Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.
Emerging from Tarek El-Ariss' recently published book, Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2019), this talk explores the way modes of confrontation, circulation, and exhibitionism shape and engender knowledge production and critiques of power in the digital age. Focusing on a new generation of authors, leakers, and hackers from the Arab world and beyond, Tarek El-Ariss reveals a genealogy of digital activism and writing genres by connecting Wikileaks to The Arabian Nights, Twitter to mystical revelation, and cyberattacks to pre-Islamic tribal raids.
Organized by Emily Drumsta, assistant professor of comparative literature.