Thursday, 22 September 2011

The London MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Film Festival

Launch - October 2011

Festival - November 2011 

The London MENA Film Festival aims at being the platform for cinematic expression from the MENA region and her UK Diaspora. LMFF will be accessible to everyone. It will be launched on 14th October 2011 with four film screenings and talks with Directors. 

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The Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies and the London Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies present:

The Shi’a in the 20th and 21st Centuries

A joint CASS/LMEI conference on Shi’I identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries,
analysing the religious and secular divide, as well as the issues concerning Shi’I living in non­Shi’i environments.

9.00am-4.20pm, Saturday 1 October 2011

Venue: Al-­Khoei Foundation, Chevening Road, NW6 6TN London UK.
Free Admission.
For further information and registration:

SOAS workshop

Centre for Media and Film Studies at SOAS, University of London

Islamist communication strategies and practices in the Middle East

2:00pm-6.00pm, Friday 23th September 2011

 Half-day Workshop

The workshop will explore the communication strategies of a range of Islamist actors in the Middle East, and aims to address the following questions:
how do Islamist groups communicate with their various audiences? What channels do they use?
What is the impact of context and conjuncture on the their respective discourses?
What is the relationship between cultural production and Islamist discourses?
The workshop will provide an opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with the speakers,
a more general discussion on key methodological and empirical issues,
as well as open up the debate on rethinking old paradigms and approaches to understanding the relationship between culture, politics and communication.

Venue: Room 116, Russell Square Campus, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

Tickets: free event

For further information: E: Atef Alshaer, Dina Matar
International Translation Day: Adhaf Soueif in conversation with Amanda Hopkinson
30 Sept 6.30pm – Free Word Centre

On 30 September, English PEN and Free Word will be hosting a celebration of the art of literary translation. The day will culminate with British-Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif discussing her role as an internationally translated author at the heart of the Arab Spring. 
Can translation change the world?
From novelist to journalist, Ahdaf Soueif is here to discuss shifts in register and in genre, and her particular blend of the personal with the political, fiction and history. Come and see the mirror image reversed to reveal a Middle Eastern reality confront its often pale or distorted western reflection. 
With time for a Q&A session to follow Andaf's Soueif's presentation.
Book tickets for the event here.

International Translation Day: Evening Special with Ahdaf Soueif and Amanda Hopkinson (6.30pm) £10; £5 concessions. Free Word centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Call 020 7324 2570 or book online