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. ”

via BBC – Culture – The ancient poems that explain today


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.