The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, cultural history, and criticism.  Her study of the Arabian Nights, Stranger Magic (2011) won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism and a Sheikh Zayed Book Award. In 2015, she received the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and  President of the Royal Society of Literature. Recent books include Once Upon a Time: A short history of fairy tale and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists. She has just finished Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir, about her childhood in Cairo, and is writing a study of the concept of Sanctuary.  She has been working, in Sicily and the UK, with the project, since 2016.

The 2019 Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture will be given by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 

The Guests: Edward Said and Joseph Conrad

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Edward W. Said remained, for over forty years, concerned with Conrad. A fascinating conversation emerges between the two men’s work, one concerned with aesthetics, displacement and empire, and sheds an interesting light on the present moment.

Professor Catherine Hall will deliver the annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture. From Hall's first reading of Orientalism, Edward Said’s work has acted as an inspiration and a provocation to understand the other. Her focus has been on English imperial identities in the C18 and C19. She understands the effort to enter imaginatively the states of mind that have underpinned those identities as part of the project of ‘unlearning’ modes of cultural domination. In this lecture, Hall focuses on Edward Long, C18 slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian, whose encyclopaedic History of Jamaica (1774) explicates pro-slavery politics. 

  • Declan Kiberd, Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

Declan Kiberd, renowned scholar of Irish Literature, will deliver the annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture.

The Palestinian Future After Gaza

Monday, October 20, 2014
  • Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus, Princeton University

Professor Richard Falk will deliver the annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture. His talk will focus on the present reality and future direction of the Palestinian struggle, taking account of the continuing relevance of Edward Said's views of the grounds of a sustainable peace and proceeding from his prophetic premise that the two-state approach should no longer becloud our judgment. This event is at capacity and we are no longer accepting registration. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. and registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. At 6:15 pm, any available seats will be filled by Columbia faculty, staff, or students in the waiting line who have a valid Columbia University photo ID. This event will be live-streamed on the Italian Academy webpage.

Raja Shehadeh’s lecture on the 10th anniversary of Edward Said’s death will reflect on the cages of categorization that imprison Palestinians in contemporary Palestine perhaps more than even the physical matrix of borders, checkpoints, and the Wall.

The Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture will feature W.J.T. Mitchell on "Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture."

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

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