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Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said

Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said
25-26 May 2007 
Bogazici University, Istanbul

Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said is an event planned to pay tribute, revisit and engage with the richly variegated erudition and seminal scholarship of Edward Said. Drawing inspiration from his work and legacy as critical theorist, intellectual and activist, this tribute is an occasion to rekindle a conversation amongst academics, activists, writers, poets, and artists, to think our being in the world anew. 

Once the celebrated site for social, political, historical and intellectual exchange, cohabitation, knowledge and enrichment, the bedrock for a collective experience of mixity, hybridity and plurality, culture seems to have acquired a negative, violent political capital. Beginning from the last two decades of the twentieth century until this present moment, it has become the grounds for sovereign nations to tear apart from within in violent armed civil conflicts and to fall victim to the trap of the"clash of civilizations". 

This tribute shall, we hope, be an occasion to reflect critically on the location and significance of Said's intellectual legacy in light of our lived experience full of such violent conflicts and the political imperative that rules our present. As the world is flattened, blind-folded and muted, a conversation amongst his colleagues, students, friends and admirers from across the globe is perhaps a step towards making our imagined other world possible.
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