BBC – Culture – The ancient poems that explain today

Looking at Antoon and Darwich, the BBC ran a piece about the thing that excites me the most about my future research project, the poetics of ruins. I have already presented on this in EISA and PCWP conferences last year, as well as our Losing Ground workshop the year before.

“The ruins that inspired pre-Islamic poets hold new meaning for today’s Arabic writers, writes Paul Cooper. ”

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180820-the-6th-century-poems-making-a-comeback

via BBC – Culture – The ancient poems that explain today

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The utter loneliness of studying of politics that doesn’t look like politics

The problem of course is that to fend this off you fall into a trap of claim to mastery that you have set from the beginning to dismantle, you thicken a skin that you are striving to scratch, beak and shed. You do what you are trying to undo, you perform certainties to your self-just-to get-through the day, a day that is worth spending in uncertainty, non-commitment, and sheer curiosity. The trap of power that is a vibrant, diverse, tolerant, critical, very friendly academic life.