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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1952-1962 Ten Years of Broadcasting in Egypt

On Paper

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On 23rd July 1962, the 10th anniversary of the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian State Broadcaster published a history of the Radio and Television under Nasser. It is an official publication and one that unquestionably presents an idealised (/propagandised) version of period. Because of this, it is a fascinating document of what the aims on Nasserist radio were and what image they wanted to present of themselves.

Radio seems to take precedence over Television and the first 255 pages of a 360 page book are dedicated to Radio, starting with a description of its role in the Liberation Movement. The speed which it could communicate, they said, meant that it was extremely important in times of crisis.

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The book then goes on to talk about what the Radio, under Nasser, went on to do. Most interestingly for me, there is a focus on the internationalism of the Radio. They were keen…

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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.