Conversation with Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, on imperial archives and alternate histories.
The two-day program Travelling [fractured] Sources aligns with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay’s positionality, thinking and praxis as a self-identifying Jewish-Algerian-Palestinian who is actively unlearning the imperial history of her father as an Israeli settler. Professor Azoulay will guide you through imperial archives, unfolding narratives of extraction and displacement that affected Jewish communities in North Africa and West Asia, leading them into a settler colonial power that invaded, unsettled, and colonized Palestinian territory.
During the academic conversation on November 30th, a selection of her texts will be discussed. While this session is primarily designed for students, if you're interested in joining, please feel free to contact email@example.com.
17:50: Doors open 18:00: Start event: Introduction by the curators 18:30 – 19:30: Conversation with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay via video call.
This event is curated by Hari Prasad Sacré, Arshia Ali Azmat & Hoda Siahtiri in collaboration with Kaaitheater, VUB Crosstalks and Brussels Research Centre on Innovation in Learning & Diversity, with the support of VUB - Global Minds program.
Part of Travelling [fractured] Sources. Following the sudden cancellation of Travelling Sources, the curators have restaged parts of the original festival into a two-day programme entitled Travelling [fractured] Sources on 29 and 30 November, featuring also the film screening of Azoulay's 'The World Like a Jewel in the Hand' at Beursschouwburg.
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is an author, curator of anti-colonial archives, film essayist, and theorist of empires and its various technologies (from partition to photography). She is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. Her work focuses on unlearning imperial histories, engaging with archives to generate anti-colonial knowledge and generate potential histories.
Hari Prasad Sacré (curator) obtained a doctoral degree in educational sciences from Ghent University with his dissertation entitled Reading Illiteracy. His research discusses new forms of illiteracy arising in displaced communities travelling imperial borders. Overall, his academic and artistic work explores cultural translation as a pedagogical project for dialogue, solidarity and emancipation.
Arshia Ali Azmat (curator) is a graphic designer, community organiser and researcher affiliated with VUB. Her artistic and graphic work focuses on linking personal and global histories through storytelling and archival explorations. She is also contributing to a research project on vacant spaces in the city and their transformation from temporary occupation sites to permanent social infrastructures.
Hoda Siahtiri (curator) is an audio-visual and performance artist and researcher. Her artistic and educational background is in cinema and performing arts. She defines herself as a storyteller who narrates and mediates voices that have been silenced in the past. Siahtiri’s work centers around the feminine body, knowledge and ancestral heritage. She conducts a PhD-research on the singing tradition of Bakhtiari women in the west of Iran.
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