Great New Books in the Humanities: Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism by Hala Halim

Event Description:

11-11-13-Hala-Halim-Book-Launch-Flyer-WebInterrogating how Alexandria became enshrined as the exemplary cosmopolitan space in the Middle East, this book mounts a radical critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism elevates things European in the city’s culture and simultaneously places things Egyptian under the sign of decline. The book goes beyond this civilization/barbarism binary to trace other modes of intercultural solidarity.

Hala Halim is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. Her book Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive is published by Fordham University Press (2013). Her translation of a novel by Mohamed El-Bisatie, Clamor of the Lake, won an Egyptian State Incentive Award. Halim has been the recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Humanities Consortium, UCLA and a Faculty Fellowship at the Humanities Initiative, NYU.

Panel members:

Hala Halim
Assistant Professor
Departments of Comparative Literature &
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
New York University

Zachary Lockman
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
New York University

Mark Sanders
Professor, Comparative Literature, New York University

Helga Tawil-Souri
Associate Professor
Media, Culture, and Communication
Middle East and Islamic Studies
New York University

Karen Van Dyck
Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Hellenic Studies
Columbia University

Moderated by Jane Tylus
Professor of Italian Studies
Faculty Director, The Humanities Initiative at NYU

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