The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger

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10:15 am to 6:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre

About this event


Exiled Writers Ink with SOAS, Centre for Centre for Culture, Literature and Postcolonial Studies present: The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger

This one day symposium sets out to examine the contemporary danger of words as it affects exiled writers. It will interrogate diverse aspects of the 'Danger of Words' from denying exiled writers the freedom to write about the ills in their societies, to the manipulation of words, as it affects exiled writers, by dark and sinister forces in our established democracies.

Exiled Writers and scholars will examine the ramifications of the country of origin’s continuing censorship of exiled writers’ literary production post exile and of the silencing in the country of destination, in relation to the writers’ literary, aesthetic and ontological negotiation and resistance to it. Exiled literary voices will articulate their response to the implosion of liberalism in the country of origin and the crisis of liberalism in the countries of destination throughout Europe with the rise of the xenophobic right, and of the US right. In a further session on the danger of words, Jewish and Muslim poets will express their own nuanced and varied personal subjectivities and narratives resisting the simplistic and dangerous identities imposed on them.
The symposium will conclude with an exiled writers’ poetry recital.


For information and to send your title and abstract ( deadline 15 March ) please contact Dr Jennifer Langer:


Time Activity
10.15am to 10.30am Tea and coffee
10.30am to 10.40am Welcome and introduction
10.40am to 12.00pm Panel 1: Censorship Post Exile, discussant/chair: Dr Abol Froushan
1.30pm to 2.30pm Panel 2: Literary Voices and the Implosion of Liberalism, discussant/chair: Dr Nadia Faydh
1.30pm to 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm to 4.00 Panel 3: The Danger of Words in the Country of Destination, discussant/chair: Abbas Faiz
4.00pm to 4.15pm Tea and coffee
4.20pm to 5.00pm Round Table: The Danger of Words in the Country of Destination: On The Frontline: Jewish and Muslim writers’ literary representation of the self – discussant/chair: Dr Jennifer Langer
5.15pm to 6.00pm Poetry recital by exiled poets on the ‘Danger of Words in the Age of Danger’


Register for your ticket on Eventbrite . £12 for non-Exiled Writers Ink members; £8 for EWI members; asylum seekers and students free.

Or alternatively pay on the door or send cheque payable to: Exiled Writers Ink, 31 Hallswelle Road, London NW11 0DH



Organiser: Dr Jennifer Langer, Exiled Writers Ink with CCLPS, SOAS

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