Sa’ed Atshan


In his scholarship, Edward Said drew upon the concept of counterpoint in the contexts of music and literature. He also connected this notion to exile, linking it to experiences of place and memory. In his talk Counterpoint, Dissent, Exile, and the Palestinian Intellectual, Sa’ed Atshan will explore conceptions of the Palestinian intellectual as they relate to counterpoint, dissent vis-à-vis political regimes, and exile, while drawing upon the legacy of Said, the work of Hanan Ashrawi in Palestine, and his personal experience as a Palestinian academic in the United States.

Conversation in English. Simultaneous German translation will be available, with headphones provided. A valid photo ID (or alternatively €50) must be presented as security deposit.


Sa’ed Atshan is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He earned his master’s degree in social anthropology and public policy from Harvard University and then took on a joint Ph.D. in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies there. His research interests focus on the intersection of peace and conflict studies, political anthropology, critical development studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Sa’ed Atshan has been a fellow of the Open Society Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, among others, and has worked for the American Civil Liberties Foundation, the UNHCR, and Human Rights Watch. He also is a LGBTQ rights activist.

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