16th Annual CLIFF-Revolutions, Post-Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions


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  • Host Department: Comparative Literature
  • Date: 03/16/2012 - 03/17/2012
  • Time: 04:00PM

  • Location: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

  • CLiff Poster 2012
  • Description: Over the past two years, political uprisings and revolts have proliferated throughout the Arab world; more recently, protesters in New York have taken to the streets with calls for revolution. It is with these current events in mind that we propose an inter-disciplinary discussion of the diverse histories and instances of revolution—political, literary or social—and their aftermath.
    16th Annual CLIFF Schedule Friday, March 16th
    12:00-2:00, Faculty/Student Roundtable on Academic Perspectives on Revolution
    with Professor Vassilis Lambropolous, Professor Wijdan Al-Sayigh, Basak Candar and Rostom Mesli. Moderator: Etienne Charriere
    2:00-4:00, Panel on Activism and Revolution on Occupy Ann Arbor
    with Alexandra Hoffman, Orian Zakai and John Rowland; Occupy Riverside, Los Angeles and Oakland with Anthony Cristofani; and thoughts on the Egyptian Revolution read on behalf of Atef Said. Moderator: Emily Goedde
    4:00-5:00 Break
    5:00-6:30, "What Happens to Revolutionary Art After the Revolution?"
    Faculty Lecture with Xiaobing Tang
    Professor of Comparative Literature
    Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies
    Reception to follow lecture
    Saturday, March 17th
    10:00-11:30, "Theories of Revolution"
    with Katherine Brion, Lucas Nelson, Ernesto Mireles, Luke Heister and Adam Drury.
    Moderator: Sara Hakeem Grewal
    11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
    11:45-1:00, "History and Media Coverage of Revolution in the Middle East"
    Mehraneh Ebrahimi, Mona Kareem, Nadeen Kharputly and Pouya Alimagham.
    Moderator: Ramon Stern
    1:00-2:00 Lunch
    2:00-3:15, "Soviet Aesthetics and Ideology"
    Cate Reilly, Aleksandar Boskovic and Jonathan Sherry. Moderator: William Runyan
    3:15-3:30 Coffee Break
    3:30-5:30, "Revolutionary Literature from Egypt and Iraq, " closing questions and comments
    Sherine El Taraboulsi, Kevin Jones, Shir Alon, Kyle Anderson and Ramon Stern
    Moderator: Amr Tawfik Kamal