The Right of Return to Edward Said

A conference to commemorate a decade since Edward Said's passing

The Right of Return to Edward Said

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Royce Hall 314

Photo courtesy of Mariam Said



The conference will be live-streamed at:

The conference is being organized at UCLA by Helen Deutsch (English), Aamir Mufti (Comparative Literature), and Gabriel Piterberg (History). Presentations will include direct interaction with Said's oeuvre and his legacy.


9:45 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Gabriel Piterberg, Director, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA

10:00 AM
Panel I

Chair: Anne Mellor, English, UCLA

Returning to Orientalism
Saree Makdisi, English & Comparative Literature, UCLA

Problems for the Future: Jonathan Swift, Edward Said, and the Profession of Literature
Helen Deutsch, English, UCLA

11:30 AM

11:45 AM
Panel II

Chair: Aslı Bâli, Law, UCLA

The Failed Peace Process: Edward Said’s Prophetic Legacy of Understanding
Richard Falk, International Law Emeritus, Princeton University,
and Orfalea Center of Global Studies, UCSB

Edward Said’s Legacy in Theory and Practice: Scenes from America’s Terrorism Prosecutions
Wadie Said, Law, University of South Carolina

1:15 PM
Lunch Break

2:30 PM
Panel III

Chair: Ali Behdad, English & Comparative Literature, UCLA

Edward Said and the Late Style of Bandung Humanism
Aamir Mufti, Comparative Literature, UCLA

The Epistemology of Edward Said
Stathis Gourgouris, Comparative Literature, Columbia University

4:00 PM

4:15 PM
Panel IV

Chair: David Myers, History, UCLA

Southern Questions: Reflections on Said, Gramsci, and the Colonized
Robin D. G. Kelley, History, UCLA

Theodor Herzl: A Gender Interpretation
Gabriel Piterberg, History, UCLA

5:45 PM
A letter to my friend Edward: The conversation continues
Nubar Hovsepian, Political Science and International Studies, Chapman University



For more information please contact

Johanna Romero
Tel: 310-825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of History, English, Critical Race Studies Program - School of Law, Dean of Humanities