PLO, and he predicted their adoption of the ‘peace process’ would lead to the dead end of continuing occupation that we see today.

Presented by Dr Conor McCarthy of Maynooth University College, (see below) this lecture presents an opportunity for attendees not just to engage with Said’s thought but also to come to see how often their own understanding of the Israel-Palestine Conflict has been constructed through a prism of western imperialism.

When: 7pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

Where: St Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast

Dr Conor McCarthy teaches English at NUI Maynooth, and is the author of Modernisation, Crisis and Culture in Ireland 1969-1992 (Dublin 2000) and The Cambridge Introduction to Edward Said (Cambridge 2010). He is a founder-member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Organised by The Palestine Education Initiative.

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