The Naksa at 50: Nostalgia and Memory in the Middle East and Beyond

The Naksa at 50: Nostalgia and Memory in the Middle East and Beyond

Cropped book cover of Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel (Nighthawk Press, Taos, New Mexico, spring 2017), used with permission by Iris Keltz.

A panel with Hosam Aboul-Ela (University of Houston), Elliott Colla (Georgetown University), and Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Friday, April 28, 2017
12:00 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) Presentation Room 11348


The Naksa—the widely-­‐used Arabic term for the “setback” suffered by Palestinians in the 1967 war—represented not only a defeat but also a turning point. While this turning-point had important political implications, its cultural ramifications and the explosion of creative expression it engendered also marked the Arab world indelibly. The proliferation of critical output produced by Arab thinkers and artists in its aftermath deserves to be at the center of academic inquiry as we observe this anniversary. Instead of focusing on political or legal repercussions, the conference panel will consider the relatively understudied impact of the Naksa in relation to Nostalgia and Memory, highlighting cultural production and institutional aspects of art.


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Santa Barbara Center for Middle Eastern Studies