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The Department of the Middle and Far East and “Studia Bliskowschodnie” Academic Magazine would like to invite you to participate in the First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Edward W. Said’ s Thought – ‘SAIDISM IN THE XXI CENTURY’ which will take place on November 8-9, 2010 (Monday-Tuesday) at the Aula Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland).

The goal of the conference  is to promote a new field of interdisciplinary research – SAIDISM – that is derived from Edward W. Said’s (1935-2003) name and is interdisciplinarily connected to his thought, writings, social and political activities and academic work.

The conference ‘SAIDISM IN THE XXI CENTURY’ is an integral part of the “Project Orient: Living Ideas for Peace” that will also include a number of other events like photo exhibition, film shows, another International Conference ‘Global Dilemmas of Security and Development in the Middle East’ (Nov. 9-10, 2010), promotion of the Middle and Far East Studies, research on Orient and Orientalism, Postcolonial Studies, promotion of books devoted to issues concerning the Middle and Far East.

During the whole event we are expecting many distingished guests, diplomats and scholars from all around the world, specialists in various aspects of Edward Said’s thought and works as well as Edward Said’s friends and acquaintances.


We would like to encourage you to submit abstracts of papers to present during the conference.

The abstract should be written in English (300 – 500 words) and sent as a registration form via e-mail tosaidism.conference@gmail.com no later than 5 September 2010.

The Call for Papers is addressed to all students, PhD candidates and experts conducting their research in area of themes below:


Session 1: Edward Said, Joseph Conrad and Literature

  • Edward W. Said and his Early Academic Period (1958-1967)
  • Joseph Conrad and Conradism – inspirations, motives, symbols, languages
  • Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography
  • World, the Text and the Critics – literary criticism
  • Beginnings – intentions and methods of writing
  • Philosophy in Literature – philosophies of writers, Jean Baptiste Vico, Antonio Gramsci, etc.
  • Modernism and Postmodernism in Literature – James Joyce, etc.
  • Erich Auerbach and Mimesis
  • William Butler Yeats

Session 2: Edward Said, Orientalism and Postcolonial Studies

  • Edward W. Said and his Transitory Period (1968-1978)
  • Orient and Occident
  • Orientlists and oriental studies – Gustave Flaubert, Jean Baptiste Fourier, etc.
  • Orientalism – phenomenon
  • Orientalism in culture – literature, art, politics
  • Culture and Imperialism
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism – Africanism and Frantz Fanon, Caribbean Revival, Ireland and Irish Revival, Algierian Liberation, etc.
  • Domination and Power
  • Postcolonial Studies – Edward W. Said’s disciples, etc.

Session 3: Edward Said and Political Activism

  • Edward W. Said and his Full-Fledged Palestinian Period (1978-1990)
  • Edward W. Said and Palestine – Palestinian political career, UN, relations with Palestinian Authorities and Yasir Arafat, Palestinians on E. Said and E.Said on Palestinians,
  • The Middle East Modern History – Israeli-Arab wars, Palestinian-Arab relations, Gulf war, Iran-Iraq war, Muhamad Ali and Algerian National Liberation Front, etc.
  • The Middle East Current Affairs – American invasion on Iraq, USA-Iran relations, Israel-Iran relations, etc.
  • Israel-Palestinian Issues – conflict, peace process, status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees,
  • Islam, Islamism and Islamocentrism – fundamentalism, etc.
  • The Middle East Issues in Media – modern orientalism in media, Israeli, Arabic and Iranian media, language of media
  • Political Activists – inspirations, opponents, etc.
  • Session 4: Edward Said, Saidism, and Philosophy
  • Edward W. Said and his Late Intellectual Period (1991-2003)
  • Edward W. Said and himself – identities, auto-creations, self-presentations, languages, relatives, friendships, etc.
  • Edward W. Said and his cities – idea of home (Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, New York),cosmopolitism (Paris, London, Berlin), intellectual home (schools, universities), etc.
  • Philosophical Inspirations – Antonio Gramsci, Georg Lukacs, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc.
  • Modernism and postmodernism – Theodor Adorno, Michael Foucault and Jacques Derrida, etc.
  • Edward W. Said and his Philosophy – Travelling Theory, Exile, Dispossession, Borderlands, Intellectual Commitment, Intellectuals and Professionals, etc.
  • Intellectual inspirations of Edward W. Said’s thoughts – political activism, intellectual activism, Said’s model of a neo-humanist,  humanism of our times, etc.
  • Intellectual and Academic Inspirations – Noam Chomsky, Gillo Pontecorvo, Frantz Fanon, etc.
  • Intellectual and Academic Opponents – Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington, Francis Fukuyama, Daniel Pipes, Amos Oz, etc.
  • Art, Music and Esthetics – paintings, comics, Wagner, Furtwängler, etc.
  • Edward W. Said, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Edward W. Said and Media – journalism (“Al-Hayat”, “Al-Ahram Weekly”, “The London Review of Books”, etc.), radio, TV, film and film-makers, documentaries, etc.
  • Late Style of Edward W. Said


  • 5 September 2010: Deadline for submitting abstracts and registration forms
  • 30 September 2010: Notification of acceptance / rejection
  • 30 October 2010: Deadline for final submission of presented papers
  • 30 October 2010: Deadline for conference registration
  • 2-7 November 2010: Joseph Conrad Festival
  • 8 November 2010: Date of the conference
  • 30 November 2010: Final papers admission

For further information about the conference, registration or fees please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or to visit our websites.

Aleksandra Wilczura   Karolina Rak  Michał Lipa

The Conference Organizers and Coordinators

E-mail : saidism.conference@gmail.com

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