I'm excited to be giving a paper about the Abushady Archive in December at the University of Edinburgh. The paper is called "Pollen" and the conference will be held at The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW):
Pollen is a forthcoming project consisting of descriptive texts and visual materials presented together as an online archive. Pollen will describe and contextualize articles, advertisements, illustrations and photographs drawn from A.Z. Abushady’s bee science journal, The Bee Kingdom, a “monthly review of modern bee culture.” Published in English and Arabic in Egypt from 1930 to 1940, a period of cross-cultural exchange that was facilitated and complicated by late colonial politics, The Bee Kingdom journal embodied Abushady’s vision of cultural and scientific cross-pollination as a methodology for achieving greater good.
The conference is called Cultures of Diversity: Arts and Cultural Life in Arab Societies before Independence:
The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh invites proposals for a workshop titled ‘Cultures of Diversity: Arts and Cultural Life in Arab Societies before Independence’ to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 3-4 December 2015.
Funded by a CASAW research grant, this workshop will focus on the diverse sources of artistic and cultural practice in the modern Arab world by examining the interplay between diverse local traditions and non-indigenous elements during the formative late colonial period. In interrogating the social, economic and intellectual connections operating between these different cultural sites across wider Middle Eastern society and beyond, it seeks to explore the vibrant dynamics of the cultural world that existed before the changing political terrain of independence saw more narrow definitions of national culture emerge. Conceived to highlight the diverse roots of modern Arab cultural practice, it will also serve as a basis for a critique of the notion of national culture.
Watch this space for more info.