Adania Shibli: Language Has No Throat

October 27, 2022 – October 27, 2022
7:00 pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union

Foundation Building, 7 E 7th St
New York, NY

The lecture will take place in person, at The Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003.

Silence consoles us during an interruption in the flow of words, while pausing for the right words to approach, and in moments when words are hiding away from us. During blocks in which no words would emerge, silence allows us to shift from speech to writing. Language, in the end, has no throat. Shibli will reflect on being forced into dysfluency in the context of Palestine/Israel, and learning to write in silence as a counterpoint to speaking and to the dubious treatment of words based on their functionality, therefore freeing language from performing the role of pure expression.

Adania Shibli is a writer. She was twice awarded the Qattan Young Writer’s Award-Palestine: in 2001 for her novel Masaas (translated into English as Touch), and in 2003 for Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub (translated as We Are All Equally Far from Love). Her latest novel, Tafsil Thanawi, was published in English as Minor Detail (New Directions, 2020). Her non-fiction includes the art book Dispositions (2012) and an edited collection of essays titled A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialog with Edward Said (2014). Shibli is also engaged in academic research, and since 2013 has been teaching part-time in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine.

This event – presented in partnership with The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies (NYU) – is part of the Fall 2022 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union, organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. 

Our lectures are free and open to the public. Please note that you will be asked to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and booster. The use of a face mask is encouraged while indoors.