Comments on The Novel of Nonel and Vovel

[This is a paper I gave at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in January 2010 to present the work, The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, created by artists Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour.] One central question that Oreet Ashery’s and Larissa Sansour’s The Novel of Nonel…

Edward Said:
On Hijacking Language and Creating Facts

[Published in  Inknagir. Ed. Vahan Ishkhanyan. Yerevan: No. 3.] Since 9/11, the word “terrorism” has become a catch phrase for anything suspicious:  “See Something, Say Something” is plastered across New York City’s buses and subway stops; the ongoing journalist debate continues between Hitchens, Chomsky, Cockburn and…

Edward Said and the Politics of Peace: From Orientalism to Terrorology

[Presented at the conference, “Rethinking Modernity”  Jaipur, India, 2003) In January 2001, the Freud Society of Vienna, where Edward Said was to give a lecture on Freud’s fascination with Egyptian, Greek and Palestinian civilizations, cancelled his appearance after several members saw the widely diffused July 2000…