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SOAS Festival of Ideas

The Refugee and the Novel - A stage conversation with Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa

Date: 23 October 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2020Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

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Ruba Salih (SOAS) in conversation with SUSAN ABULHAWA with performed readings by Rafeef Ziadah (SOAS academic, poet and human rights activist)

On Friday 23 October from 7-9pm BST, will participate in a stage conversation with Dr. Ruba Salih as a part of the Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas. Susan Abulhawa will offer thoughts on the role of the novel in sharing and reflecting on refugee stories. The event will also feature a reading performance by SOAS academic, poet and human rights activist Rafeef Ziadah. This event, coordinated by the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, will be a highlight of the festival and its commitment to the overarching theme of ‘decolonising knowledge’.


Susan Abulhawa is a novelist, poet, essayist, scientist, mother, and activist. Her debut novel Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), translated into 30 languages, is considered a classic in Anglophile Palestinian literature. Its reach and sales has made Abulhawa the most widely read Palestinian author. Her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury, 2015), was likewise an international bestseller. Against the Loveless World (Simon & Schuster, 2020) is out in August. She is also the author of a poetry collection, My Voice Sought The Wind (Just World Books, 2013), contributor to several anthologies, political commentator, and frequent speaker.


This event is part of the Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas, a week-long series of virtual events. The festival includes: panel discussions, student led installations, masterclasses, keynote lectures, a public debate for/against on Decolonising Knowledge and a Verbatim performance by Bhuchar Boulevard on ‘Decolonising Not Just a Buzzword’ capturing SOAS conversations about the need to decolonise its imperial mission.

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Organiser: SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS Festival of Ideas

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