Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

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 · 1 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 article: ‘I Exist’ photo exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 19th June 2013 In a very different set of images, Jerusalem-based photographer Tanya Habjouqa documents the 2009 Arab Bodybuilding Championships in Amman, Jordan: dubbed the “Gaza Martyrs Tournament” … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

He, she and it

When I was writing my biography of Leila Khaled for Pluto Press, my fabulous editor, David Castle, pointed something very valuable out to me. This is the fact that writers … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

New article: 'The Beloved' at the Bush Theatre reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 6th June 2012 The story of Abraham and his sons Ismail and Isaac lies at the heart of the religious and mythological relationships between the Arab and Jewish … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

In praise of in-laws

There is a well-established tradition in Australian social life of events where, after a little initial mingling, attendees separate out along strict gender lines. The archetype of this is the … Continue reading

August 20, 2011 · Leave a comment