[P6526] Exilic Cultural Production: Belonging and Estrangement

Created by Jonas M. Elbousty
Tuesday, 11/30/21 11:30 am


Arab intellectuals have been forced into exile as a result of wars, merciless regimes, fear of imprisonment and torture, and political oppression. These artists become disenchanted with the chaotic governance and incorrigible state of affairs that have plagued their countries. Thus, in their cultural productions, these intellectuals have unequivocally exposed and documented the injustices perpetrated in their ‘homeland.’ In their new locales, these artists directly engage with and contribute to the artistic productions without fear of recrimination and/or persecution. This panel explores broader questions of identity and social change in exile, zeroing on how exile affects the artists’ sense of identity and the ways in which exiles (re)construct themselves in the diaspora. Each panelist examines how exile and identity are inextricably tied, discussing the dialectical dynamics of these two concepts. In addition to this, panelists also discuss the questions of liminality, transnationality, reconciliation, trauma, marginalization, and social alienation.


Lit; Lit; Lit



Touria Khannous

(Louisiana State University)
Touria Khannous is associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and the International Studies Program at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include African studies, postcolonial studies, and film. She has published articles...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Rima Sadek

(Kenyon College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jonas M. Elbousty

(Yale University)
Jonas Elbousty holds a few graduate degrees, including an MPhil and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the city of New York. He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a faculty member in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Yale University....
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer;

Doaa Omran

(University of New Mexico)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Nida Kiali

(University of Washington)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;