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Friday, June 21, 2019

 
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Light in Darkness: The mystical philosophy of Jacob Böhme
Chapel of Christ the Servan, Coventry Cathedral

Runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Friday, July 05.

Light in Darkness: The mystical philosophy of Jacob Böhme

Free special guided tours of the exhibition.

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exhibition: Here to Stay - how the Windrush generation helped shape the NHS
foyer, Oculus building, main campus, University of Warwick

Runs from Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 29.

Open Day
The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Literature and Popular Culture

Funded by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Keynote Speaker: Dr Claire Beaugrand (University of Exeter)

 

The Arabic word ghurba, which literally means estrangement or separation, is typically used to refer to the state of being a foreigner in a land away from home, hence evoking feelings of alienation, loneliness and a strong yearning for loved ones. In our contemporary world, ghurba is very often associated with the migration of Arabs from Arab countries to faraway destinations, especially to the developed West. Recent political conflict in the region has intensified the flow of refugees and migrants out of the Arab world and into Europe and other destinations. Perhaps it is significant then that the word ghurba has the same root as gharb, which means west and refers to both the direction and the Western part of the world. What is absent in this understanding of Arab migration, however, is the fact that the Arab world has always been and continues to be an immigrant destination in itself, receiving flows from both inside the Arab world, what we can call inter-Arab migration, as well as from outside it. It is, in other words, also a site of ghurba, which prompts us to ask about how it has been experienced by migrants, about the situation of diasporic communities within it, and about the different ways in which self/other relationships and issues of identity and belonging take shape in this particular context.

 

This conference is interested in how migration to the Arab world appears in literature as well as culture more generally, and in what this documentation tells us about the Arab world as a migrant destination, or a place of ghurba. Conference papers could address but are not limited to the following topics:

 

  • Inter-Arab migration in literature and popular culture
  • Articulations of Arab identity and/or national identities in inter-Arab migratory encounters
  • Representations of diasporic communities in the Arab world
  • Representations of social exclusion and/or belonging
  • Contestations of citizenship and national identity in literature and popular culture
  • The place of low-class migrant labor in literature and popular culture
  • Expatriation in the Arab world

Conference webpage: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/arab/

The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Literature and Popular Culture
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exhibition: Here to Stay - how the Windrush generation helped shape the NHS
foyer, Oculus building, main campus, University of Warwick