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12th Thessaloniki Book Fair: An Outsider’s Perspective

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”  Gabriel Garcia Marquez After visiting different international literary festivals, talking to writers and paying close attention to the themes/ topics/ issues that dominate these venues, I can’t but ponder on their haphazard genesis. Why literature festivals […]

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International Women's Day, UAE

Let’s Make It Happen – Women’s Voices from Middle East

“Let’s Make It Happen – Women’s Voices from Middle East” 8th of March, 2015 I have never heard of Nawal El-Saadawi nor all the women panelists who were invited to talk at the Emirates Literature Festival about “making it” happen for women. This year’s theme supposed to reflect “effective action for advancing and recognising women”1 around the […]

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Old Walls, New Walls: G20 Summit in Brisbane, The Berlin Wall and the Culture Industry

By Nina Ioannidou The symbolic significance of the Berlin Wall has been coined as a “constant struggle between open and closed societies;”[1] and the commemoration of its Fall aptly points to the alleged end of the East versus West division. Surprisingly, divisions have been stronger than ever and new “walls” have taken the place of […]

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Ukrainian Echoes in Dubai – Intellectu(m)al Action At The Emirates Literature Festival

As a neophyte political theorist currently residing in the UAE, the recent developments in Ukraine initially forced me to consider two questions: To what extent the collective picture we get, reflects the personal story/experience of the local population? What does the event of the protests show about the overall political structure there? So to my […]

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