Adania Shibli


Approximate running time: 1h 30m without intermission

Moving to other languages and between them opens up a landscape in which intimacy and multiplicities overshadow oppositions, and where the audible does not negate the silent. Adania Shibli’s talk Counterpoints in the Adorable wanders around such landscapes, occasionally stopping to inspect audible encounters, silent acts of reading and writing literature, and their intersections.

Lecture and Q&A in English. Simultaneous German translation will be available through your smartphone. To access it, please download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app.

Please connect to the WiFi “Edward Said” in the hall (no password required), then select “Channel 1” in the Sennheiser MobileConnect app to hear the translation.

Headphones will be provided. A valid photo ID (or alternatively € 20) must be presented as a security deposit.

Podcast: About the Lecture


Born in Palestine in 1974, Adania Shibli writes novels, plays, short stories, and essays that have been published in various anthologies, art books, literary, and cultural magazines in several languages. She has been awarded with the A. M. Quattan Foundation’s Young Writers’ Award both for her novel Masaas from 2001 (published in English as Touch in 2010) and for Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub from 2003 (translated as We Are All Equally Far from Love in 2012). Her latest novel, Tafsil Thanawi, dates from 2017. Adania Shibli also published an art book exploring contemporary visual art from Palestine and edited the essay collection A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialog with Edward Said. Since 2013 she has been visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine.


Touch (Clockroot Books, 2010)

We Are All Equally Far from Love (Clockroot Books, 2012)

Recalling Edward Said's Thought TodayQantara, 2013

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