[Dublin] Lecture: The Life and Work of Edward Said (Pal Ed)
On Wednesday 22nd 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 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.
6:30 PM Wednesday 22nd May 2013
The Irish Aid Centre
27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin
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.