P21

P21 Gallery invites you to celebrate the publication of:

Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World
Book Launch, A short talk and Discussion


Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 6:30pm


The representation in poetic form of political events and ideas in the Arab world since the nineteenth century is this book’s principal theme. Atef Alshaer demonstrates an integral connection between poetry and politics, reflecting the holistic character of Arab culture as well as the longstanding embodiment of poetry in the socio-political life of the Arabs. The shared Arabic language and common cultural heritage that Arabs have encompass and mirror widespread Arab concerns about their societies and their cultural and political development. Poetry as the essence of language served as an illuminating, and often mobilising, medium of expression which brought the tensions and aspirations of each age to the fore.

Tarik Sabry will be in conversation with Atef Alshaer.


Atef Alshaer is a lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Westminster. He has several publications on the Arab world in the fields of language, culture, literature and politics. He was educated at Birzeit University in Palestine and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he obtained his PhD and taught for a number of years. He is the author of Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World (2016), Language and National Identity in Palestine: Representations of Power and Resistance in Gaza (2017, forthcoming), editor and author of Love and Poetry in the Middle East (2017, forthcoming), and co-author of  The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (2014).

Tarik Sabry is Reader in media and communication theory at the University of Westminster where he is director of the Arab Media Centre. He is author of Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday (2010, I.B. Tauris), Editor of Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field (2012, I.B. Tauris) and Co-Editor of Arab Subcultures: Reflections on Theory and Practice (forthcoming 2016, I.B. Tauris). He is co-founder and co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and co-founder of the journal Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. His research interests include time and modernity, international migration, Arab audiences, Arab popular cultures and Arab contemporary philosophical thought.


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We very much look forward to seeing you on the evening of the 13th.