Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: ‘It’s better to jump’

Electronic Intifada, 16th April 2014 That attachment stems from the everyday experience of growing up and living in a town — its people, its alleyways, the ways that people make … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Janarthanan

Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

New review: ‘Traces & Revelations’ at Durham’s Oriental Museum

Electronic Intifada, 10th April 2014 But in hosting Traces and Revelations, a viscerally exciting new show of paintings by Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha, the Oriental Museum at the University … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Rhetorics of Belonging’

Electronic Intifada, 28th March 2014 When it is read in universities or for the pages of publications such as The New York Review of Books or literary supplements of London … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Watching academics: power dynamics at conferences

I went to an academic conference the other week. It was in the USA (at Brown), which was in itself strange and disturbing (it’s 12 years since I was last … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cats + Istanbul

So, my friend Peter Cherry tells me that there is a film coming out about cats and Istanbul – that is, two of my favourite things combined. I’m not sure … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: The Storyteller of Jerusalem

Electronic Intifada, 25th February 2014 The descriptions of his childhood center around a large house shared with tenants, situated around a courtyard and with communal facilities. “If you entered the … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Taha Muhammad ‘Ali reading ‘Revenge’

I’ve lately been reading Adina Hoffman’s incredible biography of the Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad ‘Ali, entitled My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness. Here’s footage of the late, great poet … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bruno Latour on ‘War and Peace in time of Ecological Conflicts’

One of the few upsides of being stuck in bed: the ability to watch fascinating videos, like this lecture by Bruno Latour at LSE, delivered last week. Science, climate change, … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nick Hildyard on research – good or bad?

Manchester Climate Monthly has just published this video of an extended interview with Nick Hildyard of the Corner House, talking about research – its ethics, its dangers and benefits, and … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Gaza Writes Back

Electronic Intifada, 11th February 2014 What this selection offers is something rather different: the fresh voices of young (teenage and twenty-something), non-professional writers from Gaza, a group which is under-represented … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Anarchists Against the Wall

Electronic Intifada, 6th February 2014 Anarchists Against the Wall, therefore, raises important issues which are often under-discussed in all movements, especially those concerned with “solidarity” or being “allies.” These include … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Do-Gooders’ the movie

Electronic Intifada, 3rd February 2014 Ruthven is whisked off with “her own private PR woman and a jeep with tinted windows” to visit USAID programs. The water projects each cost … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Injustice

Yesterday’s ‘lawful killing’ verdict on Mark Duggan, shot by police in North London, sends a clear message: that the lives of black men in Britain today are still cheap, and … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment
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