“Writing as a way of resistance”

Congress on contemporary Arabic literature
“Mahmoud Darwish Academic and Cultural Chair”
Federation Wallonia-Brussels of Belgium

in partnership with BOZAR, the ULB and the UCL

Arab writers have often been at the forefront of the critical view adopted by their society of its political and religious representatives, sometimes being exposed to censorship or even prosecution by the courts, imprisonment and exile. The aim of this conference is to present a number of Arab writers who, through fiction or poetry, have contested power in all its forms.

26-27 october 2017
from 9am
Centre for Fine Arts
Brussels

Detailed program here.

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“I’m not coming back, I’m coming”

Launch day of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels of Belgium’s
“Mahmoud Darwish Academic and Cultural Chair”
in partnership with BOZAR, the ULB and the UCL

A one day literary, film and music event in homage to the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish

Wednesday 25 January 2017
from 9am
Centre for Fine Arts
Brussels

Detailed program here.

The “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” was created by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels in 2016 at the initiative of its Minister-President, Mr Rudy Demotte.

The aim of the Chair is to perpetuate the work and thought of a major poet of the 20th century considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Arab authors. His work – around twenty volumes of poetry and seven of prose, including numerous articles and interviews – has been translated into around forty languages.

The Federation Wallonia-Brussels has created the “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” in order to reaffirm its cooperative relations with Palestine and its desire to promote universal values and to set off “in conquest of spiritual territories” – territories which are sadly being ruined by those who propagate hatred and fanaticism.

The “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” is also involved in the promotion of the contemporary cultures of North Africa and the Middle East, as initiated by Wallonia-Brussels International and the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Its goal is to encourage the creation of Chairs within French-speaking universities; Chairs which will be dedicated to this part of the world which is where the largest diaspora resulting from immigration to Brussels and Wallonia hails from.

At the crossroads between academic and cultural environments, the Chair will offer:
– colloquiums and other academic activities, it will encourage the drafting of graduate dissertations, theses, translations, journal issues, etc., in order to foster a dynamic in student and research environments;
– to organise cultural events targeting a broader public;
– to give the seal of approval to quality initiatives which are in the spirit of Darwish’s thought and the objectives of the Chair.

Finally, the role of the Chair will also be to inform academic and community environments about the different focuses of the project.

The activities organised by the Mahmoud Darwish Chair are coordinated by a Support Committee made up of Arabic and French-speaking experts and representatives of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

With the operational support of the de facto Consortium BOZAR, ULB, UCL.

To be informed of our activities, click here.
For a complete presentation (pdf), click here.