Lezing 'Blame It on the Sun: George Jackson and Poetry of Palestinian Resistance'

Voor wie
Studenten, Medewerkers, Alumni, Journalisten
Wanneer
19-02-2018 van 16:00 tot 18:00
Waar
Minard, Walpoortstraat 15, 9000 Gent
Voertaal
Engels
Door wie
Department of Conflict and Development, Middle East and North Africa Research Group
Contact
omar.jabary@ugent.be
Website
http://www.underconstructionfestival.org/event/374/
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This Keynote explores the political significance of a literary ‘mistake’ made in 1971 in the historical context of Black/Palestinian solidarity.

This Keynote explores the political significance of a literary ‘mistake’ made in 1971 in the historical context of Black/Palestinian solidarity. After the assassination of George Jackson, the revolutionary prisoner who had been recently designated Field Marshal of the Black Panther Party, prison guards seized Palestinian resistance poetry from his prison cell in San Quentin, California. Some of this poetry by Samih Al-Qasim, Palestinian resistance poet par excellence, was thought to be written by Jackson and published under his name in the Black Panther newspaper. An uncanny resemblance between the voices of Jackson and Al-Qasim, as well as the conditions of Blacks in North America and Palestinians, made this ‘mis-attribution’ possible.

Greg Thomas is Associate Professor who teaches Black Studies and literature in English at Tufts University. Currently, he is at work on a book manuscript on the revolutionary writings of George L. Jackson, “The Dragon.”