Date/Time: 30/07/2009 12:00 am
Alwan for the Arts Presents:
Book Reading and Discussion: The Archival Fever of the Nakba – The Memoirs of Mohammed Khachan
Thuursday, July 30, 2009 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Free and Open to the Public
The seismic proportions of the catastrophe of 1948, not merely the tragedies that took place at a particular time, but also the enduring project of displacement and appropriation, are intuited by every Palestinian and by Arabs the world over. The Nakba is not an event relegated merely to the short span of individual memory. Rather, it is a transformational predicament that has shaped the careers, psychological makeup, and vision of millions of people over generations.
As memories of that experience enter the annals of history, the physical records of it, through memoir, documentary, photographs, letters, and transcripts, create a feverish, profuse archive of representations and images. Paradoxically, the nostalgic reconstruction of memory of what once was has inscribed into it forgetfulness-which does not limit itself to repression-and thus it commends into the present the possibility and specter of the future.
About the Author
Mohammed Kamel Khachan was born in Suhmata, Palestine, in 1934. In 1948, he became a refugee in Lebanon. He studied Arabic Literature and Education at the Arab University of Beirut and taught at United Nations (UNRWA) schools for 32 years. He started writing his memoir in 2007 which currently being serialized in various Arab literary websites and newspapers. Presently, he is working on a book of essays on features of life in Palestine before 1948, including traditions, flora and fauna, proverbs, idioms, words and dialects that are unique to Palestine. He is also working on a book of poems dedicated to the memory of his wife who lost her life in the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Forthcoming Events at Alwan
Screening: Chaos (Heya Fawda) Directed by Youssef Chahine.
Tue, July 28, 2009 7:00 pm at Tribeca Cinemas. $10. More Info:
Book Reading and Discussion: The Archival Fever of the Nakba – The Memoirs of Mohammed Khachan. Thu, July 30, 2009 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts. Free and Open to the Public. More Info: http://www.alwanforthearts.org/event/375
Lecture: Subversive Tourism? Armenian Pilgrimage to Historic Cilicia
Wed, August 5, 2009 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts. Free and Open to the Public. More Info: http://www.alwanforthearts.org/event/371
Screening and Concert: Jordanian Night at Passport Fridays International Music, Dance, and Film Series. Fri, August 7, 2009 6:30 pm at Queens Museum of Art. Free and Open to the Public. http://www.alwanforthearts.org/event/367
Alwan for the Arts is wheelchair accessible.
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